Terra Nova Equipment of Alfreton, Derbyshire, England, is a leading designer and manufacturer of expedition, lightweight backpacking and family tents. The company has nearly 30 years’ experience in producing tents and bivi bags, some of which are still made in their UK factory today. The company’s philosophy is simple—to be best in class, a philosophy acknowledged by the many UK and European awards it has received including best tent brand, best tent and a silver award for outstanding design achievement.
The company began life producing mountain and expedition tents as part of Wild Country Equipment, the Quasar is probably one of best known and longest standing models on the market, we receive regular stories of storms on campsites and Terra Nova Quasars being the only tents left standing. Wild Country Equipment de-merged in the early 1990s and the tent division became a separate company – Terra Nova Equipment.
Terra Nova tents have been tested in some of the most inhospitable places on earth and have been used by some of the World’s leading mountaineers and explorers. Its expedition models are a familiar sight on the World’s highest mountains and at the Poles.
More recently, and in response to the increasing demand for ultra light gear, Terra Nova has developed some of the lightest tents available, including the Laser Competition, which weighs in at less than a bag of sugar. The tent holds the Guinness World Record for the lightest two-skin tent commercially available. and has become the tent of choice for competitors in mountain marathons.
Terra Nova are particularly proud of their involvement in the recent Cauldwell Xtreme Everest research project. The company provided over 70 expedition tents, including some that were customized, ranging from eight person Cosmos to three person Hyperspace and two/three person Super Quasar models, all of which are were made at their Derbyshire factory. One of the eight person Cosmos tents was placed on the South Col (7900m) as an exercise lab, where doctors conducted research using an exercise bike.
One of the key pieces of equipment developed and produced specifically for the expedition is an ultralight shelter that is easy to erect at high altitude. This became the world’s highest medical laboratory where blood samples were taken by the team on the summit of Everest. The shelter also field tested new super light fabrics currently in development at Terra Nova.