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Outdoor specialist Terra Nova Equipment is marking its 10th year in the Guinness World Record books for producing the lightest tent in the world.

The firm is celebrating by launching two new record-breakers to its 2015 Ultra lightweight range - with the world's lightest two person tent and lightest freestanding two person tent.

Building on a long-established reputation for making some of the best outdoor gear on the global market, Terra Nova has spent the last decade revolutionising lightweight kit and collected 4 Guinness World Records along the way.

Using the extremely tough and durable, yet incredibly light Ultra fabric, Terra Nova's Ultra range is super-light with the Laser Ultra 1 achieving the Guinness World Record in 2011 for lightest tent in the world at just 581g - a record yet to be broken.

Terra Nova was awarded the Guinness World Record for the Lightest Tent Commercially available for the first time in 2004 with the Laserlite which had a minimum weight of 990g and was the first sub 1kg tent.

Since then, the company has smashed its own record three more times, shaving around half the weight off the tents in the process.

Now, with 10 years forging the way in superlight design and technology and the addition of the super lightweight two person tents, Terra Nova is firmly established as the industry leader in lightweight kit.

Managing Director at Terra Nova, Andy Utting, said: "Our investment in technology and design over the last decade has kept us firmly leading the way in innovative tent design. Every element of our products is specified and developed to achieve the performance and weight required. Pound for pound our tents are lighter, stronger and more robust than others available.

"When we launched the Laserlite in 2004, people were sceptical of the robustness of such lightweight tents.

"A decade later a lightweight single person tent is expected to be less than 1kg and our designs have become the blueprint for the competition."

The new Laser Ultra 2 will be available to buy next spring and will be the lightest two person tent commercially available.

At just 695g (or 347.5g per person) the tent features a flysheet and floor made of Ultra fabric and packs down to just 40cm x 12 cm.

The lightest freestanding, two person tent, the new Solar Ultra 2 is ideal for mountain marathon events and is particularly suitable for the US market where freestanding models are popular. Again it features an Ultra fabric flysheet and floor and weighs in at just 772g (or 386g per person).

Carolyn Budding is a Director at Terra Nova. She said: "We were the first company to produce a sub-1kg tent and have used our design knowledge and outdoors expertise to ensure the tents remain practical even though the weight has been trimmed.

"Our rich heritage has grown from mountain tents and they are regularly seen on Everest or at the poles. But as extreme sports have become more popular and people are keen to challenge themselves in new ways, lightweight kit is increasingly in demand.

"Now we're determined to continue to lead the market in producing lightweight outdoor gear for decades to come."

For more information, and to view the Terra Nova tent range, click here

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