Yes, there is a Guinness World Record for the lightest tent, and Terra Nova has owned it for the past few years. The UK-based tentmaker first claimed the world record with its Laserlite, a one-person tent weighing just over 1kg (2.2 lbs), in 2004. Seven years later, the new Laser Ultra 1, barely tipping any the at just under 600g (1.3 lbs) is the new record holder.

Designed for short duration ultra events, the Ultra 1 follows the design mantra of previous Lasers, but with a silver translucent fabric for the flysheet. The tent began hitting retail this spring, and won a Gold European IF Design Award when it was first introduced to the trade in July 2010 at the Outdoor show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Terra Nova Managing Director Andy Utting said proving such lightweight products are also durable has been key to helping the category grow. “When we launched the Laser Lite, people were skeptical of the robustness of such lightweight tents,” Utting said. “Seven years later, a single person tent has to be less than 1kg to be considered light, and our designs have become the blue print for the competition.”

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