The Ultra Quasar has become a legend in the tent world. It has repeatedly travelled the globe on many expeditions and proved itself with flying colours.
Weight v strength is always an issue with tents. It's all well and good if you're on a Himalayan trip with pack animals or sitting at base camp all day, but when you have to carry it and rely on it, there are very few in the market which come up to the mark. It’s packed weight of 3.12Kg (6lb 14oz) is fine for most to carry. You can also split the weight between two, which is even better.
Many tents have a single entrance/exit, which makes storing wet kit and rucksacks a bind in poor conditions. Having two doors and porches makes this a simple task, particularly when there are two of you in the tent. Keeping dry is vital and the opportunity to keep the wet stuff in the porches is great. The UQ comes with the usual reflective guy lines (excellent on any site), but it can be pitched fee standing. Personally it's so simple to peg the guys out that I always do so, for every bit of stability counts in my mind.
I firstly took the UQ into the hills of Snowdonia where it stood off driving rain and stinging hail with ease. It's simple and quick to erect (the recommended pitch time is 15 mins, but this can be easily beaten), and the geodesic design is incredibly strong. I have always felt safe when inside the UQ, no matter what the weather has done, and I find that an important feeling when it comes to survival and sleeping. Feeling safe in your bag is vital in the expedition world.
I then flew to East Africa and climbed Mt Kenya. Again the UQ stood off gales, blizzards, driving rain and blazing sun, all with ease. People inside the huts asked me “are you really sleeping in a tent?” I felt much happier in my UQ..!