I’ve updated the TN Laser Competition review page with a few more notes, including the problem of the slipping tensioner tapes that I experienced on the Western Hirnants & Aran trip and my final simple solution to the pole hood problem. I also added a few notes to the conclusion and my own priority list for fixes.
I decided in the end that the pole hood was a disastrous concept that can only be fixed by a redesign, and I didn’t want to introduce more complexity in the form of adjustable cords and the like. I took the method of least resistance and just extended the tiny loop at one end of the pole with a larger loop of Dyneema cord and I’ll tie the dangling hood cords to that (I couldn’t thread the supplied loop unaided even in the comfort of the house, let alone on the hill). I can live with the other niggles and be satisfied that the LaserComp is the best I can achieve in the current market, content at least in the lack of redundancy and very low weight.
Here we have a company hell bent on setting a weight record and not knowing when to stop, and a good tent overall that could be great.