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Solo tent skinny?

Postby goldenhopper » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:17 am

I have no shortage of tents and tarps and prefer to share a large floorless shelter to save on weight for most trips. The thing is some groups are not as "share friendly" when it comes to ideal sleeping conditions and I've decided I need a solo tent option when going with certain groups. I normally use my now vintage Golite Cave2 Tarp for solo trips, but shy away from it in buggy conditions.

I'm looking for a simple solo tent that could handle a fall or spring snow and my 6'4" height. No need for free standing. I'm looking seriously at the Eureka Solitaire at just $75, however this does not have any vestibule at all. I don't like a bunch of bells and whistles. If someone thinks it's cool or hip I'd just a soon burn it for heat. Would like to keep it under 2 bills...

What say you SP'ers?

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Re: Solo tent skinny?

Postby DudeThatMustHurt » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:18 pm

Under 2 bills?

Bivy sack or downed trees
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Re: Solo tent skinny?

Postby Sunny Buns » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:34 am

The Solitaire looks OK, but a tad cramped - just looking at the photos and internet data the Eureka Spitfire 1 looks less cramped, and like it might shed snow better - and it only weighs 3 more ounces, and price is excellent. Dang it, now I want one!!! :mrgreen: Also, it's the color of granite - almost invisible in the high country.
Spitfire: http://store.eurekatent.com/spitfire-1-tent

Other tents:
From Campmor: http://www.campmor.com/sierra-designs-lightyear-1-tent.shtml?source=CI&ci_sku=28044&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=

From Oregon Mountain Community:
http://www.omcgear.com/camping-and-hiking/gear/tents-and-shelters.html?capacity=20&limit=all

From REI:
http://www.rei.com/search?cat=4500457&jxSleeping+capacity=1-person&hist=cat%2C4500457%3ABackpacking+Tents%5EjxSleeping+capacity%2C1-person&version=V6
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Re: Solo tent skinny?

Postby goldenhopper » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:58 pm

Thanks Dude & Sunny.

Found this, did some research and think this will work best for me. Light sturdy Bivy/tent w/no poles at a little over 2 pounds. These are meant for the Euro Market but found a way to buy it direct for $100!!! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0FcCgkD0pQ


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Re: Solo tent skinny?

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:19 am

Looks good if looking for a tent.

Lately if camping solo or due do snoring partners I have become favorable to taking bivy sacs. No setup and work great in all conditions, especially wind.

For robust treatment I take an OR Alpine Bivy, and for lighter weight considering a BD Twilight Bivy.
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Re: Solo tent skinny?

Postby Marmaduke » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:37 am

About the roomiest 1 person 3 season you'll find.......I think. Marmot EOS. Plenty of length, a tad heavy but leave all but 2 stakes at home and save 8 oz.
http://www.campmor.com/marmot-eos-1-person-tent.shtml?source=CI&ci_sku=28851&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=

These guys a bit less $$ , Save $20...http://www.sunnysports.com/p-mrmte1/marmot-eos-1p-ultralight-tent?sku=MRMTE1&device=c&network=g&creative=33808796986&matchtype=b&gclid=CNHAl6_PlboCFeU5QgodklIAsA
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Re: Solo tent skinny?

Postby goldenhopper » Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:23 am

I have a Bivy Chad and use it alone or with my Cave 2 as needed. Still, if it's going to be raining/snowing for a day or two I'd rather have somewhere to read a book or do a little cooking etc. We've been doing a winter trip every year since 2005 (08 was my last one). I would not hesitate to use this Luxe X-Rocket for a week in January. I have a sub 2 pound 15 degree down bag and throw that inside my Big Agnes Cross Mountain to shed the H2O. That combo works out great down to about Zero as long as I don't burn a hole in my pad! I'm done with inflatable pads. I've had two issues, both in single digit temps in January. Nightmare!

How about this kind of luxury?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5962rzV6Ks


That looks like a good one for under 200 Duke! How bout them Giants? :P
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