Solo 12


Solo 12
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Solo 12
Manufacturer The North Face
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Page Type Aug 4, 2007 / Aug 4, 2007
Object ID 3625
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Product Description

Ultralight, one-person single walled tent with excellent high-low venting. A Flight Series tent, this is your durable, super lightweight shelter for the true backpakcer. Under 3lbs TOTAL weight, its no trouble to pack this sweet dream machine. Flight series tents use waterproof fabrics with sealed seams and skip the rain fly to lighten total weight. The Solo 12 was tested in the KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute) with their wind tunnel, where the Solo 12 withstood 95 mph(42.3 m/s) winds. In fact, during testing, the tent structure and poles held their own, ultimate failure coming only when the tent stake webbing seperated from the body.


* DAC Featherlite aluminum poles
* Nano-knuckle
* Fusion pitch with new ultralight Microclip
* Fully seam-sealed canopy
* Fully taped ultralight floor
* High-low venting with perimeter and overhead vents with zip closure
* Ultralight 1" pole sleeve
* L-shaped door
* Color-coded poles
* Reflective guyline and zipper cording
* Compression stuffsack


Type: Ultralight Flight Series tent

Capacity: [1]

Total Weight: 2lbs 8oz (1.12 g)

Length: 84', Width: 35", Height: 35"

Poles: [2]

Number of Doors: [1]

Stuffed Size: 23"x5" (59cm x13cm)

Fabric: [Canopy] 33 denier, 244T nylon with silicone and 1500mm PU [Floor] 50 denier, 270T nylon taffeta coated with 3000mm PU

Avalible Colors: Junction Orange/Winterstone Ivory-#1W3

Style #AZC4



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Pallando - Dec 8, 2009 7:50 pm - Voted 4/5

Light, but vents don't breathe well
I'd have to agree. I picked this up at a sale and wasn't sure if it was a bivy sac or a tent until I saw the poles...extremely light. In a pinch, I've had three guys in here before (not recommended, except as a last resort).
It isn't freestanding, which may be an isue sometimes, and the zipper will always catch at the corner if you're going too fast, but its biggest flaw is that it acquires a lot for condensation. For overnight trips, this is fine. It keeps the rain off all night, but once you wake up and zip open the tent, you get rained on from all your condensation on the roof. On a multiday trip, this would obviously create problems, but if you just need your bag to stay warm at night (or if you can leave it out to dry in the day) it should suit your needs well.
One final note: it isn't quite tall enough for me (I'm 6'3").

oliverkalt - Jul 3, 2011 4:46 pm - Hasn't voted

No mosquito net
I have used this tent for about 5 years now for all 4 seasons. Winter snow storm: just cover the bottom vents on the wind side with a jacket. I have to agree with some of the condensation comments but found that this is mostly caused by the flap on the head end being pulled too low when setting up. By now I always put a rock or stick under the two corners to lift the edges. This pretty much fixes the condensation issue. My concern is that to safe weight there is also no mesh door and it can be much too warm to close the tent in summer. So, three season: yes, but I use it for three seasons except summer.
It is large enough to put on ski boot liners sitting up inside coming out of the sleeping bag. I'm 5'11"

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