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1 Person Tent

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Offline SA Bill

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1 Person Tent
« on: November 29, 2008, 10:37:20 AM »
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Now that I've gotten back into backpacking, sorta, I'm falling down that slippery slope of needing (wanting!?) new equipment. Most of my camping equipment is geared toward car camping...thus not very light. Mostly too heavy for backpacking, even on the small scale that I plan.

For the S Rim hike in September, I bought a cheap $50.00 Eureka! Solitaire tent that actually isn't too bad. I wouldn't want to use it in really inclement weather but for fair weather use, it's okay. It's really just one step up from a bivy.

Soooo....I'm sorta thinking about a 1 person tent upgrade for the spring Marufo Vega hike. Maybe Santa will bring enough $ for a new tent!  :crossedfingers: Any suggestions for a tent that is 1 person, 3 season and fairly light weight? I'd like to keep the packed weight down to around 3 pounds and it would be nice if there was enough head room to sit up at least a little. I'm afraid hamocks are out...sorry Jeff, and others.Other than that, I'm open for suggestions!  :eusa_think:
  Thanks!
   Bill
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Offline Robert

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008, 01:32:56 PM »
Bill, I have a friend who has the Sierra Light Year and likes it. It lists for $149 and weighs in at 3 lbs. http://sierradesigns.com/tents.display.php?id=45 He did mention it had some condensation in it one morning but that seems to be a common problem for 1 man tents (but nothing like a bivy). Another issue is that you have to enter from the end as opposed to some tents where you enter from the side. He said there is plenty of headroom though.

I guess you have to expect that most single person tents will be tight on space and are not freestanding. What surprises me is the number of people who complain in reviews about lack of extra space. What did they expect for a 3 lb tent?

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Offline dkerr24

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2008, 02:26:07 PM »
The Lightyear is a design that's been around since the mid 1990's.  It could be found for far less than the $150 retail price.  REI was running them for $50 a few weeks ago when I was in Dallas.

The Clip Flashlight 2 is only a few ounces more in weight, but offers a LOT more room.

My own preference is a 2 man tent which gives 1 man plenty of room plus room to store gear inside.
« Last Edit: November 29, 2008, 02:40:08 PM by dkerr24 »

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Ray52

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2008, 06:36:50 PM »
Have you looked at the Eureka Spitfire Bill?  I've used mine on two hikes and it works fine for me.  It's not real spacious but is light, packs small, sets up easily and fit my budget at the time.  To be absolutely honest, I was set on the SD Clip Flashlight but Campmor had them on backorder when I was ready to buy.  I'm not a small guy....a little over 6' tall, size 13 feet, and approx 220# so the Spitfire is a snug fit.  There's room to sit up, but not much for my feet, and that's my only complaint.  I haven't endured any inclement weather in it yet, but have years of experience with Eureka products and expect it will do quite well.

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Offline russco

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2008, 06:41:50 PM »
I have always been a fan of Eureka products as well...always seems to be good technical equipment at an affordable price...that spitfire looks nice.... http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___23889
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2008, 07:28:37 PM »
Hi Robert!
Bill, I have a friend who has the Sierra Light Year and likes it. It lists for $149 and weighs in at 3 lbs.  He said there is plenty of headroom though.

The SD LY CD is on the short list so far. Thanks for the info from your friend.

I guess you have to expect that most single person tents will be tight on space and are not freestanding. What surprises me is the number of people who complain in reviews about lack of extra space. What did they expect for a 3 lb tent?

That's true! The little Solitaire I have is really tight on space but I expected that. The tents I'm considering at this point are about the same floor space but have more headroom. I'm looking at the SD Velox 1 and the REI Quarter Dome T1. All of the above are reasonably priced too!
   Bill
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2008, 07:33:43 PM »
The Clip Flashlight 2 is only a few ounces more in weight, but offers a LOT more room.

My own preference is a 2 man tent which gives 1 man plenty of room plus room to store gear inside.

I hear you dkerr24! My car camping tent is an REI Taj 3 and I camp solo! Lot's of room for me and the stuff I bring along.

Having said that, I think a 1 person tent is what I need for my short backpacking jaunts. I don't mind being cramped when I'm carrying my shelter on my back. For my aching back and knees, every ounce counts!
   Bill
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2008, 07:40:57 PM »
Have you looked at the Eureka Spitfire Bill?  I've used mine on two hikes and it works fine for me.  It's not real spacious but is light, packs small, sets up easily and fit my budget at the time.   I haven't endured any inclement weather in it yet, but have years of experience with Eureka products and expect it will do quite well.

Hi Ray52!
The Spitfire is one I'm considering. I've had good luck with Eureka! products in the past too!
   Bill
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2008, 07:45:50 PM »
I have always been a fan of Eureka products as well...always seems to be good technical equipment at an affordable price...that spitfire looks nice.... http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___23889

Hi russco!
Yep...no problem here with Eureka! stuff. Might have to go see what else Campmor has to offer...I haven't looked around in there yet.
  Bill
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2008, 08:08:50 PM »
Thanks everyone for the replies!

On the short list so far:

Sierra Designs Velox 1
Marmot Eos 1
REI Quarter Dome T1
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1

The Marmot and BA tents are probably outside of the price range I want to pay for a tent that will get used 1 -2 times a year. Maybe there will be some sales after the first of the year?  :eusa_pray: All of them seem nicely made and would certainly do fine for my uses. I'll keep my eyes peeled for good sales and see if I can snag something after the first of the year.
  Thanks!
    Bill
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Offline jeffblaylock

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2008, 08:44:44 PM »
I just spent the last eight nights in a Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo, which weighs less than 2 pounds, sets up easily with practice, and allows me to sit up inside. It's a single-wall tent, so I wouldn't take it out into a heavy storm or excessively wet weather. I'd also recommend getting the custom-cut Tyvek groundcloth. It's pricey but worth looking into.
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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2008, 10:01:08 PM »
I've been using my Cabela's XPG Ultralight for about a year now and have nothing but good things to say about it.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0031780516763a&type=product&cmCat=cchart_dome_tent
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2008, 11:34:54 PM »
I just spent the last eight nights in a Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo, which weighs less than 2 pounds, sets up easily with practice, and allows me to sit up inside. It's a single-wall tent, so I wouldn't take it out into a heavy storm or excessively wet weather. I'd also recommend getting the custom-cut Tyvek groundcloth. It's pricey but worth looking into.

Hey Jeff!
That is a very lightweight tent! I looked around the rest of the site and they have some serious ultralight gear. I don't know that I'm that serious about going ultralight since most of what I will be doing is one night backpack trips. I think my serious, multi-day backpacking trips are in the past. Although....if I get back into backpacking a little more, maybe that will change....
  Bill
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2008, 11:43:09 PM »
I've been using my Cabela's XPG Ultralight for about a year now and have nothing but good things to say about it.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0031780516763a&type=product&cmCat=cchart_dome_tent

Hi Medic!
I hadn't even considered Cabelas! That seems like a good tent. Gets lots of good reviews. Wonder if they ever go on sale?
   Bill
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Re: 1 Person Tent
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2008, 12:02:26 AM »
I've been using my Cabela's XPG Ultralight for about a year now and have nothing but good things to say about it.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0031780516763a&type=product&cmCat=cchart_dome_tent

Hi Medic!
I hadn't even considered Cabelas! That seems like a good tent. Gets lots of good reviews. Wonder if they ever go on sale?
   Bill


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 Medic...how well does your (XPG) tent holds up against the wind and water?.Also Cabelas shows three models,which one is yours?
Stay thirsty, my friends.

 


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