The Lunar Solo's distinctive low hexagonal shape easily spills the wind no matter the direction. Short steeply sloped sides handle snow or high winds with ease. A generous canopy covers a 26 sq. ft. sleeping area plus 8.5 sq. ft. of vestibule storage. The 48" peak height, set in the middle of the tent maximizes room for sitting and taking care of chores.
The sleeping area is surrounded 6 inch deep bathtub floor, topped by 6 inches of mesh. This ensures excellent ventilation while keeping you separated from low canopy walls. This keeps you drier on those occasions when condensation forms on the canopy.
The vestibule is set on the long side of the tent to maximize views and ventilation when fully open. Close it and you've got phenomenal protection from the worst storms.
A 2012 redesign raised the canopy 3" to 48" and offset the pole, the result was considerably more headroom. Extending the floor to 90" and making end walls vertical enhances sleeping for taller individuals. The slight reduction in floor space is more than compensated for by better weather handling. With more vertical walls, the Lunar Solo easily sheds wind and snow.
For detail setup instructions, check out Lunar Solo - The Perfect Pitch.
Tent, Stuff Sack, Guylines
15" X 4.5"
24 oz. - .65k
Single 48" Pole (3)
26 ft2 - 2.4 m2
8.5 ft2 - .8 m
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20D Ultralight No-See-Um
I used my Lunar Solo for the first time on a two night loop trail in the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness. The Lunar Solo reduced my pack weight by about one pound and reduced the volume in my pack required by my previous tent considerably while providing more interior living space. I call that a win-win.
The online setup directions must be good because I was able to pitch the tent in the dark without issue and without prior practice. I read the instructions several times before the trip since I had read that it could be difficult. We had clear weather so I pitched for maximum ventilation. It was nice to see outside through the front mesh while lying down even when all zipped up. I experienced no condensation issues either night.
The second night we camped on a slight incline and I experienced some movement of my sleeping pad during the night due to the slick floor. I plan to try striping the floor with seam sealer as others have done to prevent this.
My Lunar Solo was seam sealed at the factory and it was done extremely well. This adds to the delivery time but I think it was well worth the wait. I did add a guy line to provide additional head room while lying down.
The lighter my pack becomes the more I enjoy backpacking. By reducing my pack weight and increasing living space the Lunar Solo has earned its place in my pack.
Damn this baby rocks the house! I love it! 10ozs less than my Nemo GOGO bivy/tent and I don't have to exit it to change my mind let alone my clothes. Took 12 minutes to get the first setup right on. Then I made a tyvek footprint with five mitten hooks attached and both tent and footprint fit well in the stuff sack. Oh by the way with 8 Ti stakes(6 in Shepherd Hooks)and 2 6ft tie outs plus the footprint it is still UNDER 2 POUNDS!!! rnrn****Kudos to you SMD, kudos to you.****
I have about 100 nights in this tent. Colorado Trail, John Muir Trail, and numerous other outings in CO mountains and UT deserts. It's been in HEAVY rain (slight misting through fabric, but not bad), some snow, pretty good winds, and I'm still very pleased with it. Pitch it carefully and it's sturdy. It's nice having the pack in the tent with me. There's some condensation if it's closed up tight, but a quick wipe with a small towel takes care of it.rnrnOnly problem is the zipper occasionally separating, and zippers can be fixed. This started recently at about the 90th night of use. rnrnI would definitely buy another one, if needed.
I was drawn to this tent because of its lightweight and spacious design, interior mesh, and ease of setup. I backpack with other ultralight hikers in VA, and while I've seen some interesting shelters, this one wins hands down for what it offers. I can pitch it in about 2 minutes' time, and like the airiness of the shelter even when the tent flap is closed. It has kept me dry through two intense storms (one in Dolly Sods, one in Glacier), and many smaller events as well. And not having to bat away mosquitos, gnats, or other crawlies while I sleep (or even just relax!) is a nice feature for my summer hiking. Still pleased with it after a year of use, hoping to get many more out of it!
I took this tent on an overnight backpack to Anza Borrego desert State Park. We camped on a ridge where high winds went on most of the night with rain off and on all night coming in sideways. This tent kept me dry and protected from the wind. The only mod I would make, (plan to do) is add 2 guy outs on the back of the tent to help keep the wind from blowing the back wall down onto me. This is the only reason I give this tent 4 stars. rnrnI love this tent! There was just enough head room to sit up and be comfortable, plenty of room for my gear inside with me.