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
|30D Silicon Nylon
40D Silicon Nylon
20D Ultralight No-See-Um
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.
- Options: Original model in gray with 70 denier silnylon floor.
- Price: $183.00 including shipping
- Weight: 27.9 oz after seam sealing.
This tent brings together many of the superior design features from other light weight tents.
The basic design is similar to the Dancing Light Gear Tacoma Solo Shelter. The Lunar solo has a very generous peak height, but the best part is the location of the peak. The peak is over your body's center of gravity when you are prone. That way you can sit up without having to relocate your center of gravity to under the peak. This tent has more useful sit-up room that either the TarpTent Squall or Stephenson 2R.
The ventilation gap between the canopy and the ground as well as the bath tub floor are very similar to the features found on Shires TarpTents.
The high vent on the vestibule and the easy tensioning adjustments are similar to features found on the Stephenson Warmlite tents.
A unique design feature is that the canopy extends over the netting. The interior netting wall separates your sleeping bag from possible condensation on the canopy.
The 27.5 sq. ft. interior space is roomy for a single person tent. Compare that to the 15.9 sq. ft. in an MSR MicroZoid or the 31 sq. ft. in the 2 person Sierra Designs Lightning.
The vestibule is big enough to store a pack and shoes and have enough room left over to fire up your stove for breakfast in bed.. Insert standard warning to never use the vestibule for cooking.
The tent material are good and the sewing is very professional. The seams are straight with few missed threads. Frankly, I do not worry much about seam sealing, however the seams that hold the netting along the edges of the canopy probably need to be seam sealed.
Some adjustments are needed because of the slick silnylon floors. I carry a RidgeRest pad that is used for a sit pad during hiking breaks, in a TermaRest Trekker Chair in camp, and under the Lunar Solo at night. When I seam sealed the tent the leftover seam sealer was used in a random pattern on the slick side of an inflatable TermaRest pad. From the ground up the layers are the RidgeRest, the tent floor, then the inflatable pad that is protected by both the closed cell pad and tent floor. The seam sealer keeps the pad from sliding around.
When the rear guy line is used the back and sides of the tent shed wind with very little deflection. When the vestibule is left open the tent is vulnerable to winds from the front. An additional guy line from the peak tie out to a stake or natural anchor with an extra cord can be used if you suspect a wind shift.
In good weather I leave the vestibule completely open and tied to the side. In mixed weather I velcro the vestibule then move the Prusik knot on the vestibule hook up as far as possible. It is easy to enter and exit the tent with the vestibule attached and pulled up next to the peak. It is very easy to pull the vestibule down from inside, but it is not easy to attach the velcro from inside. At first I left the vestibule half open, but the flapping was too noisy.
My model does not have the high vent on the vestibule, but I have never experienced condensation problems. When the air is still I leave the vestibule open, and when there is enough air movement that the vestibule needs to be closed then there is enough ventilation to prevent the condensation.
I've now done about 28 nights out with my Lunar Solo E including doing the John Muir Trail in July 2007. Though I have not had the tent in any extreme conditions, it has performed very well in winds up to 25 MPH, light to moderate rain, light snow, and temperatures down to 24 F.
Setup is quick and easy, the tent (with back towards wind) is much quieter than other tents, it ventilates well, and is in all ways quite pleasing.
Various photos of my Lunar Solo E are in my photo archive at http://bryanlallen.smugmug.com/Nature .
The design feature I appreciate the most is the pentagonal floor, which has lots of room to stretch out while also laying out your loose gear in the rear portion of the tent"
I've taken this tent a couple times up in the Sierras--once on a six-day backpack. It was easy for me to set up. You could fit two people in the tent in a pinch. I had my gear and a dog with lots of room. The only issue I had was one night when it got below freezing, I had condensation freeze on the inside of the tent. But then I had the tent pulled down tighter to the ground. I had it in moderately windy weather with no problem. I have not had it in snow. I think it is well made and for the weight, you get a lot of space. Thank you for lightening my load! (I got this as a second, but could find no imperfections.)""