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Lunar Solo Backpacking Tent

26 oz - 740 g Solo Backpacking Tent - Uses 49" Pole

The Lunar Solo is constructed with 100% Silicone coated Polyester material reducing fabric stretch and packed volume. The Canopy is constructed from 20D material while the floor utilizes a more durable 40D weave. We now also use reflective material in the main and corner guy lines.  

NOTICE: The current Gray Lunar Solos could have slight discoloring or color transfer. This is only cosmetic and the shelters are otherwise completely new and fully functional. Because of this manufacturing cosmetic condition, the Gray Lunar Solo will be discounted 10%. The shelter will still be covered under our manufacturing warranty against defects in materials and workmanship less the cosmetic condition of the Gray Lunar Solos.

Color
Green
Gray

*To completely repel water, shelters need to have sealer applied to the seams before use.
*Shelters including a seam sealing service may not ship immediately.
  • 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 49" peak height, set in the middle of the tent maximizes room for sitting and taking care of chores.

    The sleeping area is a 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.

    Like all our shelters it is designed to be pitched with adjustable trekking poles or with our fixed length aluminum or carbon fiber poles (sold separately).

    For detailed setup instructions, check out Lunar Solo - The Perfect Pitch.

    • Full Vestibule provides protection while still maintaining good ventilation when closed. Fully open, the vestibule maximizes ventilation and view.
    • High Vent removes excess moisture build up.
    • Zipper Vestibule Closure makes opening and closing the vestibule a snap.
    • Easy Tensioning Adjustment makes keeping the tent taut a trivial task that can be accomplished while still in your sleeping bag. Re-tension straps have been added to all tie out points.
    • Floating Canopy allows the canopy to be set to different heights.
    • Floating Floor reduces floor stress and helps to minimize punctures from sharp objects.
    • Optimized Sleeping Area is oriented to maximize usable space, ventilation, and view. A peak height of 48 inches gives you plenty of headroom.
    • Center Pole Support significantly improves the ability of the tent to handle wind and snow loads.
    • Single Hiking Pole Support reduces the amount of gear need.
    • Internal Gear Area keeps your gear easily accessible.
    • Oversized Screen Door allows easy entrance and exit while keeping the front pole out of your way.
    • Ultra-light Waterproof Canopy is made from high strength 20 denier Silicone Polyester.
    • Handy Mesh Cargo Pocket
    • Extremely Easy Setup in less than two minutes under any conditions.
  • Lunar Solo - First Impressions

    By: Andrew Park
    Published: 8/7/2016

    Lunar Solo Tent

    By: phrayzar
    Published: 2/19/2016

    Backpacker Editor's Choice 2019

    OutDoor ISPO Award 2019

    The Trek Best Gear Award 2019

    Garage Grown Gear Summer's Finest 2019

    Section Hiker's 10 Best Ultralight Trekking Pole Tents

    Section Hiker's 10 Best One Person Backpacking Tents

  • Lunar Solo Set Up

    Unlike a traditional tent, the Lunar Solo's canopy floats off the ground. This allows for 360o of ventilation. Plus the floor is not rigidly fixed. It is designed to float. A floor under tension is more likely to rip or get holes poked in by sharp objects.

    These factors combine to make the Lunar Solo a bit more difficult to set up for the first time user. However, we've built a number of features in the tent to help get it set up correctly.

    Follow the instructions and with a little practice, you'll find the Lunar Solo easy to set up time and time again. Lost your instructions? Download the pdf here.

    Since your tent canopy floats, you can vary the height of your trekking pole depending upon conditions.  Higher will provide more ventilation and lower in stormy weather. The front of the tent should always be off the ground. This is to ensure that you have adequate ventilation. The optimum height of your trekking pole should be 49 inches or 124 centimeters.

    Setting the stakes in the proper order is one of the key elements in getting the perfect pitch. Look at the guide layout guide below to know where and in what order to set your stakes.


    HERE ARE A FEW ADDITIONAL DO’S AND DON’TS.

    Do’s

        • Do extend the webbing guy-lines to their extent. Run the guy-lines all the way to the ground.
        • Do set the stakes in the order listed above. Since the canopy floats off the ground on the top of the pole, it’s important to achieve a balanced side to side and front to back.
        • Do set the height of the front pole to 49 inches.
        • Do close the vestibule before setting up the tent. This aide in getting the best alignment of the stakes.
        • Do any additional tension with the adjuster on the main guy-line, if needed.

    Don’ts

        • Don’t try to raise the perimeter of the tent by using long stakes and terminating the guy-lines several inches off the ground. This is somewhat counter-intuitive to normal logic. When you set up the tent this way, instead of the canopy and sidewall rising, they will tend to collapse instead. This will cause the corners to dip, resulting in reduced headroom and ventilation.

    COMMON PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS:

    My bathtub floor is flat.

    The canopy of the Lunar Solo floats and so does the floor. If your bathtub floor is flat, it likely has to do with your corner guy outs. Make sure the webbing guy lines on the corners are fully extended with no tension. If you need to make adjustments to tension your shelter, make them by moving your stake. Once you’ve achieved the proper tension, you can use the guy lines to make minor adjustments and re-tension the shelter should you need to after it has been pitched for a while. Another common mistake is that the shelters are pulled too far to the rear, not creating enough separation of the rear canopy from the ground and creating too much slack in the front vestibule. To correct this bring closer the rear three stakes and move further the front, the main stake. Be sure to reduce tension on the vent corners by unclipping the door or concurrently sliding the Prussik loop. The supporting pole should be at a slight angle with the tip inserted into the pole pocket at the apex.

    Pitching with a trekking pole.

    One of the most common mistakes we see on pitches is that people pitch their Lunar Solos with their trekking pole handle pointing up. This places the handle inside of the apex/vent area of the Lunar Solo. While the Lunar Solo can be pitched this way, it was not designed for this sort of set up and a few problems occur. When the main guy line is tensioned, a lot of extra stress gets put on the vents and seams of the apex of your shelter. It also puts stress on the vestibule zipper, potentially causing problems with closing your vestibule. To avoid this stress, pitch the Lunar Solo with the tip-up. There is a Hypalon (rubber-like material) sleeve that can be found at the apex of the shelter that the trekking pole tip goes into. Pitching tip up into the sleeve allows for a proper pitch while preventing the trekking pole tip from puncturing the canopy. We designed the Lunar Solo this way for a couple of reasons:

      • Using a sleeve allows for both trekking pole use and collapsible pole use.
      • By placing your handle down, your pole is less likely to sink into the ground if your campsite is in a location with soft or wet ground.

    The Lunar Solo, with its single pole and raised canopy, creates an incredibly light and airy shelter. Unlike other tents with fixed points of setup, the floating canopy and floor design does take a little more patience to master. Still, the Lunar Solo’s weight savings make it well worth the effort.

    NOTES:
    1. The weight does not include stakes or pole.  2. Support poles sold separately.
    3. Floor color matches shelter body color.

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    04/24/2020
    Claire
    Buena Vista, CO
    Lightweight without sacrificing comfort

    I bought this tent spring 2019 with the SMD seam sealing service. I took it on my thru hike of the John Muir Trail and it was fantastic. I spent a few afternoons hunkered down in it waiting out rain and was able to fit all my gear inside comfortably. There is room at the top and foot of tent as well as in the corner for gear. The vestibule is also generously sized for more gear storage. I'm 5'10 and had plenty of space sitting up and laying down. I used the tent with the polycro footprint which worked well. I also added my own guy lines to create more headspace while in the tent and secure the tent in high winds. The tent is very durable against bad weather. My only complaint is that I did have some fairly significant condensation issues, but I'd just lay the tent out during a break and it dried quickly. It's a small price to pay for all the benefits the tent has, and it appears to be a problem with many single walled tents. It's hard to beat the size of the tent when packed, the comfort level when pitched, and the price. I plan to carry the lunar solo on my thru hike of the Colorado Trail this summer, virus permitting.

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    04/08/2020
    Paul ".
    New England
    Great Product and Best Service

    I just bought my SMD Lunar Solo earlier this year so I've only had it out for a couple of short trips so far. The product is perfectly sized for me even I'm some what a bigger guy (6' 1", 200 pounds) there is still plenty of room for me and all my gear inside the tent. The vestibule is just the right size to cook and store my boots/wet gear. Great Product! When I received the tent I set it up in the yard, following videos I found on line. Having to deal with the small pack of children in the yard I was distracted so what and may have mistakenly attached the vestibule zipper pull-cords to the door tie down instead on the door flap tags and may have (maybe) mistakenly pulled the vestibule zipper off the end of the zipper track. Rookie mistake. I talked with the folks at SMD and they gave me an RMA without to much fuss, I sent them the tent, they fixed the zipper and made me write 10 times I will not do that again (joking ... it was 100 times) and sent me back my tent. Best Service. I don't know what else you could ask for in a supplier, Great product and Great service. Now if we could just clear up this COVID-19 thing and get back to the AT being open I will write a more detailed review at the end of this season assuming we can get back out there. Be safe

    TW
    01/19/2020
    Tamara W.
    Fairbanks AK
    Used on PCT thru hike

    I don't normally write reviews but I used this tent on my PCT thru hike 2 summers ago and for a 3000 mile cycle tour. I love this tent, it is my favorite piece of gear! It keeps the weather out and is faster to set up than a traditional tent. I've had it in 30+ mph winds, my neighbors tent got blown down but this tent's pyramid design is very sturdy. After years of hard use it is still a solid tent and I am getting ready to take it with me on a CDT thru hike.

    CC
    11/11/2019
    Carlos C.
    Santiago, Chile
    Excelente combinación Precio/Calidad/Prestaciones

    Muy buena carpa ultraliviana, muy pero muy bien pensada, la primera vez que la lancé la arme en aproximadamente 3 minutos.Es muy espaciosa, queda sumamente tensa y estable, muy buen vestíbulo. El único pero es lo mucho que flecta el polo de carbon pero es algo despreciable frente a la calidad de la carpa.

    DR
    11/09/2019
    Derek R.
    Boston MA
    Highest feature to price ratio of any tent. (Period)

    Pros: 1. Weighs 27.5oz on my scale after all seam sealing and including cordage/ stuff sack. 2. Packs down as small as a Nalgene water bottle. 3. Takes me 2-4 mins to set up depending on wind. I don’t recommend using SMD’s advise on this one, I: (Stake two back corners; insert 125-130 cm trekking pole; stake main guy line; stake two front corners; stake back center) 4. Fits my 6’3” 230lb body with room inside for my wide/ regular NEMO pad and all gear. Plenty of room in the vestibule to cook. I love that this tent gives a vestibule back in the form of internal space. 5. L shaped zippers work great and have never snagged. 6. It is a very simple tent mirroring the style of a “mid”/ teepee style tent with a half bug insert. No clips, 6 stakes, one trekking pole, almost no moving parts. 7. Sheds wind and weather extremely well. 8. Price. Almost no tent compares in terms of price/ benefit ratio. Cons 1. Seam sealing. It was my first time doing so and seemed daunting and there are no real guides on it for this tent. I reached out to SMD one off and was told the following: “As far as seam sealing goes, we seal all the seams (including around the vent area) on the outside of the shelter. We seal the guy-out Hypalon patches on the sides from the inside and also do the one seam down the middle of the bathtub floor.” The process for me was super straightforward and I was able to do it in my downtown apartment without issue (other than my girlfriend calling me a lunatic).