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. For Fall of 2020 we have updated the Lunar Solo design to feature cord guyouts on the corners instead of webbing for easier adjusting and field repairs.
1. The weight does not include stakes or pole. 2. Support poles and stakes are sold separately.
3. Floor color matches shelter body color.
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 cord in the main and corner guy lines.
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.
Lunar Solo - First ImpressionsBy: Andrew Park
Lunar Solo TentBy: phrayzar
Tent, Stuff Sacks, Guy lines
11" X 4.5"
26 oz - 740 g
6 (not included)
Single 49" Pole
26.25 ft2 - 2.4 m2
8.5 ft2 - .8 m2
20D Silicone Coated Polyester
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.
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.
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:
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.
These are my first impressions after one use of the Lunar Solo in cold, dry and windy high desert conditions. This is a very roomy 1 person tent especially if you stake out the optional side guy lines. It’s a true 1.5 person tent with excellent ventilation. I also purchased the Six Moon Designs seam sealing service. The tent arrived about 10 days after purchase and the sealed seams were not completely dry, they were still tacky to the touch. I wish I liked the tent’s silnylon material more, it’s extremely slippery and I find it unpleasant. The first time I set up the Lunar Solo I followed the Six Moon Designs instructions and setup was fast and near perfect. A few things to note: Before using your trekking pole as the tent pole you must first remove the rubber foot if you’re using one, otherwise the tip won’t fit into the tiny sleeve at the tent’s apex. All guy lines had a very narrow loop tied into their free end that would only fit a J-stake. If you intend to use a different stake (e.g. one with a V cross section, etc.) you must loosen the default loop and tie a wider one. I really like the use of a Prusik knot for adjusting the vestibule flaps, it’s simple, efficient and so very cool. Coming from the Zpacks Duplex world I can say that although the Lunar Solo is certainly a light backpacking tent, even without stakes it’s heavier (26 oz, .73 kg) than my larger and much more expensive Duplex (19.4 oz, .54 kg) which is made of Dyneema, but that is to be expected. My one criticism concerns the bathtub floor which I think is too low. At about 4” high it doesn’t offer much protection from desert winds and blowing dust especially along the front, entry side of the tent. I think a 6” tall bathtub would have been more functional (but of course would have added to the tent’s weight). I really like the Lunar Solo - it’s well built, light, pleasant to be in (mine is the grey version), roomy, well ventilated, it sheds wind efficiently and is quite affordable.
I searched for a tent that would tick all the boxes for bikepacking and this turned out to be it. Under 2lbs. Small pack size. One pole. Good ventilation. Side entry. Reasonably priced and high quality. There's also tons of room inside. Feels like glamping compared to my bivy. First shake down trip the tent worked flawlessly.
The Lunar Solo Backpacking Tent was clearly designed with a focus on high quality, lightweight, and functional backpacking tent. I recently took this tent on a 5 day backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park. The tent far exceeded my expectations. The tent is easy to set up (especially if you read the instructions). I admit it, I didn't the first time. It's important to zip up the vestibule before placing the front stake, so that you can properly place that important stake. The tent is very roomy for one person. There was more than enough room for all my gear inside the tent instead of having to use the vestibule. The tent is the lightest solo tent I own. I also purchased a tyvek tarp but will likely not use on longer hikes when weight reduction is an absolute necessity. Remember that you should either order the Seam Seal or pay for the sealing service. The tent should be sealed if there is a chance of rain on your trip. If you have the money, I recommend that you have Six Moon Design seal your tent, I saved money by sealing my tent, but it shows. I highly recommend the Lunar Solo Backpacking Tent. Great tent!
Used one weekend after a few practice set-ups (new to trekking pole tents). Different, but quick to pick up how to do it. Not perfect yet, but the tent is great - good ventilation and protection, very lightweight and roomy. I did use seam sealer on the floor to prevent sliding - good move. Looking to get out a few more weekends before real cold comes in. #happy!
Lightweight good design the poles are a little tricky to pack but they fit in my bag so it's okay.