Easily pitch the Lunar Solo in minutes – so you can get to eating faster or enjoy the sunset. That's what you're out there for anyway, right?
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 traditional tents, the Lunar Solo’s canopy is designed to “float” off the ground to increase ventilation. Also, the floor is not rigidly fixed but floats. A floor under tension is more likely to rip or get punctured by sharp objects.
These facts may make the Lunar Solo seem a bit more difficult to set up for first time users. Have no fear, we've included a number of features to help you get set up correctly.
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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.
Used my lunar solo for the first time. Camped on the Deschutes River in Oregon. Rafted from warm springs to sandy beach, early July . Temperatures were 100 degrees everyday. Tent worked great , plenty of airflow which was needed on the hot evenings. Pitched super easy, even in the wind . I really like compact camping gear . So this tent fits perfectly in my kit .
Fantastic option for me! I have had lunar solo for 2 years- multiple section hikes at Shenandoah National Park, 3 season trips and some winter trips. I love this tent!
Great tent for those who want a light weight tent but don’t want to dish out an exuberant amount of money. My only qualms with this tent is the set up takes a few tries, and I wish the bag was more durable to keep on the out side of my pack. As for the tent it’s self, 10/10
I’m a satisfied customer of this companies products. The support team is awesome and great to work with, I had an unexpected issue with the tent and they responded immediately covered me for my next adventure. Thank you! from a happy owner of a Solo Lunar. I can validate Solo Lunar is very spacious, light weight, versatile shelter; a great value product. Easy to setup, with great ventilation, I really like the visibility when in it; vestibule open or closed you can see camp laying down. This tent provides luxury shelter in nature from rain, wind, and bugs. Solo Lunar is a must have on the trails, backpacking, kayaking, bike camping, etc.. when camping it doesn’t hold you back on your adventures.
Thanks for the kind words, our team works hard to help our customers enjoy their gear and get it out in the field
I love the weight and room of this tent. Just make sure you pitch it on level ground. The bathtub is so slick you will slide around if on even a slight incline. Overall quality is great and did I mention its super light?