Lunar Solo Backpacking Tent

26 oz - 740 g Solo Backpacking Tent - Uses 1 49" Pole

Save money with the award-winning Lunar Solo tent – and buy more of the ultralight gear on your list.

With the Lunar Solo tent, sacrifice nothing but extra weight – ultralight, sturdy, weather-tight*, and comfortable. The unique hexagonal design and steep, sloping sides help deflect high winds and shed snow, keeping you safe from the elements. The spacious 26 sq. ft. living space and extra 8.5 sq. ft. vestibule means there’s plenty of room for you AND your gear (or your favorite 4-legged friend).


Fall 2020 update: Replaced webbing with cord guy outs for easier adjusting and field repairs.

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*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.

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

  • 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?

    • Made with 100% Silicone-coated Polyester material to reduce fabric stretch and pack volume.
    • 20D canopy and 40D floor keeps the Lunar Solo light but rugged.
    • 6-in deep bathtub floor helps prevent splashback.
    • 6-in mesh lining above the bathtub floor increases ventilation and keeps you further from the canopy walls, so you stay nice and dry.
    • 26 sq. ft. of living space with a peak height of 49 inches – plenty of room for all kinds of seated tasks. Canopy creates an 8.5sq. ft. vestibule for added protection during storms.
    • Easily pitched with one adjustable trekking pole to 49 inch peak*.

    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 easy to accomplish from the warmth of 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 49 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 to keep all your essentials close at hand.
    • 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 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.

    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.

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    AB
    02/18/2021
    Alice B.
    United States United States
    Love this tent!

    I have only pitched it once but really like the build of this tent. Seems well made, well ventilated, simple pitch, fit back into it's carry bag with ease, and was able to quickly seam seal it as well. It is much lighter than my previous tent, also. I am looking forward to many nights on the trail in it!

    KL
    02/10/2021
    Ken L.
    United States United States
    Not yet

    I have received it, set it up once in my backyard, but it will be a few weeks before I take it on a trial bikepacking trip.

    DD
    02/09/2021
    Dominic D.
    United States United States
    Quality Room on The Trail

    This review comes late, after almost 2 years of owning & operating a Lunar Solo tent, but I wanted to give it a proper couple of seasons before reviewing. Preface - This is my first ultralight style tent, all others have been framed 2+ person tents. My gear falls under lightweight but not ultra light as I do enjoy some creature comforts on the trail that make the experience more enjoyable to me. I only have 3 years of backpacking experience, 1 year being a single night trial, 1 year being a first overnight, and 1 year at ~260 miles with numerous overnight solo's. I backpack primarily on the Superior Hiking Trail as of now. Overall Opinion - Absolutely pleased to be operating the lunar solo while out on long distance backpacking trips. As someone that is 6'2" it provides enough room to be comfortable, change sitting up, and enjoy a rainy day breakfast inside before gearing up for the day. The tent packs into a very small form factor and the overall build quality is fantastic. Great ventilation options for all temperature ranges and the wind sheering capabilities of the tent design is fantastic. Takes a bit of getting used to from a pitching perspective, but once you have it down it goes up fast. Cons (not much of any): The full pitch footprint of the tent is moderate. I have yet to encounter a tight enough space on trail when this becomes a significant issue, but I definitely have learned to scope out potential pitches based upon the optimal stake positions. Other solo tents that I have encountered appear to be slightly more compact in total footprint but also tend to be framed. I cannot wait to continue my journeys with this tent as I evolve in my backpacking experience and would never hesitate to recommend others interested in a great backpacking tent to get themselves a Lunar Solo.

    AS
    01/18/2021
    Austin S.
    United States United States
    Awesome, affordable tent!!

    This tent is awesome! Its got tons of room for one person and their gear for less than 26oz of weight! Contrary to some other reviews, I found the setup to be very easy and intuitive after reading the instructions. It sheds rain and wind excellently. There's condensation but that's a given with a single wall tent. Wiped it down once in the middle of the night(*** break...) and again in the morning with no issues. I doubt you will find a better quality tent for the price. The customer service is awesome too!

    BG
    01/05/2021
    Benjamin G.
    United States United States
    Very Solid, Lightweight Tent

    My test experience for this tent was camping at Dolly Sods, WV in late December and had 4-6 inches of snow dumped on me in the middle of the night. The tent did a solid job of shedding the snow. It took maybe 5-10 minutes to pitch for my first time in the snow. Moisture was an issue on the inside of the tent, but that was to be expected and a camp towel took care of that. The tent kept me dry and I slept well at 25 degrees. It packed up really small as well. I'm looking forward to many more backpacking/bikepacking adventures with it!