Eureka! Amari Pass 1
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $109.99 USD, on sale
Overall, the Amari Pass Solo is a good backpacking tent. It is roomy and the price will not break your bank.
- Easy to set up
- Poor handling of condensation
The set up of the Amari Pass Solo is extremely easy. Pole clips on the outside of the tent make it so you don't have to thread the poles through sleeves. It does not come with a footprint but the dimensions of the tent are small enough to where finding a lightweight footprint material is not hard.
The stakes are made of a flimsy aluminum, so depending on where you plan to use the tent and in what conditions, it is recommended you buy more durable stakes. The poles fit together easily and have removable pegs on the ends. The pegs fit into 1/4'' grommets that are sewn into flaps on all four edges of the tent.
Stability wise, the Amari Pass Solo does its job. The clips that attach to the poles pitch tautly, but I have noticed after months of use that the fabric has stretched out a bit which causes the tent to not pitch as tightly as it did the first time I took it out of the box. However, if the tent is not properly staked down, it will shift in the wind and with general moving around during the night. When properly staked down, it will survive through high gusts of wind, providing that the removable rainfly is clipped in securely (the rainfly attaches to the tent using plastic clips).
The Amari Pass Solo handles moisture variably depending on what kind of conditions it is used in. In heavy rain, the rainfly performed above and beyond, although I noticed moisture accumulating on the underside of the floor. The rainfly has one vent at the very top. The rainfly/vestibule also has this odd "V3" technology that Eureka says adds volume and ventability to the tent but I cannot for the life of me figure out how it works, even after watching videos and trying to no end to use it. It has a small 6'' pole sewn into the end that is supposed to remain upright when stacked down, but I have not figured out a way to make it work.
One major drawback of this tent is its ability to properly ventilate. On clear nights, the tent does great without the rainfly. But putting on the rainfly on a warmer night when the humidity is high leaves you waking up with dew on your sleeping bag and on the inside floor and also with dew on the roof. This is a major drawback for me, as I use this tent a lot in Georgia, where the humidity is usually always high.
The tent comes with one small removable gear loft that attaches to the roof and two sewn into the sides (when you crawl in), good for a headlamp, knife, book, etc. The thing I am most happy with on this tent is the room. With a lot of solo tents, room can be an issue, but the Amari Pass Solo has 3'2'' of sit up room, which is more than enough for me (I am 6'0'' and I can fully sit up while in a sleeping bag and on top of a 1'' inflatable pad). The floor is a roomy 3' width and 6'10'' length that will accommodate many different sizes of person with a floor space of 18.2 sq feet. The vestibule is large enough (5 sq feet) to fit a 60L backpacking pack, although this makes it hard to get in and out effectively.
The tent's packability leaves much to be desired. The pack size is 5'' by 16'', rather large for a backpacking tent. When I store this in my 60L pack for longer excursions, the tent takes up almost half of the inside of my pack. It packs down a bit smaller if you roll the poles and stakes up with the tent and rainfly, but this also bulks the tent up a bit for storage.
The Amari Pass Solo is a very efficiently designed tent despite some of its drawbacks. Not a lot of dangling and removable parts allows for seamless entry into the tent and I've never had any problems with putting on the rainfly, clipping the poles, zipping/unzipping the door, and being able to get in and out.
Overall, the tent has held up to the abuse I've put it through. I've used this tent while hiking the 80 mile Georgia part of the AT (done it three times), used it in flood conditions on 40 miles of the Florida trail, used it in general weekend camping, and used it car camping numerous times. I had yet to have to repair the tent in any way, although it have noticed some loose stitching near the door which I may have to repair soon.
All in all, I would say this is a good beginners backpacking tent. I would not recommend for longer trips where you need something that's not going to break your back. At around $100, it's a bang for your buck that will last you a good while.
Where to Buy
Here's what other sites are saying:
Key Features of the Eureka Amari Pass Solo One-person TentFull V3 front vestibuleFree standing and shockcorded frame2 interior pockets and gear loftVersatile end entry tentsVertical strut vestibule poleVectored fly-to-tent body pullouts75D 190T polyester taffeta floor material40D no-see-um tent canopyWeighs 4.85 lbs.Eureka Amari Pass Solo One-person TentThe Eureka Amari Pass Solo One-person Tent is provide protection in 3-season. Featuring the V3 front vestibule provides venting, volume and versatility. The tent is free standing, shock corded frame with post, and grommet assembly is lightweight and easy to set up. The versatile end entry tents features a large side-opening door. Two interior pockets and gear loft keep necessary things close to hands. Vertical strut vestibule pole creates extra volume for protected storage. It also features vectored fly-to-tent body pullouts that enhance ventillation and increase tent volume. The floor material is made of 75D 190T polyester taffeta and 40D no-see-um is the tent canopy material. It weighs 4.85 Lb. The Eureka Amari Pass Solo One-person Tent is easy to carry and comfortable for outdoor needs.
The Eureka Amari Pass Solo features the V3 enhanced tent system for the ultimate in volume, venting & versatility, Amari Pass Solo offers a mesh tent body with end-entry to aid ventilation and lighten the load.
Hello, Lone Wolf, you rebellious, solitary peace-seeker. Meet the Eureka 1-Person 3-Season Amari Pass Solo Tent, with wet-weather protection, tons of mesh for fresh air and star-gazing, and ample space for you to spread your wings and sleep like a baby. Pitch it quickly and easily with two lightweight, strong poles and clip attachments, so you can optimize your time basking in your serene existence. And when you pack it in, feel the liberating efficiency of no-fuss solo travel.
The Eureka! Amari Pass Solo is a one person tent. It has one end entry door and one attached storage vestibule. Eureka has enhanced the livability of this tent with the V3 system. The new V3 Enhanced Tent System increases ventilation, volume, and end user versatility by maximizing frame, fly, tent body, and guy-out design features. It includes a full coverage fly that protects the tent from the worst weather. Shockcorded aluminum poles and all clips make for a fast set up or take down. The mesh walls provide great ventilation and stargazing opportunities.Sleeps 1Factory Sealed Main Fly and Floor seams1 Door - end entry1 Vestibule - 7.4 Sq. Ft. - great spot to stow extra gear - Strut pole increases useable spaceCompact pack sizeFull coverage Polyester fly has good UV resistance and won't stretch in wet weatherShockcorded Aluminum polesGreat ventilation - all mesh sides1 Hooded fly vent is adjustable2 Interior Pockets for stuffPost and grommet - fly/tent attachmentAll Clip Freestanding design is fast and easy to set upExternal guy points on the fly help secure your tent in high windsGear loft included - 33"x9"All carry bags and stakes includedFire retardantImport