User Review: Eureka! Solitaire
Design: One person, bivy shelter
Ease of Setup: Relatively easy - one person setup. NEED good stakes - DO NOT Forget these!
Weight: 2.7 pounds
Price Paid: $60
I read significant amounts of negative press on this tent so I took evasive action before I left home.
UPGRADE the existing 6.3 mmm (1/4") fiberglass poles into new Easton poles. You can have these made very cheap at polesforyou dot com. These folks not only built my poles in one day, but then upgraded the shipping so I would have them by weekend.
The tent camped well. The low temperature that morning was 15 degrees and the tent was just above 25 (indoor/outdoor digital thermometer - don't leave home without it). I did not notice any condensation inside the tent so I guess I had it stretched taught enough. The side of tent, where your face fits was open enough to let in breathing air and though it has a very low ceiling, I was able to climb in nicely. Its true, this is not a "uh oh, its raining, get in" tent; with a little time (likely around 5 minutes), you can have it up and ready for you.
When folding the tent up (rolling), the remaining air billowed in the foot area and it took a few moments to push it out. I like this, it tells me the tent will breath but is water-proofed well. The tent has a "see me" yellow top so it could be used as a "I'm lost" signal, but all in all, I'm impressed with it.
Mosquitoes and bugs weren't a problem in Cimarron Canyon, New Mexico, because it was cold, but the tiny netting on the tent would keep out even the smallest critter.
Don't buy the hype, this tent is worth it for anyone who wants a one-person water proof, wind proof shelter for backpacking. It's light, weighing in around 2.7 pounds and rolls up nicely small. I would recommend a tent-pad because the floor of this little tent is as soft as the walls - any upright stick will poke through it.
I gave it a 4 because it's not perfect, but very functional for the price. Upgrade those poles!