User Review: Eureka! Solitaire
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 75$
Decent little tent for the money. Plenty of room inside for you and a sleeping bag. Rain fly is nice, although heavy rain may find its way in. Floor material is a bit on the thin side, but still sturdy.
- Quick assembly
- Can be used as open air or covered roof
- Quality zippers and body material
- Rain fly could leak in heavy storms
- Fiberglass poles
- Bottom is a bit thin
It's an easy enough tent to set up, just two poles, clip in and done. The rain fly can be rolled up, exposing just a screen net between you and the stars, both above the entrance and the body of the tent. Staked out, it won't budge an inch in wind.
I used this tent on a 2-day hike/camp trip in Alaska. It packs down small enough to fit in a side pocket of my Kelty pack, and even though the poles are fiberglass, they fold down nicely and stow in a small pocket. Once I got to camp, I had the tent unrolled, staked and poled up in less than 5 minutes. Temps outside were in the 50's until the sun went down, then it dropped to high 30s. The tent didn't really block any temperature, but it did a nice job of keeping most of the wind off of me, and the light rain we got that evening.
This is the epitome of a 1-person "mummy" tent. The head area is about 2 1/2ft high, while the foot area is only about 18" or so, and you have about 3ft of width to move around. There is a pocket inside for keys/energy bars/snacks/flashlight/etc. I'm 5'9" and my pack, plus me (in a mummy bag) fit inside nice and snug with no body parts rubbing against the ends of the tent.
Unlike a lot of tents that never fold down just right after you use them once, this one will, every time. It as simple to pack up as it is to set up, and can be compacted down to fit in very small areas in your bag so as not to take up a lot of unnecessary space.
The zippers are decent quality and are smooth. I never had one want to grab the screen material or the nylon.
The major downside I see is that the floor is thin nylon material, I could see a sharp rock piercing through if you're not careful, but between that and the poles not being aluminum, those are the only real complaints I have about the quality. It really is a nice one-person tent so long as you don't try to use it in the snow.