User Review: Hilleberg Soulo
Design: Four-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Super easy! Short pole sleeves and clips!
Weight: 2.1 kilograms
Price Paid: 5300 NKR/US$1000
After buying several tents for my solo trips over the last few years I ended up with a completely useless Eureka Skylite SUL. After spending the wettest three nights of my hiking career in it I went back to the shop and was allowed to return it. After deciding to spend a bit more than I had on the Eureka I ended up with the Hilleberg Soulo. I'm now a really happy camper :D
The tent sets up in minutes, is completely freestanding, with the inner and outer tent raised at the same time and it really can take a pounding. It is not the lightest solo tent around, but after being hit by a storm above the tree line one night I'm willing to carry it to feel safe.
The vestibule is large enough to take my backpack (a Bora95) and fishing gear. The rest of my clothing etc goes in the inner tent with me. I'm 6 feet and feel I have more than sufficient space inside. Cooking in the vestibule have not been a problem either. The venting is good with a large vent in the apex of the tent (protected by a separate fly) so condensation is not a problem. The inner tent is made form nylon that has a DWR coating keeping what condensation forming on the fly away form you. There is also a large mesh screen on the inner tent, making sure the airflow is good.
My only small gripe is that it can be a slight problem with the zipper on the inner when you want to open it up with just on hand. But it is not a problem big enough to take away any stars on the rating.
The price is a bit high, especially here in Norway. And yes, it costs more than $1000 here!!!