L.L.Bean Microlight Solo
2 lb 15 oz
20 sq ft
5.33 sq ft
7 ft 7 in
21 in x 5 in
Tent packs extremely small - I carry it and its ground…
Design: three-season two-hoop tunnel not-freestanding
Ease of Setup: Tent setup extremely easy, with the fly setup taking a little more time
Weight: 3 lb, 11 oz
Price Paid: $119
Tent packs extremely small - I carry it and its ground cover in a 10l compression sack, which is actually a little too big. It is also quite light.
Setting up the main part of the tent is a breeze; quick and easy. The fly, on the other hand could be easier to put on, requiring velcro to position properly, and a minimum of four additional stakes to secure the main vestibule, and another two if you need the side vestibules.
On that note, the vestibules are adequate, though not overly spacious. I think you may have some trouble fitting any single large bag in it, but with a collection of small(er) bags, you will be fine. I found that, at 6'1", I am pretty much at the limit for this tent. My often hit the mesh of the tent, however, as it is a full-mesh top, condensation is not much of an issue.
The poles are durable, I often use my poles as a packing structure for a pannier. The stakes are a little chunky and could use being replaced with something a bit lighter.
All in all, an excellent tent but with some small issues that could be addressed. Plus, Beans has a great warranty on all their products, so I feel safe when I pack this tent.
This tent weighs less than a one-liter, water-filled Nalgene bottle and packs almost as small as a bivy sack – ideal for ultralight backpackers, kayakers and bikers. The 30-denier ripstop nylon rain fly is coated with 1,500 mm silicone on the outside and a polyurethane layer inside. It's the lightest tent fabric available today.
Two-pole hoop-style construction stands up to wind and driving rain. Sets up quickly with color-coded clips that attach to two lightweight-aluminum poles, then stakes out for support. Breathable no-see-um mesh tent body with enough headroom to change clothes. Large door and vestibule make entry and exit simple. Imported.