User Review: LightHeart Gear Solo
Design: three-season double wall tent with integrated rain fly
Ease of Setup: easy--short learning curve
Weight: 27 ounces without stakes
Price Paid: $235
I love this tent. It is the fourth tent I have tried this year, and it combines the best of all worlds-- a double wall tent that is extremely lightweight (27 ounces without stakes).
The four mesh sides make it feel spacious and light. It feels so much more roomy and light than the other tents I tried (Tarptent, SMD and Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1). Don't get me wrong, the other tents were fine, but this one suits me to a T.
The tent is easy and fast to set up. It requires two trekking poles and stakes. The learning curve on set up was short (two or three times max). The integrated rain fly means I can set up the tent with the fly out of the say and pull the fly down in a moment's notice if it starts to rain. In the meantime, I can star gaze at night.
It has an odd shape-- like a diamond, but the shape leaves plenty of room on all four sides for gear. There's plenty of headroom for sitting up and changing clothes. The side entrance also adds to the feeling of spaciousness. It packs down small, not much larger than a nalgene bottle. I can pack it in the side pocket of my pack.
I camp mostly on the AT, where it rains a lot, but I have had no problem with either wetness or condensation. The only downside is that the elongated shape requires a large footprint.