User Review: LightHeart Gear Solo
Source: bought it new
- You can trust your life to this tent in extreme environments
I am a mountaineer that does the Rocky Mountain high peaks multiple times a year. My trips are solo in trail-less true wilderness areas. I generally spend six days at altitudes of up to 13,200 feet. Three primary things are critical to my well being and survival in the challenging environments that I frequent; my orienting skills, my extensive mountaineering knowledge and my equipment. These are all inextricably linked to insure my safety.
Accordingly, my choice of equipment is a critical decision. In effect, I am betting my life on the reliability of the critical items I rely on. For example, a leaky tent could be far more than just an inconvenience. I woke up one morning with my down sleeping bag and my legs wet from a leaky REI tent. The REI tent just wasn’t up to the extreme rain, snow and winds that can occur often above 12,000 feet. This was in October, but luckily the temperature was warm enough that hypothermia wasn’t an issue. Had it happened on my last trip in November 2012, it might have had a different outcome. The temperature was in the low teens for much of the trip.
Fortunately, I had replaced my REI tent with a Light Heart Solo some time ago. This is an incredible piece of equipment. Replacing my six pound REI with a Light Heart that weighs in at about two pounds certainly helps with the extreme elevation gains that are part of my hike in. However, the ability of the Light Heart Solo to reliably protect me from the extreme weather conditions of a tundra environment is reassuring. The tent has performed flawlessly in high winds, extreme temperature and driving snow and rain. I am almost developing an emotional attachment to my Light Heart Solo. It is that good.
I am busy planning my next trip, at ease in the knowledge that my Light Heart Solo will keep me safe and comfortable, regardless of the extremity of the environment. I am convinced that my Solo will last as long as I am able to do the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains. I have bought my last tent and I continue to be delighted with my purchase.