MSR Skinny One
Design: three-season, non-freestanding, single wall
Ease of Setup: super easy
Weight: 3.5 lbs with ground cloth
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200
I was in the market for a solo tent to use when out by myself or with a party of 3, that was comfortable, relatively light, weather resistant, and reasonably priced. The Skinny One met all of my criteria.
- Venting is very good for a single wall
- Light for its size
- Vestibule can be set up different ways, will hold a pack and boots.
- Small doorway
- If gear in vestible, can't get out the door
It is fully seam sealed, which is a plus over most tarp tents, and some single wall tents, that have to be seam sealed and re-seam sealed, and can handle moderate wind and heavy rain without so much as a drip inside.
The angled entry allows entry and exit without getting the inside wet. The vestibule will hold a pack and boots, but doesn't allow enough room for exit or entry if they are in the vestibule.
Although not as lightweight as some solos or tarp tents, it provides a ton of comfort and reliability while still saving a couple of pounds over a two man tent. I can sit up inside, but my head does rub the ceiling. The foot end is a giant mesh window when open and you can star gaze while falling asleep on nice nights. It has a full vent down the ceiling of the tent to help ventilate, which exits over the vestibule.
This thing sets up and takes down in seconds right out of the box with no practice. The single wall design is nice since you can set up or take down in the rain with out the inside of the tent getting wet.
CONS: The front entry is easy enough to get in and out, but I do prefer a side entry. This also restricts vestibule space since you have to climb in or around your gear to get in/out of the tent.
The tent condensates bad in cool or wet weather when you have to close the top vent and big window in the end. I take my camp towel in the tent with me to wipe it down in the morning. I knew this going into the purchase, as this is a frequent problem with single wall tents in general, but if vented some, it had no condensation down to 40 degree nights.
Overall, the Skinny One is a great tent, especially for the price and room it has. I would recommend this tent to those looking for light weight and comfort, but it's probably about 1 lb heavy for those seeking ultra light shelter status.
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This lightweight single wall solo backpacking tent has excellent ventilation and a surprising amount of space.
- Rocky Mountain Trail
Ultralight and ultra-roomy, the single-wall MSR Skinny One offers superefficient weatherproof protection at an impressively affordable price. This tent is perfect for extended solo trips, featuring copious amounts of space for one and a front vestibule for gear. An end-to-end overhead mesh vent and mesh window at the foot of the tent allow for superior flow-through ventilation. Hooped ends with Fast Clips make setup quick and easy.
The MSR Skinny One Tent puts a whole new spin on the solo camping thing. Basically, it doesn't have to be cramped and uncomfortable. This sub-three-pound tent provides a spacious 15sq feet of sleeping room and a large vestibule to keep your gear out of the rain as well. MSR used a single-wall SilNylon design to lower weight and decrease pack size. You also get a few extra guy-out points for better support if the weather turns out to be a bit nastier than you expected.
On Sale. Free Shipping. MSR Skinny One 1 Person Tent (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Skinny One 1 Person Tent by MSR Ultralight: Single-wall design provides super-efficient weatherproof protection. Spacious Interior: Copious amounts of space for one, plus a front vestibule for gear. Outstanding Ventilation: Innovative overhead mesh vent and a mesh window provide excellent flow-through ventilation-even in bad weather. Easy Setup: Hooped, sleeve-and-clip pole configuration makes setup fast and easy. SPECIFICATIONS: Capacity: 1 Minimum Weight: 3 lbs 3 oz / 1440 g Packaged Weight: 3 lbs 9 oz / 1610 g Floor Area: 15.5 sq. ft / 1.39 sq. m Vestibule Area: 5.28 sq. ft / 0.46 sq. m Tent Volume: 36.5 cu. ft / 1033 liters Vestibule Volume: 7 cu. ft / 198 liters Interior Peak Height: 30 in / 76 cm Packed Size: 20 x 6 in / 51 x 15 cm Freestanding: No Number of Doors: 1 Number of Poles: 2 DAC Number of Stakes: 10 Fly Fabric: 40D x 238T ripstop nylon 6 1500mm polyurethane and Silicone coated Mesh Type: 20D polyester mesh Floor Fabric: 40D x 238T ripstop nylon 6 10000mm polyurethane and DWR coated