The Lunar Solo Tent is a lightweight and compact 3 season tent with a good size sleeping area and vestibule, ideal for ultralight back packers.
Six Moon Designs says:
The Lunar Solo for 2018 is newly constructed with 100% Silicone coated Polyester material. The Canopy is 20D material and the floor has been constructed with 40D material for additional strength. The canopy stretch has been decreased along with the packed volume. We have also made the main guy line a reflective cord and guy outs for the corners are also now reflective.
The Lunar Solo's distinctive low hexagonal shape easily spills the wind no matter the direction. Short, steeply sloped sides, handle snow or high winds with ease. A generous canopy covers a 26 sq. ft. sleeping area plus 8.5 sq. ft. of vestibule storage. The 48" peak height, set in the middle of the tent maximizes room for sitting and taking care of chores.
The sleeping area is a surrounded 6-inch deep bathtub floor, topped by 6 inches of mesh. This ensures excellent ventilation while keeping you separated from low canopy walls. This keeps you drier on those occasions when condensation forms on the canopy.
The vestibule is set on the long side of the tent to maximize views and ventilation when fully open. Close it and you've got phenomenal protection from the worst storms.
A 2012 redesign raised the canopy 3" (up to 48") and offset the pole. The result was considerably more headroom. Extending the floor to 90" and making end walls vertical enhances sleeping for taller individuals. The slight reduction in floor space is more than compensated for by better weather handling. With more vertical walls, the Lunar Solo easily sheds wind and snow.
Six Moon Design's 2018 Lunar Solo Tent has kept the classic design but seen an upgrade in materials to improve performance and durability. The incredibly low weight remains and with the versatility of being able to use trekking poles or tent poles to put this up provide a lot of advantages over many other traditional solo tents. There is a decent sized vestibule for your kit and it helps for ventilation. As with any single skin shelter, condensation is going to affect it but it isn't too bad once you've got the hang of using this tent in different conditions.
The design and shape of the tent make it surprisingly weather resistant with strength in windy conditions and the large bathtub floor protecting against rain. It definitely takes a while to get the pitching right with this tent so practice at home first and don't be surprised if there are lots of adjustments to make on your first few outings. At such a light weight the Lunar Solo is in competition with some seriously high end, light weight tents but the trekking pole design and low cost, by comparison, keep this as an amazing option for weight conscious backpackers.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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Notes: Pegs and pole are not included.