The Soulo is one of the strongest all season, solo tents available. With a freestanding, three pole design and 12 guy points, this tent is ready for the worst conditions. With amazing build quality and unquestionable durability this is a top class tent. Good head height and decent vestibule space make it practical too.
Since the Soulo’s free standing construction allows it to be pitched almost anywhere, and since it is remarkably light and tremendously strong, it is ideal for almost any adventure. During its development, nearly every tester found it perfect for whatever trip it was used on. Mountaineers, both recreational and professional, will take to its strength and low weight, as will backcountry hunters and winter campers. Bicycle, motorcycle and paddle tourers will choose it for its free standing simplicity and compact packed size. Backpackers in all seasons, long distance trekkers, and weekend hikers alike will be drawn to its light weight and integrated vestibule, and ski tourers and ski mountaineers will appreciate its snow load handling. Tall users will love its length, and all will appreciate its remarkable overall roominess.
Hilleberg's Soulo Tent is ready for the worst conditions you might encounter on a solo trip. The details in the design, materials used and quality of construction result in a fantastic tent. Hilleberg focus their designs on quality, durable tents that provide shelter from the worst conditions. They use a label system to differentiate their tents and intended uses. The Soulo falls into the Red Label category which are: ideal for trips in any season where lighter weight is the priority and are quite capable of standing up to challenging terrain and conditions.
With a genuinely freestanding, three pole setup the Soulo looks and feels strong enough to withstand anything. There can still be a bit of flapping in stronger winds but with practice and adjustments this can be minimised. That's not to say the tent doesn't deal well in wind, it does. With the three poles crossing over and 12 guy points this tent does not move. You can be confident of a strong safe shelter in very high winds. The first time I used this in strong winds (over 50mph) I was amazed by how little I felt it.
The all-in-one pitching makes it quick and easy to put up while the inner provides extra warmth and the vestibule is a good size for storing your pack, boots and any wet gear. The weight is going to put many people off but if you need an all season tent that stands up to winter conditions easily then ultra lightweight tents aren't going to be in the running anyway. There are ways to cut weight with the Soulo but since strength and durability are key points in the design you would be reducing these slightly to save that weight. This is the tent I use through winter and any times when I know the weather will be challenging and it has never let me down.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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