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Since I just bought a Exos 46, I don't want to spend money on another tent right now, but maybe I can get one as a gift. (Most likely I'll end up buying it...)

Anyway... My current tent is the Copper Spur 2. Got it pretty cheap last year before I knew much about backpacking. I thought I was going to be using it with a friend more than I did, but I guess not. I want to get a Solo tent to lighten up the load some.

I'm looking at theses two right now.

Shangri-La 1 Tent


Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout

Both less than $150 which is the goal. Closer to $100 would be more preferred. With one of theses tents, I think I can hit the magical 10lb base weight. At least that's what I'm hoping. I really enjoy hiking/backpacking, but as many ultralighters have found, it's much more enjoyable when you aren't killing yourself hauling all that extra weight.

What would you recommend? Any different tents that are around that weight and price?


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At 13.5 ozs. (Plus some shepherds crook stakes) the MLD Solomid can be a contender:
http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com/shop...._id=137

I tend to prefer side entry even in a solo.

Performed very nice for the 17 days I was in Yosemite this past August (even though the second week had some especially violent and repetitive storms) paired with some GG LT4S poles at 9.4 ozs. the pair. With the dry weather (hah) suppressing the bugs I left off the innernet and just took a poly sheet at 2 ozs.
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A friend of mine uses the TarpTent contrail. Looks very nice, really compact, and I have seen him use it in wet/rainy conditions without a problem. It uses one trekking pole to hold it up, and he can pitch it in a few minutes.

I use a hennessy hammock - and while I like it, you don't save any weight or bulk, by the time you add an underquilt or pad for cool weather.


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I guess I should note that it needs to be screened in as well. To say the least, bugs really like me, but I don' t like them. Not so much a problem in the winter months, (December-March for here.) but any other time, they eat me alive.

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I think the Scout is one of the best buys out there.

With the nest, the Shangri-La 1 is heavy for the amount of room it gives you.  It may not be obvious from the specs but the Tarptent Contrail, with a similar setup, has more usable space and weighs quite a bit less.

I own a Contrail and a Lightheart Solo.  I bought them both very lightly used, both under $125.  Both are sub-2lb *with* Ti stakes.  My intention was to try them both and keep only one but I ended up keeping both and would recommend either one.  

It's hard to beat the Lightheart Solo. (The Scout's design is similar.)  Lots of headroom and convenient side-entry.  Super easy to set-up and great ventilation.   If you're tall, you'll want the 'Solong' model.

The Contrail is an ounce or two lighter and is big enough for me and my 105lb dog.  Also, if you don't hike with poles, the Contrail only requires one tent pole.


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I found this one at Campmor for a decent price and thought of getting it for my son. It is lightweight and they seem to have a good rep from what I could find.

[URL=http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product_27848[/URL]
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Marmot Mesh Bivy
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Looks pretty sweet.
Also an option,
Eureka Solitaire
Which can often be found as low as 60 bucks.
Fiberglass poles though...unless you can find the Canadian variation which is aluminum for some reason.
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I use a Tarptent Contrail for solo hiking.  I've been coveting the Tarptent Notch for a couple years, since the side entry is tempting.  The SMD tents are pretty nice, too, although I'd scrape up the extra bucks for the Trekker if at all possible.  You don't get many opportunities to lose 10 more ounces.
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not to hijack your thread, but I was also in the hunt for a VERY lightweight solo set up. Right now I use a Mountain Hardwear Helion 2...which I love, but it weighs something like 3 lbs 10 ounces.

I was actualy eyeing the Six Moon Designs Serenity net paired with the SixMoon Designs Gatewood Cape.....combined weight of 18 ounces. I also like that you can use the serenity net alone..7 ounces to keep the bugs and crawlies away..and if it is going to rain you can cove it with the Gatewood cape. Or, you can use the Gatewood Cape as a tarp and skip the net. I like the options and that also the Gatewood Cape can be used as a rain poncho if you really wanted.


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I've taken into consideration what your guys have said, but I'm still leaning towards the Golite. Ideally I would go with the Tarptent Contrail, but at $100 more, plus having to seam seal it is not very appealing at the current time.

The SMD Scout is $141 after shipping before seam sealing it and the Golite is $131 shipped factory taped. I do like that the Golite has a more open vestibule and the front entrance I don't think will bother me since I'm small.


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I think I've changed my mind. After thinking about it, I wouldn't really use my Copper Spur 2 much any more with a new tent. I figured if I sold it, then it would be fine to purchase a little more expensive tent.

The one that has interested me most is the Tarptent Contrail. Anyone know if they have a sale on them around the holidays or if anyone is trying to sell one?


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I've been really happy with my Lightheart Gear Solo, and it' stood up to some big thunderstorms on Mount Mitchell in NC and in Glacier National Park. I love all the mesh, the double wall design that helps minimize condensation, easy setup, side entry and the headroom

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I love my Eureka Spitfire - I bought it for $67 and have used it for 8 years now. Love the side entrance and "elbow" room.

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Since I just bought a Exos 46, I don't want to spend money on another tent right now, but maybe I can get one as a gift. (Most likely I'll end up buying it...)

Anyway... My current tent is the Copper Spur 2. Got it pretty cheap last year before I knew much about backpacking. I thought I was going to be using it with a friend more than I did, but I guess not. I want to get a Solo tent to lighten up the load some.

I'm looking at theses two right now.

Shangri-La 1 Tent


Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout

Both less than $150 which is the goal. Closer to $100 would be more preferred. With one of theses tents, I think I can hit the magical 10lb base weight. At least that's what I'm hoping. I really enjoy hiking/backpacking, but as many ultralighters have found, it's much more enjoyable when you aren't killing yourself hauling all that extra weight.

What would you recommend? Any different tents that are around that weight and price?

DON'T buy the GoLite!

Flimsy, fragile, paper thin, major pain to stake out just right so the sides are taut. You have to carry around tarps to protect it from anything falling from trees (small branches) so it wont go through the fly.

Sent mine back after one horrible experience in the ADKs.

Ended up with the REI Quarter Dome 1 and have been very pleased. It may weight a couple of ounces more, but the fragility of the GoLites makes it a disaster just waiting to happen.
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I order a Shangri-La 1 Tent and set it up in the back yard a few years ago. Not much room since the hiking poles are right down the middle. I sent it back.

I use a Tarptent Rainbow for solo. Love it.


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Thanks for the extra feed back!
I do plan to get a Contrail now, just not sure when. I would hope with in the next couple months. I think I'll most likely be selling my Copper Spur 2 and that will help finance it.


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