Question: Hi, just bought and used a Gelert Solo tent, it was too small! i like to keep my rucksack were possible in my tent. Any suggestions for a lightweight, one-man tent not too expensive?
Answer: Hi there,
The name is Gear, Richard 'Lightweight Camping' Gear. As you've
discovered, many lightweight one-person tents are as minimalist as
possible to slash weight and this often means that there's insufficient
room to stow a pack inside the tent with you â€“ bad news for convenience
when accessing kit, but also a pain if it rains during the night and
your pack gets soaked.
I'm not going to suggest a specific tent initally â€“ the problem is that
most good lighweights are expensive â€“ but I'm going too suggest that
you think laterally. Next step up from solo tents is a two-person tent
that in reality is more of a one-and-a-half person tent â€“ fine for
minimalist adventure racing types but a tight and very sociable squeeze
for general use.
However, the interesting bit is that these snug two-person tents only
weigh slightly more than the one-person equivalent, which makes them a
good buy for someone looking for a roomy one-person shelter.
For example, a Vango Force Ten Helium 100, single-person tent has a
claimed total weight of 1.15 kilos, while the larger Helium 200 weighs
just 200 grammes more at 1.3kg. The Superlite versions of the tents
weigh in at 0.98kg and 1.14kg respectively, so if you're prepared to
spend a little more, you can actually have a two-person tent that
weighs the same as the standard one-person version. Look around on line
and you can often find big reductions.
If you up your budget, you're into Terra Nova territory or have a look
at the new VauDe Power Lizard tent.
I'm aware that all these options are far more expensive than the budget
£40 Gelert you have already, but they're also lighter and use
better materials and roomier too. Whether the extra is worthwhile
depends on how much you'll use the tent.