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Solid tent for backpackers
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought this tent years ago when I was just starting out as a backpacker. It's light as heck and packs up small, making it great when you're trying to minimize bulk and weight. Material stands up well, even in big downpours. Never had any problems with leaking seams or any of that nonsense. It's definitely snug on the inside. Bring in even a small pack and things start to get a bit crowded. I'm tallish (6'1") and had no problem with the length. It's great for people who only enter the tent to sleep - the downside of course being that on rainy days you might get stir-crazy in its confines. The built-in fly is also a big bonus, since it cuts down on the packing size.
Which leads me to the downsides. Some kind of vestibule would have been great, since on those aforementioned rainy days you'll have no choice but to cram your gear and smelly footwear into the tent with you. On one particular trip I just couldn't stand the smell of my boots anymore and left them outside the tent overnight. As fate would have it, there was a huge thunderstorm while I slept and I was forced to contend with wet boots for an entire day.
The biggest downside is what eventually spelled doom for my tent after a little over a year of ownership. On a windy night in the badlands the poles snapped outright. They are made thin to cut down on size and weight, with the end result being a flimsy pole that holds up well in windless environments but will really strain under heavy gusts. I had no choice but to pack up my poor tent and share my friend's for the remainder of the trip. When I returned, I ditched the tent in favor of something a little more durable.
A good tent for beginners, definitely. But there are a few things that just don't stand up well.
Eureka Solitaire Tent Set Up
Took me about 6 1/2 minutes to set this tent up; after some field testing, I'll come back and leave a review.
love this product
I absolutely love this tent. I have had mine for almost 4 years and have used it countless times. I am an avid backpacker so I have used this tent year round and have found it to be a great all season tent. I am short so I have not had the problems of getting into and out of the tent that everyone speaks of. However I have had the condensation problem but have found that if you leave a small gap in the door fly it is not near as bad. Also I have never had any trouble with breaking poles and on that note you can get replacement poles. U need to look up the eureka gossamer replacement poles. They are aluminum rather than fiberglass. All in all a great small tent for the avid backpacker or soloist.
Eureka Solitaire Tent
I have used this tent for several yers and it has worked great. It is super light weight and has never had to be waterproofed yet has stayed dry through 3 day rains. All my gear fits fairly well at my feet and the zipper on the top makes getting stuff in and out easy. In the cold it stays warmer inside too. The only problem is changing clothes in it because you can't sit it up in it easily. Great for any camping but may be too small for drive up campsites.
Tent is nice, but pole are weak
Three stars because this is a fairly good tent and is easy to set up. The poles, however, are junk. The lower pole on mine broke once per night for 2 nights.
Here's a hint: Gorilla Tape. If you're on a budget and you enjoy the idea of having an inexpensive, light tent (or can't bring yourself to buy the Wal-Mart tent that will weigh twice as much at least), get this tent.
After reading the reviews, I purchased the Solitaire and, when it arrived, I took the time to wrap the poles (tiny, BTW) with Gorilla Tape. As a result, it withstood my not-so-gentle setup and some decent wind overnight at Larrabee State Park.
There will be condensation on the foot end of the tent, especially if you're taller than I am (5'9") or choose to utilize your pack as a pillow. The great advantage is that, if you're somewhere relatively private (or you just don't care), you can do without the attached rain fly and roll it back to enjoy the stars and the breeze.
I can't believe at how small this tent packs down. I can jam it, my sleeping bag, and the sleeping bag liner in the bottom compartment of my backpack!
Poles too weak
I bought this tent because of the light weight, unfortunately the first weekend the poles snapped, and since I have repaired the poles several times, short of it is that I have probably spent more time fixing the poles on this tent than sleeping in it.
Good Tent, Could Be Better
This is my first Solo Tent. I bought this tent because of the weight, the color, the manufacturer, and of course the price. I like the tent, but I'm disappointed that it's not a freestanding tent, which means instead of the tent being held up by poles, it's held up by many steaks in the ground, which take longer to set up than a freestanding tent. And if you are going to set it up in the rain, by the time your done your tent will be full of water. Also Eureka put rubber protective tips on one end of the hooped poles to protect the tent when you slide the poles through the sleeves. They should have used plastic tips because the rubber tips grab onto the inside of the sleeves and make it very difficult and annoying to set up and take down the tent.
How many pegs are required to stake the...
How many pegs are required to stake the tent down?
appears minimum is 8 stakes, 2 in front and back, and 2 at each segment in the main body, may need 2 more for the rain fly, it is difficult to tell from the angle of the picture
13 pegs are included in the tent. 12 are small steel stakes, one is a large plastic one.
each pole (two in total) has a place to stake down the main body of the tent on either side of the pole. So 4 pegs so far. Then the "foot vestibule" and "head vestibule" also require two pegs each. So we're up to 8 to get the basic tent up. The four "corners" of the fly each need their own stake to get it off of the underlying tent. That's 12. They suggest using one more at the foot to help it keep it off of the "foot vestibule". It'd be tough to cut back on tent pegs on this one if you wanted to use the fly. Sorry for all the "quotes".
wondering if the mesh zip can be zipped...
wondering if the mesh zip can be zipped from inside
It would be a very poor design if it couldn't be closed from the inside. if it turns out that it can't though, just tie a little extra nylon string to the pull tabs and let the extra length dangle inside the tent body.Velcro tabs also work great.
Yes, the mesh zip (the way of exiting the tent from the top if the rain fly is rolled back) can be accessed from the inside.
how and where can I get replacement pole...
how and where can I get replacement pole for the solitaire. pole broke second time out.
Sorry to hear this but your warranty should cover this unfortunate mishap being a pole should not have broken the second time out. I've never heard of anything like this before.Contact Eureka @http://www.eurekatent.com/
How does this tent hold up in strong...
How does this tent hold up in strong rain?
A friend of mine had his in strong rain/wind and a tent pole snapped. One other tent blew over, but the rest of the 7 that were up next to mine were fine. You wouldn't think the Solitaire would have these problems because of it's profile, but the poles aren't that great. The Eureka Spitfire is much more stable & about the same $.
Hi, I just bought the MountainSmith tent...
Hi, I just bought the MountainSmith tent that I saw in the Outlet section. Which one would be better, this one or the one I bought?
I would go with the Mountainsmith. Unfortunately they invested good research $ in their tents before deciding to get out of the tent business. They also did the same thing with their sleeping bags.