Rated 4 out of 5 by Joe22 It worked great in a very bad storm.
I was worried water would come in or the fly would come off. The only negitive I have is I'm a tall guy and I've been using a blow up air bed inside which makes for zero headroom. I put a coleman air bed inside and its a little tight but it fits. That air bed is the twin not the small one made to sit on the rack. There's no reason to spend $300 for a one man tent unless you think your gonna be in 10 degree weather for a week.
November 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by William C. Excellent emergency/quick trip tent
Its light weight and compact size make it a great emergency shelter to keep in your vehicle if you drive a lot to or through isolated areas. I got one to go in my bug out bag and will likely use it on group trips if that comes up. Not for the claustrophobic, however! The simplicity is very nice. Don't get it if you're expecting to need more room than this provides--definitely NOT for more than a couple of days comfortably--but for what it is, if you understand its purpose, it is excellent.
August 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Steve Good Bang-for-the-Buck
Eureka always makes a "good value" tent. Some of their tents are outstanding, expedition quality, some are good for backyard camp outs, but most all are a good bang-for-the-buck. This Solitaire is no exception. It is NOT an expedition quality, ultra light shelter but, once again, it is worth the money, ESPECIALLY with the discount that Dick's had going on at the time, (and maybe still does). You will instantly want to discard the "steel sevens" tent stakes in favor of some lightweight aluminum or titanium stakes. That will shave off a pound or more. I have read that some people send off for aluminum poles as well, which will shave off another few ounces. It is pretty easy to make this a sub-3 lb. tent, even with the addition of a lightweight ground cloth. It will be quite warm in the summer if you have to deploy the rainfly, but pretty cool if you don't, plus great stargazing. The close fitting fly will actually be a bonus in cold weather. I am a 6' guy, and have plenty of room inside, but your pack, etc, will have to go outside the tent. Not quite as lightweight as some of the higher end tents out there, but FAR less money, even at full retail. Sorry to keep repeating myself, but overall this tent is not perfect, but a great bang-for-the-buck. I would buy it again in a heartbeat!
August 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by dronster222 Best ultralite value!
Best ultralite tent on the market for the price. Want to pay 125%-400% more for a ultralite? Go ahead! Have seen 6 footers use this tent with room to spare. Condensation is to be expected. Stay to high ground or pull back rain fly to limit any condensation. I make 7-10 day High Sierra hikes with a base weight [including bear canister, all food, empty water bottles] of 15-18 lb. A 5 star tent and junk I don't need is junk I don't need. I now use a Tarptent and loan the Solitaire to those learning the ultralite way.
June 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by kevco Great Value
I bought this tent on sale for an overnight backpacking trip last weekend. I already have a 2-man Kelty tent but a friend needed a tent and for the price I couldn't pass this one up. My friend used the heavier Kelty and I used the Eureka. Overall I'm happy with it. It's definitely minimalist. At 5'8" and 175lbs I was perfectly comfortable inside, with room to leave my shoes inside near the door but out of my way. I had misc other bits of clothing and gear around the edges of my sleeping pad but would not try to fit my entire pack. My biggest complaint would be condensation. It was not raining, or even very humid outside but the inside of the rainfly was dripping with condensation and the entire tent was humid. My glasses fogged up when I put them on in the morning inside the tent. In the future I'll leave the entrance flap vented unless it is raining, in which case it could be a damp night.
June 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dylan Just cannot beat the price
I was able to steal this tent on sale for $60. It's been my best camping purchase so far. I've taken it on several overnight trips without an issue. Great buy for someone just starting out.
May 26, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Adventurousspirit This product is small
Alright I'm a regular backpacker. I'm 5'4" 100lbs. This tent is for someone small and concerned about weight. There's not a lot of room. I don't sleep w/my pack inside. Just too cramped. Does well in light rain but not in a downpour. Suggest tying a rope to two trees and draping a tarp over that so it covers the tent but there's some ventilation. Can be very stuffy. Have slept in it all four seasons condensation can be a real proble. I have woke up with the whole tent being damp in summer. Over all not a bad tent but i think it's pricey for how it preforms. Wouldn't recommend it for most.
March 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great man A very nice tent but...
I liked every thing about the tent. It kept me warm on a cold night and is very light and easy to pack and carry. However the second time it was put up, ihere was a crack. The front pole cracked or better described as split. It can be fixed and it held for the night but it could have caused big problems. Probably because its so light.so be careful!!
January 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JimD Over night Review
After purchasing this tent, as with ALL products i set in up in my yard to spent the night. I recommend you do this with this tent. Setting it up for the first time in the dark or fading light could be a chore. Once done it becomes a simple task. There was a light dizzle during the night, but the inside of the tent remained dry and secure. I don't know if that would be the case with a driving rain as the fly at the enterance allows a small gap at the bottom. You may want stronger tent stakes in a high wind. Will set it up under those conditions to see how it fairs. I used a thick cushion 3 1/2" under my sleeping bag which limited the space inside, recommend a maximum of 1". I recommend a quality pad and bag only. Entrance and exit is trickly until you do it several times. Packes nicely and is light wgt.
November 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Old Scouter Biggest Bang for your Bucks
If you need a lightweight tent for backpacking this is the best value out there. Minimal venting does lead to some condensation issues, but the value and ease of use (in my opinion) outweigh that drawback.
I have used this tent backpacking in the Grayson Highlands of Southwest VA and various sections of the AT - in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Does the job with light pack weight, small pack size, easy set up. My sleep pad is larger and heavier in the pack than this tent!
Also use this tent for quick scout troop overnighters. Save the big tents for long-term camping!
This tent is roomier than it looks. I am 6'4" - large frame. I can sleep comfortably in this tent with my backpack inside as well.
All seams are factory-taped but make sure to apply your own sealant as well just to be safe. Highly recommend a "footprint" groundcloth to help keep tent clean and avoid any seep-through from really wet ground.
November 6, 2012