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Alexander Saito

Locale: NorthEast
Solo Tent Help on 07/02/2013 22:31:06 MDT Print View

Hello all,

First off I'd like to say I'm looking forward to being apart of this site. Been snooping around here for a little while,
and decided I wanted to make the leap into the forum community. So I recently have been doing quite a bit of research on my future hike and trailing solo tent, and have came to a halt on two that I really do like, but I feel that there's usually always more options that I'm not aware of and would like a bit of insight.

My top two are

1. MSR Hubba Hp
2. Vaude Hogan Ultralight Argon

So far I really like what the above options have to offer, but I would like any comments from users that have used them personally.
I haven't been able to find any real reliable reviews or videos showing the performance of the Hogan Ultra Light Argon.
I am up for as many recommendations or leads as possible of any tents that meet the category.

I'm looking for an 'Ultralight' solo tent that is not a bottomless tent or tarp shelter. Needs to have a floor and mesh surrounding such as the ones listed. A tent That will provide me with substantial weather resilience. (Heavy rain & Harsh Wind) Weight should be anywhere between 2-3.5 lbs max. I do a lot of Dayhiking, trailing and Bushcraft, so I'm looking for a tent that can pack down easy and is a quick setup.

Thanks in advance

- Alex

Edited by RSN on 07/03/2013 08:18:30 MDT.

Alexander Saito

Locale: NorthEast
MSR+ARGON on 07/03/2013 08:33:11 MDT Print View

Edited by RSN on 07/03/2013 08:43:21 MDT.

John Holmes

Locale: SouthEastern US
re: Solo Tent Help on 07/03/2013 09:03:35 MDT Print View

I loved my Hubba...I'm sure you would too. Bomber, dry, roomy. Just a tad heavy. Take a look at the Tarptent Notch. I recently made the switch from Hubba and love it. Almost everything the Hubba was but 1/2 the weight. It is a bit smaller, but that's to be expected :)

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: re: Solo Tent Help on 07/03/2013 09:32:10 MDT Print View

Funny, having used the Hubba, I found the Notch has much more usable space. More width, the same length, and more peak height.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Tarptent Notch or Moment DW on 07/03/2013 10:05:29 MDT Print View

I'd look closely at the two Tarptent models above. I have a TT Moment and love it. With a crossing pole it becomes freestanding.

Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
tent on 07/03/2013 10:09:27 MDT Print View

Check out Mountain Hardwear SuperMega UL1. I have the UL2 version and I do love it. It pretty much got all solid reviews and I do believe it is storm worthy. Its a solid lightweight tent that is simple to pitch..think seconds, not minutes. I think its worth looking too.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: tent on 07/03/2013 10:12:34 MDT Print View

I saw the UL1 recently. You can't sit up in it. Not to mention, it is not long enough for anyone over 6 foot. What a disaster. The UL2 is very nice, however.

Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
tent on 07/03/2013 10:21:13 MDT Print View

ah haa. OK, like I said, I have the UL2 and I love it. I wasnt 100% sure about the maybe he should consider looking at the UL2..

Adam Klagsbrun
(klags) - MLife

Locale: Northeast US
lots of options on 07/03/2013 10:54:07 MDT Print View

There are lots of options you can look at. First, if you like the Vaude, it is pretty similar to the Easton Mountain Products Kilo 2P. They also make a 1P version. I would also look at the following options:

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL and UL platinum series
Tarp Tent
Six moon designs skyscape series or lunar solo
Nemo meta 1P

I have a nemo meta 1P I'd be willing to sell for pretty cheap, its only been used once - had to buy it for someone to use on a trip last minute - it works great I just don't need three tents. PM me if interested. Happy hunting on those other options!

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - MLife

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Go Tarptent on 07/03/2013 11:06:44 MDT Print View

I have a BA Copper Spur UL1. That is really an excellent tent. Basically the same design as the Hubba you are considering, but it has more room AND it's lighter. I use it on my sea kayaking trips. If you are looking for a non-cottage-industry tent, I'd lean that way.

I got a Tarptent Moment DW this spring and have been using that for my backpacking trips. It's very light and has similar living space to the Copper Spur. It's a lovely tent. Since I'm often in places where it is very difficult to drive in stakes, I appreciate the 2-stake pitch with the hoop pole. I can always find a spot to wiggle 2 stakes into the ground while my experience with other shelters that require a lot of different staking points has been pretty unpleasant (that's why I didn't consider the Notch even though I always travel with trekking poles).

The only downside is that you need to do your own seam sealing with Tarptents. This turned out to be pretty easy and effective, but factory seam tape would have been nice. Also, the aluminum hoop pole on the Moment is a little soft and flexy in the wind. I understand that they now have a carbon pole that may stiffen things up. But overall I'm very impressed with my Moment DW.

You can see it in use in my most recent trip video: Hiking Across Kodiak Island

Edited by Philip.AK on 07/03/2013 11:09:03 MDT.

Alexander Saito

Locale: NorthEast
Vaude Hogan Argon? on 07/03/2013 11:09:16 MDT Print View

Thanks for the replies guys, I will consider all the recommendations. Especially the tarp tents now that I see how similar the dimensions are.
Please keep in mind that the Ultralight 1 person tent I'm looking for has to be somewhat spacious..nothing crazy.
enough for me to sit up in and have some room for maybe a bag. Again storm proven quality (Heavy rain and wind)

Has anyone used or owned the Vaude Hogan Argon or their Ultralight series?

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: tent on 07/03/2013 12:10:54 MDT Print View

I agree Joe. The UL2 would be a great choice as well. My buddy used his recently in Zions National Park and I was impressed by the space to weight ratio.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Great Video on 07/03/2013 12:22:24 MDT Print View


That was a great video of your Alaskan trip. Good videography.
I'd have carried my large bear spray can at the least and maybe a S&W Ti .44 mag. for good luck.

I'm selling my original single wall Moment to a BPL member and getting the Moment DW with a "semi-solid" inner for 4 season use. With the crossing pole I feel it would make a great solo winter tent.

Alexander Saito

Locale: NorthEast
Terra-Nova experiences? on 07/03/2013 17:23:16 MDT Print View

After a few more hours of digging deep on the forums and online, I'm really starting to lean towards the Terra-Nova tents.
Two in particular.

Terra Nova Solar Competition 2
Terra Nova SoloLite

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Solo Tent Help on 07/03/2013 17:50:41 MDT Print View

How tall are you ?
(there is a hidden clue in my question Re your last post...)

Peter S
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
Re: Terra-Nova experiences? on 07/03/2013 17:53:46 MDT Print View

Hi Alexander

Fwiw, I have the Huppa Hp and the Solar Comp 1.

The Hp is a bomber tent, more of a winter tent.
The Solar Comp is more a summer tent. About 300g lighter than the Huppa Hp.

They are both great.

Imo, trying to go light in a traditional 1p tent, there will always be some compromises. First, before buying anything, Make a prioritised list with features you would like to see in your dream tent. Share that with us.

Myself, I dream of the perfect cuben fiber, stormproof, trekking pole setup'ed, outer pitch first, solid interior with mesh backed side entrance door, roomy, sub 1kg (including poles) tent.

C g
(cgraf) - M

Locale: So Cal
Solo Tent Help on 07/03/2013 18:23:42 MDT Print View

I'd take a look at Big Sky International. I recently purchased their Revolution 1P and am impressed with the design (two doors / two vestibules), quality of construction/attention to detail, and ease of setup.

Alexander Saito

Locale: NorthEast
Solo Tent Help on 07/03/2013 18:25:42 MDT Print View


I'm 5'9 and Slim Athletic Build

@Peter S

I want a 1 person ultralight tent, maybe a little more luxurious space For gear that I want inside with me and not just in the Vestibule. Sitting up in the tent is a must. It Needs to have good ventilation features. I need a storm resilient tent, because I tend to Wild camp and go for backpacking adventures that sometimes turn into over-nighters. It's not uncommon for me to get caught in some nasty weather. I am a big fan of the geodesic style shapes.
The Solar competition 2 hits the nail on the head for just about everything I want in a backpacking tent.
But I'm open for anymore suggestions.

No floorless tents/Tarptents

Edited by RSN on 07/03/2013 18:33:01 MDT.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 07/03/2013 18:55:53 MDT Print View

Hexamid with ground sheet.

Peter S
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
Narrowing the criteria on 07/04/2013 00:09:41 MDT Print View


FWIW, the sololite is a heavy, cheap tent. I wouldn't buy that, since you haven't mentioned that you are on a budget... ;-)

I see two factors in narrowing down the tent choices:
-I think a lot comes down to just how storm resilient you want the tent to be?
-You said 2-3.5 lbs / 900g-1.6kg. That's quite the spectrum?

Is there a reason you don't want a TarpTent? The Scarp 1 seems to fit the bill otherwise.

I am very fond of my Solar Comp, but there's definitely more stormproof tents out there. I would guess the 2 person version would be similar in this regard. Again, it comes down to your storm resilient needs.

I would rather be in my Hubba Hp in a storm than the Solar Comp.

Edited by prse on 07/04/2013 00:10:57 MDT.