GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

GoLite wants to give people a backcountry bedroom (with the emphasis on "room") in their new Eden tent line. These hoop-style tents boast fast set-up, big vestibules, and lots of space for living.

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by Ray Estrella | 2009-07-24 00:06:00-06

Editor's Note: This article was opened to the public on July 22, 2010. To subscribe and see Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010 articles as they are published, click here.

Overview

GoLite (www.golite.com) wants to give people a backcountry bedroom (with the emphasis on "room") in their new Eden tent line. These hoop-style tents boast fast set-up, big vestibules, and lots of space for living.

GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) - 1
The single-person Eden 1 boasts a 45-inch peak height and just under 32 square feet of protected space. Added bonus:it looks like a rocket car.

The Eden 1 is a single-person tent that uses three poles for support and can be set up with just two stakes, one at each end. Should you want to make it a bit more secure, five more stakes will hold down the corners and vestibule. Since GoLite generously sends fourteen stakes with each tent, you will have plenty for any further guy-line work that makes your heart beat faster.

A large center pole arches over the Eden, giving it a healthy peak height of 45 inches. The domed space created by the pole is dissected by a full mesh wall that contains the large L-shaped door. The zipper features a snag-guard plus Velcro and snap closures.

The rest of the space becomes the roomy vestibule, which has an opening that runs alongside the center pole and can be rolled up all the way to the other end to allow maximum air flow. The green triangle section in the photo above is a large vent that does double-duty as a "visor" over the door. Because it uses the fly as part of the body, (top, ends, and one side in the case of the Eden 1) it is kind of a hybrid single-wall tent.

GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) - 2
The two-person Eden 2 ups the ante with a 48-inch peak height and 51 square feet of total protected space to let you bring a friend. Play nice.

Make Mine a Double

"Double what, buddy? Double doors, double vestibules, double vents, double sleeping spots?"

Yeah, all that."

"OK, pal. You got it. Here's your Eden 2."

The Eden 2 has all the same features of the Eden 1 times two, to let you bring a friend along. Added bonus: it can be a tall friend, since the Eden 2 boosts the peak height to 48 inches for some serious card-playing room on rainy afternoons. A vestibule and entrance door on each side keep the peace once the cards are put away and you hit the hay.

Both tents also feature a tensioned-sleeve integrated flysheet and body to enhance stability. Adjustable tension is provided by impact-resistant ladder-lock buckles at each end. The tents come with the seams factory taped for instant weather readiness. The reflective guy points come with pre-attached guy-lines too. Bring on the storm.

It is hard to compare the Eden to other shelters, mostly because I haven't used it yet, but I would venture that the Eden series is a lot like the Tarptent Scarp series and the Hilleberg Atko. While both are lower weight offerings, the Eden tents have much more room. However, the others are true double-wall tents, able to set up the parts independent of each other.

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Specifications and Features

  Product

GoLite Eden 1

  Style

One-person single-wall tent with floor, side entry with vestibule

  Poles and Stakes

Three color-coded, variable-diameter DAC Featherlight NSL poles
Fourteen stakes provided

  Fabric

15d ripstop nylon w/ sil/PU 1200mm W/P F/R coating, body and vestibule, 70d 190T nylon taffeta floor w/ 3000mm W/P F/R coating, 20d polyester no-see-um mesh entry wall and vents

  Area

Floor 23 sq ft, vestibule 8.7 sq ft

  Dimensions

Length 100 in, width 38 in, height 45 in

  Weight
(total)

3 lb 7 oz (1048 g)

  MSRP

US $300.00

Specifications and Features

  Product

GoLite Eden 2

  Style

Two-person single-wall tent with floor, side entry with vestibule

  Poles and Stakes

Three color-coded, variable-diameter DAC Featherlight NSL poles
Fourteen stakes provided

  Fabric

15d ripstop nylon w/ sil/PU 1200mm W/P F/R coating, body and vestibule, 70d 190T nylon taffeta floor w/ 3000mm W/P F/R coating, 20d polyester no-see-um mesh entry wall and vents.

  Area

Floor 39 sq ft, vestibule 12 sq ft

  Dimensions

Length 104 in, width 54 in, height 48 in

  Weight
(total)

5 lb 1 oz (2295 g)

  MSRP

US $425.00


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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/24/2009 13:36:21 MDT Print View

Companion forum thread to:

GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/24/2009 14:30:41 MDT Print View

Weight be darned, I really like the extra room built into these models. The 1 person is quite large for a solo and both look like they would easily she some early season snow.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Golite Eden on 07/24/2009 14:46:44 MDT Print View

"Weight be darned"


Wash your mouth out with soap Dave, and go stand in the corner for an hour! :)

. .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Golite Eden on 07/24/2009 14:54:21 MDT Print View

GoWhat?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/24/2009 15:08:52 MDT Print View

Mike, yes I know. I slapped myself after I posted that.

I like the color though....

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
GoLite Eden Series Tents on 07/24/2009 20:01:40 MDT Print View

You know I tested the MSR Dragonback tent, my first 4-season hoop/tunnel tent. I was impressed with the amount of room that design provides. My wife was very upset when I did not keep it. She said she loved the Worm.

Roger has long touted the strength and room of this style. I am sure that he and the wifey are snuggled into one in the Swiss Alps right now! (And there won't be any CO in their tent...)

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
hmmm on 07/24/2009 21:48:58 MDT Print View

Looks similar to the TT "moment"

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
typo! on 07/24/2009 21:58:28 MDT Print View

The weight of the Golite Eden 1 is listed as:

3 lb 7 oz (1048 g)

I looked at that and thought, hey, just over a kg that's pretty good considering the space and features.

But then I started wondering why the 2 person version weighed more than twice as much. Of course, it doesn't. 3lb7oz=1560g not 1048g!!

=-)

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Golite Eden on 07/24/2009 22:22:13 MDT Print View

It is an interesting design - 3 poles. I wonder if the 3 pole design is appreciably heavier than say 1 pole plus dual struts as in the Scarp. The mid pole on the Golite is pretty long, however, to supply that type of headroom.

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
GoLite Eden Series Tents on 07/25/2009 10:58:37 MDT Print View

"But then I started wondering why the 2 person version weighed more than twice as much. Of course, it doesn't. 3lb7oz=1560g not 1048g"

That was my fault. The actual weight listed is 1558 g, I read the wrong line on the info pamphlet. Sorry.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Confused on 07/25/2009 11:53:53 MDT Print View

Over 5lbs?? For the weight, I'd rather be sharing a bottle of red wine in a 3lbs two person tent.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/25/2009 12:05:23 MDT Print View

Well it IS over 16sq feet bigger than the CR2 so the weight has got to come from somewhere. Cheaper too.

Martin RJ Carpenter
(MartinCarpenter) - F
GoLite Eden Series Tents on 07/25/2009 13:49:49 MDT Print View

Well extra space for a bit of extra weight seems an entirely reasonable trade off, and one which very few people currently offer in lightweight tents. A luxury option for most people of course.

For genuinely tall people (my extra long sleeping bag is ~220cm) then this sort of space is really quite attractive. Not aware of a substantially lighter option which provides it.
(The Helsport Ringstind 1 is a little lighter.).

In an ideal world I suppose the manufacturers would do size options on tents. Not likely to happen anytime soon :)

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Floor shape on 07/26/2009 00:09:18 MDT Print View

My surprise isn't really with these actual tents, but rather that GoLite is developing products like this before they offer options for the lightweight purist. If they already had a sub 3lbs 2 person tent, then I could totally understand them expanding their offerings with something like this....a 'Venture' line of tents.

If the floor shape was a bit different, they could call the Eden 1 the Eden 2, and then the Eden 2 could be a 3 person tent. They both have enough space, but not quite enough length.

Probably the coolest thing about these tents is the design. The half single wall / half double wall design is cool. I think there's a lot of promise there. I'd like to see smaller (lighter) versions of these (as you probably can guess by now).

These tents do raise an interesting discussion on how much weight tent space is worth. For me, I've never thought of a large tent as that appealing.....a tent is just a spot to sleep and I kinda prefer a small tent to sleep in since it's cozier. Others on this site seem to highly value space...probably those who view a tent as more than a sleeping spot...it can be a spot to cook, play cards, talk etc and then I can understand wanting more room. I guess I probably would want more room too if I was stuck in the tent during really buggy or rainy weather.

Tent space does seem like a nice luxury but I think if I was going to carry an extra 2-2.5lbs of luxury weight I think I'd lean towards stuff like:
- lightweight pillow
- hard alcohol
- fishing gear
- cigars
- Crocs / campshoes
- Tasty foods like cheese, chocolate, sausages, mushrooms

Edited by dandydan on 07/26/2009 00:22:51 MDT.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Comparo - Eden 1 v.s. Moment on 07/26/2009 16:18:57 MDT Print View

I'm likely going to sell my Contrail and get the new Moment solo tent. It's lighter than the Eden 1 and appears to have better ventilation.

Both tents will set up fast but the Eden 1 requires you to thread 2 hoop poles and the Moment needs just one B/C it has 2 captive carbon fiber struts in each end.

Although both tents have generous vestibules, the Eden 1 being slightly larger due, in part, to its higher ridgeline.

But since they are both close in that wind-shedding double cone shape I'll go for the slightly smaller and lighter Moment.

Edited by Danepacker on 07/26/2009 16:19:58 MDT.

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Golite Eden on 07/26/2009 19:19:56 MDT Print View

Aaron, +1 to you.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/28/2009 08:37:08 MDT Print View

"Weight be darned, I really like the extra room built into these models..."

David, are you OK? I thought you love nylon coffins?

Edited by ben2world on 07/28/2009 09:22:33 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/30/2009 21:03:24 MDT Print View

Just age talkin' Ben, just age.

Einstein X
(EinsteinX) - F

Locale: The Netherlands
Re: GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/31/2009 11:05:03 MDT Print View

I like this design for a tent. Nice spacious vestibule, ample sitting height. This will sell good for people that pack traditional gear. I noticed one thing in this short article though that would stop me from buying or even selling it.

First a quote from wikipedia:
"Rain resistance is measured as a hydrostatic head in millimetres (mm). This indicates the pressure of water needed to penetrate a fabric. Heavy or wind-driven rain has a higher pressure than light rain. Standing on a groundsheet increases the pressure on any water underneath. Fabric with a hydrostatic head rating of 1000 mm or less is best regarded as shower resistant, with 1500 mm being usually suitable for summer camping. Tents for year-round use generally have at least 2000 mm; expedition tents intended for extreme conditions are often rated at 3000 mm. Where quoted, groundsheets may be rated for 5000 mm or more." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent#General_considerations

Is BPL sure they copied the specs correctly from Golite? Cuz if so, you won't stay dry in this tent in anything but mild summer weather. I think this tent will try to compete with the Akto, made with Kerlon 1200 fabric, which has a hydrostatic head of a bit over 2000 mmH2O.

Eins

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Hmm on 07/31/2009 13:46:09 MDT Print View

I'm not sure people on this site would agree with that article regarding 1500mm being needed for summer camping. Almost no tents people on this site are interested meet the 1500mm fly.

My Carbon Reflex 2 has a 1000mm fly.

Einstein X
(EinsteinX) - F

Locale: The Netherlands
Re: Hmm on 08/01/2009 11:47:55 MDT Print View

I'm not sure people on this site are interested in this tent at all. This one fits in with the Akto- and Laser-likes. And I bet that any of this low hydor-head tents have steep walls, that reduce the force of the drop by the impact angle of the drop on the steep sided walls and don't have fabric perpendicular to the falling drop?

Eins

647575757 347474747
(686425) - F
Eden 1 on 08/16/2009 17:46:10 MDT Print View

Does anyone know the price?

John O'Connell
(schmendrick) - F
Re: GoLite Eden Series Tents (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 10/29/2009 05:43:55 MDT Print View

So how does this compare to a Spitfire at 2.5lbs?