The best one-person tents 2024: solo shelters for backcountry epics

The best one-person tents are designed for those who enjoy the freedom of solo adventures in the wild. These lightweight, packable shelters are all you need to venture off alone in search of nights spent in the backcountry.

Providing more comfort and protection than a bivy bag, the best one-person tents nonetheless represent a minimal approach to wild camping. It's important to consider how important space is to you when it comes to choosing a solo shelter, as some offer decent sized vestibules and sleeping spaces, while others closely resemble a bivy, just with a little additional structure and features.

We've tested these superb shelters in their natural habitat, the mountains, pitting them against the elements to see which cope and which are found wanting. The products featured here are the very best tents for lone wolves seeking wilderness adventures.

We think that the multi award winning Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 is the best one-person tent overall, for its tiny pack size, ultralight qualities and freestanding design.

The quick list

Here's our Quick List, starting with our top performer overall, then a couple of great options for winter camping, followed by the rest of our roundup of the best one-person tents. For a more detailed look at these excellent shelters, navigate further down the guide.

best one-person tents: Matt Jones
Matthew Jones

An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing camping kit in the field for nearly a decade. Having worked for both the Ramblers and the Scouts, he knows one or two things about walking and camping, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700 feet – that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest.

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The best one-person tent overall

best one-person tent: Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 backpacking tent

A multi-award-winning ultralight shelter that’s popular for a host of reasons  (Image credit: Craig Taylor)
The best lightweight one-person tent

Specifications

Weight: 1kg / 2lb 4oz
Pack Size: 15x50cm / 6 x 19.5in
Compatibility: Sleeps one comfortably or two at a push on good-weather backpacking and bikepacking adventures

Reasons to buy

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Ultralight
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Tiny pack size
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Freestanding design
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Comfortable and roomy
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Multiple pitching options

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey for casual user
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Susceptible to wind

Ultralight, versatile and incredibly comfortable, we reckon the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 is a great option for almost any three-season adventure in the backcountry. It's small and – with a maximum packed weight of 2 lbs 4oz (1kg) – is classified as “ultralight”. The fly is made of “solution-dyed, water-repellent silicone-treated nylon”, which in layman’s terms translates to ultra-thin and unbelievably light. So thin and light, in fact, that you might think this tent will barely last a season. 

But first impressions don’t count for everything. We found that the Fly Creek UL can put up with a surprising amount of abuse on the trail, as long as you treat it with a reasonable amount of care. The tent is also quite roomy, with one door and a fair-sized vestibule (comprising around five square feet). As with practically any other two-person tent on the market, it’s a tight fit for two, however, and I personally wouldn’t want to double up in this shelter. That being said, it provides more than enough space for one person and gear, and the roomy vestibule allows you to keep muddy boots and other bits of kit well out of the elements. You can also fully sit up in the tent and move around freely, which is a welcome feature for tents of this pack size and weight. It's also "a doddle to erect and disassemble," according to our camping expert.

Read our full Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 review

The best one-person tent for winter

best one-person tent: Nortent Vern 1 four-season tent

A very well-thought-out four-season shelter, the Nortent Vern 1 delivers impeccable performance in a huge range of conditions (Image credit: Craig Taylor)
The best one-person tent

Specifications

Packed weight: 1.7kgs / 3.7lbs
Pack size: Not stated
Dimensions: 328 x 200 x 100cm / 129 x 79 x 39in
Compatibility: 4-season all rounder

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight for a 4-season tent
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Small pack size
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Huge vestibule
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Very roomy
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Performs well in a range of conditions

Reasons to avoid

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Needs to be seam sealed

"Impeccable performance in a huge range of conditions," according to our expert, the Nortent Vern 1 hails from a Norwegian tent manufacturer specializing in creating shelters suitable for the wet and windy arctic tundras of northern Scandinavia. The Vern series is the brand’s lightweight and packable four-season offering, coming in one and two-person versions. 

As one of the best four-season tents, the Nortent Vern 1 is impressively lightweight. It comes in with a max weight of 1.7kg (3.7lbs) and packs down smaller than many three-season shelters. On test, we found it to be very easy to erect, while the vestibule on is also very well thought-out, offering a cavernous space in which to store wet kit or to cook. One thing to be aware of before buying is the fact that the tent has to be seam sealed before use. However, this is easy enough with the included tube of sealant and a dry afternoon at home.

All in all, the Nortent Vern 1 is a lightweight, easy-to-pitch, four-season shelter that performs just as well in a winter storm as on a calm summer’s night. With a small pack size and impressive features, this might just be the best four-season tent on the market right now.

Read our full Nortent Vern 1 four-season tent review

The best value one-person winter tent

best one-person tent: Robens Starlight 1 four-season tent

A near bombproof one-person shelter, the Robens Starlight 1 offers some very impressive features (Image credit: Craig Taylor)
The best one-person tent for challenging winter conditions

Specifications

Packed weight: 2kg / 4.4lb
Pack size: 39cm x 15cm / 15in x 6in
Dimensions: 240 x 140 x 100cm / 94 x 55 x 39in
Compatibility: 4-season all rounder

Reasons to buy

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Great in changing weather conditions
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Very reliable and rugged
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Reasonably priced
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Highly waterproof
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Excellent in strong winds

Reasons to avoid

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Not the lightest
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Very small interior
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Small vestibule

The Robens Starlight 1 is an ultra-sturdy one-person tunnel tent from a renowned Danish brand. Designed to deliver exceptional performance in changing conditions, it’s known to shrug off winds up to 160kmph (94mph) while still being reasonably easy to carry and packable.

"I’ve owned the Robens Starlight 1 for a number of years now, and it’s become my go-to tent of choice," admits our wild camping expert. It's durability is top-notch, it's easy to set up, has numerous ventilation options and packs down small too. Our only qualms are to do with the roominess on the inside and the lack of space afforded by the small vestibule.

In summary, the rugged Robens Starlight 1 four-season tent is a tiny, do-anything shelter that will keep you safe and warm in practically any conditions, with some well thought-out features. If you want a jack-of-all-trades shelter that you can use in a variety of different climates and seasons, while only compromising slightly on weight and pack size, it’s difficult to beat the Starlight 1. 

Read our full Robens Starlight 1 review

The best one-person tent for summer

Nemo Hornet one-person tent

Versatile, ultra-light, easy to pitch and bombproof (Image credit: Nemo)

4. Nemo Hornet

Best one-person tent for summer backpacking

Specifications

Packed weight: 905g/2lb
Pack size: 50 x 12cm/19.5 x 4.5in
Dimensions: 222 x 108 x 79cm / 87 x 43 x 31in
Compatibility: 3-season all rounder

Reasons to buy

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Semi-freestanding
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Simple clip-in pole and tension design
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Tougher than it appears
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Good ventilation

Reasons to avoid

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Can be breezy in cold winds
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Limited vestibule room for backpack
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Heavy pegs

Nemo has established itself as a reliable go-to brand for producing high-quality, lightweight tents for hiking and mountain missions, enough to have earned a handy reputation (and several awards) for design innovation. Its Hornet model comes as a one-person and a two-person, offering some upgrade flexibility. With only approximately 150g difference between models, you may still want to choose the two-person even for sleep-alone missions, delivering more space for gear. Or just so you can starfish. 

On test, we discovered that the Hornet offers a well-tuned balance of lightweight, intuitive design matched to a fairly roomy interior (for a one-person offering), especially regarding headroom. Volumising guyouts connect the inner tent to the rainfly, pulling the sidewalls of the inner tent outward to create even more interior space.

The ball-and-socket design makes clipping in the single Y-shape pole super easy for lightning-quick pop up, with an intuitive and non-fiddly assembly, even when you have the cold-hand fumbles. Head room is good for such a small beast.  Overall, we think this is a cracking tent for going fast and light in three seasons and most weather conditions. 

The best one-person tent for stretching out

best one-person tent: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker 1P

Extremely spacious trekking pole tent that is also compact and lightweight, perfect for backpackers and thru hikers (Image credit: Matthew Jones)
Best one-person tent for stretching out

Specifications

Weight: 790g / 1lb 12oz
Pack Size: 38 x 13cm / 15 x 5in
Length: 305cm / 120in
Compatibility: 3-season backpacking

Reasons to buy

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Generous interior length
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Stable, wind-shedding design
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Roomy porch and large entrances
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Lightweight, compact packed size

Reasons to avoid

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Prone to condensation
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Pegs/stakes not supplied
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Seams need to be sealed before use

Our mountain camping expert insists that the Skyscape Trekker "one of the most practical and effective options on the market." Weighing under a kilo and boasting the smallest pack size of any tent we’ve tested recently, this an impressively light and compact shelter, ideally suited to multi-day backpacking and thru hiking trips. It's a hybrid design based on a wedge-style single-skin trekking pole tent, but incorporating a hanging mesh and fabric inner to give you some of the benefits of a conventional double-wall tent too.

The trekking poles fit inside the inner, although you can also pitch it using carbon fibre struts (sold separately). We found it to be very easy to pitch, requiring just five pegs or stakes to create the basic structure. When set up it is exceptionally roomy, with an integrated spreader bar that adds loads of headroom.

All in all, this is a tent that offers fantastic liveability, even if spending multiple nights on the trail. Single-skin trekking pole tents probably aren’t for everyone. If you’re a first-time camper, this might not be the best choice for you, unless you’re really looking to get into ultralight scene. But for more experienced users who are familiar with these types of tent, we think Skyscape Trekker is one of the most practical and effective options on the market.

Read our full Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker 1P review

The best one-person tent for vestibule space

best one-person tent: MSR FreeLite 1

This impressively light, yet surprisingly spacious, double-wall tent is a top choice for weight-conscious backpackers (Image credit: Matthew Jones)
Best one-person tent for porch area

Specifications

Weight: 880g / 1lb 15oz
Pack Size: 46cm x 10cm / 18 x 4in
Length: 221cm / 87in
Compatibility: 3-season backpacking

Reasons to buy

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Good headroom
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Spacious porch area
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Extremely lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Thin, delicate fabrics
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Steep rear wall can catch the wind
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Flysheet doesn’t offer the best all-round coverage

It was hard not to be instantly impressed by the compact size and amazingly low weight of this tent when we first saw it packed away in its stuff sack, especially considering it’s a double-skinned, poled tent, not some gossamer thin, single-skinned trekking-pole shelter or air tent. 

Weighing in at under a kilo, this makes it well-suited to almost any ultralight backpacking or wild camping adventure, where every gram counts. You would expect it to be a fairly minimalist and cramped tent, but actually, when pitched we found that it boasts excellent headroom and a generous rectangular inner footprint with good length and width throughout. In addition, a generous porch area meant our gear didn’t have to be stored in the inner tent. 

All in all, it makes for one of the most comfortable solo tents around. As with most ultralight solo shelters, this is a tent designed for the milder months – we’d class it as a two-to-three season model. It’s also better suited to sheltered camp spots rather than exposed hillsides, since one side of the tent has a steep wall that can catch the wind. Our mountain camping expert advises: "just be sensible about where you pitch it and you’ll be fine."

Read our full MSR FreeLite 1 review

The best ultralight one-person tent

Terra Nova Laser Pulse Ultra 1 one-person tent

An extremely lightweight tent for when every gram matters (Image credit: Terra Nova)

7. Terra Nova Laser Pulse Ultra 1

The best ultralight one-person tent

Specifications

Weight: 0.49kg/1lb 1.28oz
Pack size: 30 x 9cm/11.8 x 3.5in
Dimensions: 220 x 81cm/86.6x31.9in
Compatibility: 3-season lightweight adventures

Reasons to buy

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Extremely lightweight
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You can sit up inside the tent
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Small pack size

Reasons to avoid

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Not freestanding
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Very expensive

Terra Nova markets the Laser Pulse Ultra 1 as the ‘lightest tent in the world’. At only 450g minimum weight (490g when you pack it as intended) it’s perfect for people who know their bag weight to the nearest 0.1g. Or for people who like bragging about ultralight gear at parties. 

The tent is aimed at the multiday mountain marathon runner - the type of person who wants to keep weight to the absolute minimum, but can suffer a little for the sake of a couple of nights on the hill. The shelter has a tunnel construction, which we found gave enough height to allow an adult to sit up inside. A groundsheet protector is available separately. And if you’re worried about wear and tear, Terra Nova offers a guarantee ‘to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product’.

The best trekking pole tent

best one-person tent: Sierra Designs High Route 3,000 1P

An unusual trekking pole tent that balances weight, size and liveability  (Image credit: Matthew Jones)
Best trekking pole tent

Specifications

Weight: 1.08kg / 3lb 7oz
Pack size: 40 x 16cm / 16 x 6.5in
Length: 259cm / 102in
Compatibility: 3-season backpacking

Reasons to buy

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Good internal length and headroom
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Useful porch areas
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Can be pitched inner first, all-in-one or outer first
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Lightweight, compact packed size

Reasons to avoid

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Needs careful pitching
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Inner is not the widest

This unusual tent is a double-walled design, but lacks conventional poles, instead requiring a pair of trekking poles, placed at opposite corners, to form the structure. This asymmetric offset configuration is a bit ungainly looking but very innovative. "We grew to appreciate the ingenuity of the design," stated our mountain camping expert. On test, we found it gave us significantly more interior headroom than most trekking pole tents. 

The High Route 3,000 is an evolution of the original High Route, with slightly heavier but also more weatherproof fabrics, featuring an upgraded waterproof rating of 3,000mm Hydrostatic Head – hence the name. There’s also more fabric and less mesh in the inner, to add warmth and reduce draughts.

But for Brits in particular it's a practical and versatile shelter, since you can pitch it outer first, all-in-one or just use the inner as a bug shelter. This gave us plenty of options regardless of prevailing weather conditions. Inside, there is plenty of room to stretch out and sit upright, though the inner isn’t the widest we’ve tested. On the other hand, you get two useful porch areas and ‘one and a half’ doors – the first has a full-length zip for easy entry and exit, while the other has a half zip that gives access to a smaller vestibule area. Sierra Designs calls this a ‘gear garage’, and it is certainly a useful space to stash rucksacks, cooking gear or muddy boots.

Read our full Sierra Designs High Route 3,000 1P review

The best one-person tent for challenging weather

Vaude Hogan SUL 1-2P one-person tent

A spacious and sturdy tent to withstand the worst weather (Image credit: Vaude)

9. Vaude Hogan SUL 1-2P

Best one-person tent for challenging conditions

Specifications

Weight: 1.25kg/2lb 12oz
Pack size: 40 x 12 cm/15.75 x 4.7in
Dimensions: 2.3msq
Compatibility: 3-season trekking

Reasons to buy

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Spacious
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Easy to pitch
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High wind stability
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Eco friendly construction

Reasons to avoid

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Not 100% freestanding

The Vaude Hogan SUL 1-2P tent is a popular choice for bad-weather camping. If you are expecting to be throwing your tent up in the dark, amid horizontal rain, then this might be the tent for you. The Hogan has a very simple two pole ‘tri-pod’ construction that we found was incredibly simple to pitch and very sturdy against high winds. 

However, it relies on the tent corners being pegged out for maximum space so this is not a completely freestanding tent. You will not be able to use the tent to full capacity on hard or rocky ground. It can either be a spacious one-person tent or a cosy two-person tent, designed specifically for the lightweight market. It has adjustable ventilation and is completely PVC-free, manufactured with the environment in mind.

The best one-person tent for windy conditions

Nordisk Svalbard 1 Sl one-person tent

When the storm arrives, you’ll be comforted by this tent’s extreme weather credentials (Image credit: Nordisk)

10. Nordisk Svalbard 1 Sl

Best one-person tent for windy conditions

Specifications

Weight: 1.7kg/3lb 12oz
Pack Size: 45 x 15cm / 17.7 x 5.9in
Dimensions: 275 x 125cm/108 x 49in
Compatibility: 3-season adventures

Reasons to buy

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Able to withstand a hurricane 
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Small pack size
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Tall enough to sit up inside

Reasons to avoid

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Small vestibule
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Not freestanding

It's unusual for a tent to have been tested up against measured wind speeds by the manufacturer, but the Nordisk Svalbard 1 has been pitted against just that – and came out standing. “It surpassed the magic 32.7m/s in our wind tunnel test,” say Nordisk, which basically means it has the “ability to withstand a hurricane”. This is, of course, if pegged correctly! On test, although we didn't come up against a hurricane, we found it stood up to any gust that came its way.

This is a three-pole tunnel tent and the inner can be pitched alone, or with the rain fly over it. The webbing is colour coded, which we found made for an easy set up. The pack sack has compression straps, allowing it to be compressed even smaller in your backpack.

The best value one-person tent for summer

best one-person tent: Alpkit Soloist 1-person 3-season tent

A compact, well-designed, lightweight 1-person tent – the perfect shelter for backpacking escapades throughout most of the year (Image credit: Pat Kinsella)
Best budget one-person tent

Specifications

Weight: Regular: 1,200g / 2lb 10oz; X-Large: 1,318g / 2lb 14.5oz
Pack size: Regular: 42 x 12cm / 16.5 x 4.7in; X-Large: 44 x 13cm / 17.3 x 5.1in
Dimensions: Regular: 200 x 95cm / 79 x 37in; X-Large 220 x 95cm / 87 x 37in
Compatibility: 3-season adventures

Reasons to buy

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Small pack size
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Quick and easy to pitch
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Discreet colour
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Great value for such a quality shelter

Reasons to avoid

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Not enough interior pockets
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The mesh door lowers the internal temperature and rules the Soloist out as a 4-season shelter
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Zips occasionally catch

An excellent, spacious and simple-to-pitch single-person shelter for use from early spring right through until the first frosts of winter, the Alpkit Soloist is a lightweight and packable tent, perfect for backpackers, which is available for an exceptionally reasonable price. 

With a natural-colored flysheet, which makes it ideal for discreet wild camping, the clever semi-geodesic design is quick and easy to put up and break down. There's plenty of space inside the Soloist for one person plus a reasonable amount of gear, thanks to the tapered shape of the tent. "No matter how much gear I’ve lugged along for the various trips I’ve taken this tent on, the Soloist has swallowed the lot," said our expert tent tester.

The interior is 95cm high, so there’s ample room to sit up and move around and, at 2 metres in length, the standard si