Soloist backpacking tent
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Enjoy lightweight shelter and liveable space on your solo wild camping adventures.
Keep your pack light and your living space liveable!
Soloist encapsulates everything we love about just getting out and enjoying wild spaces. It is light and small enough to keep you agile. It is easy to pitch, spacious and stable, providing comfort and security when you need it. Let's take a look on how Soloist will be part of your next adventure.
Carrying everything yourself you know you have to be super aware of what you put in your pack or strap to your bike. We have used lightweight, packable fabrics and short pole sections to create a package that weighs 1200 grams and isn't much larger than a bottle of wine. Depending on your trip you can strip the tent down to its bare minimum and save yourself another 400 grams.
Soloist uses a single hubbed pole system. It is simple for one person to set up and forms a stable, freestanding structure. Snap the poles together, insert the tips into the eyelets and suspend the inner from the poles. Throw the fly over the top and guy out. Get a brew on. As with all lightweight tents you do have to use your campcraft skills to take into account the extremes of weather which can happen any time of the year.
We talk a lot about liveable space so we made sure that Soloist is tall enough and wide enough so you can sit up in it. Hubbed, pre-bent poles significantly increase useable space in the roof and at the head and tail ends. It has a generous porch for storing your muddy shoes, a stash pocket for your keys or head torch, and a hanging loop for your head torch or your smelly socks. The pole configuration maximises the internal space and keeps the inner from flapping around your face as you sleep.
In hotter, drier climes you can pitch the inner only and enjoy the cool night air safe from hungry bugs. A seperate footprint is also available to protect your groundsheet on rougher pitches. If you have the footprint you can also leave the inner at home and pitch Soloist as a 'tarp tent', saving yourself half a kilo and vital space.
- One person tent for backpacking, ideally sized for multi-day trips
- Tall enough to sit up in, wide enough to move around in with space for gear
- Freestanding structure makes it easy to pitch and stable in poor weather
- Useable porch space for muddy boots, internal stash pockets and hanging loops for organising your gear
- Twin wall design
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
Total (exc. footprint): 1200g
Pole bag: 12g
Peg: 10g each (110g total)
Peg bag: 8g
Stuff Bag: 22g
Guylines: 7g each (14g total)
Trail weight (footprint/Fly/Poles): 823g
Optional footprint: 128g
Optional footprint bag: 7g
Outer: 20 d Silicone coated Ripstop Polyester with PU backer. (HH: 3,000 mm)
Inner: 20 d Nylon Breathable Ripstop
Mesh: D33 mesh
Floor: 20 d Ripstop Polyester PU (HH: 5,000 mm)
Poles: 7001-T6 alloy
Pegs: 10 pegs, Alpkit Apex
Packed size: 40 x 14 cm
Width: 100 cm
Internal width: 95cm (widest at front). Tapers to 77cm at back.
Length: 270 cm
Internal Length: 200 cm
Height: 100 cm
Internal height: 95 cm
Packed size: 40 x 14 cm
Our challenge was to create a tent that was actually comfortable enough to live in over multiple days, effective in UK conditions, as light as possible and still affordable. - Rowan
When your partnership with this product is over please don’t leave it hidden in a cupboard, never to see another adventure. Wash it, repair it, pass it on, give to a friend, sell it, donate it to charity, make it into something else or recycle it and let someone else live their dream. For more ideas check out our Continuum Project or visit a Repair Station in store.
Product Care Information
Clean and dry tent thoroughly after each use.
Never use a washing machine, tumble dryer or jetwash to clean your tent. Car washes are also frowned upon.
Spot clean with warm water and a soft brush.
Never use bleach, fabric softeners or other household cleaning products.
Air dry only.
Pack tent carefully to avoid punctures.
Avoid prolonged UV exposure.
If you are unlucky enough to rip your tent, duct tape or StormSure Tough Tape will do the trick for field repairs.
Download the Soloist PDF instruction sheet.
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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Camped with this tent bike packing and its just the ticket. Light and so simple to set up. Enough room for your kit. Excellent product
A great tent for the money
A light weight tent that stood up to some tough weather.
Pros: metal poles (I’ve had problems with fibre) , very light. Easy to put up (I first put this tent up in the pitch black on Dartmoor and it was easy)
Cons: door is hard to open without getting wet if it’s been raining. Could do with separate fly and inner pack bags so save the inner getting wet when you pack it together.
Overall I was very impressed.
Great little tent
Used on a recent bike packing tour in the Alps: I left the inner at home to save weight and just used the outer with the footprint. Very easy to set up - 5 minute job. The folding poles are especially impressive and they fit nicely into a medium sized frame bag.
Much more comfortable than a bivvy + tarp and not very much more weight either.
You should definitely buy the footprint.
My only criticism is that it is easy to catch the storm flap that covers the zip, but that's a common issue with most tents.
Brilliant, waterproof tent
We got this tent to do the west highland way, and we couldn't have got a better one. Very waterproof, stood up to the Scottish wind and rain extremely well, and very quick drying. Easy to put and pack away with lots of room inside. All round brilliant little tent!
Top notch tent
I recently took my soloist to Scotland for a week of Munro bagging, for 3 days it rained heavily and the wind was very strong at night and it stood up to it really well. It’s very light, quick and easy to put up and it is a reasonable price.
Kept me Dry
Just spent the weekend in the Lakes and it rained and blew a gale all night. This little tent held strong and kept me dry. Didn’t think it would manage but it didn’t let a drop of rain in despite the wind giving it a dam good thrashing.
Fellow wild campers in tents three times the price had a wet uncomfortable night in leaky tents.
The porch is a little small which meant my bag was touching the outer but that’s my only minor criticism.
With the footprint I could pitch outer first which protected the inner from the weather.
Loved this little tent, can’t wait to get out in it again.
First time out with the soloist with a quick 2-day exped high level over in the western lake district and was mightily impressed. Excellent bit of kit with a remarkable level of tech and design at this price. Luckily got one before sold out as friends are having to place pre-order. Particularly like the design of the frame set up so stability should be good. Fortunate to have amassed a wide variety of 1 and 2 man tents including few "classics" and this sits well in the collection.
So, took off up to Scotland cycle touringwithout even trying it first in the garden. First night, Tyndrum, peed it down, yours truly very snug and dry. It never let me down over the whole two weeks. Easy to pitch and quick to dry. Definitely reccommend buying the footprint. Just makes life easier. Real value for money.
Straight out of the bag you can feel where the weight has been saved, this is a compact lightweight tent, despite this it feels durable and sturdy even in strong winds, size wise it is good, although taller people may want to try one first. All the fittings are metal and the supplied pegs are good quality. For summer months the tent can be erected without pegging or the flysheet giving protection from bugs. Another top product from Alpkit
Ive had this a while now and really am impressed by it! I opted to get the footprint because it was only a few quid, this also lets me pitch this tent outer first. Quality is fantastic and the exceptional quality ive come to expect from Alpkit. In a few weeks ill be putting it to the test in the alps!
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Great so far
Only managed to use the tent once for a quick overnighter in good weather but so far I'm impressed, it's easy to pitch and feels nice and stable, enough room in the porch for my shoes, helmet and a small bag as well.
Good to see that the poles breakdown small as well and I can fit them in my frame bag easily.
The tent fits me at 6ft tall but much taller and I think I'd be pushing on the tent with my feet.
Took delivery Friday, looks an absolute steal having test pitched it! It’s like putting my bike packing rig on weight watchers....looks n feels quality.Up till now I’ve sulked since my lad took my terranova laser with him to New Zealand! No longer son, new kid in town, excited to try in a week on route 72!
OK for the money
For the money this tent seems OK.
It is reasonably light and it is fairly cheap. However, it's definitely a fair weather tent and doesn't manage well with winds over 10mph; there are also some issues with quality where the poles spontaneously disassemble themselves when taking the tent down.
If you are looking for a lightweight 2 season tent and want to buy from a reputable company, this is a good option.
Nice, Nice, Nice
I use this tent + footprint for bikepacking trips. I love the packed size and weight. The footprint keeps the bottom of the innertent dry.
If you open the tent during rain, the outer tent does not keep the inner tent dry at the entrance. Its a little bit to short there.
I love it anyway
I've used several one man tents over the years mostly Vango that have never let me down. But when it was time to buy a new one and after reading the spec and other customer reviews along with the price buying the Soloist was a no brainer. The Soloist is about 500g heavier than my last tent with the footprint and when packed slight larger. Having said that the design of the erected tent makes up for that leeps and bounds. I can comfatably sit up in it which makes for a more enjoyable camp rather than falling over yourself when trying to get out of wet gear etc. Plus there's plenty of room for kit even when your sleeping. The tent itself goes up in seconds plus you can erect the inner only or the outer only if you have the footprint. Which also means you can erect the outer first then the inner with a bit of jiggery-pokery if the conditions require it. My advice if your on the look out for a solo tent buy one especially when the price tag is half that of a Nova or an MSR
A Little Belter ..
Having done my first wildcamp in this little tent last week , my first thoughts are that it is a well built sturdy tent . Ideal for wildcamping as it packs down really small and the footprint is an optional extra that I went for .
Did not really test it in high winds which would be good to see due to its high sided style , but that could easily be resolved by rotating it so the wind does not hit it side on.
So far so good and looking forward to the next camp.
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Spot on for me
This was exactly what I was looking for in terms of budget and weight and one you can sit up in. I'm a bivvy or hammock person, but decided I needed to complete the trio for a bit more protection in remote Scotland (esp with the ticks as numerous as they are!). It's a brilliant little tent - i have only used it once so far and not had a chance to push it to its limits. I think if it was very wet and/or very windy it might have a few limitations, especially where the fly sheet meets the inner on the corner fixings. But for me it's ideal. Super lightweight and well designed to put up. Inside you can sit up and wiggle about with your kit just fine (im just 5'5 however'). Just the job for walking with a complete home on your back.