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Setting up a one man tent

One man tents allow backpackers and campers to carry a shelter without weighing them down too much. Even though this tent does not offer a lot of protection from the elements, it does offer good protection from insects.

The tent in the video is a Wenzel Starlite, and is about 13 years old. Even though I have owned lots of tents over the years, this one has probably given the best service. Its light enough to take just about anywhere and fits perfectly across the bottom of a Medium Alice pack.  The fact, the Medium Alice along with this tent makes a pretty good combination.

One of the drawbacks to the Wenzel Starlite, it is not a free standing tent.  There is one pole in the rear of the tent and two poles in at the entrance.  The two poles at the entrance form an A-frame, and you enter the tent through this A-frame.

The vent hole in the rear of the tent is rather small, so do not expect very much of a breeze.  This is one point of consideration when shopping for a tent.  Make sure there are good size vents on each side or each end of the tent.  Which will allow the wind to blow through and give some kind of relief from the summer heat.

wenzel starlite tent camping hiking backpacking One man tent

One man tent

A camping trip in February 2008 with a Wenzel Starlite tent.

Some considerations for a one man tent:
Weight
Packed size
Free Standing
Not free standing
Windows or vent holes
Material
Size when setup
Difficulty of setting up and taking down

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock

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