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Setting Up a Wenzel Starlite One Person Tent

The Wenzel Starlite is a low cost backpacking tent which should fit most needs in the one person low cost tent market. I bought my Wenzel Starlite sometime around 1994, or maybe 1993. During the past two plus decades, the tent has bee on numerous camping trips from the piney woods of East Texas, the the marshy saltwater coastal regions of Texas.

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.

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.

Wenzel Starlite

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 one person tent

Picture is from  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

Of course there is always price, and the Wenzel Starlite is a low cost tent. Sometimes we get what we pay for, and the Wenzel Starlite is no exception to that rule.

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This is a single-wall tent which has  tendency to collect condensation.  After sleeping the night away, it would not be uncommon to have a few drop of moisture inside the tent.  One solution is to sleep with the rain fly open.

Wenzel Starlite Final Thoughts

When the Wenzel Starlite was bought my buddies and I were camping along the bayous and saltwater marshes of Southeast Texas.  Let’s just say the mosquitoes were terrible.  I wanted a lightweight pack which would fit across the bottom of my large ALICE pack, and the Wenzel Starlite fit the bill.

In the mid-1990s I paid around $25 for this one person tent, and I feel I got my monies worth.


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