When you venture off the beaten path nothing beats a one person tent to keep the biting bugs off you at night. My first experience with a one person tent was with a Wenzel Starlite tent bought sometime around 1992 or 1993. During the 1990s my buddies and I were camping along the bayous and marshes of Southeast Texas, where mosquitoes make getting a good nights sleep almost impossible unless you have a good bug proof tent. Mosquitoes will probe every square inch of a tent looking for a way in, but my trusty Wenzel Starlite tent kept them at bay. Over the years numerous upgraded tents have been released on the market, but the Wenzel Starlite tent holds a special place in my heart.
Besides the Wenzel Starlite tent, one of my favorite lightweight backpacking tents is the Eureka Solitaire. This one person tent not only keeps the biting bugs at bay, but also fits inside a large ALICE pack. The Eureka Solitaire is not only light weight but does exactly what it is suppose to do, and that is protect you from the elements so you get a good nights sleep. […]
While writing this review of the Eureka Solitaire one person tent, I tried to be as impartial and honest as possible. The tent was bought from Academy Sports and Outdoors in Beaumont, Texas and was not supplied by anyone. The first part of the review was setting it up in the yard and the the second part is taking it on a camping trip.
After about 15 years of use, I decided it was time to retire my Wenzel Starlight tent. The replacement had to be light-weight, fit into an medium ALICE pack or large MOLLE pack, easy to strap to the top or bottom of a pack, easy to setup, easy to take down, good for hot weather camping, bug proof,,,,,, just the typical stuff.
There has been ideology going around the survivalist circle for the past couple of decades – if some kind of end of the world event happens, I’ll just load up my Bug Out Bag and head to the hills. If you go to just about any survival forum, there will be dozens, if not hundreds, or even thousands of threads about what kind of back pack would make a good bug out bag. One of the next most popular questions is – what kind of one man tent would be good for a bug out bag.
Here are some of the things I look for in a tent
Weight – how much does the tent weigh? The more the tent weighs, something else has be be removed from the pack to keep the overall weight down.
1, 2, 3 or 4 season tent – where are you going to be using the tent, will it be for hot weather, cold weather, wet weather, or something else? If you live along the gulf cost where it rarely snows, do you really need a 4 season tent? If you mostly go hiking / camping in hot weather, you want to make sure the tent breathes well.
Most of my hiking / camping is done in hot weather – so I look for a tent with a removable rain fly, and mosquito netting across the top of the tent. This allows a cross breeze to go across the person in the tent, and helps with the removal of collected body heat inside the tent.