The North Face Solo 12
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This is the lightest one person tent the North Face have ever produced. It is suitable for use in 2 seasons (3 at a push) and at 1.1kg weighs the same as most bivi bags. A constant quest to meet the demands of fast and light adventurers has led The North Face to once again raise the bar, resulting in this truly innovative ultra lightweight tent. Utilizing new construction techniques the Solo is a single-skinned, one person tent capable of withstanding extreme wind conditions.
Features: DAC Featherlite aluminium poles, Nano-knuckle allows venting on top of the tent; fully seam sealed silicone/PU canopy; overhead and perimeter venting; Fusion Pitch with new ultralight Microclip.
Weight: 1.12kg / 0.97kg (min)
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The North Face Solo 12 Reviews
Reviewed by Oliver Wilson (Cumbria) on 2007-05-05:
General comments: I have recently bought the solo on the strength of its very low weight, pack size and stability. The tent has been bought for a backapacking trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains, California in September where conditions are expected to be Autumn like. I was also wanting something which could be used in the UK for half of the year as my 4 season tent is haevier than needed. The solo is large enough inside to accomodate a rucksack which was one of the things I considered. The tent is as ventilated as well, probably better than most other comparable tents. The other tent I was considering was the Vango ultralight 200 which is a little heavier and a bit more bulky. Price was pretty similar too. Apparently the tent has been tested to 140mph in the wind tunnel which seems very impressive, especially for UK use. Condensation can sometimes be a small problem, however I have had the door open a small amount at the top when using it in clement weather, and have had none, however this is true of all single skin tents. The tent is very fast to pitch and can be done in under a minute! There is room to store your boots underneith the fly at one end so you can keep them outside. North face have gone to extreme lengths to cut weight such as the micro clips for the pole attachments.Comment on this review...
Pros: Extreme low weight, fast to pitch, small packsize, perfect size for one, Compression sac included
Cons: Potential for condensation, no guylines, not free standing, zip is easily caught in door fabric...like most outdoor gear!
Reviewed by Jonathan Halewood (Southport, Merseyside) on 2008-08-30:
General comments: Being North Face you'd expect a certain standard of quality & with the Solo you won't be disappointed. This single skin 2-3 season tent is a 'posh bivvi' really. There's more than enough room for one person & their kit. I've used mine several times this summer wild camping and although it's not perfect I love it.Comment on this review...
Pros: It's light, weighing in around 1kg. It's stable - especially when you consider you've only a couple of guy ropes. It's very quick and easy to put up (you're talking under five minutes) and packs down small. Another handy feature is that you can easily sit up in it.
Cons: Even with all the venting to prevent a build up of condensation, I've found that unless you pitch it in the open when there's a breeze you will wake up damp. When it does work you'll go to sleep with a mild draft wafting across your face! It could do with a bit of a porch to cook / store stuff in and the door doesn't fully roll back either which can be a pain. It also lacks any internal pockets which would be useful to store a torch etc.
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