A Review of My Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent
My MSR Carbon Reflex 2 was a great tent. It’s definitely a good option for thru-hiking if you’re looking for a light (2.2lbs) 2-person, 3-season tent, especially if you’re hiking solo.
The things I liked:
- lots of room for one person and gear
- lots of room in the vestibule
- easy to set up
- packs up small
- incredibly light for a 2-person tent
The things I didn’t like:
- it lacked decent headroom, with the peak being only 40”
- the fasteners on the vestibule doors were awkward to do up from inside and the hooks unhooked in windy conditions
- it would collapse in extremely windy conditions (which I fixed by using my trekking poles to support the ends of the small cross pole)
My Lunar Solo
I went with the Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo for multiple reasons:
- it has plenty of headroom (48”)
- has more than enough room for one person and gear inside
- weighs only 1.5 lbs
- uses one hiking pole for setting up, therefore no separate poles to carry
This was my first experience with a tarp tent, and after using it a few times, here’s what I’ve learned:
It sets up quite easily once you get the hang of it, although, it was a challenge to set up on a pre-built wooden platform.
This took a bit of learning on my part. I had heard that single walled tents get condensation more so than double walled tents, and I found this to be true. A couple of things come into play with respect to condensation: the vestibule and the space between the canopy and the ground.
In cool, dry, slightly humid conditions, here’s what I found:
Vestibule is closed overnight – the entire inside of the canopy and vestibule had condensation
Vestibule partially open – some condensation near the peak only
Vestibule completely opened – no condensation
I also found that if the space between the canopy and the ground is not open enough, there is more condensation.
When there was condensation in the morning, I would wipe it off with my tiny towel, and depending how much time I had, let it dry while I did other things. I found that it dried quite quickly.
The space inside the Lunar Solo came as a surprise. Not only does it have generous headroom, there is more than enough space for sleeping and gear. Of course, there’s room under the vestibule as well.
I have not used it in windy or raining conditions, so I can’t comment on the tent in these conditions.
This tent is one of the less pricey options out there for UL tents coming in at $215. I paid slightly more, because at the time, Six Moon Designs offered seam sealing, which I opted to get. However, they are not offering that service for the time being.
Considering I used to shy away from tarp-tents, I love this tent! It’s so small, light, easy to set up, and the interior space is amazing! It also fits perfectly in the outside pocket of my Gossamer Gear Mariposa (review coming soon). Yes, it has a few new challenges with it (condensation, relies on tension to stay up), but they are easy to adapt to and I don’t regret moving to the Lunar Solo one bit.Shop The Lunar Solo Here
A Comment on my Polycro Ground Sheet
I just want to comment quickly on my Polycro Ground Sheet, which was also a new addition to my tent set up. I have to say I am not a fan of it. It had holes in it after one use, traps condensation underneath, and is a pain to fold in windy conditions. On the flip side, however, it’s inexpensive, super light, sheds dirt and debris easily, and packs super small.
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