I had never heard of Oregon-based Six Moon Designs until I went on a bikepacking trip with some friends from the Bay Area. Josh hiked the John Muir Trail and like most people that do thru-hikes, obsesses over gear. Tru hikes require lightweight, packable and most importantly durable equipment. So my first impression of the Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo LE was impactful, to say the least. The following article is my Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo LE Review. It wasn't until I decided to do the 380 mile Oregon Outback that I decided I needed to swap my 2 person Big Agnes with a proper 1 person tent. I immediately got ahold of Josh and he was quick to answer any questions I had. It quickly became apparent that purchasing a Lunar Solo Le was a no brainer. Nothing else came close to it in my opinion and after countless adventures in the backcountry, the Lunar Solo Le has become my go to tent.
Before we can start you have to know that Six Moon Designs makes two versions of the Lunar Solo. The Lunar Solo features a Sil floor that is lighter but requires a foot print to keep you dry and safe from tears. The Lunar Solo LE features a rugged waterproof floor that is yes, you guessed it, heavier. So why go for the heavier Lunar Solo LE? Durability and simplicity. There is no need to carry a foot print or worrying about some little branch ripping a hole into your precious floor. So whats the price and weight penalty? The Lunar Solo LE is 6oz heavier but you will save $35. Six Moon Designs charges $30 to Seam Seal the tent so there's a huge price savings with the Lunar Solo LE. Loose the 6oz else where folks. You won't regret it.
"As you can see the tent packs down really small. Note the size of the bottle compared to the compression sack."
The Lunar Solo LE requires 1 pole and 6 stakes. You can use a hiking pole or purchase a compact aluminum or carbon pole for dirt cheap. It's like carrying around a drumstick. It's so damn small. Now 6 stakes may seem like a lot but it's not. Stakes are so light and cheap these days you won't have a problem packing them and hey you could always use sticks you find on the trail if you want really want to.
"I am not going to lie. It takes a bit of practice to dial in the set up of this tent. Below is a gif I made from my first time setting up the tent at a local park. Setup is a breeze now, though sometimes I do miss the easy set up of my Big Agnes. "
Well that's about it! I hope this helps and that you've enjoyed my Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo LE Review. I've posted info from Six Moon Design's website below. Comment if you have any questions and make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
Below is the information from the manufacturer:
The Lunar Solo Limited Edition is a special version of the Lunar Solo. It features stronger more durable and waterproof floors that do not slip like sil-nylon floors.
As with the Lunar Solo it's hexagonal shape spills wind and sheds snow making it a very secure home in severe weather.
Its low hexagonal shape easily spills the wind no matter the direction. Short steeply sloped sides handle snow or high winds with ease. A generous canopy covers a 26 sq. ft. sleeping area plus 8.5 sq. ft. of vestibule storage. The 48" peak height, set in the middle of the tent maximizes room for sitting and taking care of chores.
The sleeping area is surrounded 6-inch deep bathtub floor, topped by 6 inches of mesh. This ensures excellent ventilation while keeping you separated from low canopy walls. This keeps you drier on those occasions when condensation forms on the canopy.
The vestibule is set on the long side of the tent to maximize views and ventilation when fully open. Close it and you've got phenomenal protection from the worst storms.
For detail setup instructions, check out Lunar Solo - The Perfect Pitch.
- Full Vestibule provides protection while still maintaining good ventilation when closed. Fully open, the vestibule maximizes ventilation and view.
- High Vent removes excess moisture build up.
- Zipper Vestibule Closure makes opening and closing the vestibule a snap.
- Heavy Duty Bathtub Floor makes a more durable, no slip and watertight floor.
- Easy Tensioning Adjustment makes keeping your the tent taut a trivial task that can be accomplished while still in your sleeping bag. Re-tension straps have been added to all tie out points.
- Floating Canopy allows the canopy to be set to different heights.
- Floating Floor reduces floor stress and helps to minimize punctures from sharp objects.
- Optimized Sleeping Area is oriented to maximize usable space, ventilation and view. A peak height of 48 inches gives you plenty of head room.
- Center Pole Support significantly improves the ability of the tent to handle wind and snow loads.
- Single Hiking Pole Support reduces the amount of gear need.
- Internal Gear Area keeps your gear easily accessible.
- Oversized Screen Door allows easy entrance and exit while keeping the front pole out of your way.
- Ultra-light Waterproof Canopy is made from high strength 30 denier Silicone Nylon.
- Handy Mesh Cargo Pocket
- Extremely Easy Setup in less than two minutes under any conditions.