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Default Ultra-light 3-season 1 person tent recommendations

(There are already few tent related threads in Gear Forum, but neither addressed specifically my need so I'm starting this one)


During recent trip down south I finally had to toss my old tent. So I need new one. Specs I am looking for, in order of importance, are:

  • Ultra Light weight
  • Space when packed: as small as possible
  • Durability
  • Easy to put up, quick to take down
  • 1-person, 3 season is fine

What I am considering:

1. MSR Hubba NX Atmosphere employee put it up for me in store; seemed ok, but assembly was too involved for my liking (I am probably spoiled by dead easy assembly of my old tent)

2. Nemo Hornet

3. REI Quarter Dome


I am looking for reviews on above 3 and possible recommendations for something else as well.
Thanks in advance!
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(There are already few tent related threads in Gear Forum, but neither addressed specifically my need so I'm starting this one)


During recent trip down south I finally had to toss my old tent. So I need new one. Specs I am looking for, in order of importance, are:

  • Ultra Light weight
  • Space when packed: as small as possible
  • Durability
  • Easy to put up, quick to take down
  • 1-person, 3 season is fine

What I am considering:

1. MSR Hubba NX Atmosphere employee put it up for me in store; seemed ok, but assembly was too involved for my liking (I am probably spoiled by dead easy assembly of my old tent)

2. Nemo Hornet

3. REI Quarter Dome


I am looking for reviews on above 3 and possible recommendations for something else as well.
Thanks in advance!
Here's what I have and it's served me well

I've told you this before, but here you go again
Mountain Hardwear SuperMega UL

https://www.atmosphere.ca/categories..._id=1970120900

1KG. that should be light enuff
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Here's what I have and it's served me well

I've told you this before, but here you go again
Mountain Hardwear SuperMega UL

https://www.atmosphere.ca/categories..._id=1970120900

1KG. that should be light enuff
Sid, I remember our talk but this is not available online & sold out both in Banff and Calgary stores. Plus I kinda like Nemo
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Do you need free standing or are you fine with old school style (and having to adjust tension)?

I bought a tarptent, made my own tarp tent, and have been quite happy with both of them. Yes, condensation can be an issue more than with double walled tents, but like with titanium pots and burning food, a bit of knowledge and a slight change in how you use them will mitigate this. I live on the west coast and have no problem with reaching for a tarptent in any season.

They do meet your criteria of light, small, durable and easy to put up.. the main knowledge you need (through practice) is staking out and adjusting tension, but setup itself can take under 2 minutes. Their enemies are tent platforms, or otherwise flat hard areas without rocks or other ways to anchor the lines. You also would need a set of trekking poles (though you can buy lightweight poles for most models).

If you take something like the Tarptent Notch (0.77 kg), you still get a double wall tent, with a removable inner that can be taken down separately and kept dry during heavy rainfall. I use the StratoSpire 2 (essentially a larger 2man version) myself.
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I have a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 that I have been happy with, well under a kilo, mostly free standing (you have to stake out a couple corners by the foot box), double wall.

I had it up at Mt Assiniboine on Labor day a few years back and it was one of a small handful of tents in a packed campsite that didn't collapse under 6" of heavy wet snow. The tarp tents didn't survive so well.

Knocks are water gets in the vestibule/tent when you open the door in the rain (the door is heavily sloped), and if you are tall your bag might touch the bottom corners and get damp. Also its spendy but what isn't when it gets light and durable.

Its been discontinued https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5035-4...Creek-UL1-Tent but they of course have a new version.

Apparently they redesigned it to put in a more vertical door to solve the water issue. https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5046-2...ek-HV-UL1-Tent
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A couple of other options to read into are the Marmot Bolt, or the LL Bean Microlight UL 2.
Both were rated quite high and received positive reviews from several sources.
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+1 for the Tarptent Notch.
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https://vpo.ca/product/300590/hornet-2p-tent

I am planning to get one before this summer. For the weight you get some extra space as a 2p tent if you use just as 1p. It's still lighter than the big agnes copper spur ul1, and more room

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If the MSR hubba nx setup was too involved for you, any tarptent or non-freestanding tent are going to be even worst. I personally love my hubba nx. Not the lightest, but its pretty light, easy to set up, durable and stands up in strong winds, if you do purchase it through atmosphere make sure to sign up for their email list to get a 10% coupon
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I have several Tarptents as well as MSR, MH, and Hilleberg. I have issues. Anyway, the Notch sets up in about 1 minute despite being non freestanding. However it appears you may want freestanding.


In that case, have a look at the Tarptent Bowfin 1 (or upcoming 2). They are freestanding, double walled, with two vestibules and two doors (yes, even the 1 person version), can be ordered with a partially solid inner tent instead of all mesh, have a tall bathtub floor, and the inner clips to the fly just like a Hilleberg which means a dry set up in the rain. You can even unclip the inner and use the fly alone.


Why this over the MSR Hubba?


-More interior volume and head room.
-more usable length.
-sets up as one unit despite being double walled. Awesome in the rain or in windy conditions.
-has a higher hydrostatic head (waterproofness rating).
-is lighter by 8 oz.


It really is the better Hubba......
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I am still making up my mind. Atmosphere has 3xGST sale till Monday, which knocks $60 off base price of $399. I still like Nemo the best, but it is pricey + nobody on this forum seems to have experience with it

Thanks all btw for super recommendations; really appreciated!
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I am still making up my mind. Atmosphere has 3xGST sale till Monday, which knocks $60 off base price of $399. I still like Nemo the best, but it is pricey + nobody on this forum seems to have experience with it

Thanks all btw for super recommendations; really appreciated!
I used to have BigAgnes "Flycreek UL1" for 4-5 ears and now I moved to 2 person UL tent. Difference in 100 g. but HUGE difference in convenience to use it. It still be around 1kg for tent... For you, if you still want 1P UL Nemo, campsaver.com has it on sale now:
http://www.campsaver.com/nemo-http-w...nemo-hornet-1p
Ship it to mailbox across the border...


Ooops, while I was printing that, tent was gone... but Flycreek still available:
http://www.campsaver.com/http-www-ca...erson-3-season

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well to conclude this thread I placed online order today for Nemo Hornet 1P. It was a tough choice versus Hubba NX. Couple of factors decided:

-- Hornet is lighter

-- Price: Found very good deal online: 247 USD at MooseJaw. For comparison REI has it at 330 USD -- same as price on Nemo Site. REI also won't ship Nemo Equipment to Canada. Amazon.com also won't ship Nemo to Canada; Amazon.ca will but for 1700 CAD (!!!! - no typo), or from some of their associates for 470 CAD which is still considerably more than MooseJaw. Hubba would be also be slightly more expensive, even with current 3x GST discount (~340 CAD)

-- Really liked what I saw on this YouTube video:

My preference might have been for slightly more expensive (~40 USD) Hornet 2P, but it was sold out @ MooseJaw.

I'll post the pic once I get it & test set up. In the meantime, many thanks to everyone once again
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So here it is... Nemo Hornet 1P. Did test setup this afternoon to get a feel before actually taking it out. SO here is bit of gear review:

Pack that contains everything is very small; it would fit in kids school pack. You have tent, fly, 6 stakes and single pole that joins in the center, then splits 3 way.

Main impressions:

  • Incredibly light. Like a feather
  • Very easy to setup; I can put it up / take down in less than 5 minutes
  • Inside it appears roomy enough; there are pockets, and you can string a line on roof (to dry clothes perhaps). I think I'll have no problems keeping the pack inside
  • With fly on, you can get bit of shelter space outside, enough for boots and (folded) pole


Here is how it looks without fly (there is even small star chart inside if you are stargazing):
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My main concern is, since it is so light, will it be sturdy enough in case of high wind?? Also think it needs floor as material is super light and I'm afraid it might tear?



I reserve full judgement after I've slept in, but so far I am very pleased with this purchase; my main 2 things (light, easy to set-up) fully satisfied.
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I also just purchased this tent, but i managed to find the 2 person version. When it shows up ill show some pics/specs just to add to the thread. I researched the HECK out of this before purchase; its honestly a great buy and probably one of the lightest without going to cottage manufacturers. Im going to use some polycro from home depot for a footprint, much lighter

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