Big Sky Soul x2

Shaving tent weight usually means jacking the price or shrinking the dimensions, but the two-person Soul hits a rare trifecta—light, livable, and affordable.
Soul x2 Tent
Price $289.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 4.9
Weatherproofing 4.9
Ventilation 4
Living Space 4.5
Durability 2
Fast-Pitch Setup
Materials Interior with 40D nylon coated and seam taped floor, fly with SuperSil™--ULfabric upgradeand Ultra Light weight aluminum poles
Free Standing
Capacity 2
Number of Poles 2

 

Diameter of Poles (mm) 9
Floor Space (sq ft) 29.5
Layout other
Length (inches) 85
Width (inches) 53
Interior Height (inches) 42
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 7.5
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 0.5
Weight 2 lbs, 11 oz

Setup

Given the weight, space, and price, we expected this tent to be nonfreestanding. Amazingly, no. It requires zero staking to be solid—right down to the vestibule, which attaches to the pole ends (rather than using stakes).

Livability

Short on storage pockets (there are two) but big on interior space, the Soul is a roomy retreat. The 42-inch peak height let testers sit up and change clothes comfortably, though tall campers (over 6’2”) found the 85-inch length confining because sloping walls bump heads and feet. All-mesh walls limited condensation to the fly’s underside: No moisture collected inside, even along California’s rain-drenched Lost Coast.

Protection

Through heavy rain and coastal wind, the Soul kept us comfy and dry.

Durability

Here’s the tradeoff for the Soul’s impressive specs: The ultralight silnylon fabrics are more fragile than most. (General rule of thumb: Fabrics that are both light and strong are expensive.) Even with careful handling and site selection, the fly suffered a small tear on a weeklong trip.