Gear Guide 2012: More Tester Picks - Solo Tents

These solo tents offer easy setup, ample space, and durability in weather's toughest conditions.

Eastern Mountain Sports Velocity 1

This all-arounder blends convenience, adequate space, and excellent weather protection in a package under three pounds. The nine-square-foot vestibule offers ample storage, and ventilation is excellent: Testers saw zero condensation in Texas’s Enchanted Rock State Park. $259; 2 lbs. 14 oz.; ems.com

GoLite Eden 1

For chronic rain, you can’t beat the Eden. This roomy, 23-square-foot solo shelter makes waiting out extended foul weather a pleasure. Tradeoff: It’s heavier than many solos. $300; 3 lbs. 7 oz.; golite.com