Sea to Summit Specialist Solo
It’s one of the lightest solo models out there, even before swapping the tent poles (3.9 ounces) for trekking poles.
Brand: Sea to Summit
Model: Specialist Solo
Protection: Our CDT tester reported no leaks through either the single-wall, 20-denier nylon roof or the 15-denier walls, even during crazy New Mexico storms with gusty winds from 20 to 30 mph.
Livability:We appreciated the integrated floor in the 3.9-square-foot vestibule for clean storage. But the 14.5-square-foot interior floor is the smallest here, with a tight (11 inches wide) foot end. You really need a mummy-shaped pad and bag to make this tent work.
Ventilation: A high roof vent and mesh door effectively neutralize moisture buildup in this hybrid single-/double-wall design.
Durability: The superlight, 15-denier ripstop nylon floor showed abrasion after 14 straight nights on Sierra granite. Make a groundcloth. Or get the Specialist Solo Ground Sheet ($40; 3.3 oz.); it’s a low price (in both weight and dollars) for added protection on rough terrain.
Overall: 3.9 $429; 1 lb. 3 oz.; seatosummit.com