EUREKA! Solitaire Tent Review
If you are looking for a great hiking tent on a budget, definitely consider the Eureka Solitude. It’s lightweight (in comparison to other tents for the price), easy to pitch, and is very comfortable to rest in. For the past 6 months I’ve been going back and forth of whether I should get this tent or not. After countless reviews and over-analyzation of each photo, I gave in and finally got it. Am I glad that I did!
One of the major aspects of the tent that caught my eye was the option of having a skyview. Not many tents offer this. In addition, the bug screen has an opening that allows me to set the tent up without having to climb through the doors. After a long day of hiking/biking/camping, this little tent definitely will make your evening easier when it comes to getting your “bed” ready.
However, when having the rain tarp out, I’m afraid the lack of ventilation might bring some discomfort in the morning, especially if the doors are fully shot (to prevent rain getting in).
I originally bought it for 2. Yup, I already have my Hennessy Hammock for solo hikes and this tent was something to take when my girlfriend and I are hiking together. Something to have that’s lightweight and small. Although it is after all designed for 1 person, we both are pretty skinny and hopefully (will update soon!) will be able to rest comfortably.. tight but comfortably. Some cuddling might need to happen in order for this to work.
Overall, I think this tent is great, especially for the price. I haven’t experienced in rain or heavy wind yet (another update should come along), but looks like it handle whatever nature throws at you (probably except tornadoes, volcanoes, flash floods, and bear attacks. But you’ll definitely will be safe in there from African killer bees!
UPDATE: It is without a doubt best used SOLO (doable for 2 people but not recommended) and for someone who has no fear of tight spaces. I sold this tent shortly after spending a night in with a stuffy nose and no way to sit up to catch a breath without needing to either
a) open the roof which was covered with rain tarp to prevent rain
b) get out of the tent and stand outside of it, in the cold, in the rain, in the middle of the night, in the middle of the forest, wondering if saving weight is worth sacrificing head space. It is isn’t. But to each is own 🙂