Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Ultralight Tent Review

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Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Ultralight Backpacking Tent Review UL Single Wall Thru-Hiking GGG Garage Grown Gear


This might make ultralight backpackers cringe, but I thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with a tent weighing 4.5 pounds. Despite the heavy burden, I loved my Alps Mountaineering tent. It was quick and easy to set up and was
extremely reliable in bad weather. 

Upon finishing my hike, I decided it was finally time to make the switch to a single wall, ultralight tent. When I first began researching tents available on the market, I became slightly overwhelmed. With so many options out there, how could I know which one would be best for me? 

After speaking with hikers and conducting hours of research, I ultimately decided on the Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo. There were some key factors in making my decision, which I’ll gladly detail here. 

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Specs 

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Ultralight Backpacking Tent Review UL Single Wall Thru-Hiking GGG Garage Grown Gear

  • Capacity: 1+
  • Weight: 26oz
  • Price: $249.99
  • Floor Dimensions: 90" L x 48" W
  • Interior Height: 49"
  • Packed size: 11" x 4.5"
  • Materials: Canopy - 20D Silicone Coated Nylon 3,000mm Rating; Floor - 40D Silicone Coated Polyester; #3 YKK zipper

What I Love About the Lunar Solo 

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Weight/ Size:
Weighing in at 26 ounces, the Lunar Solo isn’t the lightest single wall tent you can find on the market, but 26 ounces is feather light compared to my previous tent. The tent packs down really small too and hardly takes up any space inside my backpack. 

Roomy/ Cozy Factor: The inside of the Lunar Solo is very large and roomy; the same size one might expect from a two-person tent. The tub-style floor, long interior and high ceiling helps me feel right at home in the Lunar Solo. Thanks to its pyramid-style design, I can sit up in the middle of the tent with plenty of headroom to spare.

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Ultralight Backpacking Tent Review UL Single Wall Thru-Hiking GGG Garage Grown Gear


Budget Friendly:
$250 for this tent is an absolute steal in my opinion. Six Moon Designs is trying to market toward the budget-conscious backpacker, and doing a terrific job at doing just that. Sure, you can easily spend $600+ on another ultralight tent, but the Lunar Solo has it all for an extremely fair price. 

Easy Pitch: Setting up the Lunar Solo is an extremely simple and quick process. Like many other ultralight tents, a single trekking pole is used for structure. It took me a couple of practice pitches, but once I got the hang of it, pitching the Lunar Solo doesn’t take much thought or time at all. 

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Ultralight Backpacking Tent Review UL Single Wall Thru-Hiking GGG Garage Grown Gear

 

Caught in an intense Rocky Mountain thunderstorm, I needed to set up this shelter as quickly as possible. Thankfully, the easy pitch process allowed me to be warm and dry in a matter of mere moments.

What I Didn’t Love

100% waterproof? I was able to test the Lunar Solo out in the rain, and overall I was satisfied with how it held up. For the most part I was kept dry, but I did notice the occasional rain drop seeping through and landing on my forehead while I was lying down. This was not the end of the world, but I don’t feel it is 100% waterproof. Would I trust it in an intense heavy downpour for hours and hours on end? Hard to say. That is still to be determined. This would be a perfect tent for thru-hiking the PCT or Arizona Trail, but the Appalachian Trail? 

Condensation Build-up: Now, this might be the same scenario with every single-wall tent on the market, but I definitely noticed a ton of condensation build up on the walls practically every night I've used it. I have heard plenty of other hikers reference the same thing when using the Lunar Solo. 

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Ultralight Backpacking Tent Review UL Single Wall Thru-Hiking GGG Garage Grown Gear

 

Just How Durable is the Lunar Solo? I haven’t had the privilege of embarking on a thru-hike with the Lunar Solo, so the durability and lifespan of this tent is to be determined, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t hold up nicely on a 2,000+ mile long thru-hike.

Good to Know

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Ultralight Backpacking Tent Review UL Single Wall Thru-Hiking GGG Garage Grown Gear

  • Features an 8.5 square foot vestibule for gear and shoe storage
  • Vestibule can be rolled to the side to reveal the front mesh doors, giving you that ‘cowboy camping’ feel
  • Does not include stakes and footprint, both can be purchased separately — I recommend pairing it with a Tyvek footprint to prevent water pooling on floor and to protect from rock punctures
  • Tent does not come seam sealed; you must either seam seal it yourself or pay an additional fee for Six Moon Designs to seam seal it for you
  • Can be purchased in two color options: gray or dark green
  • If you typically hike with a partner, check out the Lunar Duo, which provides similar functionality, but for two people.


Bottom Line 

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Ultralight Backpacking Tent Review UL Single Wall Thru-Hiking GGG Garage Grown Gear


Overall, after several trips with the Lunar Solo, I am definitely pleased with this tent,
and would recommend it to almost everyone! This tent is perfect for those not looking to make a huge dent in their bank account, but who still desire a reliable, ultralight tent for backpacking trips of all lengths. The spacious pyramid-style design features a high ceiling and plenty of ventilation to keep you cool in the hotter summer months. I’m looking forward to using this tent for years to come … and reporting back on how it’s holding up after hundreds of more trail miles!

 

 

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Ultralight Backpacking Tent Review UL Single Wall Thru-Hiking GGG Garage Grown Gear
Lunar Solo by Six Moon Designs

 

 

Max is a runner, hiker, and outdoor adventurer based in the Hudson Valley region of New York. In 2021, upon graduating college, Max pursued a long-time goal of his and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. When not working, Max enjoys spending his free time running on local trails and exploring the mountains of the East Coast with friends and family. You can follow along with his adventures on his Instagram: @max_kiel_trail 

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RollinOkie

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I love my Lunar Solo, which I’ve had for a few years now, and find that getting the perfect pitch just takes practice. Allgood from Six Moons Designs has the best video hands down to achieve this. I hike a lot in the desert southwest, so condensation hasn’t been much of an issue. However, the light weight and packability of the LS allow me to pack more water. And one final note: I can’t speak for the other companies, but Six Moons Design has EXCELLENT customer service. Whenever I have had an issue, they speedily make it right at no charge to me. Good people to do business with.

Alan Lau

Alan Lau

I’ve owned my Lunar Solo since 2007. I’ve used it on JMT, AZT and other sections of the PCT as well as the AT. I agree with all of your comments. Mine hasn’t leaked, but yes, it has been prone to condensation. Since my Lunar Solo was the first edition, it did sit a little low (this design problem was addressed and corrected in later models of the Lunar Solo) so I added more guy lines, thus raising the sides of the tent and creating more room. Finally in 2021 I decided to upgrade to a Tarptent Aeon Li, which was made from DCF. It’s only 7 ounces lighter, but it has much much less condensation, has a little more usable interior space, and is actually more stable in high winds. I still think the Lunar Solo is a great tent. With respect to the slipperiness of the floor, I think that’s inherent to many tents. To ameliorate this, I used a 50/50 mixture of silicone and paint thinner: I painted lines on the tent floor. This made the floor quite tacky and after that, my pad didn’t slide one the floor. This 50/50 mixture is the same cocktail you use to seam seal your tent.

Alex

Alex

Excellent review, informative and honest

Gregory Emmanuel

Gregory Emmanuel

About the tent:
I tried to like the Lunar Solo because it seemed to offer what I was looking for but alas… these are the 2 things that turned me completely off. 1. I’ve owned many different tents throughout my 45 year camping and backpacking life, yet I found it almost impossible to get a good setup. I tried everything including following the instructions diligently step by step and watching various YouTube videos, all to no avail. Unless I spent at least 30 minutes pulling, adjusting, moving stakes, tightening, the tent remained strangely twisted and saggy. Did I get a badly cut lemon? I don’t know. 2. That horrible material the floor is made of, it’s as slippery as ice. All night long I would slip and slide uncomfortably from side to side. I tried a yoga mat under my mattress but that helped only marginally. Finally I gave up on this tent, it’s just not for me.
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