Want to go backpacking but your tent is too heavy? I’m setting up and reviewing the Sea To Summit Specialist Solo Shelter. This is a great UL waterproof shelter that I used on a few night backpacking trip in the backcountry. It will help you cut weight on things you don’t need to make you more comfortable and save space in your pack.
Here is a list of information from their website giving all of the specs of this fantastic shelter. Click here to purchase one for yourself.
Ultralight backpackers, cycle tourists, and sea-kayakers will appreciate the Specialist™ shelters: the interior space and comfort of a tent with a lower overall weight and more compact size than many bivi’s.
Weighing just 625 grams for the Solo and 846 grams for the Duo, the Specialists™ are the lightest fully enclosed shelters in their class. Each Specialist™ comes with a set of 2 poles and 6 pegs made out of 7075 alloy for the best strength to weight ratio. The specialist solo can also be erected with a pair of trekking poles and natural anchors making it perfect for gram saving enthusiasts, achieving a minimum packed weight of 445 grams and 633 grams for the Solo and Duo respectively.
For the shell, we have used Pertex® Endurance, a 20 denier ultra lightweight waterproof breathable nylon fabric in conjunction with a 15 denier waterproof nylon for the walls, vestibules and the floor. Seam sealed throughout, the Specialists™ offer superior waterproof properties while also maintaining impressive breathability to manage condensation effectively. The ultra-fine mesh panel doors keep insects away and allow for maximum ventilation. Optional lightweight Tyvek® ground sheets are also available for added floor protection.
Ultra-light weight — just 22 oz / 625g for the Solo (1 person) and 29 oz / 846g for the Duo (2 person)
The Solo has one entrance and one vestibule. The Duo has two entrances and two vestibules
Pertex ® Endurance 20D nylon shell fabric that has a 1,000mm waterhead and a 7000MVTR (Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate)
15D waterproof nylon walls, vestibule & floor has a 1,200mm waterhead
Double stitched and bar tacked at all stress points for strength and endurance
Fully tape seam sealed and reflective guy lines
Includes 2 x 7075 alloy poles and 6 x hard anodized 7075 alloy pegs
Can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles and natural anchors for extra weight savings
Internal storage pocket not offered on many lightweight shelters
Optional lightweight Tyvek® ground sheets