The comfort of solitary confinement
Some things in life are a lot more enjoyable if you have one or more partners to share in the experience, while others can be just as much fun doing on your own. Camping and backpacking are activities that can be just as pleasurable if you're traveling alone. What makes them even better is if you have a good, lightweight solo tent to keep you warm and dry out in the wilderness.
As the name implies, a solo tent is built to hold one person and some gear. These tents come in a variety of weights and sizes, so you'll need to choose one depending on your stature.
Although these tents are somewhat smaller than other backpacking tents, many of them still come with the same features - such as rainflys, storage pockets, vestibules, coated materials for UV and water protection, large doors, windows, ventilation systems and vents, bathtub floors, aluminum poles and color coded designs for fast and easy assembly and take down. Solo tents are also designed for three season and four season use and come in both freestanding and non freestanding versions.
Of course, one of the benefits of a solo tent is its size. It gives you more options on where you can pitch your tent, as you can fit it onto a smaller area of land. Its weight is another benefit, and some models of solo tents will also give you the option of traveling even lighter in good weather as you can just use a rainfly and footprint for shelter, leaving the main tent canopy at home.
It may be a good idea to cut down on space and weight if you're camping on your own, but you don't want to sacrifice shelter and comfort, so make sure your solo tent is big enough for you, and is built to keep you warm and dry in bad weather conditions.
Most large camping and tent manufacturers make one or two solo-style tents, but you'll find that some companies simply don't carry them. Solo tents also come in a variety of styles, designs, and colors.