THE ONE by Gossamer Gear is an ultralight, fully enclosed, 3 season single wall tent. The One is easily setup with two trekking poles or tent poles. This tent was new to me at the end of summer 2018. For this tent review, I used it exclusively hiking 150 miles on the Theodore Solomons Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains while encountering driving rain, high winds, frost, and warm weather.
Weight from the Gossamer Gear Website:
Shelter Weight: 21.6 oz / 612 g (includes factory-taped seams)
Stuff Sack: .3 oz / 10 g
8 Stakes: depending what type you choose, around 3 ounces
Total: 24.9 ounces
Packed size 6” X 9”
Floor size 36” at the head, 24″ at the foot X 88” (19.55 sq ft)
Vestibule area 16.2 square feet
Head height at peak 46” (using 125 cm poles)
Tent body: Custom-formulated 7d high tenacity nylon blended sil/pu coating waterproof to at least 1200mm.
Tent floor: Custom-formulated 10d high tenacity nylon blended sil/pu coating waterproof to at least 1200mm.
Guylines: 2.5mm reflective nylon sheath, 1mm dyneema core
Zippers: First quality, robust #4.5 double-pull zippers
ITW lineloc3 tensioners all main tie outs
Stake the four corners, stick in trekking poles, stake out the trekking pole guy lines and your done.. stretch and tighten accordingly. Be sure and practice setting the tent up at home a few times before a trip.
Note: Campsite selection is very important, especially for lightweight non-free-standing tents. Here is a great article on How to Choose a Campsite by The Hiking Life.
Here is a simple, short and very informative video that features Glen Van Peski setting up The One.
WHAT I LOVE
- Packed Size – The One packs up nice and small and is super easy to stuff into the sack. No stress on cold mornings
- Spacious – my hiking partner, Arrow called it the Taj Mahal. Unlike most ultralight solo tents, The One is roomy. Definitely enough room to sit-up and move around without touching the sides and top of the tent. Very nice on rainy nights and wet mornings.
- Line – a cord is attached to the top of the tent inside to hang damp clothes with a small clip to hang a headlamp, etc.
- Lightweight – at 24 ounces The One is hard to beat for size and comfort.
- Bathtub Floor – the floor kept water from splashing in.
- Pockets – pockets on the inside of tent are placed for perfect access while lying down or sitting up.
- Guy lines – the reflective guy lines are super helpful to locate the tent in the dark.
- Vestibule – loved the zipper on the generously sized vestibule. It kept the rain, wind, and cold out.
- Easy Setup – takes about a minute to set up once you know what you’re doing.
- Door – the shape and easy access of the zipper made for effortless entering and exiting.
THE NOT SO GOOD
- Silnylon – silnylon can stretch, which means you need to tighten down the tent after setting it up, and more so when wet. Silnylon holds a bit more water than a cuben fiber tent. The silnylon tents can be heavier to pack up on wet mornings.
- Condensation – I found on very cold nights when my breath was producing moisture, the upper half of the tent where I was breathing was wet. I solved this by keeping the mesh door unzipped with the vestibule zipped shut. Again this was for cold nights where bugs are not a problem.
- Weight – The One does weight more than my previous cuben Zpacks Solplex that I have used for years, 6 ounces more.
The One in my opinion is a great, modestly priced, ultralight solo tent for most backpackers and thru-hikers. It is easy to setup and pack up, very roomy, great protection in inclement weather, and has some pretty sweet extra features (pockets, line, and vestibule zipper).
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