The Snugpack Journey Solo tent is a one person tent that we think will be good for multi day hiking or cycling expeditions. We’d hesitate taking it on expeditions to harsher climates, as it’s a small tent and if you’re confined to base for a few days it’s not large enough to live in, but that’s just personal choice. To see more about the solo tent and the full range of tents Snugpack produce – we’d opt for the 2-person tent next time – check the Snugpack website out here.

THEY SAY
The Journey Solo is a lightweight, durable single person bivvi tent. Its waterproof fly can be easily removed to allow for you to use the full mosquito net inner on its own, perfect for dry, warm nights for a cooler night’s sleep and a view of the stars.

Constructed with a durable groundsheet in a bathtub style. Supplied complete with a tailored tent footprint to help protect the groundsheet.

WE SAY
I was happy to take this tent straight into the wilderness with me, no need to test it out at home beforehand. I’ve been using Snugpack for years and trust them as a brand. For me, they’re up there with Vaude and Helly Hansen when it comes to reliability. When you buy Snugpack, you know that whatever the item, it’s going to be fit for purpose and do what it says on the box/bag.

I did, however, attach the outer fly sheet to the inner tent at home, as this gave me a chance to give the layout a once over and not have to fiddle with velcro if the conditions were rough the first time I put the tent up when out in the forest.

Which they were! I’d been paddling and portaging through the rivers and lakes of Algonquin all day, it was 6pm and the rain had been coming down for the past 2 hours. I pulled the canoe up on an island as it was getting gloomy, and too dark to safely continue in what were worsening conditions. It wasn’t a pleasant way to break camp for the first night but the tent made things easier. I just threw the groundsheet down – there’s a right way of placing it but in an emergency it didn’t really matter – and then threaded the 2 poles through their loops. Simple, and done in 5 minutes, even with hands that were numb from gripping a wet paddle for the past few hours.

The ground was soft and the pegs went in easy. The only confusion was that the front 2 loops of the inner tent were not big enough for the pegs supplied. I had a few spares, luckily, that were much thinner pegs, and to this day I can’t work out why I had to use them. Very odd that the inner tent would have to be secured with pegs that weren’t supplied with the tent. Unless there was some special trick to securing it all. Which quite frankly I had no time to work out, and because I had the small pegs didn’t need to ponder upon.

Interior space is restricted but I could stuff my main bag under the front outer fly, as you can see in the photo above, between outer and inner, with no effect on the performance of the tent. This freed up space for me inside the tent and avoided having to take a wet bag into my dry inner area.

The rain and high winds continued all night, as they did for 4 of the 5 nights I was to camp on this expedition. The tent was solid during this time. I never felt any hint of the storms and the ventilation was excellent.

There were also a few flies around but they never got in, there’s a nice feature on the inner tent that prevents it. The place where the inner tent zips meet, often a gap develops here as you pull the tent out of shape by either pitching it minutely wrong or just getting in and out of it in a rough way. This gap can be fixed by the reality is, when you’ve fixed it a few times you just get tired of doing it and a little complacent so the flies and bugs start to get in. But on this tent there’s a simple flap of material that sits between the 2 zips that creates an extra barrier to keep intruders out. It’s really simple but it works.

The tent is small for me. I’m 6ft 1″ and had to go in feet first as once inside it was pretty difficult to turn around. Once inside I could lay down comfortably without touching either end, although sitting up was impossible without touching the roof. If I was on expedition in the Alps and confined to tent for a day or so, which I have been at times in the past, I wouldn’t want to be in this tent. I’m confident it could withstand the weather, but I like to be able to sit up in a tent, and I can’t in this.

I’d say it was perfect for stealth camping, but perhaps not with this colour. Unless you’re going rogue in the Sahara. A green or black colour would be a better choice, I imagine, for blending in with the surroundings of Europe, the UK or North America. Also, flies are attracted to the colors orange and yellow, so an orange tent does attract them.

On the plus side, the small size of the tent allows you to camp in places that a larger tent wouldn’t fit. Like a few of my campsites, nestled between tree roots or trunks. I got some pretty sweet sunset or sunrise views from my sleeping bag thanks to the tent’s ability to squeeze into tiny waterside spaces.

So, the Snugpack Journey Solo offers superb stormy weather protection, is light and very well priced. It kept me dry and warm in tricky weather conditions and I had confidence that no matter what state I got in out on the water, once on dry land I could put the tent up in minutes, throw my sleeping mat and bag in there and get myself warm.

If you don’t mind restricted living space then maybe it’s for you. If you like more space in your tent, I’d highly recommend Snugpack as a brand and advise you look at their larger tents.

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