GoLite transformed the UK market in 2001 when it made our lightweight gear look decidedly lead-laden. So I’ve come to expect every new GoLite product to be lean on weight, which in turn often results in products being light on comfort too.
But the Eden 1 is not the lightest tent around for one person; indeed it is over twice the weight of a Terra Nova Laser Photon. But according to GoLite the Eden 1 is designed to have better living space and a roomier porch compared to similar tents. As with all one-person tents this packs down small, although it’s rather long due to the pole sections only collapsing to 50cm, compared to the Vaude Power Lizard's pack size of 35x10cm.
I took the Eden for a solo wild camp in the Lakes. Pitching was very quick, thanks to the three poles being colour-coded, plus the use of webbing adjustment. The pegs were a sensible, useable size too, which meant I could push them into the ground without wrecking my hands and I did not lose them during the pitching or striking process. Instantly the tent felt stable, and no doubt this is helped by having three poles rather than just one as many one-person tents have.
Dr Who would feel at home in the Eden 1, as it is much larger inside than first impressions suggest. The porch is far bigger than most one-person tents, with room for a big rucksack, boots and lots of spare room to cook, making this feel cosy even when the Lakes skies were darkening. There is good headroom too under that main pole, which allowed my 6-foot frame to sit up with ease. Most importantly the outer door can be vented from the top to let some extra air flow into the tent and to allow you to peek outside without getting wet. It is easy to make a tent lighter than the GoLite Eden 1: you make it smaller, ditch some poles and strip out the inner, but this tent has comfort – not just weight – as its priority.
Sleeps one person
Design three-pole side-entry tunnel
Inner 20D polyester mesh
Flysheet 15D ripstop nylon silicone-coated 1200mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet 70D 190T nylon, 3000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 254cm; width 96.5cm; height 114cm
Packed size 50x15cm
Made in China
Stockist details – tel. 0800 917 5642; www.golite.co.uk
Impressively stable, easy to pitch and offers the kind of comfort and space you might need in typically British weather, but it certainly isn’t the lightest on the market.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010