Golite Eden 1 2011

The Golite Eden 1 is different from most single-person tunnel-style tents as it has three poles, but it pitches fast with colour-coding on the poles and webbing adjusters for tensioning. Pegging out is also quick, and the numerous guy points make for great stability. The guy lines attached high on the central pole have a wide range of placement possibilities and help to hold the Eden solid in high winds. The design makes for a huge amount of internal space and there’s less tapering at the ends compared to other one-person tents. The inner is mainly mesh, so it’s airy, and the multi-zipped door allows venting options and steam to escape when cooking without letting the rain in. The porch is also huge, with plenty of room for all your gear and cooking kit. The inner has pockets to stash gear. The Eden is designed for usability, and it’s a comfortable tent to spend time in.
However, the comfort and features cost in increased weight and packed size. There are heavier tents with less space, but the Golite Eden 1 is a solid lump when packed into its stuffsack and stashed in a rucksack. You can separate out the tent and poles to soften the packed tent, but something lighter and smaller is easier to manage on the trail.

Design three-pole side entry tunnel
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner 20D polyester No See Um 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
Weight 1600g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 15

For more than one night out, the Golite Eden 1’s comfort and stability could be well worth the extra weight.

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine April 2011