To save weight the Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo has no inner and outer, and is just a single-skin tent with a mesh section around the lower edges to keep midges out while allowing air in to help manage condensation. There are no poles or pegs either, which is why it weighs in at just 895g, but you will need to add about 86g for some pegs that will cost £20 and about 138g for a set of poles at £45, unless you use a pair of trekking poles, which is what we have done here. It is very easy to pitch with trekking poles and it creates a good living space that is reasonably stable, with just a pole being needed at the front and tail. The front pole does get in the way a little, but you can move the base to the side to create more room. The porch is a good size for a rucksack and a cooking area and you can sit up comfortably at the front too. I’ve used this tent quite a lot over the past few years and it is ideal for one or two nights. But you do get condensation inside; and others are more stable and spacious, which would be appreciated in stormier weather. But if you really want to save weight then the Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo’s simple design is great.
Flysheet fabric silicone-coated nylon
Inner fabric none
Groundsheet fabric silicone-coated nylon
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 200x160x108cm
Packed size 34x14cm
Weight 895g (without pegs or poles)
The Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo is a great choice for those who want to save weight and are prepared to manage condensation carefully while camping in more sheltered areas.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013