The Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo is a single-skin tent with a mesh perimeter to the groundsheet to keep the bugs at bay while still allowing plenty of airflow. It weighs in at a very respectable 895g for the tent, guy lines and stuffsack, but that is all you get for your money. So you have to add on the price (£20) and weight (86g) of a set of pegs to make this tent properly useful for the UK hills. If you use trekking poles for walking then they can be used to support the tent at the front and back; alternatively a pole set costs £45 and weighs 138g. Otherwise, the tent is very easy to pitch with trekking poles and it creates a good living space that is reasonably stable. Having a front pole in the doorway does get in the way a little, but you can move the base of the pole away from the centre of the entrance so it sits diagonally and is thus less obstructive. The porch is a good size for one person and you can sit up comfortably at the front too, which makes extended stays in the Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo far more bearable than in other models without these features. As it is a single-skin design you may come into contact with any condensation that does form on the underside of the fly, so you’ll need to use good campcraft to prevent this becoming a problem.
Flysheet material Silicone-coated nylon
Inner material none
Groundsheet material Silicone-coated nylon
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 200x160x108cm
Packed size 34x14cm
Weight 895g (without pegs or poles)
The Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo is an innovative design that requires a little more skill than conventional tents, but in the right hands its weight and price are real benefits.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2012