The Wild Country Sololite tent pulls out of its stuffsack and rolls out on the ground, the poles clip into the outer quickly and easily, and you’ve got an instant shelter from the worst of weather. It’s got a strong design and uses tough materials. Terra Nova is Wild Country’s parent company, and you can see the quality genes have been passed down. The porch is very small, but can be rolled back for cooking out of the rain. The two-way door zip gives you venting options, there’s a mesh vent at the foot and the inner door has a mesh panel that zips over to keep the heat in. It’s a cosy tent, and suits use at this time of year when you want to feel that there’s a barrier between you and the elements. But it’s small inside and gear storage can be a problem if you’re got a large pack or wet gear, and I can just sit upright at the door. It’s very heavy for the space it provides (but for this price it offers a good compromise).
Poles pre-assembled shock-corded alloy
Inner ripstop polyester
Flysheet ripstop polyester, 4500mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet polyester, 5500mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 220cm; width 90cm; height 88cm
Packed size 45x17cm
Packed weight 1915g
Made in Far East
Stores in UK 20
Wild Country – tel. (01773) 837373; www.terra-nova.co.uk
Verdict: The Wild Country Sololite is an easy-to-use and tough tent for poor conditions. Its great price is due to the use of heavier fabrics, which should mean stability and durability are good. It won ‘Best Value’ in our test.
Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine March 2009