The Soulo is a long-standing favourite for high mountains in sometimes serious weather, and while it may not be a new product, it is definitely an interesting one.
The tent is a free-standing design, which tells you it should work well for sandy, snowy and rocky ground. There are two crossover poles which give the main living area it’s structure and much of its strength, plus a third for the porch. These poles slot securely into long ‘holsters’ at 6 points on the fabric. There are 2 way zips for the doorway, to allow you to vent while cooking, and it’s possible to erect the inner and outer as one, or leave the inner at home for more room if you are using a bivi bag. Used like this, the shelter could be used for 2 people in a pinch. Inside with the inner, it’s a lovely cheery yellow, and very roomy for 1 person.
Having a structured cooking and wet gear area untroubled by any of the usual flapping fabric marks this shelter out as eminently useful in poor conditions, as does the build quality, which is exceptional. The components (line locks, guy rope, 9mm DAC poles and tough fly fabric) are burly – even overbuilt – but combine to make the unit extremely bad-weather ready. At around the 2kg mark, the Soulo isn’t light by modern standards, but the finish oozes quality and it’s a tried and true design that should give you many years peace of mind in the mountains. With all the guy lines in, the Soulo is pinned to the ground and isn’t going anywhere. The weight is a bit off putting, but I’ve loved using this.
► Verdict: Comfortable, roomy, reliable and durable 1 person tent, if a little on the heavy side.
► Best for: Big hiking or biking adventures where the weather may be challenging.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern