Please consider my application to test the Lunar Solo tent.
1.9 oz Silicone Nylon floor
Regardless of whether my preferences can be met, I will be able to complete
the test series with any combination of color and materials.
Personal biographical information
Name: Mara Factor
Height: 6'1"/185 cm
Weight: 220 lbs/100 kg
Email address: m_factor@...
Location: Medford, MA (near Boston)
I have been hiking and backpacking extensively since 1989. Weekends
frequently find me in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Longer trips
I've taken include such diverse locations as Copper Canyon, Mexico;
Annapurnas, Nepal; Olympic Mountains, Washington; Austrian Alps; Paria
Canyon, UT and AZ; Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Crest Trail, and a
1999 thruhike of the Appalachian Trail.
I consider myself a lightweight backpacker. While not willing to forgo too
much comfort or safety, I do weigh all of my equipment and carry only items
necessary for each trip. My ~13 lb (6 kg) base pack weight includes a Nomad
lite tent, alcohol stove, Big Agnes sleep system, ULA P-1 backpack or Kelty
Vapor backpack, and an MEC Northernlite jacket.
New England (western Massachusetts and other areas):
Elevation: < 2,000 ft (610 m)
Nighttime temperatures: 15 to 50 F (-9 to 10 C)
Elevation: 1,000 to 6,000 ft (305 to 1830 m)
Nighttime temperatures: 32 to 50 F (0 to 10 C)
The areas I would use this tent in New England are hilly to mountainous
though winter will likely limit testing to lower elevations while in New
England. While the terrain of the hiking trails will be rough, I expect to
set up the tent in primarily established sites. In Mexico, I expect to set
up the tent on hardpack sand in windy, desert canyon terrain.
Weather conditions expected:
In New England, both snow and rain are likely through the fall, winter, and
spring months. The wind can also be quite gusty. For winter testing, I
will limit the below freezing testing to times when the two to three day
forecast calls for nothing more than brief and light snowshowers. In
Mexico, the dry climate means warm daytime temperatures and cool nighttime
temperatures. Neither snow on the rim nor rain in the canyon are unheard of
in the December time frame I'm likely to be there. Precipitation is not
usually heavy in the canyon area.
I am a lightweight backpacker and will easily incorporate this tent into my
current complement of gear. I will be able to report on how appropriate
this tent is for lightweight backpacking.
Test plan or strategy:
I will test the tent in a wide variety of weather conditions. I expect to
safely push the seasonal limitations of the tent in terms of cold
temperatures. I plan to report on setup, construction, condensation, and
volume amongst other attributes that come up while testing. The timing of
the test will allow me to use the tent in a wide variety of conditions.
While I will miss summer testing in New England, a trip to Mexico will allow
me to test it in warm desert conditions as well as the cool and cold New
England conditions. Late spring conditions in New England will allow me to
test it during bug season as well.
Where possible, I prefer to go without a ground sheet and take care where I
set my tents up to prevent damage. The heavier floor will provide an extra
bit of protection against wear and tear. Should I be chosen to test a tent
with the lighter floor, I have Tyvek available should any of my tent sites
end up being too rough for the thinner material.
Being tall, I will report on the interior space and both my ability to
stretch out and sit up. I use a thick pad while backpacking and will also
report on whether or not that significantly affects my ability to make use
of the full volume within the tent. My size long sleeping bag, at 78 in
(198 cm), should fit in the tent with little room to spare.
I also expect to test is areas with trees and look forward to reporting on
both the suspended setup and the hiking pole only setup.
Current tests: Clikstand, Long-term report due in January.
Most recently written reports/reviews include:
Owner Review of Earbags:
Packa Test Reports:
Total list of previously written Owner Reviews and Test Reports:
Earbags Bandless Ear Warmers
Bridgedale A.T. Boot Plus
Dana Design Arcflex Terraplane
Kelty Vapor aka Cloud 4000
Montane Featherlite pants
Design Salt Silk Mummy liner
Complete Test Reports:
180s Ear Warmer
Superfeet Quick Fit Everyday
ULA Equipment P-1
Big Agnes Air Core Mummy Pad
Big Agnes Zirkel 20 degree bag
Kahtoola Traction System - 2002
Clickable links to all of these Reports and Reviews may be found at:
I have read v. 1202 of the Survival Guide and agree to all of the
requirements for the full test period. I understand that the tent will not
become mine until after I have successfully completed the entire test
series. Should I be unable to complete the series, I will notify the group
and immediately mail it to an appropriate substitute as specified by the
monitor or moderators.
Thank you for your consideration,