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Review: Poler One Man Tent is big & roomy, but a bit heavy

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Poler One Man Tent review

A while back, I joined Blackburn for one of their adventure camps where we rode in, camped and rode out. We journalists had it easy – our camping gear was shuttled in for us. But the new Rangers for that year? They packed it all in and out on their own. We still had to pitch our tents, though, and for that they provided us with the Poler One Man Tent…

Poler One Man Tent review

Poler One Man Tent review

Poler’s single occupant tent is perhaps the largest such item I’ve ever seen. Most one-person tents are designed for light weight and minimal footprint. This one, however, sits on the ground covering 32″ x 85″, rising 40″ high. And that’s just for the tent. The rainfly sprawls another foot or so on either side, and a few inches on the ends.

Poler One Man Tent review

That’s plenty of room inside for my 6’2″ frame inside a super thick back country sleeping bag and space to wiggle.

Poler One Man Tent review

Inside the rain cover was room for my Osprey Shuttle, their largest roller suitcase. It basically creates a vestibule for your gear, shoes, etc.

Poler One Man Tent review

Fortunately, the rain fly is properly waterproof, so all my gear stayed dry despite the freak snowstorm that blanketed our campsite.

The tent’s virtually entirely mesh, save for the bottom (which rises up to prevent water ingress) and the center top panel. That makes it wide open for more pleasant nights. Set up is easy and straightforward, and the tent is solid. The only downside is the weight and pack size, both are big. With all cords, stakes, repair kit and rainfly, it comes in at about 5.5 pounds (2.49kg). And the pole segments prevent it from packing down too small (6″ x 18″). All of which is fine for car camping on your own, but it’s a bit much for bikepacking or backpacking.

Poler One Man Tent review

If your mode of transport to the campsite is motorized, the Poler will give you a ton of space to sit upright and store all your gear. There’s a door only on one side, so there’s some wasted space off the other side when you’re covering gear with the rainfly, but other than that it’s a solid offering worth checking out. Retail is $184.95.

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mudrock
mudrock
6 years ago

Not optimal for bikepackers. A competitive weight for single-person tents is 1.5-2 lbs. I have an OR Alpine Bivy that I use, made with Gore-tex, at 2 lbs. Bivys are claustrophobic, but light and easy to pitch.

Robin
Robin
6 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

“Claustrophobic for some, bivy sacks are,” said Yoda. But a lot of times you can sleep with your head outside of the sack and then just tuck your head back in if conditions warrant as much. With that said, nothing on the Poler site says anything about using this tent for bike touring. Hell, I wouldn’t use it for backpacking solo. With that said, given the opportunity, I’d test if for a few nights, in the dead of winter. In my eyes that’s a prime gig. Besides, I dig sleeping outside, in the backcountry, on a cold winter night.

AK_Ben
AK_Ben
6 years ago

If my mode of transport to the campsite is motorized, I’m bringing a hotel, not a one man tent.

Ryan S.
Ryan S.
6 years ago
Reply to  AK_Ben

And the keg.

Greg
Greg
6 years ago

I would avoid any tent marketed in the US. Why? They are filled with toxic and untested flame retardents. Nasty stuff:
http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/tent-camping-america-one-big-toxic-experience

i
i
6 years ago

If you’re driving to the campsite and weight is not an issue, why not go with a “big” tent? Tents like this seem like no-man’s land making compromises that don’t make sense.

Allan
Allan
6 years ago

That first picture…ugh that doesn’t seem like a fun night to me.

Gillis
Gillis
6 years ago
Reply to  Allan

With my -10 deg down sleeping bag it looks fun to me!
But that tent is heavy, it weighs as much as my 2-person Kelty, and with fewer features.

lop
lop
6 years ago

This is a terrible tent. It is literally Walmart Ozark Trail quality, except heavier and much more expensive.

As a dozen other people have said, if you’re driving to the campsite, then why not spend considerably less money on a much larger, higher quality tent from REI or some such? A better question is why something so totally unrelated to bikes is even on here, especially when there are so many compactible, light weight, high quality tents which are much more well-suited to bike packing?

TheOracle
TheOracle
6 years ago
Reply to  lop

Agreed. Its heavy, small, poorly designed, overpriced and of Walmart quality. As to why; read between the lines. Blackburn paid for Tyler to attend trip which is at least partially sponsored by Polerstuff, then Tyler publishes review of tent. Lame. Doesn’t speak well for Blackburn and their “Rangers” to associate with this either.

Robin
Robin
6 years ago
Reply to  Tyler Benedict

Excellent response.

Phil
Phil
8 months ago
Reply to  Tyler Benedict

Im here May 19 2022 because I saw this tent at Sierra Trading Post today for $99 and searched for a review.
I cycled both the Hwy 1 Pacific Coast Route and the length of the Mississippi River primarily along Highway 61.
On the Pacific Coast I used a $40 1 man tent of cheap quality, a glorified tube tent really. On the River Ride I shared a $ 119 REI tent with my buddy. They both got the job done although under tight qtrs.
Whether backpacking, cycling touring or motorcycle traveling, the shape of the tent is important to me. Room to sit up is valuable to me. Maybe I’ll go back and check out the Poler in a day or two.
I thought you responded well to the highly negative comments.

Cheers, Phil

SOBO
SOBO
6 years ago

Why would anyone be interested in much less buy a 1-person “camping” tent? My 2-person “backpacking” tent is more than twice the size of this Poler and almost 2lbs lighter! Either small and superlight (backpacking) or huge and not so light (camping) NOT small and not so light. Is this an April Fools in Dec?

Harry
Harry
6 years ago
Reply to  SOBO

Heck my 3 person tent is half the weight and almost a portable bedroom with enough room for me and my bike inside.

Moonbeam
Moonbeam
4 years ago

What a bunch of haters and snobs. These comments are far from objective and soaked with malice. It’s a trendy stylist tent meant for casual campers. Chill.

Phil
Phil
8 months ago
Reply to  Moonbeam

Yes, I agree, too many tightly wound commenters.
5 1/2 lbs is a bit porky for 1 person tent that’s true but..if a person chooses to lug an extra pound or two to gain that extra head room that is their choice to do so.

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