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    Tensa SOLO?

    Doesn't seem to be much love for this option. Or, at least my google skills are lacking. In the Northeast, I don't have too much of a problem finding trees. Plenty of times I've thought, if I could attach to that tree over there, it'd be perfect, but... Thinking stuffing this option in my bag might be good for peace of mind for those times.

    Thoughts?

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    with unlimited funds I would have one as well

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    I have the conversion kit, which is just the additional pieces needed to make one Solo from the existing Tensa4 components. 1 extra ground anchor UCR, additional smaller diameter segment of the aluminum tubing, rubber foot to put on a larger tubing segment than the normal footed sections of the Tensa4, and a couple other bits for hanging the hammock.

    Assuming you'll have at least 1 tree available, it's a pretty compact and lightweight addition that one could probably bring backpacking if concerned about finding the right pair of trees at a site.

    Need good soil to anchor to if using the orange screws, unless other natural anchor points are available to guy-out the Solo pole. The guylines for the Solo pole are more load-bearing than the foot-end anchor for the Tensa4, which isn't truly load-bearing but more for balance.

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    Tensa SOLO?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimswms View Post
    Doesn't seem to be much love for this option. Or, at least my google skills are lacking. In the Northeast, I don't have too much of a problem finding trees. Plenty of times I've thought, if I could attach to that tree over there, it'd be perfect, but... Thinking stuffing this option in my bag might be good for peace of mind for those times.

    Thoughts?
    As for low Google love, it’s only been out a short time in the off season. We haven’t marketed it beyond a minimum as we scale up our productive capacity and roll in some small changes.

    It is all about peace of mind, and in a backpackable package. The asterisk is that unlike Tensa4 which truly sets up everywhere, you must be able to get in 2 solid ground anchors per side, which can take some trial and error in very rocky or exceptionally loose ground conditions. With the apparent discontinuation of the DD Stand (formerly Handy Hammock) we think this is the only stand of this type in a lightweight, compact format available, and ours supports tarps at proper height unlike others.

    I think it’s a natural complement to Tensa4, through the conversion kits especially. Say you are moto-touring through the desert with your SO and have 2 hammocks and one Tensa4 packed. You find 3-4 trees well spaced? You are lucky. 2 trees? One hangs there, other in Tensa4. 1 tree? Break Tensa4 into 2 halves with the tree central (Gadget documented this) OR convert 2 t4 poles into Solos and hang from the tree. Zero trees? Breathe deep: Tensa4 has FOUR Solo-convertible sections. Did you have 2 babies and trade in the moto for a Subaru? With a few extra parts you can convert one Tensa4 into EIGHT Solos, to hang a family of 4 with no trees, full tarp affordances, with a total stand weight somewhere around 16lbs, still packing to 19” long.

    If you do find suitable trees at your destination, a Solo doubles as the world’s most overbuilt porch mode tarp support.


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    Thanks. This would be for Moto camping. I could find a spot for in in my ul setup I think and afford some peace of mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latherdome View Post
    As for low Google love, it’s only been out a short time in the off season. We haven’t marketed it beyond a minimum as we scale up our productive capacity and roll in some small changes.

    It is all about peace of mind, and in a backpackable package. The asterisk is that unlike Tensa4 which truly sets up everywhere, you must be able to get in 2 solid ground anchors per side, which can take some trial and error in very rocky or exceptionally loose ground conditions. With the apparent discontinuation of the DD Stand (formerly Handy Hammock) we think this is the only stand of this type in a lightweight, compact format available, and ours supports tarps at proper height unlike others.

    I think it’s a natural complement to Tensa4, through the conversion kits especially. Say you are moto-touring through the desert with your SO and have 2 hammocks and one Tensa4 packed. You find 3-4 trees well spaced? You are lucky. 2 trees? One hangs there, other in Tensa4. 1 tree? Break Tensa4 into 2 halves with the tree central (Gadget documented this) OR convert 2 t4 poles into Solos and hang from the tree. Zero trees? Breathe deep: Tensa4 has FOUR Solo-convertible sections. Did you have 2 babies and trade in the moto for a Subaru? With a few extra parts you can convert one Tensa4 into EIGHT Solos, to hang a family of 4 with no trees, full tarp affordances, with a total stand weight somewhere around 16lbs, still packing to 19” long.

    If you do find suitable trees at your destination, a Solo doubles as the world’s most overbuilt porch mode tarp support.


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    My 90 degree hammock requires straps higher on the trees. Even at the shortest, around 7 feet between trees, the straps would be around 6' up on the tree. Would I be able to go that high on Tensa Solo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimswms View Post
    My 90 degree hammock requires straps higher on the trees. Even at the shortest, around 7 feet between trees, the straps would be around 6' up on the tree. Would I be able to go that high on Tensa Solo?
    No. Solo poles are 2” shy of 5’. If the poles were further apart than 7’ though, wouldn’t that raise the seat height sufficiently?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Latherdome View Post
    No. Solo poles are 2” shy of 5’. If the poles were further apart than 7’ though, wouldn’t that raise the seat height sufficiently?
    Didn't catch that pole length.not sure if it would work, but isn't a deal breaker. Just pushes me to my ridgerunner on the bike which is kind of a bummer..

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmc4free View Post
    I have the conversion kit, which is just the additional pieces needed to make one Solo from the existing Tensa4 components. 1 extra ground anchor UCR, additional smaller diameter segment of the aluminum tubing, rubber foot to put on a larger tubing segment than the normal footed sections of the Tensa4, and a couple other bits for hanging the hammock.

    Assuming you'll have at least 1 tree available, it's a pretty compact and lightweight addition that one could probably bring backpacking if concerned about finding the right pair of trees at a site.

    Need good soil to anchor to if using the orange screws, unless other natural anchor points are available to guy-out the Solo pole. The guylines for the Solo pole are more load-bearing than the foot-end anchor for the Tensa4, which isn't truly load-bearing but more for balance.
    I’ve used the Tensa solo with great success while motorcycle trekking as well as in desert environments. However, I would recommend buying these titanium ground stakes to use in rocky or hard-packed ground:

    TITO High Strength Titanium alloy tent stakes Tent pegs nail pegs for canopy camping tent DIA 8mm and Length 240mm only 56G (8x300mm) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XRX9J6V..._AZQHCbQ2CTPV0

    The titanium stakes are 12” x 0.25” and are INDUSTRUCTABLE. The orange plastic screws that comes with Tensa are good for sand or soft ground, but not so good for super hard ground.

    Here are a couple of recent photos of the Tensa in use:

    [AIMG]Attachment 173378[/AIMG]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post
    I’ve used the Tensa solo with great success while motorcycle trekking as well as in desert environments. However, I would recommend buying these titanium ground stakes to use in rocky or hard-packed ground:

    TITO High Strength Titanium alloy tent stakes Tent pegs nail pegs for canopy camping tent DIA 8mm and Length 240mm only 56G (8x300mm) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XRX9J6V..._AZQHCbQ2CTPV0

    The titanium stakes are 12” x 0.25” and are INDUSTRUCTABLE. The orange plastic screws that comes with Tensa are good for sand or soft ground, but not so good for super hard ground.

    Here are a couple of recent photos of the Tensa in use:

    Attachment 173378

    B74CF88A-BC6D-42D7-B4CF-F4518B5BE0A2.jpg
    Agree nail-type stakes are best for super hard ground. Wonder if Tensa Outdoor could source some for resale/bundle. Hard to beat Amazon though, and our inventory management is getting complex already.

    We lack good photos of Solo in use. May we add your Saguaro shot to product gallery?



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