New Snugpak Journey Solo in Olive colour
For 2021, Snugpak have released a new colour for the Journey range. This being the traditional Olive colour which has featured on the Stratosphere, Ionosphere and Scorpion tents for a number of years.
So, why is the Olive colour being featured on the Journey range? By request and popular demand! This is also to make it a viable option to a wider audience looking to be discreet, but cost effective, which the Journey range offers. The bright orange is the icon and logo of Snugpak, but these tents do stand out a great deal. With many of the UK National Parks, and my closest Dartmoor National Park banning or pushing to stop bright coloured tents like this Orange outer shell seen on the Journey Range, or the bright iconic red of MSR tents. Its a smart move by Snugpak which will keep customers and Park authorities happy across the country.
In comparison, I’ve used both the Journey Duo and Snugpak Scorpion 2 tents for a number of years. The price difference between the two is roughly a third cheaper, with the Scorpion coming in at £320 (2kg, 4 season tent), against Journey Duo which is £210 (3.2kg, 3 season tent).
Again, to compare the Ionosphere, a much loved a sought after tent by bushcraft and campers alike, this one-man tunnel tent comes in at £180, weighing 1.5kg for the full kit, or 1.2kg for trail weight. Compare that against the Journey Solo which comes supplied with a 5,000mm hydrostatic head ground sheet, costs £140 and weighs in full kit including the groundsheet: 2kg. However, you can make this tent a whole lot lighter by ditching the pole bag and groundsheet bringing it down to 1.5kg.
What are the noticeable differences between the Snugpak Ionopshere and Journey Solo tents?
Both are similar in design with a two pole inner construction first, with an outer shell for waterproof cover. With pratice however, you can build both as one pitch. Both have a low profile when built, but the Ionosphere is higher and longer overall at 240cm in length (Mesh only) and 80cm high on the front and 50cm on the rear. The Journey Solo is 235cm in length for the mesh and 75cm on the front and 60cm on the rear. Both outershells are the same, but the difference between the two is the hydrostatic heads and poles used.
The Ionosphere uses the much tougher and lighter DAC poles and has a shell of 5,000mm 210t ripstop material, versus the 4,000mm and 185t material and alloy poles on the Journey. The journey for this reason makes it easier and cheaper to replace the poles. The Journey Solo has much less pockets inside with only 2, versus the vast 10 the Ionosphere has along the inside. Both have tapered seams and the doorways open to expose the front quarter.
The Ionosphere has a smaller pack too, by some 10cm but ditching the groundsheet and being clever with how you roll the Journey Solo. You can cut the overall pack size by some 10cm still.
Those of you who are worried about the Hydrostatic head on the Journey Solo, 4,000mm is more than enough to keep you dry throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn months! I’ve used the Journey Duo deep in to November and December without snow and was bone dry inside. As a tunnel tent, they are not designed for winter with snow. That said I have used the Ionosphere in calm wintry conditions and was cosy inside.
So, for £40 less you are getting virtually the same tent! Especially when picking up the new Olive colour which the Journey Solo comes in, this Autumn. The shell does feature Snugpak’s iconic shell logo across the material but it's subtle and hardly noticeable. As you can see from the photos below, from a distance you really couldn’t tell the difference between the Journey Solo and Ionosphere.
The thinner material of the bug net and outer waterproof shell makes the Journey Solo a great choice for Spring/Summer camping, particularly Summer with still hot nights. It makes the whole tent a little more breathable and lighter, so when climbing inside its not like a sauna feeling from thicker material tents. I love my Snugpak Scorpion tent and use them all year round, but in Summer you do notice the thicker, heavier 4-season materials versus that of a Summer tent/bivvi like this of the Solo or Ionopshere.
Transparency Notice: Please note that I am a Snugpak brand ambassador and receive the products for free to review from Snugpak or to use for marketing purposes. The review is no guarantee of endorsement. I receive no monetary gain from Snugpak from the reviews or content created.
Back to Top