Attention adventurers: With the Piopio Solo, Bach has developed a one-person tent that weighs just as much as a liter of water and still boasts a lot of room comfort. We tested the compact space miracle for you.
If you like to be outside alone and want to be able to move independently in nature for several days without having to forego a certain amount of room comfort, you should take a closer look at the Piopio Solo. Bach has achieved a very successful mix of weight, durability and comfort in this 1-person tent. We will explain in more detail how we came to this conclusion in this article.
Test overview Bach Piopio Solo
- Weight, pack size, etc.: How easy is the one-person tent to transport?
- How does the structure work?
- Interior: How much space and storage space is there?
- Outdoor life: What features does the tent offer?
- Alternatives for purists
- Facts & Figures about the Piopio Solo
Weight, pack size, etc.: How easy is the 1-person tent to transport?
When you hold the Piopio from Bach in your hands, the first thing you notice is its minimal weight: the one-person tent weighs just 1000 grams, just as much as a 1-liter bottle of water.
With its pack size of 48 x 12 centimeters, it can be easily stored in or on a backpack. Since the package consists only of soft materials in addition to tent poles and pegs, you can make up a lot more volume by fixing it with compression straps.
How does the structure work?
We chose a pretty spot with a view of the Appenzell hills and Lake Constance to try out Piopio. The structure is completely self-explanatory, especially since the 3-season tent only consists of a few components: inner tent, tent pole, pegs, outer tent.
If you set up the Piopio like we did when there is little wind and no rain, it will hardly take you more than five minutes. Once the tent floor is fixed with pegs at the front and rear ends, the aluminum tent pole can be put together and hung.
When the weather is stable, you can spend the night in the open air with a 360-degree view and complete mosquito protection. If you prefer a little more protection or security, you can pack the flysheet over it. At the bottom and top of the inner tent there are sleeves into which the respective counterpart of the outer tent can be inserted. This increases stability in windy conditions and prevents the fabrics from slipping.
Interior: How much space and storage space is there?
We give it two thumbs up for the comfort in the tent. Thanks to the interior height of 105 centimeters, even tall people can sit upright without any problems. In addition, the base of the Piopio Solo (260cm x 160cm) is in the shape of a diamond and there is a lot of space available in the shoulder and elbow area.
It is also thanks to this construction method that a 35 liter backpack can be easily stowed between the inner and outer tent. The material compartment in the inner tent is rather small, but offers enough space to store a phone and headlamp.
The Piopio Solo ensures optimal ventilation thanks to a combination of a tent floor raised to the sides and an overlapping outer tent. If you have to endure bad weather with heavy rain, you should tension the outer tent as low as possible with pegs. This ensures that despite the tent floor being raised, no splash water gets into the inside of the tent.
Outdoor life: What features does the tent offer?
Overall, the Piopio Solo is very simple and functional. There is a ventilation opening at the top of the flysheet. The entrance area can be opened wide and fixed at the top.
This is not only an advantage when cooking, but also when you want to lie in the tent and observe the surroundings or enjoy the sunset. Apart from the lower fixation points for the pegs, the Piopio Solo also has several tabs in the upper area that can be used to further stabilize the tent.
Facts & Figures about the Piopio Solo
- Capacity: 1 person
- Weight: 1000 grams
- Pack size: 48 x 12 centimeters
- Outer material: 20D high-strength ripstop 6.6 nylon with silicone coating on both sides
- Inner material: 15D breathable ripstop nylon
- Tent floor: 20D ripstop nylon with 10000 water column
Alternatives for purists
For those who like things to be more minimalistic, Bach has an exciting alternative with the Half Tent. As the name suggests, this one-person tent is a functional hybrid between a bivvy bag and a tent, making it an interesting choice for extended trekking adventures.