Ever since Paria Outdoor Products came to the outdoor market, I’ve been using their gear. I’ve always been impressed with the focus of creating budget friendly gear that is also reliable and well made. I recently had the chance to take the new Bryce 1p tent from Paria out on a 4 day backpacking trip in Capitol Reef National Park. Lets just say that I am quite happy with the design, performance and living space of this 1 person tent. Let’s get into the specifics about the Bryce and who it’s for or who it’s not for.
Overview: An Ideal Backpacking Tent?
The Bryce 1P Tent fits the bill for a lightweight 1 person tent that doesn’t run your wallet into the ground, but also has a lot of living space. These pros do come with their cons, depending on your backpacking approach and mindset. Some may argue that it’s too big for a 1 person, lending itself to weigh more than many other 1 person tents on the market.
One of the things that I’ve most enjoyed about the Bryce 1 person tent is the living space. This ay seem trivial for some in terms of how a 1 person tent is typically approached, but the ability to save a little bit of weight but not compromise living space for 1 person is a bonus in the design of this tent. Waiting out a storm in this shelter will allow you to be comfortable and happy, rather than feeling confined for a long period of time, making it difficult to stay comfortable.
Design aspects to this tent make it shine for the value you get from the price. What I am talking about are little details that in the long run make a difference. Things like an included foot print that doesn’t cost you unnecessary extra cash in case you want to get a foot print later. It’s nice to see that included. Other aspects like a double zipper pull system on the door, allowing you to vent the tent in warm weather, but still have the piece of mind when weather comes in. Paria has focused on placing the storage pockets inside the tent above the bathtub floor, making it easy to get to stored gear, rather than getting lost against your sleeping pad and sleeping bag.
Paria uses a hub pole system on this tent, with a full rectangular shape from head to foot. Meaning that the width of the tent at the head end of 36″ is also 36″ at the foot. I like this design and appreciate the extra space at the foot end. Rather than being cramped at the foot end like some other tents do. No the aluminum poles are not DAC poles, but i’ve yet to have any issues with the pole system in the many nights i’ve used Paria’s various tent offerings.
If we want to get into the negatives of this tent, there are very few to discuss. However, something that sticks out to me is that for such a small tent, there are a lot of required stakes. In order to get the right pitch that provides the best weather coverage, you’ll need upwards of 10 stakes. I’ve seen some 1 person tents need a maximum of 4 stakes. Those limited stakes create the same level of coverage/protection. The major downside to this is that it just adds weight to the overall system.
Here’s how you ca save a little bit of weight though. If bugs aren’t an issue, you can use the included footprint and leave the inner mesh tent behind, and fast pitch the tent. Fast pitch is pitching the tent without the inner tent, just using the rain fly and the footprint, connecting the pole system to the footprint. I appreciate seeing this option on a sub $160 tent.
Overall, impressed is the story here on the Bryce 1 person tent. Well thought out, great colors and for 3.5 pounds, it’s hard to beat.
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