The One

The One is an ultralight solo shelter designed for maximum performance with a minimalist attitude.

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After its debut in spring 2008, The One quickly built a near-cult following for its full protection, spacious design and light weight. In 2011 when the fabric manufacturer changed the formulation so it no longer met our specs Gossamer Gear chose to halt production rather than settle for a heavier, sloppier shelter. After years of searching and an updated design we are pleased to release the new One. Made with a custom-manufactured fabric that is virtually the same weight as the original, yet even tougher and more waterproof! We’ve used the intervening years to our advantage, honing the design to make it even roomier and easier to set up. The meticulous workmanship, including factory-taped seams, reflective pull-outs, robust zippers, and fully-rigged lines means this shelter is ready to set up when you get it, and will give you many years of trouble-free protection. It pitches easily, handles harsh weather with aplomb and is surprisingly spacious inside. The One is a great shelter for solo hikers.


  • Lightweight, with full protection from rain and bugs

  • Factory-taped seams

  • Bathtub floor

  • Main body and floor have 1200mm waterproof blended sil/pu coating

  • Great headroom (and shoulder room)

  • Fits tall people

  • Big vestibule with great protection

  • Easy side entry

  • Excellent ventilation to minimize condensation

  • Catenary cut for quick, taut setup

  • Highly adjustable pitch

  • Interior clothes line and flashlight loop

  • Reflective tie-outs for additional lines for high winds

  • Ability to furl the vestibule for views when no rain expected

  • Tensioners with reflective line make it easy to get a taut setup

  • Reflective guy lines knotted so they can be handled with gloves

  • Zipper pulls have reflective lines added for easier handling

  • Large mesh internal pocket for personal items

Minimum of 6 stakes required for setup, available for purchase separately
Uses carbon fiber or aluminum segmented poles, or trekking poles (set to 125 cm, tip down), available for purchase separately

Additional Info

Additional Info

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Shelter Weight: 19.05 oz (540g)(includes factory-taped seams)

Lines (already attached):  .60 oz (18g)

Stuff Sack: .5 oz (14g)


Packed size 6” X 9”

Floor size 30” X 83” (17.3 sq ft)

Vestibule area 16.2 sf

Head height at peak 46” (using 125 cm poles)


Tent body: Custom-formulated 7d high tenacity nylon blended sil/pu coating waterproof to at least 1200mm.  

Tent floor:  Custom-formulated 10d high tenacity nylon blended sil/pu coating waterproof to at least 1200mm.

Guylines:  2.5mm reflective nylon sheath, 1mm dyneema core

Zippers:  First quality, robust  #4.5 double-pull zippers

ITW lineloc3 tensioners all main tie outs


Green main body with a yellow floor

The One Instructions for use
July 30, 2016
Select a site that is level, and has sufficient room to stake out the tent. We recommend V-stakes for maximum holding power on the front and rear guy lines, and stakes appropriate for anticipated conditions for the four tent corners.  If possible, stake one of the ends into the prevailing winds, rather than the front or the back.  Stake the two corners on one side so that they are about 3-4 feet apart, at approximate 45 degrees to the tent.  Make sure the corner guy lines are at half to ¾ length free, for maximum ventilation and to allow you room to tighten them.  Walk to the other side of the tent, and pull those two corners against the first two you just set, and stake them down, again at 3-4 feet apart at approximately 45 degrees to the tent. 
Next, put in the rear pole (either your trekking pole set to 125 cm, or segmented tent poles if you purchased those), with the handle of the trekking pole at the top, and the tip of the pole slipped into the grommet tab provided.  Stake the tent out so that the pole leans slightly out.  Then put in the front pole, top up and tip into the grommet tab provided, zip up the vestibule, and stake it out, again so that the pole leans out at a slight angle.  Adjust the front and rear guy lines so that the ridgeline is taut, and the poles both lean out at about the same angle.  Then go around the four corners, and tighten the lines to provide a taut setup with no wrinkles.
The bathtub floor can just hang, but if desired, you can take four additional hook stakes to stake out the four corners of the floor.  The 10-denier nylon floor is reasonably durable for it’s weight, but to prolong the life of your shelter, you may want to place either a polycryo ground sheet or a nylon ground sheet under the tent.
Special Case – Windy Conditions
Since The One is a roomy tent, it also presents a pretty high profile to winds.  Thus, if you can find a more sheltered area, this will be helpful in windy weather.  Depending on the stakes you brought, ground conditions, and wind speed, you may want to put large rocks over the stakes to help them hold.  The One has 4 additional pullouts (black with reflective stripes) which can be used to attach additional guy lines to for more support in windy conditions.  If you anticipated unusually windy conditions, we recommend you prepare 2 – 4 lines by cutting 5-foot long lengths and tying loops in each end.  This way, should you find yourself in windy conditions, you can easily loop them onto the black tieouts and stake them out.  In windy conditions, you may choose to stake the two corners on the windy side all the way to the ground, to minimize the intrusion of the wind into the shelter.
The large mesh pocket on the rear wall is provided to keep your small items from getting lost inside the tent.  There is a small, movable loop on the clothesline located in the ridge, which you can use to hang a flashlight from for reading or other nighttime activities requiring light.  The roomy vestibule provides a sheltered area to keep your gear, shoes, etc. without taking up interior space in the tent.  In fair conditions, the vestibule can be furled for better views and ventilation.  Since The One is a single-wall shelter to save weight, it is prone to condensation in certain conditions.  More ventilation (staking the  corners high, leaving the vestibule open) will generally minimize condensation.  In the case of condensation, you can just use a handkerchief to wipe down the shelter, then take it out during your lunch break to air out.
After returning from a trip, use a damp cloth to remove dirt and debris from your One, and allow it to fully dry before stowing it.


Perfection!Review by LeakyD
While I am very new to backpacking, I have used a few different tents. Thinking I had my single person tent figured out, I was given the opportunity to borrow the ONE for a quick trip. It performed heads above other tents that I've used. Incredible ventilation, very light weight and extremely easy to set up. I typically need to make adjustments every time I set my tents up, but the ONE is quick, snug and ready to use right out of your pack without the need to do anything more. The vestibule is very generous and protects gear well, sitting up in the tent to change clothes, read and move around is a real treat.

This tent is on Santa's list! Enjoy.

(Posted on 11/14/16)
The only One you needReview by Allgood
I recently completed a thru-hike of the CDT, during that time I used 3 different shelters, sort of like Goldilocks. I started with a tarp and then switched to a duo-mid by MLD in Colorado. When the new The One was released I switched to it in Montant for the last 900 miles.

Man if I had only had it sooner. The One has tons of headroom and space, plus the extra length inside made for ample room for me and my gear during storms. I had the shelter in numerous rain storms and squalls and it performed well even in heavy winds. The large vestibule allowed for my shoes and water to stay secure and dry while I slept.

Like all single wall shelters it will get some condensation especially in rain however, I found two ways to help reduce this:
1 Set up in an area that allows for breezes throughout the night, a little wind went a long way to reduce the condensation.

2.Leave the vestibule open if you can, this allowed for better moisture management and you can just easily close it if a rain storm comes in at night.

One of the best parts of The Onew was the out of the box ready to use set up. With taped seams and guylines in place I didn't have to spend my zero day getting my tent ready to go on trail. All I did was set it up once to know what I was doing then I was able to lay around eating ice cream and watching the Olympics on my zero day.

Of all the shelters I have this is my favorite and if you hike with a dog like I do most of the time it will comfortably fit both of you. (Posted on 9/20/16)
The ONE is back!!!Review by James
So happy to see the One is back in production. I own the original version (purchased Spring 2009) and it is still going strong after all these years and 1000+ trail miles. By far my favorite one-person shelter.

I do not own the new version, but it appears to improve upon the original.

I can attest to the original One's ingenious design that provides excellent weather and insect protection with good ventilation and minimal condensation for a single-walled shelter. It is very lightweight for a floored shelter and incorporates minimalist elements such as the option to use trekking poles instead of tent poles. The original One has been stable and dry in heavy rain, strong winds, and light snow. The interior is reasonably sized for a solo shelter. I am 6'2" and there is adequate headroom for comfortably sitting up straight. (Posted on 7/29/16)

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