A one man hiking and backpacking tent with a bonus, the Zempire Atom hiking tent takes single pole construction one step further with the addition of a brow pole that forms more space for your noggin.
With plenty of space for one, the Atom has a vestibule large enough to cook under, and offers plenty of storage space for gear. A full mesh inner minimises weight yet maintains solid panels to minimise draft through the tent. The Atom also comes with a ground strap to stabilise the pole - which will allow you to erect the fly before the inner.
Incredibly stable with front and rear guy ropes and a durable waterproof floor, the Zempire Atom is a great all-rounder for solo explorers.
Just returned from having the Atom out in two days of severe wind, hail and rain in Australian Alps. WOW. A bit of condensation inside the fly but not a drop inside the tent. And, it was rock solid. I can easily put up with the slight inconvenient crawl in in exchange for this level of confidence in performance.
Shopped around and could not find a quality lightweight hiking tent with this level of waterproofing for anywhere near the price. Well made, easy pitch and roomy thanks to cross bar pole. Agree with another reviewer that entry/exit is a little tricky, especially if weather is inclement and vestibule flap is down. D shaped door seems like it would be more serviceable facing the other way.
I recently used this tent in high wind and torrential rain on the week one July 2016 weekend and was very impressed how stable and water resistant this tent was especially for the price. Probably could have used an extra peg to pull the front guy rope in a slightly different angle to the vestibule. Fast setup and cross pole attached to colour coded pole assembly very helpful.
With every price of kit it depends what you want or need it to do. I bought the Atom as a 1 person overnighter for the Bibblumun Track. Light enough, appears well constructed, easy to pitch. I'm just over 6 foot and I can comfortably stretch out in it. Equally I can sit up in the morning and dress. The Vestibule is big enough for my 65ltr pack and boots. Only down side is it's a bit of a hands and knees crawl to get in it so in the wet = not so funny
Just came back from three days on the Cape to Cape in the SW of Western Australia walking from Margaret River to Augusta. Fine weather throughout and calm at night so not able to assess how it would cope in the wet or winds. However, a terrific amount of space, easy to set up, not too heavy. My only possible issue could be that an extra peg eyelet may be needed on the back of the fly as it only just sits off the main tent and in wind/rain it could make contact. Fantastic value for money!
Love the look of this little tent the quality is awesome and it is easy to setup I can not wait to get it out on the trail. I have made a video setting it up it can be viewed here. https://youtu.be/pqpfguiR-O8
I took this on my first long range hike - trekking the Ninety Mile Beach. It was easy to use, light, and everything is still intact. Can't complain at all.
My only issue was with the packaging. It came in a box marked with 'packed' and 'minimum' weights about 0.5kg above the online specs. So I was a little angry thinking I'd been duped by the internet, until I got it home, weighed it, and confirmed the online figures were correct and the box was wrong.
Hey Steven, I was starting to get a bit worried there - the suspense haha. Thanks so much for leaving your review - great little spot there!
Very impressed. Better quality than my previous tent. Compact and easy to pitch plus roomy inside. Have not been out in cold/windy weather yet but so far consider the tent excellent value for money.
I've just purchased the tent, and looking forward to getting it! When the footprint is released will it be able to retro fit to their tents?
I've had a look at the 2018 Zempire catalogue and they make no mention of any changes to the Atom Hiking Tent so I can't see why the new footprints wouldn't retro fit the older tents.
Will I fit in this tent?
The sleeping space in this tent is 220cm, so while it won't leave a huge amount of room, you will fit in this tent just fine.
How would this tent go on the overland track , are tossing up weather to take a one man tent each or taking a two man between us
The Zempire Atom Hiking Tent would be fine to use on the Overland Track, although a 2 person tent will generally be a bit warmer. It's worth thinking about what you'll get more use out of in the future as well, rather than just buying something for this trip.
Hi guys, can you supply a light footprint (groundsheet) for the Atom? Many thanks, Paul
There isn't one currently available but Zempire are looking to release a groundsheet for all their hiking tents later this year, which we'll look to stock.
Hi there, So the Atom & Mono have grabbed my attention as a solo hiking tent. I'm erring on choosing the Atom due to the bigger vestibule size. This is really the only difference between the two right? In terms of using, can this tent be unpacked and pitched straight away without additional seam sealing please? We bought an Oztrail family done tent a few years ago with a partial outer fly and nylon/mesh inner. It wasn't waterproof at all with the rain wicking down the window and door toggles etc. Our 3 year old was sleeping in a puddle of water. We were told we should have sealed it first, which seemed a strange request to us. We had a basic £50 in the UK which withstood absolute beatings from torrential rain and even a flood at a festival yet it never once leaked. Feeling nervous and hesitant about a repeat experience buying a tent in Australia again. Would love your knowledge on this. One reviewer mentions the fly being close to the inner at the back and that touching may cause leakage. Any further word on this? With Gratitude, Zoe 🌺
The other difference (aside from vestibule size) between the Mono and Atom is that the Atom has a cross pole so it gives it a bit more structure inside the tent if that makes sense. The Atom on the other hand, has a single pole. We get great feedback on both the Atom and the Mono tent from Zempire, as they represent excellent quality and value for money.
I’m so sorry to hear that you have had issues with leaks from previous tents that you’ve used, so I can absolutely understand that you’re nervous about purchasing a new tent! Both tents are fully seam sealed, so you will not have to do this yourself before using the tent.
I’ve had a look at the Atom on display, and I can see what the reviewer was talking about re: an extra eyelet, however, if the fly is pegged and guyed out taut – it will not touch the mesh inner. The Atom also has a waterhead rating of 5000mm - so we're very confident in its performance.
If you like, we do have an in-depth review of the Mono over the blog that you might want to check out here - as it might help you with your decision.
Is it possible to set this tent up fly first so that the inner can remain dry in wet conditions?
The Zempire Atom Hiking tent does come with a ground strap which enables you to erect the pole and fly before the inner tent. You'll notice on the image before the blueprint above that the strap is included and shown between the tent fly and inner and the tent bag. It's not an easy process, but you need to stabilize the pole, attach the outer fly and peg it down before then working from the inside out, with a bit of repetition, to set up the inner tent. Thanks for pointing this out and we'll update the website to reflect this.
Hi I'm interested in these two tents, but would like to see them in the flesh...is that possible at your Keswick store?
We've got a couple of the Zempire Hiking tents on display at the moment but not the Mono or Atom of course... not to worry, we'd be happy to pop these ones up for you so you can have a try and see if you like them! Come on in and see us when you can :)
What is the internal length of the tent? I am concerned that at 188cm I wont be comfortable. Thanks
The only differences I see when comparing the specs of the Atom and Mono are vestibule size and height at peak. Are there any other major differences? And do they both pack away to the same size, or is the Mono model smaller when packed away?
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