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Feb 11, 2019

Six Moons Designs Philosophy

Our goal at Six Moon Designs is to offer lightweight, high quality, affordable backpacking equipment. We want you to be happy with your purchases, and will stand behind our products 100%. If you have concerns, let us know. We'll do our best to make things right. We're confident that Six Moon products will be invaluable additions to your backpacking essentials.

So, if you're looking to make your next backpacking adventure more enjoyable, and less of a burden, we invite you to consider Six Moon Designs.


Ever since my first high school adventure on the Appalachian Trail, I've been hooked on backpacking. A few years later, in the summer of 1977,my wife, Linda and I took off to hike the Appalachian Trail. We were one of the first couples to hike the entire trail southbound.

Following our AT hike, we moved from Virginia to Oregon. As impoverished college students, we learned to sew much of the equipment needed for backcountry forays. Over the years we have made numerous bivy sacks, tarps, sleeping bags, jackets and other pieces of gear.

Through out my backpacking experience, I've always been fascinated with going lightweight. I'd learned a lot reading the exploits of early hikers like Grandma Gatewood, but wasn't quite ready to hike in sneakers, or use a shower curtain for shelter. In '77 our AT packs weighed about 35 pounds each with ten days of food. This was a remarkable weight, considering we used conventional gear available at the time, and most backpackers then were carrying 50-60 pounds on their backs.

Evolution of a Concept

In 2000 I really worked at reducing my pack weight for a hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. I incorporated a number of then state of the art ultralight gear along with my own ideas. I made much of my own gear. This time it wasn't because I couldn't afford the gear, but because what I wanted simply didn't exist.

Following my Pacific Crest Trail, I began thinking about a future hike of the Continental Divide Trail. I realized that an affordable, ultra-lightweight shelter was really needed. Months of planning and development resulted in the birth of Six Moon Designs.

In May 2002 we introduced our first product, The Europa Tent. The Europa was designed to be light, affordable, easy to set up, and sturdy enough to be used over a wide variety of back-country environments. Over the years we've introduced a variety of innovative products from the Starlite Pack to the Gatewood Cape. With the introduction of our new Skyscape Scout we're looking to take ultralight in a whole new market of affordable shelters. The Skyscape X will cater to those who believe there is no price for getting the lightest gear.

Ron "Fallingwater" Moak

Six Moon Designs Team

Key Product

The Lunar Solo is by far the most popular tent that Six Moon Designs. It's an award-winning shelter that has had its design tweaked over the past few years. Six Moon Designs really take on board any feedback that their customers give them and they will respond to this by changing designs and adding features that their customers think would make their tents that little bit better.

The Lunar Solo is a superb lightweight shelter with a small pack size that takes some practice to get the best out of it. For the weight the Lunar Solo is surprisingly spacious with a large entrance for easy entrance and exit.

The key to making Lunar Solo the sturdy shelter it can be is in the pitching. If you have no previous experience with trekking pole shelters you may have a steep learning curve. More so than other tents we recommend some practice pitching. Once mastered, it is a phenomenal way to save a lot more weight from your kit list. Read this review by Cairngorm Treks.