Review: Mountain Hardwear Nightview [ 2-man, 3-4 season convertible Tent ]

Retail: $400, MBstores.com is offering this tent for only $289.95. (Limit time offer, expire soon.)


Product Description

The Nightview combines features from our four-season tents, with three-season venting options and weight savings. The fully taped fly has a UVX windows over the mesh sky panel - so you can view the stars (with the ripstop panel off), even when the fly is in use. The built-in Tension Shelf increases the strength of this rugged four-pole structure and provides a place to dry gear. The brow pole at the front of the tent acts as a support for the vestibule, increasing the head room. A zipper at the foot of the tent allows you to raise or lower the fly from the inside for venting or viewing without leaving the comfort of home. The rear window (with ripstop panel) allows for cross ventilation; the ample door has both mesh for venting and ripstop for privacy/weather. Mesh perimeter pockets extend along the sidewall of the interior.

Retail: $400


Reviewed by: Michael, a Mountaineer from Sacramento, California
Date Reviewed: 6/15/2002 9:20:02 AM
 

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I have used this tent at 11,000 ft on Mt. Shasta, throughout the Desolation Wilderness, and along the John Muir trail in the Mt. Whitney region.
Up and down the trail you will definitely know you are packing a tent.
If it rains, hails, or snows you can be certain the tent is bombproof.
This tent has decent ventilation for a 3/4 season tent.

This tent is SUPER!
Only drawback. . .weight

Customer Service:
I own many Mountain Hardwear products but have as yet to damage or wear out my equipment. Not needing customer service is wonderful.

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Sierra Designs Alpha CD (still own)
 

 
  Reviewed by: Chris Parton, a Backpacker from Fayetteville, AR
Date Reviewed: 3/1/2002 11:17:41 AM
 
 

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Great tent. Little heavy for solo backpacking use, but fine if you have someone else along to carry the food. Bombproof shelter. Doesn't leak a drop in the rain, and I've had it out in a couple of pretty heavy downpours. Resistant to wind. Plenty of room for me, my wife, our gear and our 90# labrador retriever.

Can't say a bad thing about this tent except the weight, but that's what you get with a 3+ season tent.

Customer Service:
Customer service is great. The tip came off of one of the poles. I got their number off of the website, called 'em up, told them I needed it fixed by a particular date for my next trip, they said fine, fixed it for me, and got it here a day early. Flawless.

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  Reviewed by: Derr Ramsay, a Backpacker from Blowing Rock, NC
Date Reviewed: 2/5/2002 11:24:02 AM
 
 

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Phenominal piece of gear. Range of use has been impressive from summer trips on the Appalachian to winter trips in the snow and ice. Extremely comfortable in the summer with a down bag and well-ventilated. As for the winter, during the middle of an unsuspecting and blinding sleet/ice storm the shelter held up well. I was nprepared with the wrong bag and honestly think the tent was my savior. Quick to set up and break down when time is an issue.

Customer Service:
Upon sending back a tent pole for replacement I was strung-out on the return. the pole was bent accidentally by one of my campers on a trip, I returned it, willing to pay all costs, and the turn around time was not impressive.

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  Reviewed by: Michael Bauman, a Climber from Burlington, VT, USA
Date Reviewed: 1/11/2002 8:22:25 AM
 
 

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I bought this tent for a trip to the Wind Rivers this past August, where it withstood 40mph+ winds, driving rain, sleet & snow without any leaks, rips, tears, etc. I was very impressed with how well this tent held up the 4" of ice caked to the outside of the tent the next morning! Plenty of inside mesh pockets, and a cool gear loft to put wet socks. I've since used this tent for 2-person winter camping with no problems. My only complaint is that the vestibule could be a little bigger.

Customer Service:
not used

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  Reviewed by: Ryan Simmons, a Climber from Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Reviewed: 4/19/2001 8:44:44 AM
 
 

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I love this tent! Being 6'4" tall, I looked long and hard for a tent that could fit my lanky body. Sturdy construction, with plenty of guy lines, this tent is great in any condition.
My complaints are weight and a learning curve for setting it up. Practice, as it is not fun trying to figure it out in the dark.
What I love about it: Spacious (but not too big), design (low and stealthy for high winds), window at the top just in case you can't fall asleep.

Customer Service:
I haven't had to use it yet.

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  Reviewed by: Dmitriy Zinchenko, a Mountaineer from Boulder, Colorado, USA
Date Reviewed: 2/21/2001 2:23:37 PM
 
 

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If looking for a very good 3+ season tent look no further. I just recently had the chance of going an a backpacking trip with a buddy of mine and it held up great in at least 35 mph winds. When we awoke, the tent had about 2 feet of fresh snow. Despite a little less room, the tent stood up to the snow and the midnight wind very well. I really craved the internal mesh pockets and plenty of room where I could store all the gear. On the minus side, however, I found some condensation in the tent when I woke up. Also, I have to agree with the other reviewers on this: it weighs a little too much to be carried on summer trips or other light excursions.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mark, a Mountaineer from Belmont,MA,USA
Date Reviewed: 1/4/2001 12:23:34 PM
 
 

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A very well thought out, if a bit heavy tent. It is definately good enough for all but stormy winter weather (guessing, haven't had to find out!). It has lots of guy out points and loops for tensioning it from the inside. A "tension shelf" adds strength to the front of the tent while also giving you a nice place to dry socks and stash a headlight. Plenty of pockets along the sides. Ventilation/condensation is pretty good. There is a mesh ceiling that can be zipped closed in the winter and a zipper hole in the ceiling for adjusting the fly without leaving the tent. It is roomy enough for 2 people with space for gear in the back and in the vestibule. I was surpised by what a big difference the clear plastic UVX windows (one in front, one on top) make in the "mood" of the tent. It is so much more pleasant to lie in a tent if you can still see the outdoors.

A great tent for someone looking for an "all around tent" to do a little of everything.

Biggest complaint would be the lack of a pole for the vestibule but that would just add to the weight.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Roger, a Backpacker from Fresno
Date Reviewed: 9/14/2000
 
 

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While not for the lightweight purist, this tent is a strong choice for those wanting more than reasonable roominess (in tent and vestibule) and versatility with less-than-user-friendly weather. You won't lack storage pockets (tension shelf seems to work well and is handy addt'l storage). ""Convertible"" window is great for views as well as adjustible ventilation for varying conditions (a tremendous benefit for early/late season weather). In pretty high winds (35-45 mph?) the tent was pretty stable when staked and guyed out. Planning to intentionally get buried in the snow for some backcountry boarding on fresh powder this season in the Sierras and see how the tent holds up...

Customer Service:
Have worked in outdoor retail for a few years and have absolutely LOVED the company and their reps. They have been good to customers and our shops and if you know what's out there, ya gotta love their gear! They are strong and creative company with great R&D.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Anthony Wolf, a Backpacker from Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: 7/11/2000
 
 

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Excellent attention to details. Durable, easy to setup, and absolutely wind proof. Windows add both roominess and light ot the tent making using his tent a pleasure. Is a little heavy but non of the additional weight is wasted on tacky features.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brett G., a Backpacker from Decatur, Indiana USA
Date Reviewed: 7/7/2000
 
 

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One of the best two person tents I've ever used. It's rated as a two person tent but there is plenty of room for a third. Plus with the ample vestibule there is more than enuf room for gear. A little heavy if your looking for a combo one and two person tent. But rugged enuf for the mountain hardware name.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kevin, a Backpacker from Sacramento, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: 3/19/2000
 
 

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If you're looking for a durable 3.5 season tent that can take a beating, consider this one. The Nightview is very stable, roomy and practically bombproof. With a window running most of the length of the ceiling (mesh on the canopy, clear UVX on the fly), you can lay inside and watch the stars (or the rain) from the comfort of your sleeping bag. The vestible is large enough for a pack, boots and/or cooking supplies (or in my case my 90lb dog!) and it, too, includes a window on the fly. The windows let in a lot of light so the interior is bright. The Nightview also has nice features like plenty of mesh storage pockets inside and the Tension Shelf which is a unique design feature that while intended to increase the tent's strength also adds a storage shelf inside above the door - great for drying clothes! The quality of this tent is superb. The only drawback is its weight. It's over 8 pounds.


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