Review: Mountain Hardwear Skyview 3 [ 3-man, 3 season convertible Tent ]

Product Description
This freestanding, 4 pole, elongated dome is the definition of structural stability. The Trango can be internally guyed for maximum stability. Suspended doors on each end provide versatility in changing weather as well as superb ventilation control. A good value in a 4-season tent.
Retail: $439.


Reviewed by: Pavlo, a Mountaineer from Canada
Date Reviewed: 7/1/2002 12:13:50 PM
 

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Summary:
I have the 2002 Trango 2 with two UVX windows. The windows are great for taking a look outside and its something really nice to look forward to during a rainstorm!

Strength: This tent can't get any stronger! With four poles and a half-hooped vestibule pole, it sheds wind, snow and rain like a champ. I hadn't even guyed out the tent and it was supersolid, and although it is clips, i find its better than sleeves because during extreme wind gusts it will flex a little and not place stress on the tent! The hooped pole for the vestibule is great too, and plenty strong! There are 14 guy out points and each one has internal clips so that when you guy out the tent, you are using the poles of the tent and not just pulling on material!!

Ventilation: I wanted a tent that can do everything from summer canoe trips to winter above treeline mountaineering, and this tent fits my category perfectly!!! It has a roof vent and the doors can be screened for all the ventilation you can think of! In hot summer insect full weather in the humid Adirondacks, the tent was bone dry inside. If you want a full summer and winter tent!!! This is the one!!

Space: For 2 mountaineers, there is all the room you can ask for! The tent has huge pockets on the inside on both sides and 2 built in atticks called tension shelves! I had nalgene bottles and anything else you can think of stored in the pockets and this really organized the tent and gave us extra stretch room on the floor! I had attached a clothes line on the inside(instead of connecting in for internal guy-lines, i connected it a little different)and had all my wet and dampy clothes dry off during the night! The inside of the tent is lagre enough for 2 full down covered humans and there is even extra space to bring your pack inside! In terms of vestibule, there was no need to bring the packs inside because the front vestibule is plenty large enough to hold 2-4 packs!! The rear vestibule is smaller but when properly staked, you can stick a pack in there or plenty of room for 4 pairs of boots!! I had my K3 boots and my friends Asolo Quartz aswell as my hiking running shoes and some extra gear in the rear and it was nice and roomy to enter and exit, and the advantage of a smaller vestibule in the back makes it perfect for entering and exiting the tent without needing to crawl in!!

Quality/Features: The tent is the highest quality tent i have ever seen! Every possible feature is included in the tent, and you cant be dissapointed!

Weight: Everybody says this tent weighs too much!!! Strengthen up a little! I find this tent is perfect and can be turned into a light weigh tent (5 lbs) with the footprint poles and fly) and it sets up great in ultralight mode!! I find its great weight for the amount of room and strength you get, and i would be willing to carry the entire tent myself for solo trips! Split up the tent with 2 people! and your lightweight quest is over!

Thsi tent does cost a little extra, and i did get it at a good price, but i would definately pay full price for this tent!!

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and lots more!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Matt Potter, a Backpacker from Fresno,CA
Date Reviewed: 6/26/2002 11:28:44 AM
 
 

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I had this tent at 14,000 feet this week just below the Mt. Whitney summit. the winds kicked up to 30 mph and a fiece hail and snow storm developed. I've got great pictures from it all. I put 3 people in this tent since one did not bring shelter. The three of us were actually reasonably comfortable but snug in this 2 man tent. It was rock-solid in that scary storm with lightning bolts cracking less than a quarter mile away. Not a drop of water got in and with the two vestibles, we were able to put three packs in the large one and cook in the smaller one. No mud entered the tent this way. No condensation at all was present even with 3 guys in below freezing temperatures that night. The windows made it nice to look out and watch the lightning. I give it a ten due to the rock solid construction and very tight pitch. The rainfly never touched the body even without the guy lines attached.The sewing is very precise. This tent was no saggy baggy one.

Customer Service:
Overall the tent is bombproof and very safe . The only cons are that it is heavy and a little pricey but above timberline in extreme conditions you won't die in it.

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  Reviewed by: ryan, a Climber from salem,OR USA
Date Reviewed: 5/18/2002 12:28:35 AM
 
 

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Survived incredibly high winds with only a bent pole. mixed feelings on the double clip thing though- jerry-rigged sierradesigns style elastic lashings for extra support-work pretty good. It's heavy because it's made well.

Customer Service:
never dealt

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  Reviewed by: Randall, a Mountaineer from Dahlonega, GA
Date Reviewed: 3/25/2002 7:30:58 PM
 
 

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Just returned two weeks ago from a Mt. Hood trip and we used one of these and one of the Trango 3.1's. Around 4 in the afternoon a storm began and within 2-3 hours both tents had broken poles and were flat on the ground. Not sure how another brand would have done and hope to never be in the position again to find out.

I have a MH Muir and have been very happy with it, and was shocked to lose these shelters so quickly. The winds were estimated by the Mountain rescue as 60-70mph winds with 100+ gust. Maybe I'm being unreasonable to have expected the shelter to hold up. From everything I've read sleeved poles are the way to go because the load is spread out over a larger area and now I believe it. I no longer have any confidence in hooks.

I only gave it a 3 in overall because I think that the design should be better for a tent that cost as much as this one. By the way it was guyed out and we had built snow walls of about 18 -24 ins high.

Customer Service:
Not yet. I hear nothing but good stories though.

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  Reviewed by: Jonathan Parr, a Mountaineer from Preston, Lancashire, U.K.
Date Reviewed: 3/9/2002 12:23:18 AM
 
 

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This tent is no less than a hotel in the sky. I have used this tent on the side of Crinkle Crags depths of February. Exactly one year earlier we has used another brand tent in exactly the same spot. The tent was destroyed by the wind and we had to spend a night out in the open exposed to the elements. However, this year armed with a tent I knew had been used on Everest, K2 and Changabang I pitched in exactly the same spot. The conditions were almost exactly the same.... Gusty winds of about 60-70mph. (If you Americans have never experienced a British wind - be afraid, be very afraid!) In addition we were in a snow blizzard. Despite the atrocious conditions outside my father and I were warm and dry inside. In short: a fantastic tent that I would recommend to anyone.

Customer Service:
I ordered the tent through Rock & Run in Ambleside. They told me it was being sent directly from Mountain Hardwear. I ordered the tent at about 2:30PM on a Friday night and it arrived at 7:30AM on Saturday morning. Now that is a world class service.

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  Reviewed by: james, a Mountaineer from california
Date Reviewed: 12/25/2001 9:49:45 AM
 
 

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Summary:
As good a winter tent as you can buy.
As far as its weight, ALL WINTER TENTS
ARE HEAVY. A durable and spacious winter
tent will necessarily be heavy because
of its construction.

Because of the weight, a winter tent
is not meant for non-winter use. A three
season tent should always be used for
camping free of heavy snow fall and
severe winds.
 

 
  Reviewed by: John, a Backpacker from Philadelphia
Date Reviewed: 9/18/2001 5:50:17 AM
 
 

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Great tent gets thumbs up on the Apallacian trail. Third time I used it got stuck with my dog in 18 hour downpour in febuary. We stayed totally dry and warm. Saved us as we were 20 miles from the trailhead with 2 days till pickup. Has LOTS of storage pockets for all you stuff. Rock solid in wind.

Customer Service:
I called them about storm flap on rear vestibule being in inside. Left message but no reply.

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  Reviewed by: Amyn Husain, a Backpacker from Boston, MA
Date Reviewed: 2/16/2001 5:03:53 PM
 
 

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Overall an excellent buy. The only complaint I have is that it gets way too warm in a reflective glacier setting - I spent 5 nights in it at Concordia near the base camp of K2 and the tent's interior temperatures in the afternoon approached 38+ degrees centigrade which on a still day can be overbearing. However, gale force Karakoram winds at night failed to budge the tent! A must for any extended trek/climb in hotile environments.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Robert Wickman, a Mountaineer from Austin, TX, USA
Date Reviewed: 2/4/2001 6:55:52 AM
 
 

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There's only one thing to say about this tent - Lovely! It works great for any kind of camping, but I have found it's niche to be on a glacier. When the wind howls and the snow blows, the Trango 2 stands up like a brick house. That's a nice feeling when it's really nasty outside, knowing that you have a safe, comfortable shelter. Spend a few extra bucks to get the attic (it works great for drying gear). The Trango2 is better than any other tent I have had the mis-pleasure of sleeping in.

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  Reviewed by: Bari A Watkins, a Backpacker from Kingwood, TX USA
Date Reviewed: 1/30/2001 10:54:09 PM
 
 

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This tent have served me well and I have few compants but one. The clear window seems to be not as clear as when I purchased it. Other than that the quality of the tent is out standing.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kevin Inui, a Mountaineer from Seattle Wa
Date Reviewed: 1/25/2001 12:49:39 AM
 
 

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I purchased this tent last fall and have been nothing short of impressed with the bombproof constructions. My first trip with the Tent was a three day outing to Mt Rainier.

At about 1 am the second morning I awoke to find 8 inches of snow on the tent. It was at this point that I realized just how bombproff the tent was.

My only complaint about the tent is the lack of vestibule space. The froont vestibule is of decent size, however the rear vestibule is non-existent. Which means that you have to keep your pack in the tent. If you're soloing it isn't too much of an issue. But if you and your climbing partner try to squeeze in with all your gear it would be a tight fit.

I also gave it a low value rating simply because of the high price. I talked my local retailer down to $400 and got him to throw in a footprint. But that's still about $150 more than I should've paid.

Overall I have been very pleased with the tent. I am convinced that I could take this tent to the highest peak in the Himalayas or the wetest rainforest in South America, and be safe and comfortable.

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  Reviewed by: Patrick Skillings, a Mountaineer from Seattle,Wa
Date Reviewed: 1/14/2001 11:06:09 PM
 
 

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This has been the best tent I have used hands down. Attention to detail is superb! This tent has stood up well to the tests of cold weather, and generous amounts of snow loading. Though a bit heavy for summer use, I found that this tent does not become too hot. Very important for a four season tent, being used on a summer glacier!

Customer Service:
Mountain hardwear has the best customer service of just about any company I have dealt with. The take the time to ake sure the customer is happy, even if we sometimes ask for more than we deserve.

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  Reviewed by: Stephen D., a Backpacker from Liberty, MO
Date Reviewed: 12/18/2000 7:16:44 AM
 
 

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This is a great tent especially for the winter. It's very sturdy in the wind and provides great room for two people. The double vestibule allows plenty of space for gear and other stuff. The tent is a bit heavy, but for the quality of the tent it's worth it.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Ryan Ragle, a Backpacker from Fort Collins, CO
Date Reviewed: 10/4/2000
 
 

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this is a great tent in all weather conditions. very roomy for two people and gear. easy to set up and a reasonable wieght for a four season tent of its size

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  Reviewed by: David, a Backpacker from NY
Date Reviewed: 10/3/2000
 
 

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This tent has given me no problems. There is plenty of room for two people and enough room for gear. My only complaint is that I wish that it were lighter. It has kept me safe and dry in a couple of nasty storms, and set up is fairly uncomplicated.

Customer Service:
Out of my own stupiduty I had to replace a couple of stakes, and the Mountain Hardwear people were friendly and very helpful.
 

 
  Reviewed by: bob, a Backpacker from chester
Date Reviewed: 9/14/2000
 
 

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nice tent, holds up well in strong winds, is on the heavy side but for a 4+ season what do you expect?

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  Reviewed by: Danny Nathan, a Climber from Clayton, MO, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/13/2000
 
 

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I only have one complaint about this tent. Its weight. It is a very roomy tent, especially for two. It will stand up to just about anything you can throw at it. The clip system sets up in a breeze and the window allows a nice look around on those dreary weather days. It just weighs a little bit much for me to call it perfect.
 

 
  Reviewed by: adam, a Backpacker from fullerton Ca USA
Date Reviewed: 8/21/2000
 
 

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The tent is far to heavy. When you guy it out and stake it down the door zipers snag. I can hever get the 2 black hooks on both poles. the vestibule pole does not set well and provides the perfect place for water or snow to gather.

Customer Service:
The best I had a problem and they were more than helpful.
 

 
  Reviewed by: bill hirshberg, a Backpacker from ny ny
Date Reviewed: 8/8/2000
 
 

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Simply the best foul weather and cold weather tent i have ever had. Only drawbacks are it is too much tent for warm weather and it is quite heavy.

Customer Service:
Mountain Hardwaear's customer service is superb. I have returned several items to them for repair due to tough use (not abuse) and they have come through every time. They are pleasant folks to talk to also and they all know their gear.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Doug J., a Backpacker from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: 7/26/2000
 
 

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Absolutely bombproof tent-- used in major windstorms and the tent barely flaps (when fully guyed out). Great design and attention to detail. Clip system well thought out. Not the lightest tent (about 8+ lbs.) but well worth the weight. Highest recommendations.
 

 
  Reviewed by: David Oliver, a Backpacker from Chicago, IL
Date Reviewed: 3/31/2000
 
 

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Great tent! I have the Tempered Trango and it is a sturdy shelter. Kept me quite safe during a storm. The 2 doors are great with a small back vestibule that is invaluable. It is a great 4 season tent. The minor changes that I would like to have seen have already been added.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Joe Dabbs, a Backpacker from Gunnison, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: 2/24/2000
 
 

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This tent performed very good in the snow. It keeps me safe and worry free during snow storms. I reccomend this tent to anyone who wants a four season tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mike Claes, a Climber from Cary, NC
Date Reviewed: 1/21/2000
 
 

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Great tent - only complaint is that the rainfly zipper for the rear entryway isn't protected from the outside, so it ices up durning ice storms


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