Review: Mountain Hardwear Thru Hiker [ 2-man, 3 season Tent ]


Product Description

Named after the through-hike of the Appalachian Trail, this ultralight backpackers' shelter differs from look-alikes in every aspect except outer appearance. The four-pole structure allows for a much roomier interior than others of its profile, and provides the strength needed to withstand stiff winds and driving storms. Because of the support pole over the foot of the tent, the discomfort of cramped foot space (and the eventual contact of canopy to fly with its resultant leakage) is avoided

Retail: $299


Reviewed by: jacko, a Mountaineer from seattle
Date Reviewed: 3/14/2001 7:06:30 PM
 

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this tent saved my life at least 74 times.it survived 70 degree temps and 15 mph wind gusts on top of the massive 3500 ft. high summit of california's oakland bay area goliath mt. diablo,yes mt. diablo the worlds most feared peak,and I owe my life to this tent.my climbing partner accidently wisked some sweat from his fore head onto the fly and soaked all our gear inside ruining a $15 sleeping bag that took me over a year to save for,that is the only draw back for this tent so use lots of seam sealer.great tent all the same,at 35 pounds its a breeze to carry.

Customer Service:
best i've dealt with,replaced a pole for me,got the pole a year and a half later and only charged me $125 bucks.

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  Reviewed by: Matthew Erickson, a Backpacker from Salt Lake City
Date Reviewed: 2/8/2001 12:03:44 AM
 
 

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I have used this tent on numerous occasions in the deserts of southern Utah. I have yet to find a tent that works better than this one for ventilation on really hot nights. The mesh side walls are perfect for those occasional, and welcome, cool breazes that blow at night and with only roof ventilation you would never enjoy the cool relief. I know the major grip with this tent is the short floor space, but I am 6 ft 4 inches tall and weigh close to 200 lbs and I love this tent. Even with two people in it, it is roomy and comfortable. I find it easy to set-up and the ground reaching vestibule a major plus, with the mesh walls and roof. One especially hot and humid evening spent in Buckskin Gulch/Paria River Canyon with the threat of a thunder storm, I needed to leave the rainfly on overnight. It didn't rain much, but I was comfortable inside the tent with the ample ventilation even with the rainfly on.

Customer Service:
On one occasion while camping in Lake Havasu, AZ, one of my drunken friends fell on this tent and broke the small pole over the foot area and bent the other two long poles. The winds gusted to over 30mph and this tent still didn't budge. Although the down side was that I had to make my friend pay for new poles, because Mountain Hardwear would not replace them. I guess that should be expected though.

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  Reviewed by: Vegan Jason, a Backpacker from Austin, Tx
Date Reviewed: 12/13/2000 7:40:18 PM
 
 

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great, to short, not easy to set up in rain, great quality

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I agree with everyone else on most topics. I did find the tru-hiker to be a bit of a chore to put up in the rain. It got wet. I sold mine to a friend who is a bit shorter than me because i found the tent to short. I am 5' 11" and my feet rubed the tent roof and pulled down some condensation. If it wasn't for the wet toes i would have kept the tent. I do miss it.

my stars are for if i was shorter.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Rohan, a Backpacker from Mexico
Date Reviewed: 12/8/2000 2:37:10 PM
 
 

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The tent is actually roomier than I was expecting and seemed ample for myself and partner (1.8m and 1.6m respectively). Having a reasonable vestibule helps and certainly keeps the inside of the tent clean and dry.

I found putting it up is a bit of a chore (4 poles, 11 pegs) but I guess it gets easier with practice. I'd estimate it takes one person around 15 minutes. (I was able to do it by torchlight however).

The see-thru windows (two of them) are cool for star gazing but you should be aware that the tent design doesn't allow for them to be 'curtained' (have to use a towel or something.

Weight and size are pretty much as stated. The bag is bigger than the stated minimum dimensions so something is needed to keep the package 'compressed' if size is important.
 

 
  Reviewed by: DANIEL FURTICK, a Mountaineer from ORANGEBURG,SOUTHCAROLINA
Date Reviewed: 11/25/2000 6:03:03 PM
 
 

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THIS IS A GREAT TENT.ITS WATERPROOFNESS IS GREAT.I TAKE IT EVERY PLACE IN THE WORLD. ITS PERFECT. AND I AM JUST A 15 YEAROLD KID.GET ONE TODAY
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jared Smith, a Backpacker from Arlington, VA
Date Reviewed: 11/15/2000 12:24:39 PM
 
 

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By far the best tent that I have ever owned. I have tried several tents and for the price, weight, and effiency this tent takes them all. The tent breathes extremely well and often times is a little cool due to the extra ventilation but, for everything this tent offers all other tents in this category fall far behind.

Customer Service:
REI has the best customer service in the business. Not only do they back up their equipment they back up the vendors that they supply. I went to the one at Bailey's Crossroads and their staff is highly knowledgeable and extremely helpful. You couldn't ask for more from an outdoor retail store.

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  Reviewed by: Rachel, a Backpacker from Tuscaloosa, Al, USA
Date Reviewed: 10/19/2000 7:44:43 PM
 
 

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My husband and I really appreciate the fact that this tent is so lightweight- It is a strong and sturdy tent & will keep any and all critters out when properly zipped, we have found it even keeps mosquitos at bay (even way down here in the south)- Speaking of the south, it can get pretty muggggggyyyy here. When it says 3 season, it doesn't fib. We have been out in VERY hot weather, & without the rain fly, you are good to go. It is also so well ventilated, that even with the fly on, the air doesn't become stale like so many other tents. This leads to the only thing about the tent that I'd rather be different (that is if I could have my cake and eat it too)--- It is pretty cozy. By cozy, I mean that with my husband(5'10)andmyself (5'6), & the very few essentials we keep with us inside, there's no extra room. Of course, what else is a tent for, right? It also retains heat fairly well in winter. I mean no tent has a heater, but this one traps it in pretty well. All in all, this has been my favorite tent so far.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Andrew Jensen, a Backpacker from Franklin, Tn
Date Reviewed: 4/2/2000 7:20:31 AM
 
 

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WOW! This is a tent and then some. This tent is perfect for any backpacker. 28 square feet of tent room and 9 square feet of vestible makes this tent perfect for 2 kids that are out on a trip with their parents or 1 full grown man over six foot and gear (or two very very close friends). This tent has 2 windows one for star-gazing and the other is perfect for looking around camp without even having to get out your tent. The rain fly is perfectly taped, I was in a rain storm all night and not a single drop fell on me. The venting is great too, condensation doesn't form in the morning after the rain fly was on all night. The tent in general is easy to set up and takes about 5-6 minutes. The poles are extremly light and they are very durable. These poles make the tent very strong and stiff. The extra pole at the back of the tent is very important it gives you more room at the foot of the tent to let you strech your legs in the morning. They're 4 mesh organizers in the tent to keep your stuff organized. Another feature that I enjoy about this tent is the little zipper at the back of the tent that allows you to adjust the fly or roll it up for added ventalation. If there is a sudden down pour you can roll the fly down with out having to get out of the tent.

My only dislikes is the tent weight, it is a bit on the heavey side (5 pounds 15 ounces) which isn't to heavy but you can find lighter. Cost! This tent is expensive ($275) I am not sure it is worth it (some might think so) so shop around. I bought this tent for $195 and I believe that this tent is worth that much.

Overall, I enjoy this tent very much. This is the best tent I have ever owened. If you have an extra $195 to $275 go buy this tent I think that you will find it worth while. (My value rating would of been lower if I had paid the full $275)
 

 
  Reviewed by: Don Jones, a Day Hiker from West Orange, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/17/1999
 
 

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This tent is light and strong. It is very functional for one person with reasonable gear. Two full grown men would be cramped. It packed easily for a mtn bike excursion where space was a concern.

Customer Service:
I never heard anyone complain about any Mountain Hardware equiptment or clothing.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Garran Hutchison-Menzer, a Backpacker from
Date Reviewed: 9/16/1999
 
 

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Basically i reacon it is a pretty brilliant tent. It weighs a little more than some but has far more features and is damn strong for the weight. It's ventilation is great and if u had a bivvy for example i reacon it yould be fine for a 4season tent. it is plenty roomy enough for 2 with a decent sized vestibule and heaps of features- pockes etx. Also i have to mention the funky little windows.

The only drawback is if u are VERY weight concieous it is a bit heavier.

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  Reviewed by: Mike, a Backpacker from Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Date Reviewed: 7/7/1999
 
 

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This tent has it all for a light, 1 man tent with realistic gear expectations. It is strong enough to handle the windiest of nights, so long as the temperatures are not frigidly low. The ventilation in this tent makes it extremely livable, while the strength from 4 poles, though heavy, makes it a wonderful tent. I don't know how they managed to make it so light and small and still retain the strength, but it is my first choice for a weight concious backpacker who still likes living room in a one man tent.

Customer Service:
Mountain hardware has yet to disappoint me.


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