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Burly and lightweight can coexist.
When choosing a backpacking tent, it's important to consider weight, weather protection, as well as how much living space the tent provides. With a lean trail weight, solid construction, and slim price, the Exped Mira II Tent delivers serious weather protection at a weight any backpacker can live with.
Two vestibules and just over thirty square feet of room inside the tent gives two people plenty of room to stretch out and store gear. The freestanding endoskeleton design complete with color-coded attachment points make setting the tent up easy. DAC Featherlite poles save on weight and perform well once the winds start to pick up. Two doors on both sides of the tent means you won't have to wait for your tent partner to wake up before you crawl out in the middle of the night, or worse, crawl over them. A PU coating on both the canopy and floor keeps mountain rains out, and the mesh canopy means you can enjoy a little starlight on those clear nights, without spending the night swatting mosquitoes away from your face.
- 15D ripstop fly with PU coating (1200mm)
- No-see-um mesh canopy
- 20D nylon ripstop floor withSiPU coating (1500mm)
- DAC Featherlite NFL aluminum poles
- Two doors, two vestibules
- Two-person sleeping capacity
- Freestanding endoskeleton design
- 2lb 14oz trail weight
- Item #XPD000S
- Q & A
Lived out of it for 1.5 months - LOVE IT
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this tent for a 2 month long environmental science field study program in British Columbia, Canada. It performed exceedingly well and definitely met my expectations. I slept in it for two months, enduring rain, high winds, and very cold temperatures. It held up great! The seams are fully sealed and not a drop of water got in my tent during the entire time I used it. I cut out a custom footprint to match the layout of the tent instead of buying a real one and the tent basically looks like how I first got it, even after some periods of serious use and abuse. It packs down very nicely and doesn't take up that much room in your backpack when going on trekking trips. Setting it up is a breeze, there's only three sections of poles you need to set up and I've gotten it down so I can have it fully set up in under 3 minutes. It seriously is a great design. There are little pockets inside the tent that you can store stuff in i.e. stuff sacks, headlamps, snacks (don't store snacks in your tent in bear country!!!). There is the option for a gear loft, however I didn’t purchase that when I bought this tent. It would be a handy feature for sure! So I’d recommend picking that up if you’re thinking of buying this tent. The stakes that come with it have held up very well and didn’t once come loose, even in high winds. I’m not super into fashion or buying things based on their looks but this tent is really easy on the eyes. Instead of some neon orange color, it blends into whatever natural place you’re currently hanging out in! I’ve owned a few tents and this one easily takes the cake. In regards to packability, ease of setup, functionality, and durability - the Exped Mira II is a great option. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a durable, fairly lightweight tent for backpacking trips!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My first backpacking tent so no prior experience. Bought a 2-man to have more room and its roomy for, plenty long enough for me (6'), able to sit up and change easily.
Still need to get used to the poles and feeding them through the sleeves - the clip on type are certainly easier but I'm sure it will get quicker with time.
It is light, and packs easily in the bag provided.
Haven't been through the rain yet so can't comment on staying dry.