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The lightest mountaineering tent you can find.

Sleeping in a cramped bivy or suffering through a storm in a bare-bones shelter just to shave a few ounces just isn't worth it. The Mountain Hardwear Direkt2 Tent was designed for burly alpine conditions, but weighs a jaw-dropping two and a half pounds, so you don't have to compromise protection to travel ultralight on your summit push or ski objectives. The single-wall Direkt2 is, in fact, the lightest mountaineering tent Mountain Hardwear has ever made. Ever.

It's no weak-sauce bivy, though; the floor and walls are made of 30D nylon ripstop and coated in waterproof polyurethane and silicone, while the DAC Featherlite aluminum poles let you pitch from the inside, minimizing the time you spend exposed to harsh conditions. Each corner has two guy-out points for increased stability, and Mountain Hardwear's proprietary Evolution Tension Arch design stabilizes the Direkt2 against wind and snow loads using only two weight-saving poles. It can get stuffy (not to mention stinky) if you're trapped in the alpine during a storm, but there are two zippered mesh vents with integrated snow flaps to get some air moving through your shelter, so you don't have to suffer the weight penalty of nose plugs or clothespins. For ultralight missions in serious weather, the Direkt2 is damn near unbeatable.

  • 30D ripstop nylon body and floor with PU and silicone waterproof coatings
  • Two-person four-season design
  • The lightest mountaineering tent Mountain Hardware makes (2lb 10oz)
  • Internal pitch design using two DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles
  • Zippered mesh vents with integrated snow flaps
  • Evolution Tension Arch design for stability against wind and snow loading
  • Two guy-out points at each corner
  • Welded zipper flaps and watertight zipper

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4 5

Good tent for two

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The ventilation on the new model is good. I recently bought this mountaineering tent for camping in snow environments (early season). I have used it on one camping trip this year for 3 nights. The material is very strong, the tent's weight is very nice, and the packed size is very nice too. It takes real muscle to set this tent up with the poles and securing the poles inside after the poles are secured is taxing. The setup of the guideline strings are not intuitive. Mountain Hardware should provide some exact set-ups for in windy conditions. The room inside is good for two men and your pads. Plenty of length for 78" long pad and the head room is nice. This single wall tent does have condensation inside in the morning but not a big deal. I didn't get to test it in high winds. I thought the mention of setting up the tent from the inside was a sales gimmick but actually was nice to stay out of the wind. I did use the footprint too. During setup, don't make the side floor stakes too tight otherwise too much stress is put on the door zipper and the side material when getting inside.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have the earlier version of the Direkt 2 and I see Mountain Hardwear has addressed the issues I have with it. These are not show-stoppers, mind you...namely, reinforced guy points and more of them, a vestibule option (I can't knock the one I have for not having one as I knew that when I bought it), and improved venting (the one vent could stand to be larger...perhaps the new one with two will work a little better...but this is a winter issue so again...I can't knock the tent for it). Those are minor but worth mentioning however, overall, I'm ecstatic with my [older] Direkt 2. I would GLADLY drop 5 1/2 bills on the new and improved version based on my experience with the earlier model. In terms of performance...it stood up to freight train wind gusts in the Colorado Rockies...I'm REALLY impressed with the "virtual pole-sleeve" design...and you just can't beat it for the weight. I did have some condensation, particularly around the vent but it was rather cold (teens)...if you pay attention to the venting and keeping it clear you will minimize this issue...but again, this is more of a winter issue than a tent issue in my opinion.

5 5

Clean lines

Clean taught single wall construction. This year's design adds a second mesh vent in the lower door to create a cross-flow.

Clean lines