Because complications just make things more complicated.

Mountain Hardwear made the Drifter 2 Tent tough, light, and easy to set up, so you can make your next trip into the hills less of a production without losing any production value.

  • Super-lightweight DAC Pressfit aluminum poles
  • Fully taped fly, taped perimeter seam, welded corners, and welded guy-clip anchors for guaranteed watertight construction
  • Dual doors let you get in and out without disturbing your buddy
  • Pitch Light configuration lets you set up a shelter using only the fly, footprint and poles for ultralight backpacking

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Drifter 2 in action

Drifter 2 in action

Had it out twice now and no complaints thus far (I'll update if anything comes up). Camped out right on a bluff, got pretty windy, rained, and sounded like I was in a monsoon- I initially had my doubts, but to my surprise, the tent stayed dry, fly didn't budge, and I slept like a baby. Props to Mountain Hardware- I'll update as I get more experience in it.

5 5

Absolutely Amazing for the price

I use this tent for work for most of the year (minus late November to mid February) and it is absolutely amazing. It has been though many of major thunderstorms, wind storms, extreme heat, cold weather, persistent rain storms, and abuse from wild horses - and is still as good as new. It's a great tent for one person with gear, and is a tight squeeze to fit two in with all of their gear. It's super easy to set up and take down but I would recommend getting some better stakes and the footprint - it is worth the extra $$$$. This tent does take a bit of room out of or off of your pack, so if you want a small tent you should go for something else. The BD 4-season series are really nice but death in any degree of heat.

Absolutely Amazing for the price

This tent comes with a stuff sack, but it...

This tent comes with a stuff sack, but it doesn't compress it down too much. What would be a good compression/stuff sack to use with this tent?

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Hey Nathaniel,

Yeah it would be this or the Granite Gear Rock Solid if you don't need the eVent. Since they're already treated, tents don't really require anything "waterproof", but that's a personal call. Save this one for clothing and your bag. Both are my long-term favorites though, for whatever that's worth to you.

5 5

Almost everything I was looking for

I was in search of a two person tent and had my choice narrowed down to this one or the REI Passage 2. I had certain criteria and while neither tent hit at 100%, this one edged out the competition and I am very happy with it.
That being said, this tent is heavier than listed. I weighed everything on a digital kitchen scale, it comes in over 5 pounds before the footprint. I guess if you don't count the bags and maybe leave off half the stakes you can get to the 4lb 11 oz weight listed.
I am able to roll the tent and fly to a size of
12" x 6", so it packs down very nicely. In the stuff sack, the weight was 3lb 15oz.
The poles are 19.5" long max, and that is only 2 sections, the rest of the pole sections are just under 19", so they easily find room inside my pack. I actually called Mountain Hardware before I bought this to get the dimensions for the poles because all sites say it has a packed size of 7" x 26". With stakes in the bag, they weigh 1lb 5oz. Footprint is 10oz.

Almost everything I was looking for
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Now, more about the tent itself. It says the floor is 50" wide, but I guess with the rolled bathtub style floor you lose some, because I could not get mine and my wife's sleeping pad in there without overlap. They have a combined width of 46", so thy should fit on a 50" floor.
I love the second door and vestibule, and as I will be using this primarily for myself, I like having space to keep my pack and being able to access it while still having another door to get in and out of. So far I have only had it out in winter, but the top half should provide ample ventilation once warmer weather gets here. I look forward to using it without the rain fly. There is good ventilation with the fly, but after a cold night, there will be condensation inside the fly. The tent stays dry though. The loft has plenty of space for sunglasses, flashlight, cell phone, whatever you don't want broken or in the way. The side pockets are good for keeping the tent bags and other small things off the floor and organized. The zippers are easy to use even with gloves on, and the drawbacks for the door and fly are great.
The only problem with the tent is that it would be quite cramped for two people. I will probably end up getting this same tent in a 3 person version for when my wife goes with me, because I do like everything about it. I wish it was a bit lighter, but at the end of the day on the trail, there isn't much difference from a 45 pound pack to a 44 pound pack.
Plus, with the lifetime warranty from Mountain Hardware, and the lowest price guarantee from, how could you possibly go wrong?

5 5

Home Sweet Home

This tent just ROCKS!Extremely easy to set up and take down. Spent 2 weeks on the rivers in upper lower rained. then it poured a while, then just cloudy and cold. But "Hey!" we were on the RIVER and having a blast!! This tent kept me dry and warm. Now for you bigger guys like me....this is a one person tent....I know it says 2....don't believe it unless you are from the land of Oz. Vestibules are great and keep your gear dry. Fantastic tent!

Home Sweet Home
4 5

Good purchase

Light weight, compactable, easy to set up good quality (especially for the price).

5 5

Great value

I had quite a few requirements when looking for a 2-person backpacking tent, but the most important were that it was roomy, light, and waterproof.

The first time I used my tent it started to rain early in the evening and it poured buckets all night long. The tent was bone-dry, and all my gear in the vestibule was dry too.

I am very pleased with this tent.

Great value

Does this tent come with a stuff sack?

Does this tent come with a stuff sack?