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Are you tough enough?

Legendary mountaineer Ed Viesturs teamed up with Mountain Hardwear to create the EV 2 Tent, which has become an staple for serious alpine adventurers looking for a shelter that offers the ideal balance of strength, weight, and size. While not as light as the almost unbelievably featherweight Direkt 2, the EV has a good bit more space, and still weighs just over 4.5lbs, no more than a standard 3-season double-walled backpacking tent. The EV, however, is a single-walled monster, designed to stand up to the worst snow, wind, and alpine storms Mother Nature dares to throw at you. It makes use of a three-pole Evolution Tension Arch design to ensure the ideal balance of strength and weight, and features an integrated vestibule that lets you keep your gear dry without cramping living space—every inch becomes precious when you've been trapped in a tent for six days.

Built with rugged and waterproof nylon fabrics, the EV also has some seriously considerate touches, like several SVX windows to let some light into your dark, dank, cave, and five welded, adjustable vents to help your surprisingly well-lit cave become a little less dank. There's even a watertight port in the floor that lets you drain accumulated water from frost and snow so you don't feel like you're sleeping on a punctured waterbed, though if you feel like hauling one up to 14,000ft, then more power to you.

  • Nylon ripstop fabrics with waterproof PU coatings and welded zippers
  • Three DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles
  • Evolution Tension Arch design for more stability with fewer poles
  • Integrated vestibule
  • Weighs just 4lb 10oz
  • Five welded, adjustable, zippered mesh vents and SVX windows
  • Watertight floor port to drain water
  • Reflective zipper pulls and color-coded webbing

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Bomb Proof

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I took my EV2 into the high Sierras last October. We set up camp at hanging lake, elevation 10,500. It ended up snowing off and on for 3 days. The winds were crazy, and snow was really wet. The EV2 was the call. We stayed dry, warm and there was plenty of space for my buddy and I to stretch out.

Bomb Proof

One Tent to Rule them All!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I bought this tent last March and since have taken to three continents and put it through it's paces. I used it in Yosemite in Camp 4 and it was quite the eye catcher. I used it again in Oregon doing a little Ski mountaineering and it performed very well there as well. Finally I took it with me to Australia and took it out into the back country on my ski tours and spent a few nights in it with winds exceeding 60 mph! Still performed like a champ! Very lightweight, EXCELLENT quality construction, and lots of internal features. The only thing that I did not like about this tent was the door was very small and a little bit of a pain to crawl in and out of.

One Tent to Rule them All!


  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I bought this tent to take at Denali, this was our "big" tent (people around the camp was laughing of us when we said that. Myself and partner had also a direk2 that I loved even more, is very small but weight only 1kg, really amazing! We had the small one for a technical route and for high camp. But we spent a good time on the camp 14,000 feet on this tent, what I like the most is the zipper on the floor where we could build a freezer under the tent where we storage all our food, making more space on our "big tent". I would take this tent to a 8000s peak easily and I will ;-)

We usually to think our tent was so spacious that we always invite people who we met in camp to come over for tea or coffee as the only thing we had high quality. Once on a stormy day in Camp we had 5 people having coffee inside the tent, thanks for plenty windows to circulate air.