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The Mountain Hardwear Hoopla 4 is a minimalist shelter that accommodates 4 and weighs an incredible 1 pound 10 ounces. The Hoopla uses Mountain Hardwear's Trussring Technology that maximizes interior space while using the tent fabric as the frame to minimize weight.

  • Super-lightweight DAC NSL aluminum poles
  • Trussring construction means the fabric is the frame for ultra-light weight and tons of interior room
  • Reinforced seams for added durability
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Roomy and light weight

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

I have only used this once, but it was April camping in the Cascades on snow and we received several inches of fresh overnight, so it definitely pushed the limits. I didn't sleep in it (used it as a gear tent), and the fresh snow collapsed my ski pole overnight, so it collected a lot of snow on the walls and shrank, but it held up and did not collapse. If I had been in it and the pole was tight enough it would have done pretty well with a little maintenance overnight.

The great thing about a floorless shelter in the winter is you can dig out part of the floor for sitting space. We were on a ski patrol training trip, so we used it as a space during the day for instructors to hang out in the nasty weather while students were doing a navigation course, keep equipment and paperwork, etc. Would have been very comfortable for 2, sufficient for 3 (without the floor dug out). 4 would have been challenging with the hexagonal geometry. IMPORTANT NOTE: I set it up in the backyard before we left with a pair of Black Diamond poles that only went to 125 cm. They were not quite tall enough to make it taught, so make sure your poles go to at least 130cm.

I think this is a great, versatile shelter, light enough to carry as a 1-man condo, but large enough for 2 easily and 3 or 4 in a pinch. I can't vouch for wind performance or the ventilation since I didn't sleep in it (and it would have been compromised by the mushroom cap of snow on the roof anyway).


Room-to-weight ratio is awesome. Versatile. Strong enough to handle shoulder-season conditions. Set-up video is really helpful. Easy to figure out where to place stakes/tiedowns.

Minus: Geometry would be tricky for 4. It will take practice to get the setup dialed in for the snow.

Great light tent

    I bought this to replace a old two man NF tent I've had since 1994. Over all I'm very happy with it seems well made lots of space for the weight. It can be pitched without a center pole buy using the top loop on the tent and a tree branch. It does need to be seem sealed but almost all tents need to be. The only real concern I have is the durability of the zipper, it seems a little on the light side.

    Does it come with a floor, as show in the...

    Does it come with a floor, as show in the picture above, that can be detached, or is that something which has to be purchased separately?

    Hi! Where are the windows or vents?

    Hi! Where are the windows or vents?