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Are they any compatible cheaper footprint...
Are they any compatible cheaper footprint than the Mountain Hardware one?
No, if you want an exact fit where your tent's poles match up and everything, you need to go with the exact footprint. Otherwise just buy a tarp or groundcloth from a local retailer.
whats the weight?
whats the weight?
Packed weight is 7.23lb's
"Packed weight: This is the heaviest you can expect your tent to weigh, straight out of the box or from the store. This weight refers to all packaging, hang tags, as well as the stuff sacks, fly, body, stakes, poles, and guy lines."
I bought this tent a couple of years ago and it has been great! I have taken it on several 5+ day backpacking trips and it is holding up great! It is lightweight, especially for a 3 person tent. It is easy to set up, roomy (I've fit two people and packs easily during a storm), and Mountain Hardwear has a great warranty! I called with a problem and they sent me a new tent body for free, no questions asked! Overall, great investment!
Does this tent have full coverage over the...
Does this tent have full coverage over the mess? Meaning is there a flap that you can zip up to cover all of the windows in the tent?
Nope, there aren't any shutters. The windows are always open. Not the most private tent!
I have owned two MTN Hardware tents. I currently use the Light wedge 3. It is the perfect 2 man tent. I know the tent says 3 person but I like lots of room and this one is it. More than I like my tent, is the fact that I have had a couple of minor problems and the warranty department took care of the issues the day I called them, you can not ask for better than that.
Just got back from Jackson and Yellowstone on the 4th. This tent did its thing. We woke up one morning nice and toasty inside, and stepped out to find it was 36 degrees. The tent and venting kept us warm and dry. The tent didn't sweat and was perfect for my wife and I. I would like to have the vestibule a bit larger for our gear, but it worked well.
I just received my MHLW3X3X3, set it up...
I just received my MHLW3X3X3, set it up and realized the mesh door does NOT have a dual solid zipper-shut door to accompany it (like my 15 year-old Sierra Designs has). Am I wrong that due to this, the blood-thirsty insects will be more easily attracted to either the light or off-gassing bodies from within (because it's, well, mesh!), congregate on the mesh (especially since the rain fly will give the ever-increasing numbers a nice dry staging area), just waiting for me to unzip to exit and them to come pouring in?
Signed, slightly paranoid about U.P. mosquitous condorous.
I really don't have an answer for your question, but I do have a solution to your problem. Just spray the mesh with permethrin. It seems to work well for me. Or you could use a Thermocell mosquito repellent gadget inside the tent. Those work very well for repelling hordes of bloodthirsty mosquitos in the Everglades so I'm sure they will work where ever you are at.
I have the 1999 model, but it look identical. I am sure they have updated materials and features, but I really love this tent. It is roomy enough to legitimately fit three large people, plus quite a bit of gear (not packs, obviously). It is pretty lightweight for its size and features, and for the price, you can't beat it.
The vestibule is a little bit awkward in shape, making it seem a lot smaller than it is, and the fly is hard to unzip from inside the tent without draining its content on you, but these are very minor concerns, IMO. The only major issue I have had with it is its lateral strength in wind. Make sure you pitch the tent either facing or tailing the predominant wind or the sides can come down on you in the night. The tent stays up and nothing breaks, but a firm 30 MPH wind at the side panel will fold it in.
I have had mine for 10 years, using it almost exclusively on all my group treks at high elevations (over 11k), in rainy weather, snow, and warm climes. I think it is very versatile, light, and for the price a great deal.
I was going to buy the '08 version but my (now ex-)girlfriend got her card out first...after extensive field testing of the '08 I've bought the '09. The tent was bomber a year ago, and then they made it better in more ways than I could have imagined. Everything fits better than before (except the ground cloth, which is still too big for the tent), and the new interface between pole and grommet is a huge step up (pop-in plastic pieces instead of pray-it-stays-in metal pieces). I wish that the window in the door was a little bigger for the long vistas (as it was last year), but at least there is some privacy in this thing for when you find yourself in a campground or other crowded venue.
I've camped in torrential rain (3" of standing water between the car and the mound the tent was on in the morning), sand, snow, and wind, and this tent is resilient, comfortable, easy to set up, and will withstand the worst weather you might think to camp in (aside from blizzards that require a four-season tent).
Have the 2005 version, blue. Love the tent. However, this year the rainfly has begun to deteriorate. Warranty does not cover this. I am disappointed. I have had tents for 18 years (NF ve-25) which is still going strong.
Nice tent, but won't last more than 5 years with use.
Light Wedge 3
I have a 2003 or 2004 version of the Light Wedge and I love it. Easy to setup and sturdy. Most outings have included strong wind and/or rain/storms and this tent has kept me dry every time. I do suggest an extra seam-seal application on the floor seams, other wise I love this tent.
How does the rain fly connect onto the...
How does the rain fly connect onto the tent? Are there clips or what?
Thanks for the update on the method, Jon. You're right: regardless of old or new, it's super secure and easy.
It attaches to the tent and/or footprint's pole grommet/strap system (no clips, ties, or velcro tying it to the poles). You use the tent strap to secure the fly at each pole/ground connection point. You can guy it out for more stability and would need to use stakes on the vestibule.
Actually BAinUt... it has changed. The fly clips to each corner of the tent via the pole attachment points. It is a very secure and adjustable attachment system that we use even in our expedition tents. It is lightweight and fast to attach. Hope this helps!