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Bit tents don’t have to be heavy.

Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3 Tent provides plenty of room for three at a weight of just over five pounds. You even get a large vestibule to keep your boots and packs in a nice dry space while the rain pours outside.
  • Mesh walls increase breathability and keep you cool in the summer
  • Color-coded pole loops to make pitching easier
  • SVX window to let in light and let you check the weather
  • Large vestibule allows dry entry into the tent
  • Pitch Light configuration lets you use the fly and available footprint together

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4 5

Awesome Value...

Got this one on SAC for just over $100 shipped. I looked at other tents on BC.com and REI and for the price/weight I could not find anything better. To get a 5lb tent that will sleep 3 people and cost about $100 bucks is impossible. Each guys share is about 1.6 lbs and $33 bucks. Thats nuts!!! I dare you to find a better value...

lightpath 3 overlooking the ohio river

lightpath 3 overlooking the ohio river

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floor stands up well to less than perfectly maintained dog nails (and he weighs 75lbs). not so much as a scuff.

5 5

more like crazylightpath3!

you may say i have a gearection for mountain hardwear, but it is not unfounded. it has never once failed me in its purpose for each individual item in 15 years of 4 season backpacking and camping. slept out in the backyard in snow and sleet with 25mph wind gusts overnight without guying it out...just to try it out. in the morning it was still standing and bone dry inside (no condensation either). poles are easton aluminum. well constructed and very lightweight. they bend much further than actually needed. as i always pack stakes and poles separate from the tent body and fly, there is additional room in the provided stuff sack for extra gear. it will fit a rain jacket and a beanie (although i would never pack those in with the tent; just gives you and idea of volume). none of the stakes bent in the frozen ground. seams are visibly well sealed. even though the bathtub is not one piece, the perimeter seams remain above ground level. set up is a snap. without guying it out, it takes less than 2 minutes. even though it is not freestanding, in low wind situations all you have to do is stake it out at 4 points and the front of the rain fly and it holds up well. great to see you can set up the fly 1st and snap in the tent in case of heavy rains (havent actually done this in the rain yet, but it is simple enough with some practice, much easier with 2 people). its not the biggest 3man i have slept in, but it is significantly lighter than the MSR MuthaHubba 3 and all the columbia and coleman turds i lugged around in my younger, broke years. advertised on different sites as between 5lbs and 5lbs 5oz. my scale weighs the entire package as 4.9lbs. fits myself, the wife and our 75lbs dog with room for gear inside to spare around the dog. I am 6'3" 215 and it is plenty long! vestibule is adequate size for 3packs and 3pairs of boots with room still to get out without tripping. like every other 3-man tent, unless you plan on lying like a mummy all night without moving, I think massive 2 man is a more fitting description. dual zippers on the front fly are nice and i have had no problems with snagging (fabric pulls out of the zippers easily, and it is nearly impossible to zip the fabric into the teeth, i have tried). staggered top line doesnt bother me, but i dont spend much time in the tent anyway. the major plus is the price. found it on sale for 200 including the footprint! thats less than half the price of the big agnes i was also considering. the side pockets are adequate. they can hold a lot of weight without deforming the tent too much (my dog likes to sleep with his head in the pocket for some reason). bottom line: if you dont have to have a freestanding tent, the Mountain Hardwear Lightpath3 is the way to go.

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P.S. i have seen this tent in the rotation several times on steepandcheap.com several times in the last few weeks for less than 150.

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took this out for longer than 1 night (Finally!) last week. 3 guys. the only thing i noticed different than the above review is the vestibule gets a little cramped with 3 larger than 50L packs. still room to exit, you just have to be a little more careful when it is dark and you are half asleep.

Can this tent be set up without the tent?...

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Can this tent be set up without the tent? That is to say, with just the poles and rain fly? I'm looking at the options: either setting up the fly first in a downpour, so I don't get the mesh and inside of the tent wet, or skipping the main body and traveling light with the just the fly and poles (and maybe a footprint)/

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dan, you can and it is actually pretty easy to do. you still have to steak out the footprint. its easy with 2people, manageable with 1. did it last night in the rain and nearing sunset.

Hey would anyone know would this tent be...

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Hey would anyone know would this tent be good for two people and two smaller dogs?? If not what would be a good option?

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This would definitely be a good tent for you. It should fit nicely for 2 people and the dogs especially since you can still throw any gear out under the vestibule.

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Completely agree with Donald. MHW makes very spacious 3 person tents, and 44 sq ft is going to give all of you more than enough room. The 4 of you will be sprawling out in an area about the size of a king-sized bed.

Completely agree with Donald. MHW makes very spacious 3 person tents, and 44 sq ft is going to give all of you more than enough room. The 4 of you will be sprawling out in an area about the size of a king-sized bed.
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I agree with the other answers. I was gonna reiterate that the vestibule is key so you don't have all your gear and smelly boots in the tent taking up room. I have a 3 person MHW tent for the wife and I and would have plenty of room for 2 dogs if we had them.

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My wife an i use this with 2 boxers (50lbs each) and are quite comfy... great weight and price for a tent this size...

5 5

Awesome Tent

Bought this for backpacking and mountain climbing out in Colorado. Camped with it around 11,000 feet on Conundrum Peak in the Montezuma Basin. Had to tie it down with every guy line there was but it held up spectacularly in the snow and hail. Would not take it on serious mountaineering trips, but it definitely works in extreme conditions. It fit two of us pretty well, but can be crowded when adding a lot of gear. The extra footprint really helps to protect the bottom from sharp rocks and other nasty treats. Overall very happy with the tent and it exceeded my expectations. Mountain Hardwear rocks!

Awesome Tent

I have this tent and have heard people say...

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I have this tent and have heard people say that folding your tent the same way every time can break down the water proofing faster on the creases. Can and or should I try stuffing the tent instead?

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You heard right. By repeatedly creasing the tent material along the same lines it can wear faster and cause the material to rip, tear or just perform poorly. You should stuff the tent, being careful to avoid snags or zippers, and DO NOT put the poles and stakes in the same stuff sack as it could rip the tent. Stuffing is always preferable, especially with sleeping bags too.

I have this tent and have heard people say...

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I have this tent and have heard people say that folding your tent the same way every time can break down the water proofing faster on the creases. Can and or should I try stuffing the tent instead?

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There is potential that the creases can break down the coating and wear out the fabric sooner, yes. Stuffing the tent will really only result in a slightly wrinkled looking fly once you put it on and stake it out. So, I would go for the stuffing if I were you. Not only is it easier, its probably better in the long run. Another option is to use an aftermarket compression sack if space is an issue. One last thing - its probably best (folded or stuffed) to dump the entire tent into a large cotton stuff sack for storage once you get back and dry it out! Hope this helps.

3 5

Great tent

Great tent but sloped design can get a little old.

5 5

Perfect tent down under!

"Used our lightpath 3 and sojourn 2 last weekwend in some of the worst storms and torrential rainfall for about 20 years. Had a great time and the kids loved it, Needless to say the tents didn't leak. Thanks for the good gear."
-Chris from Australia

4 5

Great value

This tent is a great value. Be cautious of the non-freestanding design - you absolutely must have 4 solid stakes/tie downs for the tent and two more for the fly. Three people is doable, but like most 3 man tents, is a bit tight. Ventilation is pretty good and the vestibule can easily fit 2 50-60 liter packs with room for boots and entry/exit. MHW is still making good tents, although, since Columbia bought them, they seem to have experienced some durability issues.

Lightpath 3

Lightpath 3

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this is @ 10,ooo ft in the Yosemite backcountry.....Young Lake to be exact...it is the 2007 model as you can tell by the color...but it is identical otherwise.....

4 5

Great tent

this is great 3 person tent verses the weight.....3 good size peeps would be way too tight of a fit in my book but...for my use with an 11 yr old and a petite wife it worked just fine and we fit all our packs and boots in the vestibule with enough room to get out to pee in the middle of the night without killing yourself...one thing to know though if its a big deal to you is...this needs stakes...it is not free-standing but i'm not planning on pitching this on granite or ice so its no prob...also a way cool feature is to purchase the footprint so you can go ultra-light and just pack the footprint..2 poles...and the rain-fly and leave the tent body at home...

5 5

Great 3 Person, Light Tent

This tent really surprised me, especially looking at the bargain of a price! Too many 3 person tents mean you can fit 3 people if you're all okay with spooning. When they said 3 person they really meant it. Me and my two brothers fit just fine, even with a little gear inside. This rig is extremely easy to set up and with using the guyouts there wasn't a drop of water than leaked in during a major summer downpour in the Uinta's. There is 1 small addition that would have been cool. I use a BD lantern but there isn't a clip or strap or anything to hang a lantern from. Other than that this tent is great for what it's meant to do.

I am camping with my son this summer on a...

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I am camping with my son this summer on a number of Cub Scout "overnighters." I live in Germany, so rain in July is a guarantee. How will this tent hold in the pouring rain? Thanks

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Dave J. All of our tents in combo with the fly are guaranteed watertight from the factory. It should hold up just fine on cub scout outings with a little rain! Good luck!