Innovation that keeps you dry in wet weather.
If you frequently backpack in a wilderness area that sees a lot of rain, the Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2 DP Tent was made for you. With the innovative DryPitch technology, you can quickly pitch the fly before the tent in rainy weather, which allows you to stay dry while setting up the tent under the protection of the two vestibules. The spacious interior comfortably sleeps two adults and tough construction materials provide ample protection for spring, summer, or fall excursions. Plus, the DryPitch system allow you to set up an ultra-light minimalist shelter with just the fly, poles, and footprint.
- Poly knit mesh canopy provides ventilation, bug protection, and star gazing on clear nights
- Nylon taffeta floor has a fully taped perimeter and welded corners to keep wet conditions out
- Nylon ripstop fly is fully taped with a 1500mm PU coating for guaranteed watertight protection
- DAC Featherlight poles provide structural support while keeping weight to a minimum
- Two dry entry vestibules and doors provide easy entry and gear storage
- Steep wall design maximizes livable space and comfortably sleeps two adults
- DryPitch technology allows you to pitch the fly before the tent so you can set up the tent in the rain and stay dry
- DryPitch system allows you to set up an ultra-light fast-pitch shelter with just the fly, poles, and included DryPitch footprint
- Trail weight is just 3 pounds 10 ounces, fast-pitch weight is 2 pounds 5 ounces
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Could one get away with using a tent like...
Could one get away with using a tent like this with the footprint in the backcountry in the middle of winter (mainly around the whistler/spearhead/garibaldi area)?
Or do you really need something as solid as the somewhat heavier and more expensive 4season tents out there?
This tent looks to be pretty similar to mine, the MSR Hubba Hubba (http://www.backcountry.com/msr-hubba-hubba-2-person-3-season). They have similar pole design and similar materials. I've used mine in snow a few times (up to 8" of it) and it's done surprisingly well for a 3-season tent. So yes, I would say it is possible. However, the snow is very light and dry where I live and wetter/heavier where you live, which could be a problem. You may find yourself having to wake up in the night to get snow off your rain fly or else the tent might collapse or poles will snap.
The pole design, and the poles themselves on the Skyledge 2 are significantly stronger than on a Hubba Hubba. I have owned both tents and used them both in unsavory but exciting conditions.
I wouldn't hesitate to take a Skyledge2 for a winter trip, with the caveats that an appropriate sleeping pad, bag, and winter camping knowledge are needed.
Exceptional tent, not for everyone
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I used this tent extensively and in a wide variety of conditions. Overall, I think this is a very good product, with a few exceptions.
The good: Absolutely bomb proof. Recently experienced 50+ MPH winds and snow and rain all night long, the tent didn't flinch. Properly guyed out and you will have zero problems, no flapping of fabric, nothing. Just a perfect weather proof shelter. The materials are top notch, the pole layout creates a very strong frame (much more so than hub designs) and not a drip of moisture made its way from the rain and snow that I experienced. The no-drip over each vestibule door works extremely well. The vestibules are ample for stuffing a 60L pack or so underneath and still have room for ingress/egress.
Guying out the loops at the head and foot, and leaving 4 inches of opening at the top of each vestibule door, should handle all of your condensation issues.
The problems I have with this tent are mostly derived from my stature. I'm 6'2" 195 lbs and my head and feet brush the mesh (and strains it) at both ends of the tent, even before I get into my bag. Ignore that 85" length, that's an external measurement. The mesh slope at the head and foot are so severe that you lose some space at either end, as I discovered. Also, this tent tapers from an interior width of 48 inches at the head to just less than 40 inches at the foot. Two side by side Neo Air All Seasons squeeeeeze into the foot space.
I understand that in the search for lighter weights, tent manufacturers are making their tents not just out of lighter materials but the interior space is shrinking as well. I can't recommend this tent for anyone over 6"1" and maybe even 6'0" unless you're planning to use it as a solo tent. Two guys under 5'10" would be fine, or a guy and a girl would really enjoy it.
Knowing its size limitations, I still feel this is a great product.
What are the main differences between this...
What are the main differences between this 2 DP version and the older Skyledge 2?
From what are Mountain Hardwear "DAC NSL"...
From what are Mountain Hardwear "DAC NSL" tent poles fabricated? Do these materials or fabrication process make them uniquely strong or lightweight?
catp461914. DAC is a Korean company, I believe, which specializes in making high end tent poles and tent pole accessories for many brands in the outdoor industry. The Featherlight NSL is their latest and greatest achievement in tent pole technology and what makes these poles light is that the pole body is thinner overall except where the poles interface. This allows for a thinner (lighter) pole while still maintaining high strength where the poles connect together. I hope this info helps!
DP = Dry Pitch
Check out Mountain Hardwear's new and extremely versatile Dry Pitch technology!