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When you're backpacking through deciduous rain forests in the northwest, rain can start to fall at almost any time. With the Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3 DP Tent's 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. Dual doors allow you to get to your sleeping bag without stumbling over your two tent mates and tough construction materials provide ample protection for spring, summer, or fall excursions. Plus, the DryPitch system allows you to set up an ultra-light minimalist shelter using only the fly, poles, and DryPitch 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 3 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 4 pounds 2 ounces, fast-pitch weight is 2 pounds 9 ounces
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My Tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My travel mate and I easily have 50+ nights in this tent.

I've hauled this tent to distant crags, mountains, forests, beaches, lakes, and canyons. It's been hit with wind, rain, snow, tree limbs, sea spray, and I suspect an animal may have even urinated on a corner. In none of these instances has the Skyledge faltered in its duties of structural integrity and atmospheric isolation.

Honestly I would have purchased the Skyledge 2, however it's a few inches shorter in length, and at 6'2" I can stretch out completely in my winter bag and just bridge both ends in the 3. Concerning width, with two 20" pads, you're left with 4.5" for personal space, and 9" of communal space between pads, and that's with the tent pitched tight! It works well for sharing food from a pot, and having some room to maneuver.

The main body and fly both pitch super tight, however I find it can be difficult to make the vestibules taught left to right when pegging due to their catenary cut. One or both sides always want stay slack along the lower margin until the wind provides tension. This must be by design.

Speaking of wind, when positioned with a vestibule into the wind, and guyed out properly, there has never been a time I felt it might fail. The guy points connect directly to the pole structure, and have kept everything in place during some seriously prodigious nights up in the mountains!

This is my first tent where internal condensation has never been a problem. The mesh inner provides plenty of ventilation. There have been a few times where I'll brush off frost in the morning, but as everything around is also covered in the same frost, I suspect this is more environmental.

Ventilation is provided by the few inch ground gap of the vestibules, fantastic in the summer, but requires management in the winter. The mesh body slows the biggest gusts into a gentle breeze. A few well placed rucksacks remedies that nicely

During heavy rain the sil-nylon sly does stretch. This is the only time where adjusting the tension allows me to get the vestibules taught and nicely flush with the ground. Again, by design?

The tent colour, I like it. The musty green strikes a good balance in most backgrounds. Unless I'm 4000 meters up the side of a mountain, I don't need or want a bright red/orange tent.

From bag to ready I would say takes under 7 minutes if you're wanting to guy out all the lines.

The footprint is made from tyvek. Many of the places I frequent are stony and highly abrasive. This has taken its toll on the material, and although it still protects the body floor from abrasion, it now leaks like a sieve. If I know it's going to rain or I'll be pitching on snow, the groundsheet stays home else water now gets trapped between the groundsheet and the tent floor. Still, the inner tent is in pristine condition, and water has yet to get through its nylon floor.

You might as well toss the stakes it comes with. They're lightweight, Y shaped, and soft. Probably broke the heads off three the first night, and I am so gentle! Groundhogs for dirt, SMC snowstakes for snow, and large stones for the really hard ground.

I did once spend a night with three of us in the tent. It works if using staggered body shaped sleeping pads, however everything must be kept in the vestibules. For two it about perfect, and for one it's way too big.

I would say this Skyledge is a featherweight bomber 3.5 season home for two. Do wait for a good discount though!

My Tent

Great all around tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great tent and is incredibly light weight. It would be a bit small for 3 people but fits 2 people very well and given the weight, it is perfectly fine in that regard. It is very easy to set up as well.

I am a tall guy (6'2'') and this tent fits me fine.

I use to have the previous version of this tent, had an issue with it after a few years that was not related to wear, sent it back to MH and got credit to buy a new one. Between MH and Backcountry's return policy, it makes it an easy purchase. That being said, do wait for a sale if you can since it is regularly 20% off.

Hi! Brandon, may I know what issues u faced with the previous version? I am planning to buy it as the fabric is a little more stronger and a couple of inches bigger. As other specifications are remaining the same of the present DP model.

Superb tent, but wait for a sale

    I very much liked the two person version of this tent, but as I wrote in that review, in my opinion the Skyledge2 is too short for taller folk. Well, this Skyledge3 addresses those concerns.

    A few extra inches of length make all the difference, and the constant width is a welcome change from the Skyledge2's tapered foot area. The Skyledge3 is just eight inches wider than many two person tents, which apparently motivated Mountain Hardwear to call it a three person (I personally don't know many people only eight inches wide, even sleeping head-toe, but okay).

    MH naming philosophies aside, I think this is a superb two person tent, ideal for two taller guys (6'1"+) or even wider guys and you won't feel cramped. The no-drip over the doors really works, the structure is incredibly strong, and the materials are top quality. I believe the Sky3 will work just fine as a four season tent (with suitable pad and bag). No, it's not for winter assault climbers or extreme wind conditions on the side of cliffs, but for snowcampers, snowshoers, cross country skiers, this is an exceptional choice.

    I don't like MH forcing me to buy their overpriced footprint. In my opinion, $550 is too much for this product, but I won't knock off any stars for that. It's frequently on sale for 20-30% off, making it much more reasonable.

    No, it's not as light as some Big Agnes tents or the 2014 Hubba line from MSR, but those tents are nowhere near as strong as this one. If your trips demand more than just lightweight, this is a superb product.

    It comes with a footprint. I own the 2013 version. My problem is the MH rectangular gear loft that you can buy separately... it doesn't fit. Hangs down halfway inside the tent if you use the shock cords the way they intend it to be.

    Hey Jeffrey, thanks for this review! Your review and mentioning the tall person factor, plus a very positive review from back sealed it for me.

    Their review:

    That review clearly demonstrates the feature set of the Skyledge 3DP; the images are very useful in getting a better grasp of the tent's setup, etc.

    Thanks again,


    What happens if it is cold? Like -4oC ? Does it works ok this tent?

    Best Answer

    The cold is mostly dealt with by using a really good sleeping bag. This tent would run into trouble when in high winds/ heavy snow. That's where the 4 season comes into play. As far as cold goes, this would be fine, you would just need a really good sleeping bag rated for that temperature.