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Go ahead, go off on a tangent.
If you're bummed out by having to chose between the airflow of a double-wall tent and the light weight of a single-wall design, quit being blue. The Tangent 2 Two-Person Four-Season Tent from Mountain Hardwear pitches itself right in the middle of traditional double-walls and alpine-style single-walls, combining the breathability and dryness of a double-wall tent with the weight savings of a single-wall shelter to create an all-weather, all-season home for mountaineers, skiers, and alpinists. It's the lightest double-walled four-season tent that Mountain Hardwear makes, weighing in at superlight 5.5 pounds, but is designed to stand up the gnarliest blizzards and worst winds that the mountains can throw at you, with three DAC Pressfit aluminum poles and burly nylon ripstop fabrics.
The coolest features on the Tangent are the Trident Corners. As you might have guessed, each corner uses a three-point anchor system (two poles, and a nylon clip that flexes with the wind), distributing the wind force to 12 points instead of four and shortening the effective length of the poles, making a shelter that's far stronger than traditional single-anchor tents. The Trident Corners also make the Tangent better at bearing heavy snow loads with only two corner-to-corner poles and one small overhead crosspiece. Every guy out uses burly DirectConnect points, and all the corners and anchors are welded for extreme durability. There are mesh vents on the roof and doors, all the seams are taped, and the Tangent's been tested in a rain room to ensure that it's dry as an Arizona tumbleweed in September. If there's a more versatile, burly, double-walled four-season tent out there, we haven't seen it yet.
- Nylon ripstop fabrics with DWR, PU, and silicone coatings
- Fully taped seams
- 3 DAC Pressfit aluminum poles
- 2 doors with vestibules
- Trident Corners for stability and toughness in high winds and heavy snow
- Welded DirectConnect guy-out points, corners, and clip anchors
- Mesh vents on roof and doors
- Internal pockets
- Item #MHW004Z
- Q & A
Wind, Snow, Rain, Hail PROOF
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Half of the last couple of weeks have been spent inside this bombproof shelter. A definite winner when looking for a shelter system that cares more about strength and functionality than being UL, SL, HV, and whatever else the backpacking community is currently going off about. The trident corners and stronger body material shine in situations of strong winds, pelting rain and hail, and even heavy snow. And to top it all off the condensation inside the tent was minimal.
I have tested the tent in Rain, Snow, Hail, and Wind in 45 - 10 degree weather with minimal condensation. I have watched friends tents blow away from heavy wind, tent poles breaking, while the tangent 2 sat there, happy as can be. Personally, weight is not an issue when it comes to a rugged 4 season shelter. But, for those of you that see almost 6lbs as too much, simply separate the poles, stakes, fly, and tent body into different areas of your pack. Distribute the weight where you need it.
I will do an update on my review in the coming months.
Light Weight and Reliable!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have used this tent on a 10 day trip to K2 Base Camp. We were on Baltoro Glacier 7 nights of the ten and the tent worked perfectly. It was easy to set up and one night with heavy winds it stood like a fort. Three nights were spent in below freezing conditions but I was warm inside. I absolutely love it and can't wait to take it out again.
Light weight 4 season tent
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Great Tent, have been using the tent for a year now, when weather is windy and cold I bring it out. Haven't had issues with water inside the tent and it holds warmth a lot better than I imagined for a light tent.
The picture was during a day storm that added 25" of snow, no problem. The next extreme weather I had with the tent was 9" of rain in 2 days and I stayed dry and warm inside.
I like it
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've used this a couple of times so far. First I set it up on a zero degree (22 degrees with wind chill) day in my testing area. It went up easily and my 5 year old got inside. It was so much warmer, he took off his fleece and jacket. I just sort of threw on the fly, and I wasn't crazy about it's design. The wind was about 30 mph from the flag standing straight out. (My friend's helleberg actually had a pole crease in these settings which they replaced immediately.)
Last weekend, we went on a very near car expedition in the mountains, to check out the full setup. Again, the fly setup is a bit strange. You need to stake the tent with the ties all the way out, then definitely do all of the tent-fly connections, then the fly tightening does all of the tent and fly tightening. In the snow we had, I had to dig down to ground to get stakes pounded in. This was essential.
Otherwise, the tent was very windproof, and warm. There was a fair amount of condensation inside, but I didn't really vent it at all. I am looking for an overhead gear loft which would be nice for lighting even though I did hang a glowstick for orientation overnight. Once you realize the corners extend out, there is more storage than I expected.
Mountain Hardwear Tangent 2 Tent
Here is a pitching instructional video for the Tangent 2 tent.