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The world’s most well-traveled mountaineering tent.

From Everest base camp to storm-battered snow ledges, the Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 Tent lives on as the premier four-season shelter for the world’s best alpinists and expedition teams. This spacious three-person tent stands up to the worst mountain weather thanks to its seven pole crossings, internal guy system, and Mountain Hardwear’s Evolution Tension Arch, which uses panels of low-stretch fabric along the poles for three-dimensional support.
  • Heavy-duty, waterproof 70D nylon rain fly to withstand punishing storms
  • Two dry-entry vestibules for sorting and storing gear
  • Clear vestibule window for checking the weather
  • Mesh storage pockets for base camp organization
  • Zippered mesh vents and mesh door for improved air flow
  • Poles and rain fly work with optional footprint (sold separately) for a lightweight shelter

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5 5

Handled the Gobi well...

Bought this tent for work in south-central Mongolia, in the Gobi-Altai. Used it for about 2.5 months straight, often moving camps on a semi-weekly basis. I am very impressed with this tent. Its been through some wind/sandstorms that had me waking up in the middle of the night seriously questioning if this tent would blow away, it did not. We watched others in our group chase their tents on occasion when high wind was able to unroot them....this tent held strong though. Wind, rain, heat, cold, snow....it works well for everything. Very spacious too. I hope to keep this one for a long time.

Handled the Gobi well...
5 5

Heavy Duty

A more serious tent. It is a heavy tent but I have found it to be reliable in bad conditions. On Mt. Shasta I was very proud of digging a great shelter around the tent during a horrific storm. Through the night I would push the snow off of the tent from inside. By 3 AM the storm was not loud and the tent warmed up considerably. Several hours later I woke to the sound of shovels digging me out. Seems that a large barricade of snow around a tent is not a good idea in a snow storm. Anyway, when they were digging us out I yelled at them to stop standing on the tent. Of course they could not hear me under all that snow and with the wind howling they went right standing on the tent with the inevitable results of a broken pole. I was honest with Mtn. Hardwear about the circumstances, which did not matter, and they replaced the broken tent pole for free. I have found the tent to be tough tough, still, don't stand on it.

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Do you do international Ships??? i live...

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Do you do international Ships??? i live in the Patagonia Argentina.

4 5

Great Tent!

This Tent is amazing! It is the greatest 4 season tent I've ever owned, my only complaint was with the tent stakes. I snapped the heads off two stakes the first night out, which I though was a bit lame. However, the tent is amazing. It holds up in snow, ice, wind, and whatever else you can throw at it! Definitely recommend this tent.

Note to Mountain Hardwear: Let's make some bombproof stakes to go with this bombproof tent. :-)

Sandia Camping

Sandia Camping

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First night out in the Trango 3.1. Hiked back into the mountains. Love this tent!

I would like a 4 season tent, but choices...

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I would like a 4 season tent, but choices are now either MH Trango 3.1 or Marmot Thor 3p. Open to other options. Would use up in the high mountain country and late fall seaon areas near lakes and streams. Want to stay warm and dry.

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The North Face VE 25 and the Black Diamond Squall are comparable options. I have the out of stock eureka K2XT and am delighted with it, although a touch heavy, it does the job

Trango in the Arctic

Trango in the Arctic

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Camping out of the Trango 3.1 for 10 days on the island of Svalbard.

5 5

Great tent

My dad purchesed the first modle of this tent in 1994. This tent has had the living crap beat out of it for 17 years. We still have it and we still use it....the only problem is we gte just a little leakedge from the floor on winter campouts.

Best tent you could ever by right behind hilleberg!

3 5

Very warm, but too heavy, and failed when we needed it.

This is a bomber tent, and it can take a beating. When it's fully guyed out with all 8 points, it can deal with serious wind and snow, and it did. at one point, we had 12 inches of snow piled on top of it, and the tent was fine. Now on to the bad. As you can read in Ethan's review below, we got caught in about three inches of rain followed immediately by 20 inches of snow, and that combination caused too much stress in the fly, ripping it in several places. This tent is also almost 13 pounds with everything included, and packs really big. I would recommend it as a base camp tent, but any kind of trip that you're going to be carrying a tent with you on, I would pass on the Trango. It's definitely not a four season tent, simply a winter tent. Look at the Black Diamond 4 season tents for something lighter and just as robust. Their Bibler Bombshelter is a 4-man tent that is 4 pounds lighter, has more floor space, and is even more robust. Look there for a better all around tent.

3 5

Warm Tent, Poor Construction

I took this to the white mountains this winter for a 5 day trek across the prezys and this tent didn't do so well. We had to set it up the first day in a rain storm so luckily the tent is siliconized nylon so it wasn't soaked but the rain did thoroughly soak most of the tent pieces, the rain then turned into a blizzard the next day and while knocking the snow off the tent with my glove i noticed several sizable rips in the fly of about 3-4 inches that much have occurred form the tent fabrique freezing and cracking. It still kept us warm the next three nights but i was sorely disappointed that after one night the fly had rips in it. I would not buy this tent again.

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Did you bother to contact Back Country or MH and explain to them what happened? I'd bet they would replace the fly for you...

4 5

Mountain Hardy

This tent is made for the cold. Super insulated and huge for two people. Great gear loops and baskets for storing gear, and keeping things close for a 3am bathroom break. The only problem, and the reason its not quite perfect, are the stakes. I know M-H is trying to keep weight to a minimum but the steak "fitting" portion is very small and the tent loops can come undone if the tension loosens a bit. Otherwise a great addition to add to your arsenal!

Mountain Hardy
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The stakes....can work around those..! Can't wait to order!

Trango 3.1 on Sultana (Foraker) Alaska

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Hanging out in comfort in a MHW Trango 3.1 at Camp 2 on the Sultana Ridge in Alaska. The wind is blowing at about 20+ mph and increasing.

My concern is warmth for sleeping. I own...

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My concern is warmth for sleeping. I own new, never used REI Arete ASL 3 tent that is made of Nylon Taffeta with a footprint and a rainfly. Would the Mountain Hardware Trango 3.1 tent with "70 D Nylon" keep me significantly warmer in 20 to 30 degree temps at Canyonlands in December? Or, is any warmth advantage of the Trango 3.1 outweighed by my down sleeping bag and my sleeping pad which has a 9.5 R Value?

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As you already know, the MH Trango is an expedition class shelter which I personally feel is overkill for the Canyonlands anytime of the year. I would stick with your REI Arete & leave the warmth containment to your sleeping bag unless, of course, you only have a 45 degree bag & are looking for a reason to buy the Trango. If this is the case, I would purchase a warmer sleeping bag first & save yourself some $ in the process.

5 5

Amazing Tent

just bought this recently and i would have to say it was well worth the money, this thing is awesome just used it on a weekend trip and there were some pretty high winds and a little rain and i didnt see a drop of water on the inside and while everyones tents are ripping apart, and blowing away in the wind this thing did not even budge. dont know if i would want to put 3 people in it unless absolutely needed but it fits 2 perfectly... Great Work MTN Hardware.

Kalalau trail

Kalalau trail

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not the best tent for Hawaii but it fit 3 of us.
Bombproof. much better for winter. this is the older version