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Mountainsmith makes a number of multi-person tents, but the Mountain Shelter LT Tarp is by far its lightest two-person shelter. Spartan by almost all standards, this tent is comprised of only a single door, it utilizes a single-wall design, and there's no floor. At just two pounds, the Mountain Shelter is three pounds lighter than its big brother the Morrison, and this tarp pitches without poles. Just slide a pair of trekking poles in under the tarp, pitch the corners, tension the guylines, and you're good to go (or use the two top points to connect to tree branches). This is an excellent minimalist option for backpackers looking to save weight and pack space without giving up vital protection from the weather.

  • Two-person design utilizes a single door and sets up using two standard trekking poles (trekking poles not included)
  • Sil-nylon material is ultralight and waterproof so you won't get wet at night
  • Interior height measures four feet and six inches at the peak, giving you enough room to move around inside without feeling cramped
  • Back window doubles as ventilation to encourage cross-flow of air beneath the tarp
  • Reflective guylines make it easy to locate your tent at night
  • Tensionlock cord adjustments allow you to quickly tighten or slacken your guy lines and eliminate the need to tie an adjustment knot
  • Two top guyout points allow you to anchor this tent using lines to a tree branch overhead instead of relying on hiking poles underneath and inside
  • Reinforced v-stakes allow you to securely pitch your tent in a variety of terrain
  • Stuff sack includes setup instruction printed on the inside

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3 5

Did not come with any stakes

Not sure if the description is wrong or I got a newer/older model or whatever but mine had no stakes included. After purchasing the stakes separately it wasn't such a good deal after all. Will probably return.

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If your Mountain Shelter didn't come with stakes, something must have gone wrong. Mine came with a full set of (very nice) stakes. Sorry to hear about your troubles!

5 5

Primo Tarp Tent by ALTarp52

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I agree with the excellent reviews by happ438450 and parp446731 and will try not to repeat features they covered. This is an excellent step up from a basic tarp with solid weather protection front and back. More roomy for two campers than the usual "2 person" tent. Compared with features and prices of other tarp tents this is "Best of Breed". Given the amount of interior room and weather protection, this is a very light high quality shelter and great value at even the full price.

It is floorless so a footprint of some kind is desireable but a little tricky because of the presence of your hiking/support poles in the center line of the tent's interior. I use two 7'X 3' long tyvek strips (with a little tailor cutting) - one on each side of the support poles and works great and very light.

Bugs. This design gives you no protection from bugs, which is not a problem at some times of the year. During bug season I rig a Sea To Summit Nano Pyramid Shelter w/Insect Shield inside from a paracord that goes from the top of my center hiking pole/tent pole to a tie out stake at the skirt of the tent.

Like parp446731 said -- this is not for everyone (especially those with no interest in camping creativity, like solving the floor or bug issue) but I really like it in the right situation.

4 5

Thoughtful "light" tarp-tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The weight of the Mountain Smith Mountain Shelter LT is by no means ultra-light as it measures just a bit above 2 pounds when packed. That said, they designed a thoughtful compromise for those of us who are happy with the slightly more durable and affordable category of "light" shelter. Some specifics:

1) Enclosed design: I prefer a closed structure compared to an open tarp. I thru-hiked the Uintah Highline trail last September at the tail-end of the epic storms our region saw. The Mountain Shelter kept me dry and warm during 3 days of heavy rain, hail and fog at 10-12,000 feet. I hunkered down in it for 18 hours (lightening on the passes at 11 am) one day through 8 separate hail storms and the only moisture I experienced was a few drops of condensation the hail knocked onto my sleeping bag. This is a considerable plus in my book as I almost exclusively use down sleeping bags nowadays.

2) Design: plenty of room for 2 people (and a dog) and roomy for my solos. The space is plentiful in this tent: plenty of length for laying down with enough space for gear storage. As well, the vestibule opens up completely for warm and dry nights. The design is also tall enough to easily situp in the front portion of the structure which makes cooking morning meals a snap on those colder September days I prefer to backpack during.

3) Set-up: This one takes a few times to get right. Its easy to accidentally set it up improperly (offset versus square OR too taught to get poles properly adjusted). I used it with ease my first trips but had to tweak my setup a bit on my last journey as the ground was not flat.

4) Additional: plenty of tie out points to keep it taught; breathes well with rear vent and lowering the upper (of the double) door zippers just a smudge; reinforced well at all points of pressure.

Overall....an effective choice for most of us trying to cut weight for backpacking without breaking the bank. A prize winner in storm-proofness and space.

Do you guy's have an ETA on when this will...

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Do you guy's have an ETA on when this will be back in stock, thanks....

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This is currently in stock in both of our warehouses as of June 26, 2013

4 5

Great value in a 2-person ultralight she

I got this for use as an ultralight shelter for elk hunting in Colorado, but I will also use it for trips here in Pennsylvania. I did an initial setup but did not sleep in it.

My first setup was without a thorough reading of the instruction (which are printed on the bag if you need them) it took about 10 minutes and a lot of it was messing with cheap twist-lock trekking pole. there is a scale on the side of the shelter for correct pole length setting.

the pitch was taught and sturdy at the pole length set to the scale. the included stakes are aluminum angle about 6-7" long. This tarp provides full weather protection for all but the most extreme conditions. there is a roof vent at the rear pole support, with the airflow from the small gap around the bottom ventilation should be adequate in most conditions

This is a big shelter with room for gear inside and 2 people. The vestibule is big enough to cook in inclement weather.

this packs down into a stuff sack of about 4 1/2" X15" and weighs around 2Lb it is designed for use with trekking poles, but a rope ridge line could be used with some experimenting. It could also be used with some local sticks cut to length for poles if you carry a small saw, the ends where the poles contact the tent would need additional protection if you choose that setup.

This tent is not for the masses, but if you are looking for a light, large, full weather protection shelter this is a serious contender.

at the full list price this is a great value in comparison to similar shelters