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Ultralight and ultra-protective.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear's UltaMid 4 is a four-season shelter suitable for summer alpine climbs and winter ski tours. Weighing in a little over a pound, this compact shelter packs small and is so light in your pack that you might not believe it's even there. Its Dyneema fabric is surprisingly resilient against rain, snow, and abrasion. A waterproof two-way zipper and fully taped seams enhance protection against torrential downpours to keep you and your gear comfortably dry.
Dual peak vents provide airflow in warmer weather, and you can open or close them for versatile coverage. There are center panel tie-outs for staking the tent down, and a middle tie-out to hang the shelter from a tree if you don't have poles, skis, or a long stick to set up inside the tent. Hyperlite designed this shelter to fit an UltaMid 4 Mesh Insert or UltaMid Mesh Insert with DCF Floor for extra shelter from the elements.
- Dyneema floorless shelter
- Fully taped seams
- Waterproof two-way zipper
- Center panel tie-outs
- Dual peak vents with no-see-um mesh
- Sets up with poles, skis, sticks, or hanging from a tree
- Item #HMG000T
- Q & A
ultralight. but also rad
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Dyneema is a nearly unbeatable fiber in the back country, and I think that Hyperlite's shelters are mostly remarkable for their use of the material. As an impressed reviewer, I think that I can best highlight the tent's functionality by reiterating tech specs, and assuring readers that the details listed above are accurate - the ultramid weighs less than a pound and a half, is nearly indestructible, and doesn't require any set-up hardware that is not already mandatory on any backpacking trip or winter tour.
Ski poles, bound together by a ski strap or two keep the shelter upright, while skis and ice axes keep it from blowing away.
During the summer, when I am typically without my skis, I do end up carrying a set of light stakes, but I swap my ski poles for a set of hiking poles, and I really don't feel that the tent is any less convenient during the summer.
I have more winter than summer experience in the shelter, and I think that the nights I've spent in the UltraMid are testament to the tent's rugged functionality. I expect most tents to withstand windy nights, but withstanding tough weather is pretty different than repelling tough weather.
The accompanying photo was taken the morning following a night spent in winds that gusted up to 65 or so - tent is burly.
50 mph winds, kinda loud...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The thing weighs almost nothing, and we pitched it at the top of Anderson Peak in Tahoe, around 8.5k. Weather forecast was for calm winds but we ended up with 50 mph winds. The tent is really noisy in those conditions, and you will want to guy it out. Also bring earplugs if you want to sleep better.
Also tent is very translucent, we had a full moon and it was like someone left the light on inside the tent.
Bombproof, and reasonably easy to set up.