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Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 1 Tent: 1-Person 3-Season


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    5 Reviews


    Lighter than your last meal.

    As Mountain Hardwear's lightest one-person tent, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 1 Tent caters to minimalist backpackers seeking the utmost in easy-carrying efficiency. Coming in at just over 2-pounds (pack weight) and packing down to a mere 5 x 20-inches, the Ghost UL 1 is ridiculously lightweight and easy to pack, making it ideal for the the fast-moving backpacker exploring the most remote, hard-to-reach locales.

    Guaranteed watertight construction keeps you dry through oncoming showers and storms, thanks to the fully taped fly and welded perimeter seams. Dry vestibule storage provides a safe refuge for your gear. Other key features include a welded zipper flap that's lighter and drier than stitched counterparts, as well as a freestanding design for easy set-up.

    • Ultralight one-person tent
    • DAS Featherlight NSL poles
    • Fully taped fly, taped perimeter seams
    • Welded corners, welded guy clip anchors
    • Dry entry vestibule
    • Freestanding design
    • Welded zipper flap
    • Item #MHW00NE

    Tech Specs

    [canopy] 15D nylon mesh, [floor] 20D nylon ripstop, polyurethane (1200mm)
    1 person
    Wall Type
    DAC Featherlight NSL
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    4 sq ft
    mesh walls
    [fly] fully sealed, [tent] taped perimeter seams
    Interior Height
    33.5 in
    Floor Dimensions
    80.7 x 35 20.9 in
    Floor Space
    15.73 sq ft
    Packed Size
    20 x 5 in
    Trail Weight
    1 lb 10 oz
    Packed Weight
    2 lb 1 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, ultralight backpacking
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    Overall pretty good

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    At 2 pounds 1 ounce the Ghost isn't much heavier than some bivys and the pack size isn't much larger, but it offers a substantially better sleeping experience.

    As practically every reviewer has noted, this is a small tent. To give you an idea of the interior floor size, my 72 inch long NeoAir XTherm air mattress fits with about an inch or so at the foot and several inches around the shoulders and head (enough space at the top that I can keep a jacket, book, and some other gear with me). And despite what another reviewer said about there being no gear pockets, there is a generous sized one next to the door. At 5'9" 145 lb I have no problem with the interior size. If you fit on a 72 inch mattress you should be fine. If you're just too big for one — your feet hang off — then this tent will be too small.

    I recently took the Ghost out into the backcountry for three nights and have several observations:

    Setup is kind of intuitive. The first time I learned the hard way that you have to hold both ends of the front polls when putting them into the tent grommets because there is so much tension in them. If one pops out of the grommet and you're not holding on to both, the polls act like a spring and will send the tent flying.

    While the rain fly does not have any vents, the way its pulled out to the sides when staked allows for air to flow through. My three nights were cold with one in the high 20s and I never had any condensation issues.

    Despite the thin material it did do a pretty good job retaining heat.

    One of the nights was extremely windy (there was a wind advisory and I was at 7,000 feet); the Ghost held up well with no damage.

    One of the nights the camping was at large and the tent's small size gave me a lot of flexibility of picking a spot to pitch it.

    Here's my major concern:

    The length of the rainfly in the back is the bare minimum to cover the mesh part of the tent. If you don't properly align the rainfly and tension it in the back then the rainfly will not properly cover the tent. The rainfly length really should be longer in the back to be more forgiving, but Mountain Hardware obviously wanted to bring this tent in as close to 2 lb as possible, and additional fabric would have sent the weight in the wrong direction. Even when put on properly I'm a bit worried about how well the rainfly will perform when it's rainy and windy — I feel like this was a compromise made purely for marketing purposes.

    Overall I'm happy with the Ghost.

    Ultralight. Ultrasmall. Ultraflimsy.

      I returned this tent. Wow, it's light. Exactly what I was looking for--not. Once inside I felt like I was in a tall body bag. Hardly any head room--I'm 5'8". Tiny, tiny "door" opening. Mesh fabric felt cheap and likely to tear. Pole clips felt cheap and likely to break. No pockets for gear, only two loops at the top, so no gear attic either. Sometimes less is not more. FAIL.

      Crazy Light!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Full disclosure: These tents are considered “ultra-lightweight”. They will give up the “comfort” features most people are used to and are designed for a specific need; going light and fast. Comparatively, this tent does forgo some areas of durability and comfort in order to hit such low weight ranges. This tent can still handle a good storm, but it is more prone to tears, etc if you are not used to this style tent. For what it is, I absolutely love this tent and would recommend it; given this is what you are looking for. It is quick and easy to set up, and ridiculously light.
      Feel free to reach directly out with any questions about the tent or anything else!

      Awesome solo tent

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The Ghost UL 1 is fantastic. Felt like I was carrying a bivy, but had the room of a single person tent. I used this for three days backpacking in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho recently and have zero complaints. Weather was generally nice so I can't comment on rain, but it withstood 40mph winds no problem.

      -Set up is fast and easy
      -Really light
      -Quality stakes!
      -Stable in wind
      -Tent color is nice from the inside. No weird orange or green tint when the sun comes up in the morning.

      -Fly is noisy in the wind
      -Not sure how tent does in the rain

      I would highly recommend this tent to any one looking to shed some pounds. Perfect for alpine climbing trips, biking, and backpacking.

      My first UL and I'm happy with it

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This is my first UL tent, so I'm not really comparing it against anything else. I used my Ghost UL 1 for the first time this past weekend and I'm quite happy with it. I was in Northern California, so it's quite day, so I didn't deal with any precipitation, so I can't speak to that.

      Setup was easy, although I was a bit confused initially of how to stake out the footprint and then the tent, but figured it out. I'm not sure it's the correct way to do it, but I ran the tent's cord through the metal ring built into the footprint cord. See the photo.

      Of course this is a small tent, but I found the doorway opening a bit smaller than comfortable. Getting it I would go head first, which was fine, but then turning around was difficult. Getting out I would go feet first, so I could put un my shoes, which were in the vestibule, but then it was hard to get the rest of my body out. It seems there's more space in the front panel of the tent such that the door could have been made a little bigger, and I wish it had been.

      As for condensation on the inside, there was a little. Specifically my feet would touch the bottom of the tent so that the outside of my sleeping bag got a little damp at night. That never seeped into the sleeping bag, but I wonder if it would have if it was raining. I'm almost 6' tall, so it was difficult to fit without my feet brushing the bottom end.

      All in all I'm quite happy with it. One of the main reasons I got this tent was that it is fully free standing, yet still small and light. I did stake it down, and I would definitely recommend that if there is much rain, but in a pinch if you can't stake/tie it down the freestanding would work.

      My first UL and I'm happy with it

      Since there are no reviews for this tent yet, I'm a bit hesitant to buy it. What is your policy for returns?

      Also, does this come with a footprint, or if not, do you sell appropriately size footprints?

      Hi Rainer,

      New, unused gear can be returned at any time for a full refund. Used gear must be returned within 30 days of delivery for store credit. New, unused gear must be returned in the condition you received it and with the original box and/or packaging, including manufacturer tags where applicable. Used gear, bikes, or bike frames not damaged due to abuse will be issued store credit in the form of credits applied to your Backcountry account. We will not accept the return of products damaged due to abuse. We also sell the footprint for this tent ( If you'd like me to set an order up for you with the tent and footprint, I'd be glad to. Also more than happy to help you facilitate a return if the tent is not to your liking. Please let me know if you have any other questions. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead