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Mountain Hardwear
Nimbus UL 2 Tent

4.333333333333333 out of 5 stars
27 Reviews
Current price: $293.99 Original price: $419.99
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Why We Like The Nimbus UL 2 Tent

To shed weight and up durability for our backcountry adventure, we pack our Nimbus UL 2 Tent. Roomy architecture lets us sprawl out after a grueling day on the trail. We watch the storm roll by through the waterproof, translucent fly that skipped the unnecessary dyeing process to save water and reduce chemicals.


  • High-value, durable, yet ultralight, backpacking tent for two
  • Pre-bent pole design increases livable space
  • Lightest, most durable in-class tent by Mountain Hardware
  • Undyed, translucent fly is eco-friendly and won't yellow over time
  • Front vestibule keeps gear out of the rain and rain out of the tent
  • Reinforced corner webbing reduces weight without reducing durability
  • Rugged, lightweight DAC J-stakes included
  • Item #MHWZ9HZ
[canopy] 15D nylon mesh, 15D ripstop nylon [floor] 30D ripstop nylon, silicone coated both sides (1500mm) [fly] 15D nylon, silicone coated both sides (1200mm)
Wall Type
DAC Featherlite NFL
Pole Attachment
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
[length x width] 27 x 30-52in, trapezoidal
Dual-slidder vestibule zipper for ventilation
Interior Height
[peak] 41in
Floor Dimensions
[length x width] 86 x 42-52in, trapezoidal
Floor Space
28.1ft², trapezoidal
Packed Size
[body] 11 x 5 x 4in, [poles] 15 x 2 x 2in
Trail Weight
1lb 15.1oz
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 28 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 7 reviews
5 Stars - 17 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

June 16, 2024

Strong and Ultralight

I recently used the Nimbus UL 2 on the very windy Lost Coast Trail in Northern California. Despite gale force winds at times, the Nimbus UL 2 held up fantastically. I will admit at times I was concerned that the tent poles might snap in the winds but they held up and gave way when needed. Lightness of this tent is ideal and the quality and ease of setup are unmatched. I highly recommend this tent and found it to be both warm on the cold nights and breathable during the day in the sun.

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5 out of 5 stars

March 2, 2024


I used it for my 3 day backpacking trip so far and it was my first time learning to set up a tent. This was super easy to learn, perfect space inside, easy to pack up. My only complaint is that the stakes did not have a rope to grip them with so when they are in the dirt and it's cold out in the AM, it makes it really hard to get them out of the ground


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5 out of 5 stars

August 5, 2023

Nimbus 2 tent

Extremely light! I've only used it for a few nights, but so far it's held up to some big winds, and has held it's shape without having to retention the stakes.


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5 out of 5 stars

July 18, 2023


MUCH lighter than other tents on the market, and I looked for months. Much more expensive name-brand tents were over 6 lbs. My existing tent is 35 years old and only 5 lbs, so the whole goal of buying a new one was to save weight for long bike tours. The UL2 fit that bill perfectly and is a breeze to set up.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 30, 2023

Awesome ultralight backpacking tent

Love how ultralight and compact this tent is, and super easy set up. Used on my first ever backpacking trip, and looking forward to using on future trips. The 2P size was perfect for 1 person, but could snuggly fit 2. Didn't have a chance to test it in rain/wind/snow, so no impression there.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 27, 2023

Great lightweight tent

It was pretty fantastic the one time I've used it. I used it once and it held up well to probably about 20 mph gusts all afternoon and night. It did flap a fair bit in the night, but guying it out could have helped. The stakes worked well to keep it in place. The rain fly seemed like it got a little stained from campfire ash, but nothing too bad. Definitely on the snug end of 2 person tents but still comfortable.

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5 out of 5 stars

June 7, 2023

Great backpacking tent

Every detail is well considered and the size:weight ratio is excellent. Very happy with this one. And, the storage sack is not tight, so you don’t have to fight to get the tent in! Don’t forget to buy the footprint (sold separately).


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4 out of 5 stars

May 30, 2023

Tent withstood a heavy storm

Great material, so so light. Camped in pouring rain and 20-25 mph winds. Tent stayed pretty dry despite some ground flooding (!) though there was a light misting coming through the rain fly. I'm not sure if it was the force of the rain hitting condensation off of the inside of the rain fly... I know other reviews have criticized the rain fly, so more time will tell! Overall, very impressed with the performance and happy with my purchase.


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4 out of 5 stars

April 26, 2023

Perfect for Backpacking

I love this tent! It is super lightweight and perfect for the summer. Gave it 4 stars only because securing the back corners can be a little tricky with the way it is designed and sometimes the back of the tent feels almost like it is collapsing in. Regardless, I love the ease of putting up the tent and the weight savings.

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3 out of 5 stars

December 5, 2022

Not ready for use out of the box.

Haven't used the tent yet, as it does not come ready for use. You must purchase other items to be able to effectively use it. The worst part is Mountain Hardwear won't sell you the required additional items. Those will have to be sourced elsewhere. As for the tent, I was able to set up just the tent body. It is very similar sized to my old tent, which I consider a 1-person tent. The tent is very light and packs small! I think I will really like it and it should work well for my adventures. Main issue: Tent has 3 guyline points, but only 2 guylines are provided. There are only enough stakes to set up the tent. So even though 2 guylines are provided, you can't use them anyway as there are no stakes for them. So out of the box, just don't camp in the wind!


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