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Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

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    Optic 2.5 Tent

    Whether you're backpacking with the family unit, or you and your camping partner simply like a little wiggle room in the tent, the Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 is just the right size. More beach cabana than stuffy cave, with full mesh walls and a fly that rolls back to deliver a 180-degree view, this tent provides plenty of room to breath.

    • A uniquely sized tent that can fit a small family
    • 2.5-person size comfortably holds two adults and a child or dog
    • Polyester fly, nylon floor, and PU coatings keep you dry and snug
    • Mesh doors with roll-back vestibules offer fresh air and great views
    • Lightweight Pressfit poles and color-coded tabs ensure a quick setup
    • Internal pockets provide a spot for headlamps, TP, or other gear
    • Includes guy out line and line tensioners
    • Gear loft and footprint sold separately
    • Item #MHW004M

    Tech Specs

    [fly] 75D polyester taffeta, PU coating (1500mm), [body] 20D polyester mesh, [floor] 70D nylon taffeta, PU coating (3000mm)
    Wall Type
    3 DAC Pressfit aluminum
    Pole Attachment
    color-coded clips
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    12sq ft
    mesh walls
    Gear Loft
    sold separately
    Interior Height
    Floor Dimensions
    92 x 58in
    Floor Space
    37sq ft
    Packed Size
    23 x 7in
    Trail Weight
    5lb 13oz
    Packed Weight
    6lb 3oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, weekend camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Do all: A simple and sturdy tent!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After trying their 2.5 and 3.5 versions, Mountain Hardwear's Optic tent line is a solid tent system. It is simple and light and functional. A great overall tent for backpacking and car camping if you want something that can serve both purposes. I particularly enjoy the spacious feel of this tent. Definitely fits two people with a little more space to spare. Set up is easy and I LOVE the double adjacent doors for convenience. I've been lucky and haven't been in any bad weather since using this tent, so I can't speak to that aspect. I have tried out this tent in the desert and in the mountains and it has held up perfectly fine in these different environments. Solid tent, check it out for yourself!

    This tent RULES

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this tent so that my partner (6'2") and I (5'3") could camp together more comfortably during our backpacking trips. We live in Vancouver, BC, so we do a lot of wet and humid camping. My partner's head and feet touched the tent walls in my old tent, so we upgraded! This tent has been great for us. Yes, it's larger, thus heavier, but so far it has been worth the weight. It has kept us plenty dry, I really like the pockets in it, and it's nice to be able to have a larger than average tent that can fit more people for some dry hang-out space before bed (our record is 4, comfortably!)

    Good "Quiver-of-1" Tent

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have tents for just about every purpose, but if I was going to own one tent... this might be it. It's a little heavy for backpacking, but works in a pinch for short trips. I use it mostly for quasi-car-camping when there's a bit of a walk from the car to campsite and backpacking trips when I'm sharing the tent with my girlfriend and two dogs.

    The Good: The door orientation is great for views and for privacy. Honestly I miss it every time I'm using another tent. With all the doors opened up, it almost works as a sun shelter and isn't bad to hang out in. It fits myself, girlfriend and two 35 lb dogs. I love it for festival and car-camping because it will (barely) fit a double wal-mart air mattress and isn't a bear to lug from a parking lot. It's durable enough where I don't feel like I have to baby it. The set-up is simple. The poles are all straight (no weird connectors) which makes repairs easy (though I haven't had one break yet). It protects from rain well when doors are closed and has a generous amount of covered room for packs and boots.

    The Bad (really just the not-so-good): The front door is huge, which is awesome unless it's pouring down rain. It's a little hard to get in and out in pouring down rain without letting some rain in, though the side door doesn't have this problem. Getting the set-up dialed for rain is a little tricky. The tent is super easy to throw up if you're not expecting intense weather, but the adjacent doors leave a little strip of rainfly that needs to be velcroed around the pole when you're expecting more weather and that's kind of a pain.

    Good "Quiver-of-1" Tent

    Great tent until it rained...

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

    I got the tent to take on a 3 night 4 day camping trip. I got it set it up in my living room to check it out and liked the look of it. Other than the elastic on one of the long poles was bad this wasn't a big deal and I was going to ask for a replacement later. The tent was very easy to set up and spacious.

    So I took it camping and managed to set it up as it was getting dark with very little problem. I enjoyed sleeping in it and loved being able to open the rain fly back all the way and the door on the long side. The problem started early the next morning when it started raining lightly I closed the doors. Soon after I woke to condensation dripping all over me. To be fair it was really humid outside but it also wasn't very cold. Probably in the high 60's. I even tried wiping the top of the tent with a towel that was also my pillow... Which helped for a bit but soon after it resumed dripping. The harder it rained the more it dripped. I ended up grabbing anything I was afraid of getting wet and waiting it out in the car. I really liked everything else about the tent. I just wish they put some vents on the top of the tent or designed it so the condensation rolled down the fly and not on to the people or your stuff! I ended up returning it after the trip. Luckily it didn't rain for the rest of the trip so we were able to enjoy our trip.

    Overall, I liked everything else about the tent so if you are looking for a tent to use in a dry climate where condensation isn't a problem this tent would work great otherwise I would look elsewhere.

    Hey Hannah,

    I'm sorry this tent didn't work out for you and that the condensation leaked into your tent. If in the future you have any other questions or need assistance with an existing order or placing an order, please feel free to contact us on Chat or call us at 1-800-409-4502. Thanks!

    Bullet Proof

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was traveling through Iceland last August and took my normal backpacking tent and ran into some weather that completely destroyed it. I was forced to buy this at a small outdoors shop and man how lucky I was to have this. I had extreme weather for 11 more days, where I was getting slammed with wind and rain. This thing didn’t budge. The tent is heavy, so not ideal for backpacking, but for car camping, this thing is a beast. I obviously paid way more for it in Iceland, but at 230 dollars this thing is a steal.

    Bullet Proof

    Great 3 Season Tent and Features

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This tent is awesome. The features like the two vestibules that create a 180 view from the tent are rad. You can open the vestibules to the guy-line point, or all the way back to the poles to get the full 180 panorama. On a clear night, having these open is a great way to sleep! Very light and pack-able for shorter 2 night trips. Could use some light hanging attachments inside, but knowing that would not stop me from buying it again. Great quality tent with unique features!

    Great tent!

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

    I used this tent for a short weekend car camping trip and it was awesome! Bigger than my usual 2 person tent which was awesome, and I like the convenient stash pockets on the walls. I even used a wider pad than normal which would not work in my smaller tent, but this would fit two of those and it's like having a whole bed!

    It didn't rain and wasn't overly windy, so I haven't put it to the test against any weather, but it should do great! I have used used the 3.5 version in a light snow and it performed great, so it should be the same! It's a little heavy for its size though, hence the 4 stars. Great for car camping though!

    So Roomy!

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

    I love this tent! I was able to take it out on a short fishing trip recently with a good friend, and boy was I impressed! I love the mesh body! It allows optimum visibility for sunsets or night skies. I also love how roomy it is. With some 2 or 2.5 person tents you can begin to feel a bit claustrophobic or 'sardined'. However, that was not the case here. This is pretty much the perfect 2-person backpacking tent, as I don't mind sacrificing by carrying a bit of extra weight to add to my overall comfort/versatility in the end. Lastly, I usually don't focus too much on colors when it comes to tents, but the blue is pretty wicked looking!

    Camping trip was in-tents!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    While the trip may have been in-tents, the actual setup of the optic 2.5 was quite simple. I did it. All by myself, in under five minutes. In fact, it was so easy, it's now become my "task" when we arrive at any campsite. The simple setup is a big draw for me + the rain cover actually keeps rain OUT (which is clutch in the PNW). The one thing holding me back from really loving it is the weight. I don't see myself strapping it to my pack anytime soon as it has some bulk. For camping along the car side or quick treks, however this tent nails it.

    Camping trip was in-tents!

    Sleet and rain downpours are no problem

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Just got back from a Chilcotin/ Klinaklini rafting trip and spent six nights in the Optic 2.5. The tent is very roomy for two. My husband is 6'4", and we had enough space for both of us, large sleeping pads, bags, etc. The first night there was a torrential downpour w buckets of rain and hail. We were sure our gear would be soaked, as some of the tents had been pitched in dependent areas with puddles. Despite this, NO LEAKS (we did move the tents our of the puddles). Excellent, three season tent.

    3 days of black mountains' wrath

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

    i have to say this tent held up beautifully during 2 nights and mornings of the most brutal downpours i've been in. 730PM to 630AM roughly 2 nights of my 3 night trip through the black mountains of Pisgah National Forrest. i was a little nervous being that this was the first time i set out with this tent! super easy to set up and love the color and that panoramic view! you really just have to set it up in front of something to appreciate it. My cons? ...the stakes are your run of the mill J hook aluminum style, very weak(get yourself some MSR stakes.) and not really an issue but the tent sack it comes in is bigger than you should ever need if you fold or roll your tent halfway properly. and my last and only real concern is that in the rain getting in and out, the fly is just shy of really overhanging the mesh at the bottom so if your not quick, or in-between that gap while getting in you can have some dripping right into the tent. Overall this tent kept me warm(not too warm) and dry the whole trip. everything else was a plus.

    Everything I wanted

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Just got this tent and it is awesome. My favorite feature is not only that the two vestibules create a 180 view from the tent, but you have two options:1. open the vestibules to the guy-line point, or 2. open them all the way back to the poles to get the full 180 panorama.

    Last weekend, it worked great as a sunshade with both vestibules open. I got the wind and was still able to enjoy my beach front view. Not to mention, when there is a full moon out that night, I opened up those puppies up and enjoyed sleeping with a view without getting all of the dew.

    Wouldn't be my first pick for long back packing trips, but it is definitely my go to tent for enjoyable weekends.

    the only thing I could possibly complain about, is that there is no over head mess attachment to put a ceiling LED in. BUT like a good outdoorsmen, I made that shit work and enjoyed myself anyways.

    Unanswered Question

    I can't find a footprint for this tent anywhere...looks like it was discontinued. Is there an alternate footprint that would work?

    Could the 2.5 be considered a 3+ season tent? I would like to be able to use it on snowpack with clear weather. The fabrics are a little heavier than other lightweight tents, so I would hope they hold up well. I could also imagine the doors be opened partially at the top for internal venting. I am targeting the european version, which is not full mesh.


    Realistically if the weather were right, you could use this tent but if the weather changes unexpectedly then you'll be in a bad situation.

    More than just the tent body having a sturdier fabric, you'd want beefier poles, etc for holding up to stronger winds and snow fall.

    I'd have reservations about using this tent in the winter.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead


    Does the Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 tent come with a footprint? If not, what would be the best footprint to purchase to go with this tent?

    Maybe I overlooked it in the overview but how much vestibule space does this tent offer at both ends? Thanks