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


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    Tired of feeling like you're trapped in a windowless basement hotel room when you're sleeping in the tent? The Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 2-Person 3-Season Tent is more beach cabana than stuffy cave, with full mesh walls and a fly that rolls back to give you total ventilation and a 180-degree view. As the name suggests, it's designed to sleep 2.5 people, meaning it can hold all the kids in one of those perfectly typical suburban families the census tells us about, or two adults and a dog or child. You could probably even make it work for three grown-ups, if you really liked each other and wanted to save weight. There's tons of headroom, too―four whole feet.

    To correspond with the mega-opening of the fly, the Optic has two adjacent doors with matching vestibules to make getting in, out, and keeping gear dry no big deal. It's easy to pitch, too, with lightweight DAC Pressfit aluminum poles and color-coded tabs on the fly and body so there's no confusion. Just because it's mesh doesn't mean it'll get soggy if the clouds open up, either―the fly's made of a tightly-woven polyester taffeta that's treated with polyurethane, and the floor's constructed of rugged nylon, with a PU layer that's even more burly than what's on the fly. The Optic packs up light, too, with a superlight weight of under six pounds, but still has plenty of gear pockets and an optional gear loft to hold all your stuff (it holds things well, too).
    • Polyester mesh body
    • Polyester taffeta fly and nylon taffeta floor with PU coatings
    • 2 mesh doors with roll-back vestibules for great views
    • Comfortably holds two adults and a child or dog
    • Three DAC Pressfit aluminum poles
    • Reflective color-coded set-up tabs
    • Internal pockets
    • Gear loft sold separately
    • Item #MHW004M

    Tech Specs

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

    Tech Specs

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    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.

    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