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Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Tent 2-Person 4-Season

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A mountaineering staple, now with more everything.

When the weather gods start dropping bombs on your basecamp, retreat to the Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Tent and sit out the storm in time-tested alpine style. The Trango's been around since 1995 and, like cheese and wine, has only gotten better as it's gotten older. Weighing under nine pounds, it's considerably lighter than many basecamp-style tents, but doesn't give up weatherproofing or durability to get there. It pitches using four DAC Featherlite aluminum poles (a fifth supports the vestibule for extra storage space), and boasts fully-taped seams on the fly and floor to keep the elements at arm's length, or even further away. All the fabrics are tightly-woven, high-denier nylon, and feature either DWR treatments, in the case of the body, or polyurethane and silicone coatings (floor and fly) that have been tested in a rain room to ensure they'll stay watertight through the burliest mountain storms.

You might be stuck inside for a while, but at least you'll have a small window to look out of (not that there'll be much to see), and two mesh doors that'll keep some air moving through so you don't go any crazier than you have to. If the weather gets nice, you can even set up the Trango with the Pitchlight option, which uses just the fly and footprint (sold separately) to provide a shelter that weights under 6.5 pounds. No matter how you choose to pitch, the vestibule has snow flaps that hug the ground to seal out wind and spindrift, fully-welded guy-out points and zipper flaps, and waterproof zippers for extra weather protection.

  • Two-person, four-season basecamp-style shelter
  • High-denier nylon fabrics with waterproof PU, silicone, and DWR coatings
  • Pitches using four DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles (five including vestibule)
  • Fully taped fly and bathtub-style floor
  • Two mesh doors with vestibules
  • Pitchlight option using fly and footprint to reduce weight
  • SVX window in fly
  • Watertight zippers with welded flaps
  • Welded guy-out points, DirectConnect pole attachments, and clip anchors
  • Item #MHW005C

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Warranty
Recommended Use
basecamp, alpine, winter camping
Trail Weight
8 14 oz
Fast-pitch Weight
6 lb 7 oz
Fast-pitch Option
yes, footprint not included
Floor Space
40 sq ft
Floor Dimensions
92 x 64 in
Interior Height
38 in
[fly, floor] fully taped
mesh doors
Vestibule Space
[frpnt] 11 sq ft, [rear] 5 sq ft
Number of Vestibules
Number of Doors
Pole Attachment
DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum
Wall Type
[fly] 70D nylon taffeta, PU coating (1500mm), silicone coating (1500mm), [body] 40D nylon ripstop, DWR coating, [floor] 70D nylon taffeta, PU coating (10000mm)

Tech Specs

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Solid construction, ample space

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

Bought this because it was at a great price and I intend to learn more about mountaineering. Haven’t used it on a actual excursion yet, but just once out in the snow at 11k outside of Denver. It takes a while to put up, especially in the cold with numb fingers, but once it’s up, it definitely seems to be “bombproof.” Also a bit heavier than I had hoped, but I plan on carrying this for the next big adventure.

Solid construction, ample space

Burly winter shelter!

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

I tested this Trango out by the Great Salt Lake over my last few days off. It was roomy, comfortable and held up great in some fairly heavy wind and rain. We didn't have any issues with moisture buildup on the inside of the tent. I suspect that this had much to do with the use of the vent at the top of the tent that has a water tight zipper when you need to close that up. While the tent may have an extra pole or two for sturdier construction and vestibule space, set up was still pretty darn easy, and the poles are super light so I wasn't too concerned about the added weight anyway! The vestibules have great capacity for storage! It's almost like a whole additional tent's worth of room once you throw the fly on with the extra pole for the vestibule. The clips that attach to the poles are also crazy sturdy, and lock in place, so there is no need to worry about the tent staying secured to the structure in high winds. This is a great option for a winter camping trip, as it is pretty darn light for a 4 season tent and there is no question that it can withstand what the weather can, and will throw your way!

Really great tent!

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

In short, this is the best winter/expedition tent I could find. I absolutely love it! Here are the things I LIKE about it:
• The Trangos have 5 interior gear loops to hang stuff on. This is plenty.
• The Trangos have excellent interior pockets for storage both on the tent sides and ceiling.
• I love the ceiling and front vestibule windows.
• The tent is a great color and has a classy design.
• The tent materials feel and seem solid, durable, and of quality. The overall design and many little features of the tent are well thought-out (e.g., rain fly clips and tensioners are of high quality, reinforced guy points on fly and tent body, strategic clips and zippers, etc.).
• Love the two door entries.

Here were my less favorite features (in order of severity), but some of these are super picky and none of these are “fatal” to what is an otherwise wonderful expedition tent:
• My biggest complaint on the Trango 2 is that the interior height/clearance is just WAY too low for anyone of large stature to use. I am 6’-2” and nearly 200 pounds. I CANNOT sit up ANYWHERE in the tent without my head poking through the ceiling. This is incredibly unfortunate as the other dimensions of the Trango 2 are just fine for two people. I would hate to spend more than 1 night in the Trango 2 unless you are a professional horse jockey. I noticed that other reviewers had made the same observation. The thought of somehow using a gear loft in its low ceiling such as this is laughable.
This issue forced me to purchase the Trango 3 which is wonderfully spacious for 2 people and has an excellent specified interior height of 45” (although I measured 48” unstaked).
• The Trango tents are indeed a little heavy, but it is on par with many other durable winter tents. Weight seems to be the chief complaint amongst other reviewers.
• The dimensions of the Trango are fine, but the length is measured at the corners and the middle of the tent tends to come in a bit and be somewhat shorter, especially when not staked out. The length of the Trangos is specified to be 92”, but I measure between 83” and 88” in the middle.
• The teardrop doors are nice, but a little different from other tents as they roll up and tuck away at the top as opposed to the side. The doors are a little cumbersome since the mesh and nylon doors are two separate/distinct zippered systems. So you have to open both usually.
• The clips are strong and durable, but take a little work to operate and use.
• It is not uncommon to feel that a 4-person tent is only for 3 people; a 3-person tent is really only for 2 people; and so on. I would argue this rule of thumb still applies. The only way to get 3 sleeping pads in the Trango 3 is by using 20” wide pads (25” or larger will only fit 2 pads). The Trango 3 is perfect for 2 people, but I suppose you could squeeze a third in there with narrow pads as I mentioned. The Trango 2 is fine for two 25-inch pads but nothing more.
• The Trango tents are not perfectly square, which is probably fine as it affords a little extra storage room on the sides.
• The bathtub floor is great and somewhat deep, especially on the Trango 3. Tends to catch your foot/boot as you are entering or existing. Just something to get accustom to.
• The Trangos come with 21 total stake-out points (8 on the tent itself, 10 guy lines, and 3 fly). The tent only comes with 17 aluminum non-snow stakes. Not a big deal as four of the guy points are largely optional, the non-snow stakes may not even be used in snow, and many will want to do their own thing for stakes.
• Based on the two new Trangos I purchased, the Trango main cross-poles are silver, not red as shown on the manufacturer website.
• The instructions are good but not great. One of the images is backward from the real tent.

Great Home for Winter Conditions

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Trango is a great 4-season tent, with extremely livable internal dimensions. This extra space inside compared to other similar two person 4 season tents results in a slightly heavier tent when packed, but it is worth it. Often times, the tent is split up between members of the group to spread out the weight. If you are really concerned about weight, then a double wall tent probably isn't the best choice to begin with. This tent is extremely sturdy, when set up correctly with guy lines, it feels like nothing will make it budge. There is a reason why this tent has been on expeditions all over the world from Patagonia to the Himalayas to Antarctica. Awesome 4-season tent to shield you from the outside conditions, that lets you relax and focus on warming up your fingers and toes, and not worry about if your tent is going to collapse or not!

Great Home for Winter Conditions

Four Season for many reasons

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bad boy is my home away from home in the wintery mountains. I've taken a Trango 2 or 3 on so many expeditions that I can't remember how many. Never a concern when weather hits that you won't be comfy and cozy sitting it out in a Trango. Plenty of pockets and storage make organizing all your shit a breeze.

Lovin It.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been a avid Mountain Hardwear buyer for quite some time but in search of a 4 season tent I did a lot of research before buying. This tent has great reviews from multiple seasons/terrains and is ranked high with outdoor gear labs in their 4 season comparison.
So I went for it!
Very easy to put up and the quality of the material is fantastic.
I am very happy with how roomy the tent is, easily a 2.5 person tent as well as tons of room under the vestibules. There are SO many storage pockets thru out the tent!
I switched to a Sea to Summit M compression bag and was able to fit the fly, tent and footprint inside and now it lays nicely in the bottom of my pack.
Only drawback; it is a bit heavy but that's expected with a 4 season.
I am super happy I stuck with MH on this buy so far. I will be putting it to the real test on the ADT and winter of the Northern states very soon!

Isn't going anywhere in a tornado.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've pitched this tent on ice in 30 mph sustained winds on Lake Superior in the dead of winter and I slept like a baby. It was tough to get it into the ice and tethered/guyed but once in it was golden! Cuts the wind like a knife if positioned correctly. I've read reviews that say it flaps. If you have all the chords on properly, it does not flap at all.

The vestibule is big enough to urinate in (just exit on the other side in the morning.) I've done this. It's also big enough to cook in.

I've been out on two -20* hike ins with this tent this year. No problems at all.

Tons of pockets, nice zippers, ergonomic, warm, double doors, strong.

Only drawbacks are at 9 lbs it is a little heavy but for a 4 season, it's reasonable. I usually pull a gear sled behind me in winder anyhow so the weight is not a big deal. Also, the aluminum poles freeze together at the joints so you cannot disconnect them in the morning without giving them light taps and heating them up. I don't know how you'd mitigate the problem but putting the poles on teh exterior of the tent in an ice storm doesn't help.

I just slept in it @ 40* without the fly the other night and it was great.

Overall, excellent tent.

Isn't going anywhere in a tornado.

tengo una carpa trango 2 de la sobrecarpa se me despegaron la ventana exterior y casi todos los ganchos que vienen pegados a la sobrecarpa que pegante hay para volver a pegarlos