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If the Trango can't handle it, you shouldn't be there.
Unless you're Reinhold Messner, the Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Four-Person Four-Season Tent is tougher than you. It's definitely been to more places than you, and spent more nights outside in the most rugged weather on the planet. To rub it in even more, you should know it was only born in 1995. That's getting old for a tent, but luckily Mountain Hardwear makes 'em new every year, and they just keep getting better. The new features on this iteration include an updated bathtub-style floor, burly DirectConnect guy-out points and pole clips, mesh doors with a zip-away nylon cover, and snow flaps along the bottom of the vestibule to keep drafts and spindrift from creeping into your shelter. If that all sounds pretty sweet, it's because it is, but that's just a sampling of the delicious buffet of rugged features found on the Trango.
You'd expect an alpine basecamp-style tent to be able to stand up to high winds and heavy snow, and the Trango doesn't disappoint. It uses four DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles to pitch up as solidly as you could ever want, and even has a fifth pole that supports the vestibule, giving you tons of weatherproof space for gear-storing and booting up. The poles, tent body, and fly clip together at every guy-out point to create a bombproof shelter that won't get rattled to bits during an all-time storm, and all the seams are fully taped to lock out moisture—in fact, the Trango's been through a rain room test in which it was subjected to 1200in of rain in 24 hours, just to make sure it would stay dry. Good luck finding a storm that bad.
There are plenty of options to make the Trango cozy when you're trapped inside waiting out the storm, too, like several small windows in the fly, mesh storage pockets, and a separately-sold gear loft. You can even take the fly out on the trail with just the footprint (sold here) for a shelter that weighs in at just 8.5lbs. Just make sure you save a spot for Reinhold—he doesn't like sleeping outside.
- Nylon ripstop fabrics with DWR, PU, and silicone coatings
- Four DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles (Plus one vestibule pole)
- Two mesh doors with nylon covers and dual vestibules
- Fully-taped seams and watertight zippers with welded storm flaps
- Pitchlight option using footprint and fly (sold separately)
- Welded guy-out points, DirectConnect points, and corners
- Two fly windows
- Internal mesh pockets
- Item #MHW005H
- Q & A
so much room for activities
room with a view
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Trango 4 is a great design and representative of MH at its best. My Trango has stood up to several years of steady use. The tent itself has lasted and the fly is in pretty good shape. One drawback was that the original poles eventually cracked. When they did MH referred me to a third party rather than fix them or replace them in house. Apparently its easily a 6 to 8 week wait to get product service so it has become easier to farm the work out. If someone offers you this tent for a song you should grab it. If you are looking to get good customer service down the road you should get a tent from anyone else that makes a decent product.