Here is the 2nd lightest product we tested in this review; weighing in at 2 lbs, 7.2 ounces, squeaking in under the NEMO Blaze’s 2 pounds 7.7 ounce weight. Mountain Hardwear has been able to shave nearly an ounce off the version of the tent, and they have made the packing. We love the attention to detail about this particular tent using zipper pulls and pole clips that are small, it is very apparent that Mountain Hardwear is doing their best to lighten up this version.
Lightweight Hiking Tent
Our testers sat some heavy winds and several intense rain storms out. We were somewhat unnerved when we saw how the fly covers of the back of the tent, but the nylon panel of the body consists high and tucks thus shielding the inside from spindift, splashback, and breeze. The entry is quite low and may be difficult for taller people to get in and out of without brushing their backs up from it (and getting moist ).
You want to ask yourself will you be spending more time hanging out inside the tent or more time carrying it on your back? Was that the REI Half Dome 2 Plus, because of endurance and its distance. Have a look at our whole Backpacking Tent Inspection to observe how these tents compare to others. Mountain Hardwear has addressed a few of the major weaknesses in its durability by increasing the strength of its fabrics from 10 to 20 denier weight, while managing to shave off another ounce.
The Ghost UL2 is Mountain Hardwear’s latest incarnation of their favorite Super Mega Ultralight tent. We like this title. This version is lighter and more durable compared to the last version we tested and we enjoy it even more! It is a little tent, so you better really enjoy your tent mate Although it is a great choice to drag across the hills with you on of your adventures! We believe this is because the pole layout that is hubbed enforces the two endings. When it rubs against the pole in the end, which could prove to be obnoxious over the duration of a very long storm the fly fabric does create some noise. Tents with two doorways like the MSR Freelite seem to withstand high winds than tents with a single doorway. The Ghost’s gray color actually blends in if you’re camped at the alpine, though some of our testers found it overly bright from the tent during a full moon (and had difficulty sleeping).
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Review
The Ghost UL2 sacrifices livability for more comfort on the spine. It’s a slender design and peak height. It’s a tight fit for two individuals, where foot and mind room is scarce, and would be a terrific selection for a couple or one person. It has one door, which requires you to swing around, ideally not putting your toes in your companion’s face when you do it. The Ghost is more comfy than Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 because it’s two hubs, creating more room in the foot area, and it’s also 4 inches wider at the doorway than the Fly Creek. It’s two stash pockets for the trinkets like watches and headlamps. It has been a particularly smoky season here in the High Sierra and we have noticed that this tent appears to hold odors (smoke) over others when we bring it straight back to our property.
We do believe it is a quality tent; and with its durability, it’s a better value than its previous iterations. For $30 less, you can buy the Big Agnes Copper Spur. Though the Spur is a bit heavier, it’s a great deal more comfy. For the same cost, you can find the NEMO Blaze, which has two doorways and much more interior space (and weighs almost the same). We would chose this tent over the Fly Creek and pay the extra $60. The brand new Ghost UL2 is an advancement over the Super Mega UL and we enjoy the company’s attention to detail in this item. We’re impressed with the Ghost’s strength and performance in extreme weather and like its low profile shape and colour.