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Mountain Hardwear Optic 3.5 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season


Product Details

If you're badger, sure, burrow into a dark hole and spend your night forgetting what air feels like. If you're a person, forget burrows and sleep in the Mountain Hardwear Optic 3. 5 3-Person 3-Season Tent, which has full mesh walls and a rollback fly that gives you a 180-degree view. It's made for three people, but, as the name suggests, it can easily hold 3. 5 (a half-person being a dog or child), and it has tons of headroom to go with the airy design. Double doors are set up on adjacent walls, corresponding with the rollback fly, to make getting in and out simple, and there are also two vestibules to keep your gear dry in the rain. For a tent with so much space, the Optic is remarkably easy to set up, with two corner-to-corner poles and one short ceiling pole, along with color-coded corner tabs and clips that make pitching your tent as easy can be. The DAC Pressfit poles themselves are made of lightweight aluminum. The polyester floor and nylon body are both decked out with heavy-duty waterproof polyurethane coatings, and are tightly woven to resist tearing, while the interior pockets hold books, headlamps, and glasses to help the whole gang stay organized. Even with all this swag, the superlight Optic weighs less than 6. 5 pounds, making it a great option for all but the lightest and fastest 3-season backpacking trips.

Price : $ 284.95


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Backpacking Tents Checklist

Weight Matters! For two people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably less.
Don't Forget the Bulk. Packing a bulky tent sucks. Make sure it packs down tightly, ideally packing down to about 10x20 inches (smaller is better).
Mesh Matters. As a general rule, the more mesh, the lighter the tent. For warmer three-season use, usually, the more mesh you have, the better. Not only does the mesh save weight, but also allows for better air-flow.
Vestibules & The Rain. An often forget detail about backpacking tents are the vestibule. The vestibule provides a little canopy in front of your tent. Not needed during good weather, but absolutely needed during wet weather. Try to get one that is about 5 sq. feet large, or larger.
Speaking of Rain... Make sure the entire floor of the tent is waterproof. Most are, but if the tent says the floor is just "water resistant"...don't buy it! You'll regret it the first time your sleeping in it during the rain.
Remember the Footprint! Virtually all good backpacking tents also come with "footprints," which are essentially waterproof and tough tarps cut-out in the shape of the tent. Buy It! Not only does it enhance the tent's waterproofing, it also protects the bottom of the tent. Yes, they aren't cheap. But they are a lot cheaper than replacing the tent due to a sharp stick tearing a hole in the floor of your expensive backpacking tent!

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