Camping Gear Guide
Backpacking Tents

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


Product Details

Comfy for camping and light for backpacking, Mountain Hardwear's Optic Vue 3. 5 Tent lets you experience the rainy woods while remaining comfortably dry. When rolled open with tie-backs, the two full-size doors provide a 180-degree view of your surroundings due to their adjoined positions. You can remove the fly for the mesh canopy's full ventilation in warm temps when it isn't raining. Mountain Hardwear also designed the Optic Vue with two vestibules for convenient storage and DAC Pressfit poles for industry-leading lightness and durability. Clips, guy-out lines, tensioners, and reflective details offer easy setup in low light. Internal pockets give extra storage for your and all your backpacking buddies, while the optional footprint and gear lofts provide versatile convenience.

Price : $ 309.95


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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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