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Backpacking Tents

Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2 DP Lightweight Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

Product Details

Mountain Hardwear's Drifter 2 DP Lightweight Tent is a favorite among backpackers and campers for its watertight construction and three-season versatility. Its fly has fully taped seams for reliable waterproof protection in downpours, and the floor's perimeter has taped seams to prevent water from leaking through. DryPitch fast-pitch technology allows an ultralight setup with the fly and included footprint, or you can set up the tent after you set up the fly on a rainy day. The Drifter uses lightweight DAC Pressfit poles for a stable setup, and there are two well-ventilated mesh doors for you and a backpacking buddy. Mesh storage pockets organize the small stuff, and Mountain Hardwear also included a gear loft for extra storage.

Price : $ 234.95

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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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