Camping Gear Guide
4-Season Tents

Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Tent 2-Person


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Sleeping in a cramped bivy or suffering through a storm in a bare-bones shelter just to shave a few ounces just isn't worth it. The Mountain Hardwear Direkt2 Tent was designed for burly alpine conditions, but weighs a jaw-dropping two and a half pounds, so you don't have to compromise protection to travel ultralight on your summit push or ski objectives. The single-wall Direkt2 is, in fact, the lightest mountaineering tent Mountain Hardwear has ever made. Ever. It's no weak-sauce bivy, though; the floor and walls are made of 30D nylon ripstop and coated in waterproof polyurethane and silicone, while the DAC Featherlite aluminum poles let you pitch from the inside, minimizing the time you spend exposed to harsh conditions. Each corner has two guy-out points for increased stability, and Mountain Hardwear's proprietary Evolution Tension Arch design stabilizes the Direkt2 against wind and snow loads using only two weight-saving poles. It can get stuffy (not to mention stinky) if you're trapped in the alpine during a storm, but there are two zippered mesh vents with integrated snow flaps to get some air moving through your shelter, so you don't have to suffer the weight penalty of nose plugs or clothespins. For ultralight missions in serious weather, the Direkt2 is damn near unbeatable.

Price : $ 549.95


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Winter Tents Checklist

Quality? Thankfully, most four-season tents are high-quality. You can't go wrong getting a tent by The North Face, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear or Black Diamond.
Don't Get Too Big! Due to the bulk of winter camping gear, many people get "too large" of a tent. Unless you truly have use for a large tent (due to having more people), it's better to match the tent's size to the number of people.
Smaller Tents Stay Warmer. A smaller tent will stay warmer with the same people in it. Thus, a tent designed for four people (but which has only two people in it), will not be as warm as a two-person tent with two people in it. Yes, it's common sense, but many people forget about it.
Convertible Tents? There are a few four-season winter tents that are known as "convertible tents," working for both three season and four-season uses. These tents are alright for late fall/early spring use where there exists a high probability of winter weather. However, convertible tents are NOT ideal for either intense winter camping OR normal three-season use.
If You Camp in Both Winter And Summer. Instead of getting a convertible tent, it's best to get one dedicated tent for three-season use and another for dedicated four-season use. It's not necessarily anymore expensive, either.

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