Mountain Hardwear Annapurna
The Annapurna is an improvement on the tried and tested Trango design. It is absolutely bombproof in the worst mountaineering conditions. Using a silicon coated fly, the Annapurna actually pitches tighter than a Trango and should hold up better in the long run.
It is slightly smaller than the Trango 2, but it's plenty roomy for even expedition length climbs. The doors are a bit small unless you dig a snow pit for the vestibule, but that's not really a significant trade off. The back window and vestibule are not all that useful, expecially compared to the Trango which has a back door.
I guess I'm still figuring out how to use this space well. As with all MH tents, you get thoughtful detail in the design, including lots of pockets, like the storage units in the roof.
My only complaint is that I wish MH could get the weight under 5#. The Annapurna is a reasonable weight, and far better than a Trango, but I'm getting old.
Design: 4 seasons
Ease of Setup: not hard
Weight: over 5 lbs
Price Paid: $450
Adirondacks mountains: Unfortunately the cover got ripped on the 3rd day of use. The conditions were severe. 50 mph winds, snow and rain, temperatures ranging from -5 F to 35 F. I believe a tree branch ripped through the tent. Not sure what caused it, because the tent was found blown from its original site.
Very tough. Strong tub floor.
Tested in winter conditions. Rain, snow and wind. Never a leak inside the tent, even after the rain fly ripped.
The length and width is just adequate for two people under 6 feet tall. Backpacks need to be kept outside with two people.
Head space near the doors is about 4 inches shorter then the center. So don't expect to sit at the ends.
It's tight for two people. And at 5 F, touching the sides of the tent can feel very cold.
Ease of use:
Nothing especially difficult to set up.
Mountain Hardwear replaced the fly that got ripped, no charge.
Design: 4 season exp free standing
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 3.4 kgs
Price Paid: $400 us
Great tent. Used it for a 5-day hike through Tasmain in Australia (a bit of an overkill for the conditions).
Handles rain and wind like a dream.
The only down sides are trying to take the tent down in the rain, and the condensation builds up if the tent isn't vented correctly.
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This thing can survive any storm-it won't even sag under the load of wind-drifted snow. Other cool features: pole clips for easy pitching, buckle-reinforced vestibule zippers, plenty of organizing pockets, and double-wall construction that keeps condensation at bay. Our tester says 'After 21 nights on Mt. McKinley, I had plenty to say about this winter fortress-all of it good.' - Men's Health Gear Fall 2005. 4 ultralight Easton 7178 T9 alloy poles keep the weight to a minimum while providing great strength. Factory-hot-taped floor and fly seams. Large front vestibule with full-length support pole; rear vestibule with zip access in tent canopy. Silicon-coated fly with UVX window in front vestibule. Two Tension Shelves for storage and added strength. Full-size door with mesh and fabric. Tapered floor design for easy setup in tight spaces.
The Annapurna? is a super light, expedition tent with a high strength to weight ratio and trim footprint for placement on ledges. This dependable, com...
- Ramsey Outdoor
With a strong and durable four-pole structure, Annapurna's trim floor design is perfect for easy placement on narrow ledges and snow platforms. This is a two-person super-light tent, made strong for use in winter mountaineering-type conditions. Nylon taffeta rainfly features a polyurethane coating on the inside and a silicone coating on the outside for added tear- and UV-resistance. Large front vestibule with single entry is supported with a full-length pole; UVX, non-yellowing, clear film window allows light in and a view out. Single, full-size double D-shaped door gives you a choice of mesh for ventilation or ripstop nylon for four-season use. Rear pull-out vestibule with zipper access in canopy allows you to store gear and easily grab it from inside the tent. Pole clips save weight and allow superior ventilation between rainfly and tent; Gated Power Clips at pole intersections increase tent's stability. Two Tension Shelves™ provide increased tent strength, vestibule support and storage. Off-ground perimeter seam improves strength and tautness of pitch and forms a waterproof tub. Cantenary-cut seams create taut canopy and improve rainfly strength; back-tacked stress points add strength and durability. Water-resistant zippers are covered by stiffened zipper flaps to keep water out in all conditions. Zippers are bias-bound to keep operation smooth and snag-free with nice, even tension; zippers are less stressed so they last longer. Large stake out loops accept skis and snow pickets. Large pockets and webbing hang loops keep things organized inside the tent. Includes stuff sacks, aluminum Y-pegs, Seam Grip® and owner's manual. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. Closeout.
Mountain Hardwares Annapurna tent is best answer the weight/space/protection equation.