Mountain Hardwear Bunker 1
Design: Single walled, free standing four season tent
Ease of Setup: easy as it gets
Weight: 3-3 3-4 lbs
Price Paid: $360
This is my first singled walled tent and boy is it wet. There is limited ventilation from the single small vent, so unless you leave the door open, there is minimal air exchange. Did I mention the door? Well in lower elevations, if you leave the door open the bugs will get in because this tent is minimalist and does not have a bug fly on the door.
As for size, don't even consider it if you are over 5'10". The image on the MH website represents a child inside of the tent, not an adult. Also be warned that the walls of the tent converge at both ends and leave virtually no space at the sides of your head or feet. So if you are a side sleeper, like myself your breath will condensate on the tent wall, an inch or two away.
Also, you will probably need to buy a new sleeping pad. With the double tapered design of the tent, a highly ergonomically cut full size pad may fit, but I am guessing that I will have to go with a 3/4 length.
There may be room for a pack inside, mine didn't comfortably fit inside, until I heard something getting at it in the middle of the night
Design: Four-season single wall
Ease of Setup: Extremely easy
I have tested my Bunker twice in snow. Last winter in -10 degrees C. with 5cm snow, and yesterday in -7 degrees C. with 20cm snow. Both times the tent became quite wet on the inside.
Last winter I started with the vent closed, believing that I would warm up the small airspace in the tent, and the breathable panels would keep the tent dry. I "almost drowned" and had to open the vent in the middle of the night.
Yesterday I left the top vent completely open, including the mosquito net. Still there was a thin layer of water and ice in the inside of the panels. I was comfortably warm though (sleeping bag rated to -7 degrees C).
The tent may be breathable, but as far as I understand the concept of breathability, there has to be a temperature gradient to drive the moisture out. This will never happen in a tent in winter. The tent merely protects you from wind and precipitation, which The Bunker does perfectly.
Being only 168cm (5' 6") tall, the tent fits me OK, but I wouldn't like to be much taller. Fitting a large backpack inside will be quite a struggle.
In conclusion: A good tent for survival, but not designed for comfortable hiking.
Design: four season free standing single walled
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: claimed to be 3lbs 3 oz
Price Paid: $360
Just got my Bunker 1 and be warned, this isn't for tall people. I pretty much max it out at 5-10 and am going to have to get a different Therm-a-rest due to the tapered design of the tent.
I have yet to actually spend a night in the tent and that will be in the Sir Donald Uto col, stay tuned.
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Mountain Hardwear's Bunker is a solo tent designed to take the roughest abuse the high altitudes throw at you. Snow and wind are deflected from all sides by the Conduit waterproof/breathable material and the rigid design.
- Mountain Gear
FREE! Bunker 1 Footprint With the purchase of Built to save lives: the Mountain Hardwear Bunker is a bomber one-person shelter designed to withstand extended storms at high elevations.The small footprint and compact size fits on ledges and the clip set-up aids high-wind pitches.VX02 fabric - a ligh.Free shipping!
Hunker down in this single-wall, high-altitude Bunker 1 mountaineering tent from Mountain Hardwear. Bunker is a superstrong tent that is not only waterproof and breathable, but fire retardant as well. For strength, a system of nonstretch panels follow the tent's main tension lines along the poles and down the side panels to the main guy points. These panels act as a fabric truss that resists deformation by holding the poles in a stable arch. Compared to traditional tent fabrics that stretch and allow poles to bend, this truss structure reinforces the poles with the body of the tent. Conduit™ FR body is made from a strong polyurethane-coated polyester; ripstop nylon floor is lightweight, with reduced porosity. All seams are welded and waterproof, so there is no need for messy seam sealing. Atlas Scandium PF® poles are very light, superstrong and completely field serviceable without tools. Additionally, these tough PF poles come with subzero Shok™ cord and heat-treated aluminum threaded pole tips. Welded waterproof vents can be popped open for fresh air or shuttered down during storms. Large, non-yellowing, non-clouding, clear SVX film window adds light and views. Gated Power Clips allow tent to be staked first and erected second; a lifesaver in high winds. Large stake out loops accept both skis and snow pickets. Bar-tacked stress points add strength and durability; bias-bound zippers allow ease of use and extended zipper life. Welded mesh storage pockets help keep items organized inside. Includes stuff sacks, aluminum Y-pegs and owner's manual. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent and poles only. Closeout.
On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Bunker 1 Tent (Fall 2008) Capacity: 1Minimum Weight: 3 lbs. 4 oz.; 1.47 kg.Pitchlight Weight: n/aCanopy: n/aFly: CONDUIT FRFloor: Superlight 2000 PE NylonReinforcement: VX02, VX04Poles: Yunan Scandium PF; 2: 12 mm.Usage: High Altitude Mountaineering Features: Guaranteed watertight construction Atlas Scandium PF poles Conduit FR 30D fly fabric Evolution tension arch Welded adjustable flysheet mesh vents with zipper 1 SVX window Welded Zipper flaps Watertight door zippers Reflective zipper pulls Welded mesh storage pockets Superlight buckles and webbing