User Review: Mountain Hardwear EV 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $600
Strong single walled winter tent. Lightweight, easy to set up, with good "livability" features.
- Pole design/strength/strength
- Bright interior
My wife and I have the EV2 and use it for multi-night winter ski touring in the Washington Cascades. I generally agree with other reviews and share these comments.
This tent is strong. High winds and snow loads have not been a problem.
The striped gray panels under the poles are magical in that they are translucent and let starlight in. In the dead of night you can “see” inside the tent by the light coming in through the gray panels. In a fullish moon, the tent is almost too bright to sleep. This feature makes a 12 hour winter night somewhat more tolerable.
Great tent choice if you are tall. The tent is long enough for me (6’2”), my empty pack at my head, and my ski touring shells at my feet; all inside the tent.
The tent is easy to set up, even in the dark and in the wind.
The interior pockets are small. They are big enough for your headlamp but not much else. Winter nights are long (we recently spent 13 hours in the tent) and the pockets always seemed overflowing with stuff. The pockets would be more useful if twice the size or perhaps if there were more of them. The tent would also benefit from a gear loft (like MSR Fury).
The fabric is not breathable. After a cold, 5 deg. F, but calm night, with all the vents open, 3 on top, 2 lower, by morning the interior of the tent is covered with frost. Flip open your down bag and make contact with the tent walls and your sleeping bag is immediately wet. Tap the wall of the tent and the “snow” from the ceiling falls over everything inside the tent. After 2 or 3 nights this moisture build up becomes a significant winter hazard. Using the tent for a single night assault, or in a windy location (which might increase ventilation) may minimize condensation issue.
It is difficult to cook inside this tent. We have opened to front door a bit (for extra ventilation) and suspended the Jetboil from the center ceiling loop, but in temps below 10 deg. F the Jetboil is not very effective. Because the vestibule has a floor, it is not conducive to white gas stoves. In foul weather you will likely have to choose between cooking/melting snow outside or trying to cook inside. Tents with vestibules (without floors) are better for cooking in stormy conditions.
The stuff sack that comes with the tent is way too large. I think it they made it so long so that you can get the poles in the bag too. Forget that idea. Get one 75% of the size or cut down the original one. The poles have their own appropriately sized bag.
The side panel tension tabs (right under the “Hard Wear” logo) are much more effective at applying even wall tension if pulled out horizontally rather than down to the ground. Tie the cord to your ski, ski pole, or ice axe and the tent wall will behave a lot better than in some photos.
Bring 4 – 6 snow tent stakes; the kind with holes you can bury like a dead man. The tent stakes that come with the tent are fairly useless in the snow.
The waterproof floor zipper near the door is a good place to empty your pee bottle.
This is a one-season tent; winter only.