User Review: Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $160 (SAC)
Absolutely bomber tent that is extremely versatile! Good for two people with some room for gear if needed inside. Nice vestibule size.
- Does not pack small
My girlfriend and I bought this tent after being drenched in a cheap tent we were borrowing during a thunderstorm. Fed up and wet, we looked for something that would for sure protect us from Mother Nature. Settled on the Hammerhead after hearing a ton of great things about it.
We've used it several times for car camping/sleeping outside the cottage in Ludington/Pentwater, MI, and also on North Manitou Island for backpacking. Biggest gripe on the tent is the weight, and how it does not pack small. We split the tent up between the two of us, but the body and fly took up quite a bit of real estate in my pack (65L). Also, replace the cheap stakes that come with this, that makes a huge difference in its stability.
This tent vents spectacularly in the warm weather, and can also handle temps down to 30F (as cold as I've taken it down to). The ability to close up the mesh helps regulate temp within.
Setup: Easy enough for one person to do, done easily in under 10 minutes.
Stability/Weather Resistance: Did great in a huge thunderstorm coming off Lake Michigan. High winds didn't phase it and we were dry and comfortable riding out the storm. With the amount of water coming down around, I was a bit worried about it coming in through the floor but the tent held up great! Have not encountered any surprise snowfall yet, but I expect it would be fine in it as well!
Room and Storage: Fits two people comfortably with some gear. Three people would feel really cramped.
In the end, this is a great tent to have in your quiver. Handles bad weather fine and keeps you comfortable. Only issue is weight and packability.