User Review: Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300
Heavy, but bombproof, well-designed and useful year-round.
- Absolutely waterproof
- Very comfortable for 2
- Easy setup
- Best 3-season tent for 4 seasons
- Fairly heavy and bulky
I've had this tent for 2 years now, and have used it in winter and summer. It's advertised as a 3-person, which of course means it's very comfortable for 2 with gear. I have slept 3 in it, which is doable, but not ideal.
The Hammerhead features 2 doors, which is great for the aforementioned party of 2, in that no one has to crawl over anyone else to get in or out. Each door has mesh pockets next to it inside, and a vestibule big enough for boots and a pack but not much else. There's plenty of room inside to sit up comfortably, or even stand if you're under 5 feet. Setup can be done pretty easily by one person in a few minutes, and is a breeze with another pair of hands. Getting the fly on for the first time was a little confusing but was not an issue after that.
I can safely say that it's completely waterproof. It's been rained on HARD for 6+ hours with not a trace of moisture inside. I recall reading on Mountain Hardwear's website that they test their tents under 1200" of simulated rain over 24 hour periods. I don't have one of those camping stories about getting rained on for DAYS (yet) but I think it would hold up fine.
I haven't used it in really high winds either, but it seems to be very sturdy when set up. I have seen several inches of heavy snow on it with no problems, and in cold weather the vents can be completely zipped up. The fabric over the vents adds weight, but also warmth. I have used it down to about 10 degrees comfortably. Condensation has not been a persistent problem- sometimes it's there, other times not.
This tent is kind of a beast, packing-wise. It's heavy and it does take a lot of space. Between 2 people it's more manageable. There are lighter tents out there, but many would not be as winter-friendly as the Hammerhead.
It can be setup with only a footprint, poles, and fly. While this saves weight (not a whole lot), I can't think of many days in my neck of the woods (MN) where this would be a good idea. Maybe it could be used in winter of you piled snow around the sides. But, as soon as it's warm enough to not have to worry about that you have to deal with armadas of mosquitoes AND ticks. I haven't tried using this setup yet.
So yeah, It's bulky, but good for well below freezing, snow, torrential downpours, etc. I'll be getting a lighter warm-weather tent at some point, but I'm still happy with this purchase. Climbing into it at the end of a day on the trail has always been a good feeling.
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