User Review: Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3
Design: 3 person bivy style end entry 2 pole tunel
Ease of Setup: cake
Weight: 5 pounds 12 ounces with rainfly
Price Paid: $75
I have used this tent for about a year now so a review is in order. This tent has seen Dolly Sods, Seneca Rocks, Mount Whitney, Shenandoah, and Spruce knob, among others. I have about 40 nights in the tent, mostly with my wife. Our longest trip with the tent was a week. This was my fist non-freestanding tent and I was initially apprehensive about the sturdiness of the tent.
An overnight on a knob with winds gusting 30+ miles an hour quickly allayed those apprehensions. The tent is solid when properly staked and guyed out. It holds up like a champ in drenching rain. Condensation is about what you would expect with any well ventilated tent. It is there, but you won't wake up to find a soaked sleeping bag from drips. Camping without the rain fly is refreshing with great views due to all the mesh. It holds up well and was surprisingly warm at 12,000 feet with high winds and below freezing temperatures.
The vestibule design allows you to keep packs and boots on one side still allowing a quick exit for those middle of the night calls of nature. It has held up well and shows no signs of wear or tear.
It is NOT a 3 person tent, maybe 3 very small people. I am 6'2" 225lbs and my wife is 5'4" and just over a buck. We are comfortable but if you added a 3rd, even a child, it would be very cramped quarters. IMO this is the perfect size for 2.
The tent goes up in a snap with one person. It took me a few times because I was used to setting up dome style tents. Once you figure out to stake the corners first and clip the tent to the poles second, its a breeze for one person to set up.
I have no negative comments on this tent however, keep in mind it is not free standing so is not going to work in all scenarios. The footprint is a little larger than a similar sized free standing would be so allow for some additional space for set up. Mt Whitney was a challenge because trail camp is at 12,000 feet on top of a rock. not much soil and no trees to tie your guy-lines to. We improvised with stones and made it work.
This tent is our workhorse and will be on my back until it gives out. I might come back when that happens and give an update here.
(note on price paid, this was purchased at an attic sale from a well known retailer. The original customer returned the tent because they did not know it was not freestanding. Because it was missing its original packaging it was sold for pennies on the $)