User Review: Mountain Hardwear Mountain Jet 2
Design: Semi freestanding, single wall, 3 season odd shaped dome.
Weight: A bit under 6 pounds.
Price Paid: $187
This has to be the best design for a single wall tent ever! I have been looking for one for a while, but haven't had a good feeling about any in my price range until this baby came out. Two doors, one side fully mesh (vestibule side) the other has a roll back panel for over the V-shaped mesh door, about 3-4" full perimeter mesh along the bottom, roomy vestibule with (useless) window, plenty of pockets inside, awesome head room and incredible floor space for a two-man. I'm 6'3" and sleep/sit comfortably.
I bought this tent in early spring, used it about 15 times in all kinds of weather from 40 degrees to about 87, in the rain, foggy nights, hot and humid and sunny days, mostly in NY/NJ. Condensation wasn't that much of a problem (for a single wall). It did get hot inside when trying to get away from the bugs and take a nap inside during the sunny days.
Set up isn't that bad at all, and keep in mind it's not 100% freestanding, you need to stake out the rear door side (2 pegs), the vestibule (of course) and panels along the perimeter. I wish they used clips instead of sleeves, but it's still all good. But I still get it up quickly in the rain with minimal/no wetness inside.
The window seems to never be clear unfortunately, so trying to see out is a bit foggy, but serves well during lightning storms.
The rear door is a two-zipper design, one would be better. Not closing it correctly/fully caused me to wake up with a few centipedes and such in the tent.
With its odd shape, I'd say the fitted footprint is essential.
Overall, I love this tent. Have been through quite a few other types in the past few years with most being sold, traded or returned, but this one is a definite keeper and the one I always bring out with me these days. It's usually for just myself and my 65-pound dog, with the occasional second person, and there's still plenty of room for me, dog, another person and gear inside or out. Also has been the tent that 3-4 people hang in (comfortably sitting) until the rain stops and they can set up their tent and fly.
I would have liked to use it some more before writing a review, but there aren't any out there on this tent and I wanted to give people a better working idea of it.
I highly recommend this tent to anyone who has considered a single wall but has been skeptical, and/or for people who like being out in the rain.
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