User Review: Mountain Hardwear Sprite 1
Design: three-season non-freestanding
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 1.29kg, 1.5kg packed
Price Paid: $99.99
I bought the Mountain Hardwear Sprite 1 to replace an aging dome tent I have been hauling around on bike trips and backpacking. I have used it on a three day cycling trip, one backpacking trip and several times just camping before hikes. I'm very happy with the 1.29 kg weight and comfort.
I wish it was a little higher, but especially when backpacking, I'll gladly sacrifice a bit of headroom for less weight. I have learned to get dressed horizontally, as my head comes pretty close to the peak when I sit up straight (I am 178 cm tall).
Thanks to the vestibule and wing of interior space, the tent isn't at all claustrophobic. That extra space also leaves me plenty of room for my 70L backpack, my day bag, boots and other items.
I do recommend a footprint, as the vestibule is otherwise open to the ground. The floor of the tent hasn't seeped through from wet ground, but a footprint will insure that it stays waterproof. Mesh through most of the tent prevents condensation. I haven't noticed any condensation at all so far, partially due to pegging the fly out as far as it will go.
I haven't been out in the pouring rain yet, but the few light sprinkles posed no problem, and the fly dried quickly once it cleared up.
The vestibule is nice for storage, but opening the door all the way uncovers it, so it's only sheltered when the door is closed. I can open, sit inside, close, then take off my boots for sheltered entry. I don't think it will be feasible to do much cooking there on rainy days, although with stored gear at the foot of the tent and the door mostly closed, there might be enough room for some cramped food prep. But hey, I bought this tent so that I didn't have to feel like I was carrying everything but the kitchen sink!