User Review: Mountain Hardwear Trango 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $580
This is a really well built tent, very sturdy, but really not lightweight as it's not intended to be for backpacking and much less for expedition. I use as a basecamp shelter once it's very really roomy and has two vestibules.
- Easy to set
- Full of pockets
- Storm proof
- Transparent windows
- Huge vestibule
- Warm inside
- Heavy as hell
- Some condesation if all doors closed (normal)
For the purpose it has been designed this tent is amazingly perfect. It's really not meant to be a carry around tent so it's really heavy and bulky. I am a rock climber and geologist so I spend a lot of time outside. I use the Trango as a home shelter on long trips where I will be living on a camping and bivouacking during climbing and geological mapping missions.
It's good for winter once it keeps the cold outside, good for summer once the front and back doors allow air to flow through it, besides it has a top window that one can use to control temperature and condensation. It has behaved really well on strong winds once the frame structure makes it really stable and the huge vestibule allows to cook inside when the storm is outside.
It's a heavy tent because the materials and structure are meant to be good for a home shelter and to last long, really not for a backpacking and much less for an expedition. I sometimes use a lighter tent for these purposes or do bivacs with a goretex bivy sac.
Once set the floor is a few inches higher at the extremities so that no water gets inside. It's 100% waterproof (thanks to the heavy materials). If you set it right its really easy to make it very well stretched (a good tip for a well set tent is to stretch it well).
I like very, very much the many mesh pockets inside. It keeps home organised. And it's sooo roomy it can fit me, all my trad climbing gear and a gilrfriend ;) very comfortably even being a 2-person tent.
I really recommend this tent for those wanting a home base shelter.