Mountain Hardwear Trango 4
Price Paid: About $600
We splurged on our Trango 4 before moving to Norway almost 9 years ago, anticipating a lot of camping in high winds above the trees. As it turns out, we use the huts a lot and haven't often put it to the test, but we have survived a number of windy and rainy nights in relative comfort. The Trango 2 has been reviewed several times over, and a lot of what has been said about that tent would also apply here.
We found it roomy enough for the four of us when the kids were small, but it would be tight for four adults. For just my wife and I it is a palace, but too heavy and bulky for practical backcountry use for two, even with a pulk. So that makes it about 4 lbs a head for 3 people -- keeping in mind that it is a bomb shelter of a tent.
Lots of attention to detail: Windows over the vestibule and interior, locking clips on the main attachment points, the fly clips in to the frame for anchoring in high winds, lots of pockets inside for stowing gear, fast clips to anchor the fly at the main corners. The four poles are all the same length so there's no ditzing around trying to get the right pole (think Oval Intention). We never really used the gear loft much but we have one.
My main complaint: inadequate ventilation. Because the fly comes within inches of the ground on all sides, it traps a bubble of warm, moist body air that then condenses on the fly, waterproof parts of the walls, and the floor. Most Scandinavian tents have one or two roof vents to let out moisture -- I don't get why so many American designed tents omit this feature. Five stars if they would do something about that.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The winter mountaineering standard for over a decade, Trango tents are extremely refined shelters for two, three and four people Featuring Atlas Scandium XL poles combined with our four-pole design, Trango tents excel in thetoughest conditions Poled vestibule offers additional room front and rear Guaranteed watertight construction Superlight option: pitch with fly and Pitch Light footprint to shave pounds Footprint sold separately
The Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent was designed to be used in the harshest climates on Earth. Because of that, the Trango is built incredibly tough to withstand severe storm conditions.
Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Person Tent DECENT FEATURES of the Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Person Tent Industry leading DAC Featherlight NSL poles Guaranteed watertight construction with fully taped fly, taped perimeter seam, welded corners and welded guy clip anchors. Rain room tested with 1200in. of rain in 24 hours Proprietary Evolution Tension Arch stabilizes tent 2 dry entry vestibules 2 dual canopy and mesh doors SVX window for a brighter interior and visibility of exterior conditions Welded guy clip anchors The SPECS of the Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Person Tent Capacity: 4 Person Minimum Weight: 12 lbs 1 oz / 5.46 kg Pitch Light Weight: 9 lbs 6 oz / 4.25 kg Packed Weight: 13 lbs 1 oz / 5.91 kg Floor Area: 6.0 square meter / 65 square feet Vestibule Area: 1.7 square meter / 18 square feet Interior Peak: 50in. / 127 cm Number of Pole: 5 Doors: 2 Vestibules: 2 Packed Dimension: 10 x 24in. / 25 x 60 cm Pitch Type: Non-Freestanding Canopy: 40D Nylon Ripstop DWR, 20D Nylon Knit Mesh (100% nylon), (100% nylon) Fly: 70D Nylon Taffeta 1500mm PU/SIL (100% nylon) Floor: 70D Nylon Taffeta 3000mm PE (100% nylon) Poles: DAC Featherlight NSL poles
For serious ascents you need a solid shelter like the Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent. This bombproof expedition tent has two dry entry vestibules giving you plenty of space to stow gear away from the weather. The Evolution Tension Arch system allows the tent to be more rigid without using more poles or thicker fabric meaning you don't have to pack as much weight. This tent is also compatible with The Pitch Light configuration which allows you to set up the tent with just the poles, fly, and footprint giving you a light and easy shelter that you can set up quickly.
- Mountain Gear