Mountain Hardwear Viperine 3
Price Paid: ~$200
I've been using this tent for about two years now in conditions ranging from deserts in Texas and New Mexico to the mountains in Montana and British Columbia. I'm guessing I have about 50 nights in it. Most of them solo, but some with one other person.
A great summer tent. Reasonably lightweight, lots of headroom and plenty of ventilation. A nice large vestibule and easy access/egress. I haven't tried it with three people, mainly since I'm a broad shouldered guy who likes his space, but it looks like it has similar amounts of room to most modern 3-person tents.
The tent is very well ventilated, which is nice on hot summer evenings, but during the shoulder seasons or on cold mountain nights I would definitely prefer something with a little less mesh. I've used it on nights that got down to freezing and could really feel a cool breeze through the tent when the wind picked up.
I'm going to be buying another tent more suitable for cold weather trips, but I imagine this will stay as my go-to tent for summer canoe trips, car camping, and overnight trips.
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Stay dry no matter where you make camp in Mountain Hardwear's Viperine 3 that sports guaranteed watertight construction and a lightweight, single-pole, crosshub structure. When the rain starts falling you'll have plenty of room to store gear in the 14 square feet of vestibule while you stay dry with the help of factory taped seams, welding, and specialized coatings.
- Mountain Gear
After a long day on the trail, the last thing you want to mess with is a confusing tent pole configuration. The Mountain Hardwear Viperine 3 Tent simplifies things by using one (yes, one) pole with a hubbed design that wraps the whole tent.
The Mountain Hardwear Viperine 3 has vertical walls and an innovative, single-pole hub design that create an exceptionally roomy three person backpacking tent. Lightweight Atlas 7001 poles reduce weight and a large, dry entry vestibule stores gear and protects from rain. Guaranteed watertight construction. Superlight option: pitch with fly only plus and Pitch Lightﾙ footprint to shave pounds. Footprint sold separately.
Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Viperine 3 Tent (Fall 2009) The Vipervine Tent by Mountain Hardwear is a great summer option. The vertical walls and an innovative, single-pole hub design of the Viperine Tent by Mountain Hardwear creates an exceptionally roomy two person backpacking tent. Lightweight Atlas 7001 poles reduce weight and a large, dry entry vestibule stores gear and protects from rain. Guaranteed watertight construction. Superlight option: pitch with fly only plus and Pitch Light footprint to shave pounds. Footprint sold separately. FEATURES of the Vipervine Tent by Mountain Hardwear: Guaranteed watertight construction with fully taped fly, taped perimeter seam, welded corners and welded guy clip anchors. Rain room tested with 1200" of rain in 24 hours. Atlas 7001 pole system is strong, lightweight, durable, resistant to corrosion and dents, and easy to service by hand in the field Pitch Light configuration allows user to set up a super-light shelter using only the tent fly, poles and footprint (sold separately) Vestibule design creates a dry entry into tent Clear SVX window is UV-resistant, providing a view and extra light Reflective starter point and guy-out loops for easy set-up at night Superlight buckles and webbing reduce tent weight Crosshub pole structure increases usable space, creates a very stable pole structure and is easy to set up One dual canopy/mesh door with dual-slider zipper for easy entry and exit Gear can be stored in canopy storage pockets or optional triangular gear loft (sold separately) SPECIFICATIONS: Capacity: 3 Minimum Weight: 6.99 lb / 3.17 kg Floor Area: 43.05 sq ft / 24.00 sq m Vestibule Area: 13.99 sq ft / 1.30 sq m Number of doors: 1 Number of poles: 1 Number of vestibules: 1 Body fabric: All Mountain 70D Nylon Exterior height: 4.95 ft / 151.00 cm Interior height: 4.76 ft / 145.00 cm Packed diameter: 5.12 in / 13.00 cm Packed length: 25.98 in / 66.00 cm Type: 3 Season Backpacking Pitch Light Weight: 2.34 kg