User Review: Mountain Hardwear Waypoint 1
Design: three-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 3.25 pounds or less including ground cloth
Price Paid: $200
On the plus side the Waypoint 1 is very light (less than 3.25 pounds pack weight including ground cloth) and easy to set up. I like the reflective material on the top of the tent. This is a great idea to find your tent after dark when at an outback site. All manufacturers ought to note this detail.
On the downside the condensation build up is unacceptable. I camp in the Porcupine Mountains in the UP of Michigan twice a year on four day trips. For the past four years I have woke up in the morning to find water on top of my sleeping bag from condensation, especially down toward my feet. All vents are open and this even occurs on some nights when there is a breeze. If the weather is dry and sunny you can leave the tent open for an hour in the morning to get rid of the condensation before the next night. If you are going to use the tent in an arid climate the condensation problem may be acceptable.
I think Mountain Hardwear could add a substantial side vent creating a small open vestibule area to solve the problem. This would be a welcome additional storage area as the tent is tight quarters for one with clothing and other essential gear. I love the concept of a tent pack weight under 3.25 pounds but the condensation has me looking for another tent in the next season or two.
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