User Review: Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $129
Great value for a large light shelter.
I got this last week as an ultralight shelter for elk hunting in Colorado, but I will also use it for trips here in Pennsylvania. I did an initial setup but did not sleep in it.
My first setup was without a thorough reading of the instruction (which are printed on the bag if you need them) it took about 10 minutes and a lot of it was messing with cheap twist-lock trekking pole. there is a scale on the side of the shelter for correct pole length setting.
the pitch was taut and sturdy at the pole length set to the scale. the included stakes are aluminum angle about 6-7" long. This tarp provides full weather protection for all but the most extreme conditions. There is a roof vent at the rear pole support, with the airflow from the small gap around the bottom ventilation should be adequate in most conditions
This is a big shelter with room for gear inside and 2 people. The vestibule is big enough to cook in inclement weather.
This packs down into a stuff sack of about 4 1/2" X15" and weighs around 2Lb it is designed for use with trekking poles, but a rope ridge line could be used with some experimenting. It could also be used with some local sticks cut to length for poles if you carry a small saw, the ends where the poles contact the tent would need additional protection if you choose that setup.
This tent is not for the masses, but if you are looking for a light, large, full weather protection shelter this is a serious contender.
At the full list price this is a great value. I am sure the price will come down making a greater value.