Mountain Hardwear SkyLedge 2.1
If you want an ultralight, 2-person tent that is LIGHT and has 2 doors, 2 huge vestibules—this is it! Each side fits a large pack, boots and rifle! For sharing with a girlfriend it's fine, with a buddy it's snug, but go over the rules beforehand! The quality and construction is top drawer! Two hikers carry 1 3\4 lbs each for a water tight/bug proof full tent. Huge dry storage for each person. And going solo at 3 3/4 lbs it's amazing!
- The poles,fabric and pegs cannot be improved 10\10
- Weight vs space/weather proof/quality 10\10
- Reflective for locating it at night time /ample pockets
- A window you can see out off!
- This is the new version=1/4 lighter! and 3 inches longer!
- Floor liner is over twice as thick as Hubba Hubba
- Complete setup in under 2 min...pegs in
- Little tight for 2 guys, but at 13/4 lbs each? come on.
- The Skyledge 2 wasn't as good as the Skyledge 2.1
Let's just say that being a backcountry guide, hunting guide and backpacking fool, that this tent is the bomb.
I researched a lot of tents for solo or 2-person backpack trips for here in the Canadian Rockies, and this one came out on top. I have used it in Alaska, the Yukon, on the west coast beach camping, to so many local alpine trips. Camping on the razorback on the top of a mountain in extreme windstorms, to snow camping. This tent rocks! A few friends have the Hubba but its quality and design fall short. The color is also a great earth tone, as I'm not one who likes bright unnatural colors in the mountains.
The tent from the ground up is great. The pegs are super tuff light y pegs. You're thinking pegs are pegs? These things are amazing. The only modification I did was to the fly. I took a sharpie and marked the top off the door and fly so when the fly is left open the tent zipper is in front of you and zips away from you. Otherwise you have to go around the bunched up tent material of the door to go in and out of the tent. On an average year I spend up to 70 nights in the bush tenting it, so I get things dialed in for living!
The only complaint I have is that I"m 6 foot and a 190 lbs and getting in and out of the door design on these hubba/ skyledge is a little tight. But that's a small inconvenience to have for their weight\design. The 2.1 has great interior height for getting dressed for a lightweight tent. I have owned and used a lot of brands in this category, in extreme conditions. This is my go to tent! My friend loved my 2.1 so much he bought the 3-man version for fly in / horse trips to be used as a base camp. Then we take mine for spike camp going much deeper into the mountains.
The reflective guy lines work awesome. Coming down the mountain in the dark after a long day of exploring not being able to easily find camp...sucks! But crank that headlight on max and sweep the mountain and that tent just light right up! So I hope this helps in making a decision in a tent for ultra light backpacking.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $290-ish shipped
- adaptable to ultra light with only fly and footprint
- quick easy to set up
- two doors/vestibules
- lots of mesh
- could be just a touch longer and or poles that fit with a slightly more curved (taller) dome.
- I find that I touch at both ends and I am 5'11".
Fits two NeoAir pads perfectly
I also use a Big Agnes Lynx Pass 3 footprint as a perfect fit for a ground cover entry area tarpaulin on one side.
Awesome tent for one. Tight and light for two.
Update: February 3, 2012
Recently used in the snow and was adequate.
It is a very roomy single tent with a weight penalty. There are some lighter tents out there (Big Agnes) for the money. Can't say I have ever been disappointed with this on early spring and late fall hikes and motorcycle touring. I used this tent three months straight this summer and it's still going strong.
- Space for one
- Tight for two
- A little heavy compared to some
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (MH as a replacement)
For backpacking/hiking this is a great tent.
It runs on the small side for a two person tent, however it is very light and has two vestibules for storage out of the weather (one on each side). It also has doors on both sides which is fantastic for two people. This tent would be fine for a average couple, it would be tight for a couple of guys (in this case I would suggest the Skyledge 3 which a friend has).
There is plenty of room in the vestibules for a pack and boots, I also use a gear loft inside mine to keep my valuables, torch, watch, phone etc at easy reach and off the floor of the tent and out of the way (not really an issue if you only have one person inside).
The majority of the tent body is mesh so it provides good ventilation, I use a phantom 32 sleeping bag and I am a warm sleeper, there is some condensation inside the tent in the morning on a cool night. Compared to the Hammerhead 2 tent (which is also good) this tent is a little easier to set up and a bit lighter.
Most of the time, I use this as a large one man tent. It does fit two people snuggly, but at the end of the day it is a lightweight hiking tent.
I would recommend this tent to someone who would like a compact lightweight hiking tent.
Price Paid: $300
Perfect tent. My wife and I both sleep in it and the double doors are awesome. I carry it in my pack and is easy to set up and use. The canopy gives you 2 areas on both doors to put packs and gear out of the weather.
I also got the footprint with mine. You can set up the canopy and footprint for an extra light outdoor sleeping area. Awesome purchase. I love MH!
Design: Three-Season 2 doors
Ease of Setup: Easy and fast!
Weight: About 4 pounds
Price Paid: $325
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