Mountain Hardwear Space Station
I have owned my Space Station three years now. I agree that it is a fabulous cold weather tent. If I were climbing Everest I would chose it for sure. But for use in the USA I am not so sure.
It is really bad in rain, frankly. All of the large three zippers are exposed directly to the rain and of course it seeps right in. In three years all of the zippers have ripped off the fabric which means I get even more rain—gallons of it.
There is even a worse flaw in the rain; the tent will literally destroy itself. There is a flat spot on the very top of the tent in the rain fly where a pool of water can collect. If it rains hard, this pool gets larger and begins to create a bulge in the top of the tent and just keeps getting larger and larger inflating the tent fabric like a balloon.
When I discovered this my roof was bulging down with several gallons of water and was near the bursting point which would have deluged the inside of the tent. I made a small rope mesh to bridge the vent of the tent which now prevents this from occurring again. It is hard to believe Mountain Hardwear did any serious rain testing on this tent.
That being said, I still have enjoyed my tent and would highly recommend it for cold weather use. I sewed the floor into mine which made it a lot warmer and also added a wood stove which is NOT recommended by MH although it is perfectly safe if the rainfly is replaced with a fireproof tarp. That is a whole 'nother story...
Ease of Setup: this will drive you nuts the first time
Weight: 70 lbs
Price Paid: $4500
This is quite an amazing tent that feels more like a circus tent than anything else. I used this for basecamp at Mount Kanchenjunga two years ago. I have stayed in this tent in basecamp and we experienced an extremely heavy snowstorm that the tent held quite well until part of the roof collapsed big time and lots of duct tape was used to fix it.
I would recommend this tent for use even on Mount Everest or any serious mountains, even at K2. This is a basecamp tent and I guess you can use it all for all four seasons too. The capacity of this tent is 15 people, which is not bad!!!! Though it is expensive, so I wouldn't recommend someone buying it for personal use.
As with most Mountain Hardwear tents, they are pretty solid stuff but pricey!
Design: 304 sq. ft. dome tent
Ease of Setup: Advanced
Price Paid: $4500
We set up two of these at 18,000 feet on K2 as a base camp. Very sturdy. Put in all the stakes. Add ropes. For a geodesic dome, it was very light. The cost is the metal and extreme fabric. No rips after sustained 40 mph wind. Difficult to heat for sleep.
- Crazy strong
- No privacy
- Hard to heat
Expensive, but only game in town.
This is an absolutely brilliant tent. We used it extensively at Everest base camp, and it outperformed all the other large tents.
Ease of Setup: Epic
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Current Retail: $6,000.00-$7,500.00
Historic Range: $2,749.98-$7,500.00
Reviewers Paid: $4,500.00
|Approx. Weight Packed||
85 lb 13.5 oz / 38938 g
|Approx. Weight Minimum||
77 lb 15.9 oz / 35376 g
284 sq ft / 26.3 sq m
|Number of Doors||
|Number of Poles||
101 in / 256.5 cm
21 x 36 in / 53.5 x 91.5 cm