Mountainsmith Upland 2
Great tent at a great price. Will accommodate the taller camper. Best used for car or motorcycle camping. Would recommend for anyone looking for a quality tent at a budget price.
- Easy setup
- Great factory waterproofing
- Stakes aren't the best
This is a discontinued tent, but there are some still out there to be had for as much as 60% off retail price. For me this is a perfect tent. I'm 6'2" and have plenty of room in the tent. This tent is a true rectangle shape that measures 93" long and 56" wide with 45" of headroom. It will hold two people easily, but keep in mind this tent has only one door. I use it for solo camping so that's not an issue for me.
Also there is no enclosed vestibule as it is a cap fly. I like the cap fly as you can see out the front with the cap on. The fly covers both ends and the back fully as those have mesh panels. The front is full fabric and has a zip open door behind a mesh panel that allows you to see out with the fly attached and also helps with ventilation. The fly has a hydro static head rating of 2000 mm, and the floor fabric is rated at 5000 mm.
For those of you who want a fitted footprint the Mountainsmith Morrison 2 footprint fits this Upland 2 perfectly. The footprint has a hydro static head rating of 2000 mm and weighs in at 9 ounces.
The tent is a breeze to set up. The poles are 7000 series aluminum alloy. There are two poles for the tent body and one short pole for the fly that holds the cap out over the front. It comes with three guy lines already attached—one on each end that are used for structural support in windy conditions and one on the back that holds the bottom of rainfly away from tent.
The tent also comes with seven stakes—one for each corner and one for each guy line. The stakes are kind of cheap, so you might want to replace those. The fly connects with clips and can be adjusted. Also the fly has two vents at the top.
Inside the tent there is a loop in the center of the overhead to hang a lantern. I hang a UCO candle lantern in mine and have no issue with condensation. I have not been in real heavy rain, but the tent has handled moderate and periods of long rain well.
I've had this tent for about 8 months and use it here in the mountains of western North Carolina. The tent packs down to 18" x 6" and weighs in at an ounce under 5 pounds.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $69
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