Just added the following Mountain Hardwear's Review page for the Direkt 2 tent.
I have used this tent on two multi-day trips, first with a hiking companion in Patagonia, then for only myself in the Eastern Sierras West of Bishop CA in early September.
- Lightweight (although a few ounces more than originally advertised on the Website).
- Waterproof (but not seam sealed).
- Quick to dry (lift it up in the wind like a windsock).
- Sleeps two average hikers (we even managed to keep our boots and backpacks between our feet and the zippered door)
- Bending the poles into place is a challenge.
- The poles will not easily align, and will not stay aligned with the intersections of the four walls. The Velcro tabs are too long and therefore can't quite hug the poles (hence they feel a bit flimsy; beta version syndrome?)
- When the top vent opposite the door is fully opened, it is still too small to ventilate enough to prevent condensation. One definitely needs to also unzip the bottom of the door. This makes the tent unsuitable for camping where there are insects.
- I was surprised that such a reputable manufacturer had not seam-sealed the tent. (same Beta version syndrome?)
- Page 4 of the "Owner's Manual" states: "to further stormproof your tent add two internal guy systems to the inside of your tent by using the cord and cord cleats provided and the webbing loops sewn into the interior walls and roof. Join the two pieces of 96" cord, forming one long cord. Tie one end of the cord to point B (Fig. 4a) at one inside corner of the tent..."
There were no cords and cord cleats in the package, and I still haven't found "the webbing loops sewn into the interior walls and roof". (Beta version syndrome, or wrong booklet in the package?)
- The flap material over the door zippers is caught in them every time, unless you use both hands and operate the zippers carefully. (Beta version syndrome?)
The tent is good for high altitude mountaineering. It is 2 lbs lighter than my other MHW tent which has two walls and weighs 5 lbs. But I dread the thought of struggling with the poles and velcro tabs in rain and snow and wind.
Mountain Hardwear should seam-seal it, and install a mesh screen inside the door to make it usable in bug season (since one has to unzip the bottom of the door for ventilation).
Mountain Hardwear must do something about the annoying problem of zipper flaps getting snagged in the zippers.
It would be helpful to have a bigger vent (most people who want a lightweight standalone tent from a reputable manufacturer will not use it in the rare atmosphere of the high Himalayas.)
Those long loose Veclro tabs must be replaced with a better precision design.