HMG UltaMid 2 first impression and pics
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Richard R
(alaskaoneday) - MLife

Locale: Northern CA
HMG UltaMid 2 first impression and pics on 06/09/2013 13:10:26 MDT Print View

Here is a quick first impression of my new Hyperlight Mountain Gear UltaMid 2. It arrived Thursday about 15 minutes before leaving for a few days with my wife so I didn’t get a chance to check it out until today. This is my second Cuben Fiber shelter as my first was a Zpacks Hexamid Solo + and really loved the way the material worked but am getting too old to have to crawl in and out of my shelter.
Weight as shipped (everything) 19.7oz
UltaMid 2 (with perimeter guylines) 17.3oz
Extra Guyline 1.9oz
Stuff Sack .5oz

Setup was fast (perimeter guy lines are already installed at HMG) and I used my Luxurylite Big Stik for the center pole (64”). First thing I noticed is the door is on the short end as opposed to the long side like on the Duomid. This will work great when using it with two people as there is no one regulated to the ‘back side’ of the mid and will have access to the door if needed. The two upper vents have flaps on the inside that can be open or closed. So far I am pretty impressed with the shelter but will save my final verdict after using it for a while. First big test will be in Yosemite next month. I have attached a few pictures I took when I set it up so you can get a look at the mid set up.
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Edited by alaskaoneday on 06/09/2013 13:17:40 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: HMG UltaMid 2 first impression and pics on 06/09/2013 13:19:43 MDT Print View

Thanks for posting this. I would have to go around and straighten out the webbing ends on the tie outs. The way they are cut sloppily like that would drive me nuts. Especially for the price.

Would be great to see some photos with pads in there.

Richard R
(alaskaoneday) - MLife

Locale: Northern CA
Pads on 06/09/2013 14:04:30 MDT Print View

Hey Ken
The next time I set it up I will get some pics with a couple of pads in there to give it some scale.

Keith F
(hamerica) - M

Locale: Northern Virginia
Re: HMG UltaMid 2 first impression and pics on 06/09/2013 14:50:11 MDT Print View

I was thinking the same thing Ken, that does look sloppy. I would like to have seen a buckle or button flap on the zipper to relieve stress but maybe since it is on the shorter side it is not as much of an issue. Otherwise it looks like a nice shelter.

Edited by hamerica on 06/09/2013 14:53:25 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: HMG UltaMid 2 first impression and pics on 06/09/2013 16:01:55 MDT Print View

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Edited by FamilyGuy on 10/30/2013 12:26:57 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: HMG UltaMid 2 QC issue on 06/09/2013 16:39:58 MDT Print View

I'm talking about how the two webbing pull outs are uneven in length and cut sloppily at the door. Would look at those every single time you enter and exit. Those two at least should be done with extra care. I think for the price paid that it could have been done right. And why no reinforcement buckle like MLD?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: HMG UltaMid 2 QC issue on 06/09/2013 16:45:26 MDT Print View

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Edited by FamilyGuy on 10/30/2013 12:33:10 MDT.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Re: HMG UltaMid 2 on 06/09/2013 17:50:53 MDT Print View

I'm just envious you have yours already. I'm about 7 weeks into my 8-12 week wait for my cuben duomid. Sniff, sniff...

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: HMG UltaMid 2 on 06/09/2013 17:57:35 MDT Print View

It is a fine looking shelter other than my minor nit picking. Hope to see one in person soon. It has a lot going for it. Would love to see a non white version.

Derrick White
(miku) - MLife

Locale: Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Looking Good on 06/09/2013 20:20:46 MDT Print View

Looking Good Richard. I am expecting delivery of mine in a couple of weeks.

Derrick

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: 40°N,-105°W-ish
If that cuben DuoMid feels claustrophobic, Jen... on 06/09/2013 23:16:38 MDT Print View

...then I'll be more than happy to take if off your hands so you can spend more moola on the lubbly jubbly white cuben UltaMid, and get it delivered toot suite :-)

Mike Stromsoe
(phstudio) - F - M

Locale: So. Cal.
Re: Re: Re: Re: HMG UltaMid 2 on 06/10/2013 03:06:24 MDT Print View

"I'm just envious you have yours already. I'm about 7 weeks into my 8-12 week wait for my cuben duomid. Sniff, sniff.."

I know that MLD does top notch stuff, but 8 to 12 weeks is insane. That is custom one off turn around times. This is exactly why my money is going to HMG. It seems that HMG is not afraid to hire additional workers when demand requires it. Notice that there are no noticeable wait times at HMG. And yes, I have read about MLD's permutations on their website. Just hire more employees, already.

Jennifer, I'm sure your 'mid is going to be great, just saying.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
MLD on 06/10/2013 05:42:09 MDT Print View

On the flip side, it's impressive that MLD is resisting the urge to chase profits. They seem to be quite happy with the size they are and not willing to change that because they could make more money. MLD could meet demand through increasing production (and profits) or by raising prices (and profits), yet they do neither. This approach may serve them well if the industry takes a downturn.

Edited by dandydan on 06/10/2013 05:42:47 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: MLD on 06/10/2013 06:12:54 MDT Print View

They just hired another person.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: MLD on 06/10/2013 06:40:47 MDT Print View

Will that hurry up my mid?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: MLD on 06/10/2013 08:09:09 MDT Print View

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Edited by FamilyGuy on 10/30/2013 12:32:39 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Re: Re: MLD on 06/10/2013 08:53:14 MDT Print View

"No, your Mid was redirected to me."

And Dave has agreed to sell it to me.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MLD on 06/10/2013 09:05:01 MDT Print View

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Edited by FamilyGuy on 10/30/2013 12:30:44 MDT.

masculine über linear logical club
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
Thank you on 06/10/2013 09:27:47 MDT Print View

Richard. Much appreciated. That's lighter than the Tarptent SS 1 fly. New tent to wish for now...
Anyway, for that price, there's bound to be other cottage makers out there that can beat the price for the same dimensions for a pyramid cuben? BPWD? MLD? Oware?

Edited by prse on 06/10/2013 09:32:23 MDT.

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
HMG UltaMid 2 first impression and pics on 06/10/2013 21:18:18 MDT Print View

+ 1 to Dan. I was saying much the same to someone in a PM just the other day.