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Mountain Hardwear Waypoint 1

in Shelters - Single Wall Tents

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Jon Rhoderick
( hotrhoddudeguy - M )

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New England
Mountain Hardwear Waypoint 1 on 07/25/2007 23:55:49 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

The Mountain Hardwear Waypoint one and two person tents have been discontinued, but Google it and you will find that there on one or two stores that sell them. It weighs around 34 oz, and costs around 160-200 dollars, though it can be found as low as 110.

I purchased this tent a year ago, but I do not use it often due to some glaring issues, though it has great potential, and is the cheapest lightweight single wall shelter I know of, and its successor, the Skypoint 1 and 2, adds a vestibule (which is sadly missing in the Waypoint).

The tent has 20 square feet, and is made out of Silnylon, and a PU floor, with mesh all around the perimeter. It is moderatly roomy, but the dramatic loss of height in the back severely limits space, your going to been stooping or lying down in this tent.

The major falling of the tent is the condensation and heat that it sucks in during summer. The mesh vents do an alright job of controlling condensation, but much sunlight goes through the fabric and the lack of any ventilating windows, save a small, tangly, non meshed door, severely limit your opportunities to get some air in when the bugs are out. The pitch stakes out quite well, and with 2-4 more stakes, it would be a real hummer of a pitch, and there may be some life in this tent as cold weather tent, and perhaps with some modifications be a salvageable tent. One design flaw, is that the attachment of the mesh to the outside walls is non elastic, so the tighter you pitch it, the more valuable venting you choke up, if you do get this tent, I believe that a modification to bungee out the sides like the Tarptent contrail does, would be a great idea.

While there are problems to the tent, and I must say that I have never sweat so much in my life as I have when getting some summer reading on an afternoon in the tent, it is the cheapest single wall tent I can find, and is still an excellent value. But If I had to do it all over again, I think that going with either another tent, or a smart bivy-tarp idea, would be lighter, airier, and allow a better view of the sunrise from your ridge camp.

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