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Mountain Hardwear Sprite™ 1

Sprite™ 1
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4 out of 4(100%) recommend this product
Customer reviews for Sprite™ 1
Review 1 for Sprite™ 1
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great single-person tent

PostedMarch 17, 2013
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neutrinos4all
Location: Houston, TX
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
True Fit
True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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I've taken this tent out numerous times in southeastern Texas (Houston area) in the shoulder months and it performs like a champ. During winter and spring temps can run in the 40s or 50s during the day and dip to 20s or so in the evenings, and when it rains down here it POURS. I've only had it a little while but I've taken it on several multiple-night trips and it's performed admirably, holding up in two heavy rainstorms (one I'd say was borderline "torrential") and a some light wind from time to time.
Set-up can be accomplished in ~10mins if you're inexperienced and perhaps >/= 5mins once you get the hang of it; having only two poles makes it rather easy to do, even in low-light conditions. The tent stakes are the standard crook-formed aluminum stakes, and the aluminum poles are very light. They're designed to bend far more than they first look like, if you're setting up the tent for the first time and don't really have much experience with this sort of stuff, don't feel like you're going to destroy the pole by bending it further than it should be. It's actually sort of amazing how much you can bend the aluminum poles without kinking them. If you do have a blow-out on the trail, though, MH includes an aluminum sleeve to slip over the kink as an in-field repair until you can get back and replace it.
Regarding interior space, it's large enough to accommodate a regular-length mummy bag with pad (didn't get a tapered pad--using an ALPS Mountaineering regular-length pad, 1.5") with some extra room at the top for clothing, your boots, and miscellaneous items. I'm 5'11" and fit very well inside with my bag and pad and that extra room at the top. The pad pokes the inside just a bit, and the bag touches the tent walls. Some people might be worried about this, particularly considering condensation risk and moisture problems if using a down bag without a waterproof shell, but the idea is that condensation rises through the mesh upper of the tent body and collects on the inside of the rainfly that is suspended above it. This is exactly how it worked with this tent, and I had no condensation problems inside. As an addendum, the moonroof is a nice addition, but I worry about the seams a bit in heavy rain. Check it when you check the rest of your gear before your hike, and I think some Gorilla Tape (or something that'll stick to wet nylon) strategically placed would hold until you could reseal the welds upon returning home.
The bottom line, in my opinion, is that if you're looking for something lightweight, simple, and effective for non-technical packing in three-season conditions, this is the tent for you. It weighs comparatively little, performs very well, is easy to get into and out of, and gets the job done. In a similar vein as another reviewer, it's not a hotel--don't expect it to be. If you're realistic about the capabilities of a good single-person tent, though, this one will treat you very well.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Sprite™ 1
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Lightweight and functional, great product

PostedMarch 12, 2013
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IzaiahB
Location: Maine
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
True Fit
True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I used this for an 8 day camping trip through the St. George watershed, canoeing and hiking the entire time and it took up little space and weight. Setting up was easy and quick, even with the high wind and swarms of bugs. The only downside to this tent is that it is extremely difficult to set up on a rock, such as at the top of a mountain. It relies on the stakes in the ground to keep it up, and with there being only a rock underneath it is nearly impossible to set up, even with rope. For overall use, I would definitely recommend this to a friend and anyone looking to use this for a long trip, or even just a few nights out.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Sprite™ 1
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Great Tent!

PostedJanuary 5, 2013
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bmck16
Location: Central Missouri
Experience: Casual
Employee: No
Too Small
Fits Slightly Small
True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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This is really a great single person tent. I mainly use this tent for bicycle touring. I must say I would much rather have bought the MSR Hubba, but due the the price I bought the Mountain Hardwear Sprite 1 instead. I actually found this tend on sale for $103! When it came in the mail I was suspecting it to be compact and light but was very surprised by how much more compact and light it was in actuality. The tent is fairly easy to pitch after a few times. If there has to be some bad points about this tent then it would have to be the small vestibule size and the fact that it is not a free standing tent. Personally I have never encountered a time when I could not get the stakes in the ground so really the tent not being free standing is not a big problem for me. Also if you can't put stakes in the ground you can always find rocks to tether your tent. Also if you are planning on using a sleeping pad, hopefully you have looked at the dimensions... you need it to be a "mummy" style shape. This tent is not a "roomy" tent and it doesn't have to be, it is a single person tent which is expected. I am 5'11" and the tent is long enough but it would have been nice to see some more room from side to side and down by the feet. Also this tent has the available tent footprint which is to help you protect the floor of your tent. I have bought this and would suggest you do the same since the floor is quite thin and I can see sharp sticks or rocks damaging it. Overall, another great product from Mountain Hardwear!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Sprite™ 1
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Sprite 1 Breakdown

PostedJuly 9, 2012
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Smoke14
Location: Alaska
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
True Fit
True Fit
Too Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
This tent would get a perfect score from me, but it has some minor things that can be improved upon. The vestibule is a touch small I live in the interior of Alaska so you have to carry a big pack just because of the weather conditions and I really have to work to get my pack all of the way in the vestibule(75L) and to get the outer door to shut. It is not free standing and the foot end must be pointed into the wind and on my last adventure the wind changed and it was loud in the tent. I have survived 2 big rain storms with 20 -30 mph winds in it with no leaks but I also used rocks to anchor the tent stakes but it held up like a champ. I have been on two hikes with it one was College Glacier in Summit and the other was Kesugi Ridge in Denali and it has stood up to those hikes and the weather so if it can survive that it can survive anything! I like it and with a few modifications I would love it, but I would say buy it if you are looking to shed pounds from your pack and dont need a condo as a tent this is you.
I would recommend this product.
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Sprite 1 awesomness
Posted December 8, 2012
This is an awesome little tent. Pefect for me..im 509 185 lbs fits me and pack pefect. I use it most of the year in the sierra nevadas and cant find a single thing wrong with it. The only thing I upgraded were the stakes. If your looking for a lite, durable and fair priced tent this is the one. Im a Mountain Hardwear customer for life!!
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