Customer reviews for Mountain Hardwear LightWedge™ 2

Mountain Hardwear LightWedge™ 2

LightWedge™ 2
Overall rating:
4.8 / 5
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5 out of 5(100%)reviewers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for LightWedge™ 2
Review 1 for LightWedge™ 2
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5 / 5
5 / 5

My four season tent

PostedFebruary 2, 2013
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TetonCarl
Location: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Experience: Core
Employee: No
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Full on four season tents are way too heavy. I do a lot of winter camping and need something that will handle a lot of snow. The cross over design of the two sturdy poles and the brow pole over the vestibule are very strong. The LightWedge 2 sets up with steep walls and sheds snow easily. Although it is not meant to be a winter tent, it works well for me. It does loose some heat out of the mesh fabric door into the vestibule. But with modern clothes and down sleeping bags, this isn't a problem. Most of my winter nights go way below freezing and a good number of them go below 0 degrees. It's the stability and the strength to handle the snow that we are talking about here. Not the warmth. Although it really takes the bite out of the harsh conditions when you are zipped up inside.
There are plenty of loops to tie this tent down and to keep it from flapping in the wind. You do need to stake out the windward side which will require a couple of extra stakes.
The vestibule is large and can be tightened up with the adjustable straps to where it won't sag. This gives you lots of room inside the vestibule to increase floor space and expand your living area when pinned down in a storm.
The vestibule overhangs the door and won't drip water into the tent when open. I like to sit in here with my feet pointing out and both doors open. The sides cut down on the wind and I can cook in relative calm.
The rain fly is of a rugged ripstop material that can stand up to whatever the sky or terrain will throw at it. It is sturdy and can be used hard. Every seem is double stitched and sewn flawlessly. I looked my tent over quite carefully and could not find a single flaw. It is engineered to where, when you stake it out and tighten it down, it is bomber. No worries.
This is an adequate two person tent true to size. My wife and I fit just fine with space to store stuff in the corners but not along the sides.
The colors are quite pleasant and fit right in with mountain settings. The accented orange color of the tie down loops and guy lines and zipper pulls are a nice touch.
The extra pound or so of weight, over the ultra light tents, is well worth it. It is made up by being an incredible fortress. There is nothing in the 'lower 48' that it can't handle, even way above treeline out on the glaciers on your way to Gannett Peak in the Wyo. Wind Rivers.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for LightWedge™ 2
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Very nice tent

PostedJanuary 30, 2013
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Matteo
Location: PA
Experience: Core
Employee: No
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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Got this tent a few months ago, and took it right to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Overall, the tent performed very well. Does a good job keeping the water out (a little drip from one of the velcro tabs in the front), and keeping the condensation to a minimum. Really easy to set up, plenty of room for two people, though not for packs in the vestibule. The vestibule is roomy enough for boots, and to store the stove overnight. We cooked in it a few times, though the hatch has to be opened for priming the stove. The loft for putting stuff up in the tent is a very useful feature.
A couple of quirks: The vestibule is rather difficult to pitch tightly--the cut seems odd. There are velcro tabs on the fly that are supposed to attach to the horizontal pole over the door of the tent, which helps keep the fly in place--they are too small to be effective. The tent ships with an inadequate number of stakes. You'll need at least four additional to guy out the fly, ideally six. The cut of the door to the tent makes it difficult to zip with one hand. These are all minor. The major thing to bear in mind is that this is not a good tent for heavy wind. The sides are too steep to deflect it. We had a pretty good wind storm that kept pushing the tent down on us from the side all night. In the morning ended up with two very bent poles. The DAC poles, however, are very strong, and difficult to get back into shape once bent. I'd be concerned about doing much camping above treeline with it.
Wind issues aside, I am very, very pleased with the tent, and do indeed recommend it.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for LightWedge™ 2
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5 / 5
5 / 5

stayed dry in a 17 hour rainstorm

PostedDecember 31, 2012
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fastbarry
Location: New Zealand
Experience: Casual
Employee: No
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I just got this recently as a replacement for my old airjet 2. (Thanks MH). I added a footprint and tried it out on my birthday on the West Coast of New Zealand which is legendary for the amount of rain it gets. I pitched it in the rain and took it down in the rain 17 hours later. Being able to pitch and strike the tent with the fly up was great for keeping it dry.
I am 6ft tall and 210 lb, there was enough room for my wife and I to be comfortable. There are 3 storage areas, the tension shelf is great to store bulkier items like clothing. The included pegs are better than those shown in the pitching instructions on this website but you may want to add 1 more to your kit.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for LightWedge™ 2
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Had mine 6 years

PostedNovember 21, 2012
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bcseattle
Location: seattle, wa
Experience: Avid
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought this tent 6 years ago from REI. Used it on everything from car camping trips to backpacking. I can carry it easily by myself (i now have a lighter tent for solo trips, but didn't for years), or split it with my girlfriend (i still end up carrying it). It has weathered crazy lightning rain storms, hail, and a night of high winds at 11,000 feet on mt rainier.
For what it is (affordable, all around bomber tent), this is a great purchase.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for LightWedge™ 2
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5 / 5
5 / 5

It's big

PostedNovember 13, 2012
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BeckiO
Location: Virginia
Experience: Casual
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I bought this tent for a few reasons. On independent sites it was touted as a tent for backpackers who are new or not used to camping in smaller tents and it was quite large. As I have a boyfriend who fits both of those descriptions, I thought it would be perfect for me, him and the dog. However on my trip out with the tent he decided not to come and I was left to carry it alone. If I had know this might happen I might have elected to get a lighter tent or borrow one for the weekend. I would say that this tent should be shared over two packs.
When using the tent I could see how we would fit very well in the tent (all three of us) with a little bit of cramped space where the dog would lie. However with me and the 65-lb dog it was perfect. Not too large to keep one person warm on a cold night.
The tent cover staked out to keep the condensation off all components well. The first night I didn't stake it out and there was only condensation on the front half of the cover (near the entrance).
There is a nifty little pocket over the entrance whick is where I put my camelback for quick use water through the night. I almost want to reccomend this tent just for that pocket. It was so handy for a multitude of reasons.
If the large man ever comes backpacking with me, I will be sure to update my review.
I would recommend this product.
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