Customer reviews for Mountain Hardwear Yurtini™

Mountain Hardwear Yurtini™

Yurtini™
Overall rating:
3.25 / 5
3.3
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5
(4 reviews) 4
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2 out of 4(50%) recommend this product
Customer reviews for Yurtini™
Review 1 for Yurtini™
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2 / 5
2 / 5

WEAK IN THE WIND

PostedSeptember 21, 2014
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ADKMOUNTAINS
Location: POLAND, NY
Experience: Avid
Employee: No
Too Small
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True Fit
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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2 / 5
2 / 5
While I found the Yurtini to be true to its size and the tent material itself is typical for M.H. it is not typical in some moderate wind conditions (20 knots). The tent top would blow and push down on our group. The tent stakes are of extreme poor quality, I found them to be extremely fragile and on one of them the top broke off in the wind freeing a part of the tent. I live in ADK park in NY and we usually do not get hard sustained winds but can catch 25 knots off a lake or in a large field. These are not extreme conditions!!!! This tent needs work I want to LOVE it and I don't. I did not find set up difficult like others state, it is fairly simple. I did find a you tube video of this in the wind check it out it is really a tell tale sign!!!
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Yurtini™
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great large tent

PostedJuly 11, 2013
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mulepacker
Location: Idaho
Experience: Core
Employee: No
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
First off I have to say this is the most unique tent offered on the market today. I use this tent for horse packing and research in the wilderness areas of North America. For the amount of actual material this tent has it is a true bargain in terms of price. It has so much flexibility in the ways you can set it up. People who cant figure out how to set this up simply are not reading the directions properly. I love the fact that once you DO know how to set this up you can have it up in a insanely fast time considering its size. Also for the size you cannot find another tent this large at such a low weight. I have used this tent in all 4 season ( though it is a 3 season tent) The Side wall guide outs work well in windy conditions. I have also bought the sleeping compartment and that creates a very comfortable bug free escape in times when insects are murderous. The sleeping compartment is large enough where I can set up my work station and sleep areas both and still have room left over. With your packing you have lots of equine gear..Pack saddle, halters, feed ect...and with the large size I can keep all that equipment in the other area of the Yurtini away from snow and rain. I have done some customization also with my tent but that is for another forum. I used this as a base camp shelter for hunting ..and this past winter as a base hut for a group snowshoe trip... If I had to say the negative part of the tent would be the ground stakes I have swapped them out for a heavier duty ones..but again that is a minor item. The only other negative thing is that the tent as most tents today needed to be seam sealed...and being so large it took awhile..but if you use your tents frequently we all have to maintain upkeep on them properly..I would recommend this to someone who needs a 3 season tent that has a lot of equipment..to keep sheltered and does not want to crawl in and out of a tent on his hands and knees all day and night. I own over $5000 worth of different tents and this is now my favorite go to tent that I look forward to using as much as I can.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Yurtini™
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Pilgrimage To Yurt Mecca

PostedApril 24, 2013
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William
Location: Wyoming
Experience: Core
Employee: No
Too Small
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1 / 5
1 / 5
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2 / 5
2 / 5
I would like to start by saying that I really want to say I loved the "Yurtini" - REALLY, I do. Plus I am generally a big fan of Mountain Hardwear. I guide a large group of researchers in Mongolia each summer, and generally speaking we have had a lot of good luck with Mountain Hardwear items. I also really don't want to go on a tirade about how poopy it was, because it wasn't all that bad - besides the tent's death blow was in conditions outside of its recommended use. But at the end of the day, I cannot recommend this product because the price of the tent does not match the overall quality of the build.
Generally, I use a buildup and then post the rest of my product review at my blog - it's a silly way of trying to increase traffic. But today, because of the nature of the review I am going to post it all.
I would like to start by saying that the concept of the tent is great. The overall area that this tent covers compared to the packed weight and size is quite impressive. It comes in a very compact carrying case and the packed weight is quite low (18lbs 10 oz.). As I mentioned before, I guide research expeditions in Mongolia and when transporting stuff internationally, every inch of space and every ounce counts. Unfortunately when you unpack the tent from the case the problems begin almost immediately.
When I opened the instructions for set up I immediately envisioned a nice, clean, well ordered school somewhere in Scandinavia - here you could find good little artists learning how to draw amorphous Ikea directions. The hoodlums there who choose not to go to class and instead smoked cigarettes out back were not rewarded with a job at Ikea, instead they went to work for Mountain Hardwear; their prize masterpiece - the instructions for the Yurtini - were incomplete and downright misleading. Four PhD's, a seasoned guide, 3 do over's, and 45 minutes later we had the thing erect. The difficulty lies in the fact that certain features present in the tent (specifically a set of additional loops along the upper circle) were not illustrated in the directions, which would lead one to believe that they were not needed or intended to be used as part of the assembly process. However, ignoring these loops caused the tent to `droop' downward. Setup of the tent was further complicated when three of the included tent pegs broke in half (cheap foreign materials I presume) during the setup of the tent. For full disclosure, we did not use hammers but did step on the tent pegs to press them into the ground; the soil was moderately compacted with 30% gravels of varying size. This would also not be the end of peg breakage; several more pegs would break over the course of the season during increased winds or when people would accidently step on them.
After the tent was erected, it worked quite well during good weather conditions. The tent stood for approximately 29 days and was used as an office space for the research members of the team. They all commented on the ample work space. It is important to note, however, that the tent`s seams are not sealed. Mountain Hardwear does provide sealant, yet for the price of the tent, I would have appreciated if they had sealed it for us. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to seal a tent in the wild. Yes it is my fault for not sealing it beforehand, I take full reasonability here. In the end we were left with a leaky tent that required constant re-sealing.
Around day 20, the zipper to the door that served as the main entrance broke. We were then forced to seal off that door and use a second of the three doors on the tent. This would have been an inconvenience; however, the tent was not long for the world. Around day 27 (June 26) we were hit by a freak snow storm that dropped 7 inches of really wet summer snow, the tent collapsed from the weight and several tears formed when the sides of the tent came into contact with items inside the tent (chairs, tables, etc...). It is important to note that they tent is a 3 season tent and cannot be blamed for failure in the snowy condition. However, the nature of the tears was quite disheartening and rendered the tent pretty useless after that.
All in all, I am sad to say that I cannot recommend this product. Even in an ideal environment, the basic troubles we ran into with workmanship and quality are not on par with the tent hefty sticker price.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Yurtini™
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Yurtini - awesome group base camp tent

PostedMay 29, 2012
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englishoutdoors
Location: Toledo, OH
Experience: Core
Employee: No
Too Small
True Fit
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Too Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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We are using the Yurtini as a base camp tent on outdoor education trips with students. The Yurtini quickly became a favorite. We are using it with the ground sheet and have carpeting on top.
Setup for the Yurtini is quite simple and can easily be done by two people in 15 minutes. The hoop design works great, but one of the two poles bent almost immediately. It is still useable, but one must be careful when assembling the poles.
One thing that continues to cause us problems: Mountain Hardwear does not seam seal the entire tent. While usual seams are sealed, the two pockets for the ring poles are not seam sealed. We did the seam sealing ourselves, had water penetration, resealed, and still have water coming through. Not much, but enough to leave a few wet spots.
We have used our Yurtini with 17 people having breakfast inside and it still felt spacious.
A great tent - we would purchase it again.
I would recommend this product.
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A "yurt" in a bag, our home away from home.
Posted January 20, 2013
We love this tent! So versatile, so storm-proof, our home away from home. Google "Yurtini Mods" in YouTube to see how it can be warmed up! Setup was different, hard, until we learned how; now it is easy --see attached video. There were a couple of annoyances. The two hoop seams needed sealing--we did it from the outside and have had no leaks. It's important to keep zippers out of the dirt and we got tired of putting them in garbage bags every time the doors were open so we sewed in screen pockets for all three doors. We've used this dog friendly tent extensively for week-long trips in all kinds of weather. We use the optional sleeping chamber when by ourselves and remove it when the tent becomes party central. We would highly recommend this tent to anyone who wants a "yurt" that sets up quickly and folds up small.
Incidentally my husband has done independent work for Mountain Hardwear.
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