The Ghost UL 2 Tent by Mountain Hardwear is an amazing two-person, free standing shelter perfect for individuals looking to move fast and light on adventures in the backcountry. It has achieved a fine balance between being durable enough to last for years while also being light enough to not weigh you down.
Back then, the only two aspects I could find wrong with that tent were, 1) The materials did not feel durable, 2) The front pole was under a lot of tension.
With the Ghost UL 2, which appears to be a revamp of the SuperMega UL 2 in my opinion, they have effectively fixed both of these concerns! Not even just that, but they have also managed to not allow the weight to go up much. All in the Ghost UL 2 tent only weighs a scant 2 lb 9 oz (1.16 kg).
They’ve managed to make this tent burlier and more durable while not allowing the weight to go up by innovating some really interesting design features. The number of clips between the canopy and the tent poles have been reduced to an absolute minimum. My first thought when I clipped the poles to the canopy was “Is that it?”, I searched for clips that I might have missed, but nope, that was all there was, and you know what, the tent felt just as solid as other tents I’ve used.
The clips that attach to the poles have been made significantly more secure than other clips I’ve used. They require a good bit of pressure to make them clip on and come off. The reasoning behind doing this makes sense, as there are less clip points between the canopy and poles there is less redundancy in the tent should a clip break or pull loose in a storm, so the clips that are attached need to be bomb proof and they are.
The other innovation in this tent is that the fly doesn’t cover the entire canopy of the tent, you will notice this at the back of the tent in the pictures where the fly appears to be riding up. This was done on purpose. A smaller fly means less weight. Personally I prefer a smaller, burlier fly than the option of a larger, weaker fly for the same weight. The fly is pretty much my main barrier to the elements outside. If the fly rips in a storm then I might as well be sleeping outside.
As this is an Ultralight tent the space inside is definitely kept to a minimum. Myself and my partner slept in it with mummy shaped sleeping bags and pads, which are an absolute must. You will not be able to fit two rectangular sleeping pads in this tent.
There was just enough space for our needs. This is not a tent that you would be hanging out inside of playing card games. This is a lightweight tent that lets you go further and higher in the backcountry by being lighter and smaller. It’s designed for sleeping in safely out of the elements and that’s about it. In saying that we both noticed that there was a good amount of space at our feet. The main canopy floor is 7.2 feet long (220cm’s). We’re both around 6 feet long so that leaves over a foot for storing gear, spare clothes and packs. Not bad considering you also have 7 sq ft of usable space outside under the vestibule.
Overall I really enjoyed using this tent, highly recommended.
Weight: Your entire shelter for two people in the backcountry will weigh about the same or less than 1L of water in a Nalgene bottle. Think about that.
Features: Large entry door, Weather protected vestibule, Two mesh pockets for interior storage, free standing.
Durable: Hits a fine balance between weight and durability.
Rain Fly: While I love that the fly is more durable, the fact that it doesn’t fully cover the rear of the tent means it is effectively a single wall tent in that section. This will largely be a non-issue but wind driven rain will work it’s way under the fly at this point. If you plan to experience conditions like that a lot then consider a heavier tent with a larger fly.
Buy It If:
You want to go fast and light in the backcountry and are looking for ways to reduce the weight on your shoulders but still want the convenience of a freestanding tent and outside vestibule covered space for your pack and gear.
Manufacturers Website: Mountain Hardwear