Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 2 Tent Review

The opening on the SuperMegaUL 2 tent.

The opening on the SuperMegaUL 2 tent.

Bottom Line: 

An Ultralight, 2 person, 3 season tent that’s perfect for those fast and light missions when saving a bit of extra weight is going to make all the difference.

First Impressions and Observations:

The SuperMegaUL 2 is a beautiful tent, sexy even! It’s light (minimum weight: 2lb 2oz), sets up easily and accommodates two individuals on mummy sleeping pads with room in the vestibule for packs and boots.

To make this tent as light as it is the designers at Mountain Hardwear have clearly gone over every feature in this tent and shaved grams wherever possibly. It’s this precise attention to detail that gives this tent its beauty.

Setting up the tent. Watch the tension on that front pole!

Setting up the tent. Watch the tension on that front pole!

The SuperMegaUL 2 without the fly at sunset.

The SuperMegaUL 2 without the fly at sunset.

The space inside is at a minimum, but this was expected with an ultralight tent. I’ve slept in it with another person and had no issues. I’m used to sleeping in small Winter tents so I am accustomed to tents with an interior space of this size. Some might say it’s cramped, I’d say it’s cozy. If you want more space then be prepared for your back and shoulders to have to haul more weight uphill. Those are the tradeoffs.

Some of the features that I appreciated are:

  1. The toggles on the fly attachment points: They make connecting the fly to the tent body extremely easy and the design is so simple, light and functional that I don’t know why every tent doesn’t use this method.
  2. The pole design: This tent utilizes a pole design that I hadn’t seen before. It allows the tent to be freestanding while also simplifying setup and reducing pitching time. It has two main poles that are permanently joined together via a soft rubber joint that is positioned at the apex of the tent.
  3. Reflective points on the tent: The tent utilizes quite a few reflective points so that you can spot it easily with your headlamp and also avoid tripping over the guy lines around the tent.
Pitching the SuperMegaUL 2 and tensioning the fly.

Pitching the SuperMegaUL 2 and tensioning the fly.

The SuperMegaUL 2 tent pitched and vestibule space.

The SuperMegaUL 2 tent pitched and vestibule space.

Pros:

  • Weight: If you aren’t familiar with Ultralight tents then picking this one up will shock you. At 2 lb. 2 oz. (0.98 kg) this is the lightest tent I’ve ever owned. My back is going to thank me!
  • Design: It’s incredibly well designed. You can tell that every inch of this tent has been discussed and altered to have only the essential features included. I also find the aerodynamic profile of this tent appealing to the eye.
  • Vestibule: Not only does the vestibule aid in ventilation it adds extra space outside for storing my pack and boots.
The tent fits two mummy shaped sleeping pads with the heads at the door.

The tent fits two mummy shaped sleeping pads with the heads at the door.

Cons:

  • Durability: The materials used in this tent are ultralight which means they need to be managed more than heavier, burlier tents. Care needs to be taken as to where this tent is pitched (remove pointy/abrasive items from the tent area) and sharp items need to be kept clear of the fly.
  • Front Pole Tension: A lot of tension needs to be put on the front pole, over the door, to get it into the eye holes of the tent body. This pole effectively is bent 180′ back on itself. The pole is easily strong enough to handle this but care needs to be given when breaking down the tent as there is a lot of tension on this pole.
The SuperMegaUL 2 tent pitched, and fly tensioned at Brandywine Meadows, Canada.

The SuperMegaUL 2 tent pitched, and fly tensioned at Brandywine Meadows, Canada.

Buy it if:

You want to go further and faster in the wild and are looking for ways to decrease your backpack weight. You’re looking for a simple tent that you could use through Spring, Summer, Fall and mild Winter weather.

More Info:

Mountain Hardwear: SuperMegaUL 2 Tent

The SuperMegaUL 2 illuminated from inside by a headlamp. The milky way arching over the horizon.

The SuperMegaUL 2 illuminated from inside by a headlamp. The milky way arching over the horizon.

Author: Leigh McClurg

I grew up in County Dublin, Ireland and moved to British Columbia, Canada with my wife in 2010. I fell in love with being in the Backcountry and Mountains that are all around me here and try to spend all of my free time exploring those wild places. My main goals are to chase happiness, see as much of this planet and its cultures as possible and grow every day through knowledge and experiences.

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