Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1
A lightweight tent that doesn't skimp on weather protection.
If you’re ruthless about shaving ounces—but can’t afford to skimp on weather protection—consider this bomb shelter. “It barely rippled in crosswinds and bullet-like rain,” says our tester, who endured 40-mph gusts in Utah’s High Uintas and Colorado’s Maroon Bells. Credit the low, wind-shedding profile (33 inches at the peak) that achieves rock-solid stability with just three guyouts (two at the head and one at the foot). One hubbed pole with forks at both ends creates a freestanding dome with a single front door.
The welded zipper flap and corner seams take a page from waterproof jackets, which forego stitching to save weight. A generous drip line keeps the interior dry during wet-weather exits, and ventilation is adequate (condensation collected only inside the fly). The 4-square-foot vestibule managed to house wet gear and a pack (and in one case, a 65-pound husky). Fabrics stand up to abuse: The 30-denier nylon ripstop floor held strong against corrosive sandstone and gritty granite. Tradeoff: Interior dimensions are tight. “I couldn’t sit up straight,” our 5’10” tester reports. But the 17-square-foot floor is “big enough for a tired backpacker who just wants to sleep through a storm.” $350; 2 lbs.; mountainhardwear.com