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Mountain Hardwear 2-Person Optic 2.5 Camping Tent $120, 3-Person Optic 3.5 Camping Tent $142.50 + Free Shipping

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That's a pretty solid deal. Almost went with the 3.5 a few months ago but felt the Kelty TN4 had the little more room that I needed for the kids and me but for this price I probably would have gone with the Optic 3.5 and been happy.
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I have the Optic 6 and I wish I would have gone with REI dome 6 I believe. The Optic 6 has some quality issues I didn't expect, we have a couple buckles already broken and one guy attachment point that we had to rig up as it started to tear and this is after maybe 20 uses. My next tent will be Kelty or REI, I will not buy from Mountain Hardware again. just my opinion but they don't have the same quality they used to.
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Just got a Marmot limelight on ebay or I would probably jump on this
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I have the Optic 6 and I wish I would have gone with REI dome 6 I believe. The Optic 6 has some quality issues I didn't expect, we have a couple buckles already broken and one guy attachment point that we had to rig up as it started to tear and this is after maybe 20 uses. My next tent will be Kelty or REI, I will not buy from Mountain Hardware again. just my opinion but they don't have the same quality they used to.
We also have an Optic 6 and have not experienced any of the quality issues noted above. We've used it in a variety of environments and are very happy with it. Given how tall it is, it handles wind very well. (That's what felled our previous tent, snapping a pole.)
Have you contacted Mtn Hardware regarding a warranty claim on the issues you've noted?
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We also have an Optic 6 and have not experienced any of the quality issues noted above. We've used it in a variety of environments and are very happy with it. Given how tall it is, it handles wind very well. (That's what felled our previous tent, snapping a pole.)
Have you contacted Mtn Hardware regarding a warranty claim on the issues you've noted?
They have replaced the fly once, the bottle opener ripped off on first use and one buckle broke again, it's the same one as the first fly... The one in between the optic windows. Now I'm out of warranty, hoping to make it till winter before upgrading and surprise the family for Christmas.
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This tent weighs 5 lbs. Pass. Needs to be 3 lbs or less.
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This tent weighs 5 lbs. Pass. Needs to be 3 lbs or less.
Agreed. This is hardly a 'backpacking' tent unless you're walking around flat terrain. Get anywhere in serious elevation and you start counting oz's.
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I got one, was wanting a tent to get into camping, falls almost here too which is the best time!
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I got one, was wanting a tent to get into camping, falls almost here too which is the best time!
Same!
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Agreed. This is hardly a 'backpacking' tent unless you're walking around flat terrain. Get anywhere in serious elevation and you start counting oz's.
Few two person freestanding tents are under 5lbs.

Those mythical 3 poud tents often are either single walled and or use hiking poles. Not exactly apples to oranges.

Also, split between 2 people, 5lbs isn't all that bad, yes even in CO.
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Few two person freestanding tents are under 5lbs.

Those mythical 3 poud tents often are either single walled and or use hiking poles. Not exactly apples to oranges.

Also, split between 2 people, 5lbs isn't all that bad, yes even in CO.
I use a black diamond first light single wall tent. 4 seasons, weighs 3 lbs. Pretty much looks like this tent.
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I use a black diamond first light single wall tent. 4 seasons, weighs 3 lbs. Pretty much looks like this tent.
to be fair, that's still apples to oranges. single wall, so not really great in rain... and its the same shape but wayyy smaller.
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to be fair, that's still apples to oranges. single wall, so not really great in rain... and its the same shape but wayyy smaller.
It's not the water coming in but water going out that's the problem. It's a humidity trap. But usually I leave the front open but the mesh door. If you close the door it's also 10 degrees warmer which is great in winter.
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Few two person freestanding tents are under 5lbs.

Those mythical 3 poud tents often are either single walled and or use hiking poles. Not exactly apples to oranges.

Also, split between 2 people, 5lbs isn't all that bad, yes even in CO.
Agree. Please post link to freestanding two person tent of similar size and construction under 5 lbs and for similar price.

If you are that seriously in to backpacking, do some serious research rather than posting here. Your trips will be much more enjoyable and safer.

If you want a casual backpacking tent for two, buy the three person tent and split the weight between the two of you. The weight is decent. The price is great. If you wear it out, see the paragraph above.
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