Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Tangent 2 Tent

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Rating: 4/5

Price: $500, available at Mountain Hardwear, REI, and Backcountry (on sale for $374.96!!)

After a full winter of using the Mountain Hardwear Tangent 2 tent I think I have finally had enough experience with it to give it a proper review. I purchased this tent before Alex and I headed out to Washington in December and have since used it in the North Cascades, Mt. Rainier, Rocky Mountain, and Great Sand Dunes national parks in some very inclement weather.

We were looking for a sturdy winter tent that was lighter than the competition, easy to set up, and kept us dry in unpredictable winter conditions and the Tangent 2 has succeeded on fulfilling all but one of those requirements! 

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The good: This tent is sturdy. We spent a night in this tent in Mt. Rainier National Park and despite over a foot of snow falling on us the Tangent 2 kept us dry and warm. We tried to clear the snow off as soon as it started to accumulate but we couldn't keep up during the entire 15 hour storm and eventually snow accumulated on the tent walls but we remained dry inside. It also holds incredibly strong against buffeting wind. We have spent multiple nights in the tent with wind gusting up to 40mph and the tent stayed in place as if it were bolted to the earth. The tent is also a nice weight at 5 lbs. 8 oz. It isn't the lightest tent but it also isn't the heaviest tent - a few other options we were looking at were a full pound heavier. 

The bad: The Tangent 2 claims it is easy to set up but it has one major design flaw - the carabiners. The fly is attached to the tent body by threading carabiner components through nylon loops, but the carabiners are difficult to handle and snap into place. I am unable to maneuver them without taking my gloves off and using my bare hands, which is a huge inconvenience in winter conditions. The only other downside to this tent is how narrow it is. It is a two person tent but Alex and I are unable to fit comfortably in the tent when we lay side by side. Instead we have to sleep sardine-style, which isn't a huge issue but this tent would be more comfortable if it were just a few inches wider. 

The final word: This tent is worth it. Mountain Hardwear says this tent has "expedition strength in three-season weight" and I think that is an accurate description. We've taken our tent in some dismal winter storms and were kept warm and dry. The tent is made of quality materials and despite the problematic carabiners I'm happy with the durability of this tent! 

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