The Hoopla™ is a simple air-light floorless shelter designed for the minimalist. One Trussring®, one hiking staff, and a single layer of thin structural fabric separates the thru-hiker and their gear from the elements. Compact and light enough to serve as a day-hiker’s “11th essential” emergency refuge, large enough to serve as a backpacking group shelter—seats 4. Traditional round shape deflects wind, modern structure and reinforced stretchless seams keep it light and add stability.
Industry leading DAC Featherlight™ NSL poles
New tent type! The Hoopla™ is a revolutionary Ring Pole® tensegrity tent -- the fabric is the frame.
Patented Trussring support system greatly increases internal volume at head level, adds structural strength and provides a place to string a clothesline.
Single door opens wide for stargazing.
Reinforced stretchless seams.
Optional floor footprint.
Ring insertion aid.
Trussring tents can be set at different heights to optimize ventilation or protect users from outside weather.
Center support pole not included
Our lightest Trussring tent, an “11th essential” emergency shelter for day-hikers, a minimalist backpacking shelter that sleeps 4, a through-hiker’s dream.
Minimum Weight1 lb. 16 oz. / 0.90 kg.
Packed Weight2 lb. 3 oz. / 1.00 kg.
PolesPaleria 'DAC Featherlight™ NSL
Canopy15D Poly Knit Mesh
Reinforcement50D Polyester Reinforecment fabric FR PU on face and back
Circus tent Actually a roomy 2 person tent.No pole, then a 3 person.2 lbs 16 ounces?4 years of marketing at a college, why not say 3 lbs?Needs a tub floor and half netting,This price for just rip stop nylon and two poles?Could be a little taller for this type of tent. October 20, 2012
Hoopla La! Having extensively used the old Mt Hardwear Kiva, the newer Kiva , and the Black Diamond Megamid, I will say that the Hoopla is an excellent "pyramid" style tent (although it is not really a pyramid anymore now with the hoop).First of all, let's address the previous reviewer's confusing about silnylon. Silnylon does stretch. But stretch does not equate with less durable. Having slept 150plus nights in silnylon tents under widely variable weather and temperature conditions I can attest to the durability of silnylon. Great tensile strength, perhaps not as puncture proof as heavier materials. Raising and lowering the center pole (aka hiking pole) is an easy way to adjust tension in the Hoopla.As for setup, once the hoop is in place, staking is remarkably easy for a pyramid because the hoop and tent itself become the guides for proper stake placement.Liveability? The hoop addresses the problem of lack of head room in a pyramid tent. There's not as much headroom as a domed tent, but it's not a dome tent. And it weighs less than 2.5 pounds for all that space inside. Space for 4 persons? in a pinch, yes, but tight. Three persons, ok. 2 persons, Yeh!Weather? Silnylon doesn't breath so one has to know how to vent humidity. In a warm rain it is going to get damp in a Hoopla. Also if the door is closed and the sides staked low to the ground for windy cold weather it also could get damp. The green material is pleasant in sunny weather and not intrusive to the wilderness vistas, but is a bit dark for long term dreary weather.Wind? Does great from every direction. The hoop makes a huge difference in terms of stability. when I first got this tent I set it up in a big storm and watch the wind try to thrash it. The Hoopla stood up well. Like any tent, staking is important.Floor? I have but don't use the optional floor. Without the floor, I can pitch the Hoopla's big footprint over rocks or stumps. I can walk into the tent in my shoes. I can cook (a NO-NO in a tent, especially a silnylon tent! Don't do it!). I just use a ground cloth under my sleeping bag.Room for improvement? Yes. I'd like to see a door screen and an optional perimeter screen for buggy places.Because the Hoopla does not come with a center pole, one uses a hiking pole that can adjust to 50 inches. For those of us who use fixed hiking poles, 50 inches is long. There is no optional center pole. I would like this option.Overall, an innovative design in a lightweight weather worthy and liveable tent. Spacious for two persons. Great for someone camping with a dog. Obviously there is a learning curve for campers not familiar with silnylon's stretch. I will be retiring my Mountain Hardwear Kiva. September 3, 2012
Hoopla 4 not quite there The Hoopla 4 is a very cool tent. The interior space is light and airy, and offers excellent sitting space for four people. The tent offers comfortable sleeping for two people. (Four is a real stretch.)Unfortunately, the Hoopla 4 is not as durable as I would expect from Mountain Hardwear. The Sil-Nylon fabric responds dynamically to changes in temperature and humidity, and on the second day of use I had to repair a panel between the hoop and the center pole because the fabric had partially ruptured from being stretched due to exposure to the sun. The stretchiness of the tent fabric also makes maintaining a proper pitch very difficult, and on uneven ground, all 12 stakes are necessary to achieve a proper pitch.Overall, I like the design of the tent very much, although the door could be improved. However, without further refinement, I would not use this tent as my primary shelter in anything but the most benign conditions. July 25, 2012
Is floor included? The specs says "Optional floor footprint." Sometimes the footprint sheet of fabric that is a protection for the floor, not the floor itself. Wonder what is the case here? April 5, 2012