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Ghost™ UL 2 Tent

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Tipping the scales at just over 2 pounds, the Ghost UL 2 is our lightest double wall two-person tent. Designed for the fast-moving backcountry adventurer seeking an ultralight, freestanding, full-coverage shelter. Large full-size door and dry entry vestibule allow for easy access into the tent and to gear storage.
$449.00
Style# 1650841
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  • Weight: - 2 lb 9 oz / 1.16 kg -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - -
  • Tent Capacity: - 2 -
  • Good For: - Backpacking / Hiking -

Summary

Tipping the scales at just over 2 pounds, the Ghost UL 2 is our lightest double wall two-person tent. Designed for the fast-moving backcountry adventurer seeking an ultralight, freestanding, full-coverage shelter. Large full-size door and dry entry vestibule allow for easy access into the tent and to gear storage.

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Materials

  • Fabric Body: Canopy: 15D Nylon Mesh Fly: 20D Nylon Ripstop 1200mm PU/SIL Floor: 20D Nylon Ripstop 1200mm polyurethane/SIL Poles:DAC Featherlight™ NSL
  • Pole Type: DAC Featherlight™ NSL
  • Fabric Fly: 20D Nylon Ripstop 1200mm PU/SIL
  • Fabric Canopy: 10D Nylon Ripstop 800mm PU/SIL
  • Fabric Tent Floor: 20D Nylon Ripstop 1200mm PU/SIL

Measurements

  • Apparel Fit: Equipment
  • Weight Packed: 2 lb 9 oz / 1.16 kg
  • Weight Minimum: 2 lb 2 oz / 0.97 kg
  • Tent Capacity: 2
  • Number of Poles: 1
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Number of Vestibules: 1
  • Height Interior: 37 in / 94 cm
  • Length Packed: 20 in / 50 cm
  • Diameter Packed: 6 in / 15 cm
  • Tent Floor Area: 27 sq ft / 2.6 sq m
  • Tent Vestibule Area: 7 sq ft / 0.6 sq m

    Details

  • Industry leading DAC Featherlight® NSL poles
  • Super lightweight fabrics designed in every aspect to be as lightweight as possible but to still deliver solid protection from the elements
  • Guaranteed watertight construction with fully taped fly, taped perimeter seam, welded corners and welded guy clip anchors
  • Dry entry vestibule for added storage and convenience
  • Truly free standing light weight geometry and design
  • Welded zipper flap construction is lighter and drier than a sewn flap
  • Mesh pockets for interior storage
  • Super-light buckles and webbing reduce tent weight

Reviews

Ghost™ UL 2 Tent is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Light I bought this tent after my REI Half Dome finally wore out. I wanted something that comfortably fit myself and my gear but was as light as possible because, why not. This tent is definitely light, it actually weighs less than my sleeping bag! Because it's a light weight tent the materials are thinner than a heavier tent so I am just a bit more careful with it. To stake the rain fly properly I had to use a couple of additional stakes which seemed strange that it wouldn't come with the right amount. I also bought the footprint, I was a little disappointed as I thought it would be a thin material that would pack down small like the tent but it's a thicker sort of paper like material that adds quite a bit of bulk, not to mention it makes loud crinkling noises when you move around on it. Overall the tent is great, the footprint is less than desirable especially for the price.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still to heavy. I designed and sewed my own tarp/tent from silnylon. Noseum side walls and front with zipper. Vestibule also has a waterproof zipper. Bath tub floor: 40"x90", I'm 6'5". Technically it could sleep two with ease but I like the extra room for my gear leaving only my shoes in the vestibule area. Single wall. 1lb. 15oz. weight includes 8 MSR ground hog stakes and all guy lines. Its supported front and back with hiking poles. I guess if I were to add the weight of the seem sealing include and extra 1/2oz. And an extra 1/2oz for the silnylon bag. OK 2lbs. Fully tested in early September in the Wind River Range, WY.
Date published: 2016-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 20 great days, one not so much! I thru hiked the JMT (July 2016, 21 days) and used this tent for the entire journey. I was in love with its weight, ease of set-up, durability and size. One afternoon after 18 straight days of cloudless, blue skies, it started to hail violently near the base of Mount Whitney. The hail turned into a 3-4 hour rain storm. My tent was already set up before the deluge and at first the fly held up well with no water coming in from above. Eventually, water started to seep under the floor of the tent and after a few hours the waterproofing failed and my gear got wet. I will admit to having been lulled by the good weather and probably could have had better site selection to affect better drainage away from the tent. The storm stopped and the tent dried quickly in the sun. After completing the hike, I contacted MH and they asked me to return the body of the tent for their assessment. I was not sure if the floor was defective or just was overwhelmed by the amount of water. I also wondered if the design of a short fly with the waterproof sides of the tent exposed may be a flaw. Anyway, MH gave me a full credit but no answer about whether my floor was defective or just poorly seam sealed etc. I immediately used my credit to purchase the same tent because I really love this tent in every other way. I'll let you know the next time I'm in the rain if this is a material or design problem. I will be more careful about site selection however.
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from FRAGILE makes unusable Hi guys, This tent is just so fragile it simply FAILS me. I use products in tropical (live in Asia) and alpine environments and I had massive hope for this tent, as I waited nearly a year for it when I learnt the SuperMega was being replaced. My standard tent is a Hilleberg Unna which fits, very snugly, 2x of us! I wanted this tent for pretty much summer only, maybe very fair weather shoulder season camping too. The FIRST time I used this the fly got torn/ripped/shredded despite caution on my part setting it up. I was in the process of erecting the tent in very pleasant weather just above the treeline mid summer. A gust of wind came up as I was attaching the fly. It didn't fly away in the wind, just brushed on to an adjacent rock whilst I was holding on to it. Literally, just brushed on a rock. I say again, literally just brushed on a rock. The fly has now has holes in the fly around the hooped area of the poles and in a few other places. It is insanely delicate and therefore has no use in the backcountry. I would set it up on a green lawn in your backyard but I would suggest that even pine needles and rougher ground in a prepared camp site might POSSIBLY do the same damages that the benign alpine environment did to me. Other points: This is obviously the successor to the SuperMega UL2 which I actually missed on closeout and had wanted. For me, pack SIZE is more important that weight, where the differences in weight in the current market are so small they hardly seem worth worrying about. What is important is pack size though, and unless you comparess this to an uncomfortably worrying and potentially damaging size, the pack size is no less than say a Hubba Hubba. Although much heavier, a bombproof Hilleberg packs to a similar size. But if you are walking up mountains you're probably strong enough to carry an extra 800g of tent. I paired this with EXPED Hyper Duo mat, which fits perfectly. But side by side sleeping bags WILL be pressing against the tent bath-tub sidewalls, which (unlike the Supermega) are no longer protected because of the overly sacrificed fly sheet which rides very high. That's great for ventilation by the way, and a feature I love and hate. Great idea for ventilation (i don't care about the weight) but overly compromises weather protection. As for the small details, 2 things frustrate me: 1) The mid length guy out points are mounted on the bottom of the fly which is fine, but the intermediary toggle to stretch out the inner tent to the fly is mounted higher up on the fly and inner, which means there is too much sag from the fly towards the inner. Had the guy being higher up (same point as the intermediary toggle) it would withstand crosswinds better and also pull out the inner to make it more spacious. If a guy point was at both the base and intermediary level, a single chord guyout with locking slider would make a massive difference to securing the tent. 2) With this set up, when you have a crosswind any rain is impacting the bath-tub inner sidewall which is almost certainly in direct contact with your own sleeping bags and permanent contact with your sleeping bag means.... you guessed it. 3) The vestibule. I know it's about weight saving but this is a really poor design. A high over hang from the main pole is a great start, creating more useable space than say a Big Agnes... but then the fun stops. Why not make the door entry a) symmetrical and b) have zippered entry on both sides. Weight savings like this make no sense to me. The inability to roll-back the vestibule and secure it (i.e. no vestibule at all) for good weather days is a mistake. But only having one door way which is fixed to one side is plain poor design. What happens if your pitch site dictates that that the door side is the windward/rainward side? a) Rain ingress immediately. b) What if the door side puts you flush against a tree stump, a steep slope, any other confined area problem? That counters the idea of a small footprint for confined areas concept. c) finally it isn't practical for 2 people to move freely around. In fact, the door is so small you're bound to un-peg your vestibule peg. And I'm only 5'7"! I get all the points above are for ultra dedicated weight savings, but if you are so adamant on flyweight tents there are dedicated products out there which aren't mass produced. This tent fails and I, FOR ONCE, warn against this product from the otherwise brilliant MH team. I'd love to source a Supermega on closeout or to look at this tent with a fresh fly, but for $400+? It's a really, really big disappointment. PS Note on the size. The dimensions are accurate and I love the coziness, but its a pinch for even shorter girlfriend and I. Bigger people might consider the PROPORTIONALLY appropriate 3 person version.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful, functional simplicity I have used this tent twice, once in mild conditions and once in hot weather. I will be taking it on a 70-mile stretch of the John Muir Trail in August, and will report back then. Here are my comments so far. Size: I use it as a solo tent. There is plenty of room at the feet for a pack and on the side for “stuff.” It is plenty long for a 5’9” person. Headroom is fine if you are in the center at the door end; otherwise if you are off center or kneeling inside the door, your head hits the top. Design: This tent is very cleverly designed. It sets up and takes down very easily, and is simple and intuitive. Every detail is well thought out, from the fly attachment points to the guy line adjustment mechanism. Two mesh pockets are of good size. The fabric is, indeed, ghost-like but does not feel “fragile” or make me feel like extra care is required. Wish list: The single front entrance is small. It’s a squeeze for me at 5’9” and 125#. It seems as if it would be awkward for 2 people to get in/out without crawling over each other. My preference would be for two side entrances, for ventilation, views, and ease of entry/exit. Yes, this would add a few ounces but I think it would make an almost perfect tent perfect! There are two tabs in the ceiling of the tent at the door end. It would also be nice to have a loop mid tent so one could hang a line along the center line. Fly issue: My second trip was in hot, sunny weather. In the morning, the fly was very sticky. There did not seem to be anything on the fly (nothing dripped from above) but as I was taking it down my hands got so sticky I had to keep rinsing them off with water. I wiped the fly down with a damp cloth, which helped somewhat. When I got home, after the tent had been in a cool car and basement for several hours, the stickiness was no longer there. I wonder whether it was something in the fabric itself (the DWR?) that was activated by the hot weather. Comfort: The tent feels hot and it is hard to get any ventilation. You can get some good air circulation by folding up (rather than staking down) the sides of the fly at the front door and attaching the guy lines to other parts of the tent. Foregoing the fly is, of course, an option in dry conditions but if you are worried about rain or dew, folding up the fly is a good middle ground. All in all, this is a great tent and I am very happy with it!
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Light, but tight. I Just got back from using this tent on a 2 night trip in Point Reyes. Temps ranged from 60 during the day to lower 50's at night. Originally when I bought this tent I was worried about 1 thing only, the thin material it was made from. After I got done with the trip, I realized I shouldn't have been worried. They did make incremental changes from the "SuperMega" to this. The material isn't as fragile and is very durable. As with most tents of this weight and size, it can be very tight for 2 people. Luckily on this trip I was with my GF, and we didn't mind being close together. I would really suggest that if you are planning on using this tent with another person, that you are extremely close to that person, otherwise its going to get a little awkward. Setting up was a breeze. I didn't do any pre-setup in my living room. I just went out and had this thing up in 3 minutes by myself. I am fairly experienced when it comes to this type of thing. The single hubbed pole made it really easy. Besides being tight the other issue was condensation. With two people and all the vents open, except for the front vestibule, there was a large amount of condensation inside the tent. I had a small pack towel that I had to use to wipe off all the condensation prior to packing up the tent. I got home and set it up to let it dry. It did dry very quickly, but the amount of condensation was a little worrisome. If you plan on using this tent 2 things: bring a pack towel to wipe up any excess condensation there were small drops on the floor of the tent near my feet and REPLACE the "J-Stakes" that come with the tent. Those things are weak and coated with some reflective paint that flakes. I used some DAC stakes that I came with my other "UL" tent from another manufacturer. Those stakes are amazing! Mountain Hardwear please use better stakes for your tents. I may sound unhappy with the condensation issue, but what I've come to realize about UL tents is that its going to happen no matter what you have. If the tent is under 3lbs you're going to have some condensation. I'm a very warm sleeper and usually leave the vestibule open for this sort of things, the GF is a cold sleeper and insisted on leaving it open. All in all I'm very happy with this purchase, a little pricey, but I'm glad I chose this over any of the others. Going forward though Its going to be a solo tent unless the person I'm staying with in the tent is the significant other. Happy Trails.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ghost UL 2: the backpacker's dream shelter I used this for a 6 day trek in the Yosemite backcountry where I pitched it on granite slabs, meadows and dense forest floors. I opted not to take the foot print in order to save weight and I did not have any issues, although I was extremely careful not to cause excessive wear on the floor of the tent. The materials are very thin, so thin in fact, that upon first inspection one may question how durable this product could be. Well, I put this shelter through some pretty rigorous weather (torrential rain, below freezing temps, frost, wind, etc) and tough landscape and it exceeded my expectations. I used the Ghost UL 2 as a one-man tent and it was very spacious, and I'm a big guy (6'1" 250lbs). Boots in the vestibule, 80L pack in the tent with a lot of space to spare. If you plan to use it as a two-man tent plan on playing footsies with your tent mate. There are two pockets just inside the door that come in very handy for headlamps, glasses, etc. The thing I loved most about this tent is the space saving factor. It packs down so small that you don't even know it is there. Perfect for backpacking. I have never written a review for a tent before but this one compelled me to share my experience. I have no affiliation with Mountain Hardwear other than the fact that I love their gear and clothing.
Date published: 2016-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ghost UL 2 first night This tent is a fairly small tent if you are not used to ultra light weight tents. I currently own the Drifter 3 DP and absolutely love it as a two man tent and regularly take my children on Dad camps. I initially was drawn to this Ghost UL 2 tent purely on brand and its weight. Took the Scouts to the top of Silver Star mountain in Clark County WA--the county's highest peak at 4300 ft this past weekend for the Ghost UL 2's maiden voyage. We camped at about 4200 ft. The tent set up was fairly intuitive and fast--maybe 5 to 8 minutes start to finish (this was after a family room dry run the night before). The tent poles are in one piece--very nice. The front door poles are curved/bent to accommodate the rounded slope. Enough room for my pack and sleeping pad and bag without being too squished into the tent walls. The photos show that I did not use the "mid way" floor stake down, but rather chose the fly anchor. The vestibule was a little smaller than I had hoped--but again--ultra light is the goal here. The floor material was clearly "water proof" but fairly thin. A foot print or tarp is a must. I was pleasantly surprised at the very effective venting. Though it was foggy throughout the night and morning, the tent was essentially dry when we broke camp. Did not feel any moisture upon setting up at home to dry. Not sure how this was possible, but that's the story on moisture. Will take this tent on a 50 mile trek around Three Sisters next month and will report back on how the tent lasted over a longer-term camp experience.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very UL Good ultralight tent. Slightly lighter than the supermega. Setup is fast and painless even when windy or slightly rainy. It dumped in Zion for a couple days and I can say it's definitely waterproof. I like the toggle/tighten system for the fly/tent attachment point, it's intuitive and easy. Vestibule is big enough for one bag and two pairs of boots, more than that gets silly quickly.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great UL Tent I bought this tent for late spring, summer, and early fall backpacking trips. At just over 2 lbs, this fits into what I would call an "ultra light" tent. Like all 2 person tents I own, this one is a little tight for 2 people, but very spacious for 1. Another bonus, the colors used are very subdued and not loud like a lot of tents. Well done MH. My first outing with this tent was a 4 day trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. The forecast was calling for only light rain the first night, so I brought the Ghost UL. Well, the forecast was wrong. We had ~25 mph winds, hail, and heavy rain all night on our first night - not exactly the type of weather I would normally take an ultra light shelter into - but the Ghost UL performed surprisingly well, and most importantly, I didn't get wet. I can't yet comment on long term durability, but so far, highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-06-16
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