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Hoopla™ 4

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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.
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Style# 1449521
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  • Weight: - 2 lb. 3 oz. / 1.00 kg. -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - True to Size -
  • Tent Capacity: - 4 -
  • Good For: - Backpacking / Hiking -


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.


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  • Industry leading DAC Featherlight™ NSL poles
  • 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
  • Imported


  • Pole Type: Paleria 'DAC Featherlight™ NSL
  • Fabric Fly: 20D Nylon Ripstop 1500mm PU/SIL
  • Fabric Canopy: 15D Poly Knit Mesh
  • Fabric Reinforcement: 50D Polyester Reinforecment fabric FR PU on face and back


  • Apparel Fit: Equipment
  • Weight Packed: 2 lb. 3 oz. / 1.00 kg.
  • Weight Minimum: 1 lb. 16 oz. / 0.90 kg.
  • Tent Capacity: 4
  • Number of Poles: 1
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Number of Vestibules: 0
  • Height Interior: 50" / 127 cm
  • Length Packed: 17 in / 43 cm
  • Diameter Packed: 5 in / 13 cm
  • Tent Floor Area: 64 sq. ft. / 5.9 m2
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Hoopla™ 4 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hoopla 4 I have used this tent 10 times since the initial purchase and a handful have been in Alaska during the fall. This tent is extremely light, durable and roomy. The ability to no have to carry a separate pole and erect with a trekking pole is fantastic. The hoop at the top makes the tent feel roomier than others and serves as a line to hang wet clothes. I have other style floor-less tents, but i find myself coming back to the hoopla.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for camping with a dog. This is perfect for camping out with a day.
Date published: 2015-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile, light, roomy Why do I say it's roomy in the title but small in the size? Because it is clearly too small to sleep 4 adults due to the hexagonal floor plan. The drawing is a joke. Each side is a little under 60" so there is no way you get a sleeping bag and full length pad that close to the sides. That being said, however, it is very roomy for 2 (it has more than double the floor area of most 2 person tents for the same or less weight) and light enough to be a one-person palace! On my kitchen scale it weighs 2lbs 2oz in the stuff sack with 6 lightweight Y stakes. Add a couple ounces for using snow stakes. The versatility to be easily light enough for a super-roomy solo shelter, ultra-light and quite large for 2, and seat 6 comfortably as a group shelter is hard to beat. You definitely would lose some of the weight advantage and it would get a little heavy for a solo shelter by adding the Nothing But Net option (I am considering buying), but for 2, especially with the amount of space, it would still be pretty good. It is much more solid than a makeshift tarp set-up, and it has a real door. I took it on a solo trip into the Teanaway range of the central Cascades and have used it a couple other times, all on snow. It is a little finicky to anchor it properly in the snow using buried deadman anchors, and it can be a little bit of a wrestling match to get the ring in place. I was able to sit inside while cooking in the entry and dug out a nice bench to make getting in and out easier and a place to sit and put on boots. I had it set up as a gear tent on a training exercise during a wet spring snow storm and it partially collapsed under 4 inches of wet snow, but that was partially due to the pole slipping, allowing snow to build up on the slack sides. It was still standing and in fine shape, just a little small inside. :) FYI: A Woman's carbon fiber adjustable ski pole I tested (125cm) is not quite long enough to use as a center pole. Also be aware that a drawback to this kind of shelter is that if you are base camping (leaving it set up) but need your poles during the day (e.g. for skiing), you need to bring an extra pole (extra weight) or collapse the shelter. At only about 10 oz. an extra pole still keeps it under 3 lbs. I wish (along with others here) it had a light weight dedicated pole option with a wide, flat basket for setting up in the snow. I also bought mine when green was the only color available. I would have liked a more cheery, visible color.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Winter Cook Tent I have been using the Hoopla for a winter camping cook tent for two winters. Even though it is not as rugged as the Hoopster, it has held up to 60mph winds and heavy snow, and it is 3lbs lighter. We dig a booth and table down in the snow (see pictures) and then pitch the tent over it. We do get considerable condensation when cooking and boiling water, but that can't be avoided when producing that much steam inside a tent. Overall this is a great option for a lightweight cook tent that seats up to 10 people.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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?
Date published: 2012-04-05
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