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SuperMegaUL™ 2

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Our lightest 2-person backpacking tent at just over two pounds. Designed for going fast and light without compromising weather protection, strength or vestibule storage space.
$450.00
Style# 1449531
product.components.activity Backpacking / Hiking

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Features & Specs

  • Weight: - 2 lb. 7 oz. / 1.11 kg. -
  • Fit: - Fits Slightly Small -
  • Tent Capacity: - 2 -
  • Good For: - Backpacking / Hiking -

Summary

Our lightest 2-person backpacking tent at just over two pounds. Designed for going fast and light without compromising weather protection, strength or vestibule storage space.

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  • 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.
  • One 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
  • Imported

Materials

  • Pole Type: Paleria 'DAC Featherlight™ NSL
  • Fabric Fly: 10D Nylon 800-1200mm PU
  • Fabric Canopy: 15D Nylon Ripstop FR;15D Poly Knit Mesh
  • Fabric Tent Floor: 30D Nylon Ripstop 2000 mm Ether Type PU/SIL FR

Measurements

  • Apparel Fit: Equipment
  • Weight Packed: 2 lb. 7 oz. / 1.11 kg.
  • Weight Minimum: 2 lb. 2 oz. / 0.98 kg.
  • Weight Pitch Light: 1 lb. 10 oz. / 733 g.
  • Tent Capacity: 2
  • Number of Poles: 2
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Number of Vestibules: 1
  • Height Interior: 36" / 91 cm
  • Length Packed: 22 in / 56 cm
  • Diameter Packed: 5 in / 13 cm
  • Tent Floor Area: 27 sq. ft. / 2.5 m2
  • Tent Vestibule Area: 6 sq ft / 0.6 sq m

Reviews

SuperMegaUL™ 2 4.9 5 25 25
Light, solid, dry, perfect for one! I hiked the entire PCT with this tent and it held up in high winds, rain and thunderstorms. Never a drop of water inside, never a tear, never a bent pole! Ok, mice and chipmunks chewed their way in now and then, but I don't think any force in the universe can keep them out :P A rounded piece of quality duct-tape on either side of the netting closes the holes after their occasional visits, but then again, they'll just chew new ones next time. This so-called 2-person version is 4 oz heavier than the single person version, but it SO nice with the extra space! Having my pack inside the tent, spreading all my stuff around me. Totally worth 4 oz! It's a tent for laying down - only munchkins could sit comfortably inside. I never missed sitting though, and perfected the art of preparing and eating any meal from the comfort of my sleeping bag. The real trick here is staying awake while eating :) To sell this as a 2-person tent is a joke shared with most other tent-makers in the world. Personally I'd say that a tent should fit 2 regular sleeping pads to be called a 2 person tent. A couple in love would fit if they cut their sleeping pads in a V-shape (or one of them settled for a half-length pad), but in most scenarios this is a comfortable tent for one, a short-term solution for a couple in love or an emergency shelter for 3 people. 4 pegs is all the tent needs to stand firm, even in heavy weather. I bought titanium pegs separately since I find the aluminum pegs that comes with the tent overly solid and heavy. The tent performs best parked with the rear to the wind, but even then the poles sometimes flex during heavy gusts, letting the tent fold down on me. This isn't unusual for an ultra-light tent - it actually performs better in heavy weather than others I've used, but for a good nights sleep on a stormy night, one really has to find a little natural shelter from the wind before pitching the tent. This tent always kept me dry though, even when folding down in heavy rainstorms, even when exposed on mountain tops and ridges, rain, hail and turbulent winds shaking the tent like a giant hand for hours. Once I even met hikers heading back to civilization the day after a storm with torn tents and wet sleeping bags. That really cemented my faith in this tent. Get the footprint as well. It's sold separately, even though I doubt the bottom of the tent would survive long without it, but with the footprint it seems to live forever, so who knows? The footprint is also perfect for cowboy-camping on those clear, mellow, bug-free nights. An amazing tent in the ultra-light class! January 5, 2015
Great tent but not sure about durability I've taken this tent out twice now for some overnight trips. Once alone, once with another person. Two people in this tent is tight. If you needed to have all your gear in the tent or under cover, well that's going to be uncomfortable. The tent functioned great and I am very happy with the weight. My primary concern is the long-term durability of the seam around the zipper and the zipper itself. I probably would have accepted another couple ounces of total weight just to beef this area up, where it take the most recurring mechanical stress. I want to re-iterate that it is fine so far and has not failed but it looks to be a point of trouble down the line with a couple more years of wear and tear. I'm generally really careful with gear but I'm going to be extra careful with the zipper. October 8, 2014
Impressive but some drawbacks Bought this spring 2014 and had the tent out quite a bit since then. I use this for my bike touring, so it's for solo use, packed up it's carried attached to my handlebars. Good pack size and weight, more than enough for one person and gear, so very happy with this as I've a 3 month trip around Chile/Argentina and don't want to feel cramped in a tiny tent. Quality is suspect with the plastic clips from the mesh to the poles. One of mine snapped on the first pitching. I had the tent replaced by the dealer and not had a recurrence. I was trying to set the tent up and down with the fly first as I don't want to pitch this tent in a rain storm having to put up the mesh inner first! Have not yet worked out a way to do this; but can take the mesh down before the fly. In my mind this is a major deficiency with the tent. I've been in enough storms to know I want my inner tent dry. Since this is marketed as a free standing tent, and darn expensive one at that, I'd have expected you to be able to pitch fly first. Aside form that it's great, and I'd agree with just about everyone else. I did buy their footprint, it's not a cheap tyvek sheet, it's reinforced and well worth the cost. Even if you don't use the MH one, a footprint is needed to save your groundsheet as it's very thin. August 21, 2014
My Take-it-Everywhere Shelter This tent has been on its fair share of trips over the past year that I've had it, including a 19-day thru-hike of the John Muir Trail. It is my favorite tent ever. I once worked in gear rentals and have set up and taken apart more tents than any person ever ought in a lifetime. This tent is incredibly simple and can be set up and taken down, including fly and staking, in minutes. Wind, rain, and pesky bugs were no match for this tent. The fly stays put, though I much preferred having it off. The entire top of the tent is mesh; no unobstructed views of the stars or mountains here unless you've parked it under the trees. As far as 2P UL tents go, this guy is spacious. It has incredible headroom--critical in such close quarters. It comfortably houses my boyfriend (5'9") and me (5'5"). We are lean, so it works for us but don't expect the spacious accommodations of an REI setup. The weight savings are incredible, and combined with its versatility, bug-proofness and peace of mind I prefer to take this with me over my tarp, even on solo trips. Did I mention the little gear pockets on either side of the tent door? Perfect for headlamps and writing/reading material. I love this tent, more than MH will ever know. If you're looking for a shelter that will cut weight, add simplicity to your camp routine and reliably shelter you from pests and weather, look no further. August 6, 2014
Awesome tent My first UL tent. I've always used family size tents, so this was a change. It looks pretty small on the outside. Once you get into it however there seems to be more room than you had first thought. Used this over the weekend to sleep two people, and there was enough room that we weren't jabbing each other. It also stayed dry! The fly is made out of a very cool material, as is the floor of the tent. The only thing that got wet was resting on the mesh side and collected dew. Very easy to pitch solo. Maybe just a few minutes including the footprint and tie downs. May 25, 2014
Probably the best UL2 on the market, but....?? As my review title suggest, the MHW SuperMega UL2 is probably the best ultra/hyper-light 2-person tent on the market, but there are some things that should be addressed. First though, I want to talk about it's strengths, which FAR OUTWEIGH the constructive criticism I will offer. First off, the weight: at a little less than 2.5 pounds, this truly freestanding tent is LIGHT. MHW obviously had a bulls eye on the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 and I believe they hit it. Here are the advantages over its competition: it's virtually the identical weight, it's freestanding, and here's the big one, it's floor is SO MUCH more durable/thicker than the Fly Creek. With the Fly Creek, you must use their 5oz. footprint. As long as you're reasonably cautious where you place this tent, clearing off the area well, you don't need MHW's tyvek footprint. Room: it's descent for an ultralight 2-person tent. Everyone knows that in the backpacking world, particularly in the ultralight category, a 2-person tent is really 1-person plus gear comfortably. You could squeeze 2 people in this tent, but you wouldn't want to do it for long. I'm 6'2", have spent a few nights in it so far, and it's been enough room for me, gear, and a little #very little# room left over. And I have spent a night in a torrential downpour, and as long as you pitch it correctly, using the 3 "pull out" points on the fly, you'll stay bone dry. Now to my constructive criticism: upon inspecting and opening the tent packaging the first time, I was shocked that MHW did not have the typical ultralight sil-nylon "stuff" sacks for the overall tent, the poles and the stakes. Instead, they used just run-of-mill nylon sacks. MHW, you could easily have shaved an ounce or two by giving us ultralight sacks to go with our $450 ultralight tent #your competition does this, saving weight!!!#. I have since upgraded these. The reflective cordage in which everything is tied is way too thick for an ultralight. It's this thicker yellow cord. I re-corded the entire tent, fly and zippers in a smaller diameter cord, again, savings up to an ounce. Neither of these two upgrades #the storage/stuff sacks or cordage# sacrificed durability, but definitely shaved 2-3 ounces. And last, what is up with the generic, no-name tent stakes? Why not give us the ultralight DAC stakes to go with our ultralight DAC poles. Again, not deal breaker, but this, along with the other things I mentioned, should have been included in a $450, premium, supposedly "industry-leading" ultralight. With this all said, I'm still mega-happy with my SuperMega UL2. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Just keep in mind the things mentioned for potential upgrades. April 7, 2014
I stayed dry! I was planning a trip to Kauai for an adventure on the North side and I knew, since it was going to be "Winter" and was the wet season, not to mention in a rain forest, I needed to stay dry. I read the reviews and did my research. This tent is what I came up with. At first glance I was highly doubtful that the tent's rain fly would stand up to anything being as thin as it is. I was wrong, thankfully. We got rained on so hard that I was literally floating in a puddle before I dug drainage lines! No Leaks! As I came inside soaked, the humidity was at around 100% and I could see sublimation occur before my eyes. I thought the inside would be drenched in no time and again, I was wrong! The netting did it's job and the collected moisture rolled down the inside of the fly and right outside the tent! I made my own footprint as well and am grateful for that. Protect your investment and it will protect you. As for the colder season, I will see once I take it to the Sierra this Spring. Cheers and thanks for a great product! February 28, 2014
Great Tent I have taken this tent on 3 trips now. It's very lightweight, and fits inside my pack (MH Wandrin 48) perfectly. I did also buy the footprint, which is way overpriced, and made out of cheap tyvek, but because it was a separate purchase it does not affect the review of the tent. However it does raise the weight to about 3 lbs total. The tent pitches fast, and is freestanding, but stakes are required to use the rain fly. You could get away with 4 stakes in low wind. 2 Adults will fit in this tent, but it will be tight. Tapered or 3/4 length Sleeping Pads fit best. With two people your packs will have to go outside, there is only enough room in the vestibule for one pack. I have only slept in the tent alone, and had plenty of room for me and my pack. The reflective guy lines are a plus when you have to find your tent in the dark (don't forget your headlamp on that midnight p expedition) The color is a huge plus, and one of the main reasons I chose this tent over the BA Flycreek 2. I like for my tent to blend into the environment. The hub style tent poles are great, and snap into position quickly. Care is needed when packing,shoving poles and tent stakes can snag on the mesh on the tent body. If you need extra room in your pack the tent will easily fit on the side of a pack in one of the water bottle pockets. December 18, 2013
BEST TENT...horrible footprint i love this tent. best tent i ever owned. super light weight, super durable, very functional. the only part MH skimped on was the footprint. it literally felt like loose leaf paper. i wonder how they will fix that problem. other than that...seriously best ultralight backpacking tent ever! October 19, 2013
Great Backpacking Tent I just put this tent to use on a backpacking trip in the Rawah wilderness of Colorado. I loved how lightweight and functional this tent was. It was easy to set up and take down. I would have to say that to me this tent seems more like a glorified one-man rather than a two man tent. However, in a pinch I suppose two people could cuddle up inside. One thing that I wouldn't mind sacrificing a bit of weight on would be to see a slightly larger vestibule. We did encounter quite a bit of rain and it was tight trying to put all my backpacking gear up under the vestibule to keep it dry. The good news is, if it was under the rain-fly it stayed completely dry. Overall this is an awesome tent! September 19, 2013