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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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Features & Specs

  • Weight: - 2 lb 9 oz / 1.16 kg -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - True to Size -
  • Tent Capacity: - 2 Person -
  • 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: 10D 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 Person
  • 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 4.3 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising durability Bought this out of hope rather than expectation as size and weight were the many selling points. It seemed flimsy but fine for non-trying conditions, so I happily ventured into the New Mexico desert with it. Well, as I got to my campsite, the wind picked up dramatically as storm clouds moved in and I feared the worst with the tent resembling a sail as I struggled to anchor it without being able to peg it into the sand. I weighed it down by forcing my backpack into it mid-air, and once inside, braced myself as an electrical rainstorm hit. Ten hours later, all dry inside despite what seems a bare minimum with the flysheet, and amazingly no rips in the material. A big recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, quick, and durable I purchased the Ghost UL2 for a cross country bicycle tour. It is very light and packed easily into a rear pannier with room for other gear. Setting the tent up is a breeze. After months of setting up and breaking down every day there was no damage to the tent walls or floor. The vestibule is large enough to fit 8 panniers, but 4 is more manageable. Some condensation build up on the fly, but the tent body remained dry even in down pours. Kept us warm (enough) when we got caught in snow in the Rockies. 3,600 miles later and the Ghost UL2 is still going strong. Thanks Mountain Hardware!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightweight awesomeness Its amazing how light this tent is. Though its listed as a 2 person, you need to be VERY friendly with the second person to be able to sleep. Its super spacious for a solo camper, and its still extremely lightweight if only used by 1 person. The only thing I wish they would have done was used a slightly denser floor material. I would have gladly had it weigh 2 or 4 more oz if the floor were more durable. I haven't had any problems yet, but it would have given me more piece of mind.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super light, compact & durable My wife and I recently used this tent on our last 8 day excursion into the high country of Yosemite NP, the tent was put through the gauntlet and survived like a champ. It's next mission is a full through hike of the JMT this summer. We did a test setup once at home before leaving on this trip and had zero issues popping it up with the new single pole design, making it simple for anyone to build in a pinch. We purchased a ground cloth knowing we would be on all types of terrain, dirt/rocks, granite slabs and deep snowpack, the tent & ground cloth survived all of the above with flying colors and zero tears or rips. We were hit with a rainstorm, hail storm and a late night snowstorm, each time the tent kept us warm and cozy, although it left us a good amount of condensation on the interior in the mornings. This is to be expected with such a minimalist design and is easily solved with a pack towel and some wind/sun to dry it out. The tent drys quickly as well as the MHW sleeping bags with q-shield technology. A couple evenings we were able to sleep with the rainfly off which left us bone dry in the mornings. All in all this is an excellent minimalist tent, it packs down to the size of a duck pin bowling ball and takes minutes to set up. My wife and I are both in the 5 foot 6 range and were cozy with our packs in the bottom of the tent.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super light, super packable, get the footprint! This is an incredibly light tent. I have an REI single man that is easily twice the packed size and weight. Although this is listed as a two man tent - I am 6'2" and the little bit of extra room makes it a perfect solution. I have one concern about the durability and longevity of the plastic connector above the door. It seems to not only be the lynchpin to sturdy-ing the tent but also its Achilles heal. Time will tell, it would be nice if they included a replacement.
Date published: 2017-04-19
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
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