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Pathfinder™ 3 Tent


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Smart design makes this lightweight backpacking tent adaptable, reliable, and livable. A fully symmetrical architecture makes pitching simple -- with no wrong direction to pitch it. Two full sized doors combined with full sized vestibules maximize individual space and storage. A full mesh canopy keeps weight to minimum and allows you to sleep under stars.
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  • Weight: - 5 lb 1.4 oz / 2307 g -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - True to Size -
  • Tent Capacity: - 3 -
  • Good For: - Backpacking / Hiking -


Smart design makes this lightweight backpacking tent adaptable, reliable, and livable. A fully symmetrical architecture makes pitching simple -- with no wrong direction to pitch it. Two full sized doors combined with full sized vestibules maximize individual space and storage. A full mesh canopy keeps weight to minimum and allows you to sleep under stars.



  • Pole Type: DAC Featherlight™ NS
  • Fabric Fly: 30D 270T 2000 mm PE
  • Fabric Canopy: 20D Nylon Knit Mesh
  • Fabric Tent Floor: 70D 190T Nylon Taffeta 3000mm Ester Type PU WR


  • Weight Packed: 5 lb 1.4 oz / 2307 g
  • Weight Minimum: 4 lb 10 oz / 2097 g
  • Weight Pitch Light: 3 lb 7.7 oz / 1580 g
  • Tent Capacity: 3
  • Number of Poles: 1
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
  • Height Interior: 43 in / 109 cm
  • Tent Floor Area: 41.3 sq ft / 3.8 sq m
  • Tent Vestibule 1 Area: 9 sq ft / 0.8 sq m
  • Tent Vestibule 2 Area: 9 sq ft / 0.8 sq m
  • Tent Packed Size: 7" x 23" / 18 cm x 58 cm


  • Industry leading DAC Featherlight® NSL poles
  • Fully symmetrical design makes pitching easy and combined with doors on opposite ends allows users maximum individual space
  • The perfect balance of lightweight yet durable materials and smart architecture Light, reliable, livable
  • Archced center pole quickly sheds precipitation and maximizes peak headroom height
  • Two dry entry vestibules with dual slider mesh doors
  • Full mesh canopy enables unobstructed view while sleeping under the stars
  • 3 mesh pockets for interior storage
  • Lightweight bath tub style floor
  • Seam taped, waterproof construction
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Pathfinder™ 3 Tent is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Full review of the P3 I got this tent to replace my delaminating Skyledge 3. MHW warranty rocks: fast, and quick to take action and keep me happy. I sent mine in, got feedback, and got this tent all within one week. Other companies (think alpine mammal), take weeks just to communicate that they received your product. So 5 stars for MHW warranty service. Excellent. Now the review: This tent does set up extremely fast, and the doors are adequately sized and pretty easy in and out. This tent is very long, so it worked well to have three people sleeping head/foot with plenty of storage on either end for all (we are all in the 6ft and 200lb range). We had some good rain (no strong winds yet) and the tent was an absolute champ. The steep design of the top of the tunnel makes it a nice shape to shed torrential downpours. Big caveat is that the rainfly is super saggy in the middle. Unlike Nemo tents, MHW does not have a bug mesh chord to clip to the rain fly to stretch the mesh out when you guy line the rain fly (thus keeping an even distance between the mesh and the fly). If you leave the rainfly not guyed out on the sides, then it will sag into the bug mesh during rain and condensation will happen there (not to mention the two people sleeping on either side of you will be pretty uncomfortable). The tent does pitch with just two steaks on either vestibule to hold it down, so that set up is really quick for two people. However, if you want to maximize your room for three people, you'll want to stake out each tent corner and guy out the side of the fly (six additional stakes with eight in total in the ground). The sides of the tent are so long that if you do not stake out the corners, the tent will bow in the middle and sag, decreasing an awful lot of space. There is basically nothing for three people to store gear off the tent floor on the inside---you'll have to rig something up either as a gear loft or clothes line. Also no head lamp pocket that is continuing to become a popular addition in other tents at the moment. With this tent, however, they solved a problem over the Ghost Sky series: the really high bathtub bottom that makes it a real challenge getting in and out of the tent because of the stress on the door. Interior space is fair for three people, so I'd say that is alright. The overall volume seems pretty good---three people could comfortable sit in there during a storm with no problems. Material feels really durable--I got the footprint and is it necessary? Probably not. The weight is really good. Lots more volume compared to the industry standard, the REI Half Dome 2, coming in at almost identical weights. Although I will only be using the tent car camping with my dog and backpacking only when three people are with. Price: really high. Is it worth it? Up to you---my Skyledge was worth it. The Skyledge is an excellent tent that has mixed reviews if the Ghost Sky really compares---so I was hesitant and went with durability and better doors for a half pound more weight penalty in the P3. That said---over $500 for a tent and footprint with poor quality stakes and the design is only about 90% to where it should be (having tensioners between the inner tent and the rainfly to pull the screen out when the rainfly is staked, and having better interior storage). I know I will be adding 1/4in bunjee aquaseal-patched to the tent body and rainfly to fix that part myself. $500 still can get you an awful lot of tent from the cottage manufacturers now, and they really stand behind their products as well. We know their designs are spot on because they can't rely on other products and name recognition alone like these bigger brands can. If you look at cottage manufacturers, their tents come in significantly less cost (unless cuban fiber), usually less weight, and a far, far higher attention to detail. I think the market for big name companies like MHW has some very serious competition for the cottage brands and really needs to bring a product to market that is complete and in direct competition to them. Does the P3 do that---I really don't think so. All in all, the P3 is going to be a durable tent that is roomy for two people and a dog car camping and for three people backpacking where I have confidence it will stand up to wind and rain. Want more performance? Want a roomier car camping tent or one with more functional pockets? There are better alternatives. For me, however, I have a more optimized backpacking tent for two people that is under 4lb (with pockets and no screen sagging, of course), and a bigger car camping tent with more pockets as well. But, for the fast weekend trips out car camping when I'm climbing, I'll reach for this to take the beating.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pathfinder 3 tent This is the second Mt Hard Wear tent I have purchased over the years and I really like the quality and design. The poles are stout and the tent goes up fast and easy. this is important for pitching the tent in fowl Oregon weather and/or in the dark. I recommend the footprint purchase at the same time for extra protection from rough ground.
Date published: 2018-02-26
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