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Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Tents Review

Mountain Hardwear Trango 2


Description
2-3-person, 4-season


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Weight
9 lbs. 6 oz.


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Review Date
June 5, 2006

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Reviewed by: Daniel ,  Mountaineer

Summary:
I've work as a guide/instructer and have tried the Trango 2 on two occassions spending a total of 19 days in it.
Pro's
The durability is impeccible. It's certainly waterproof and it has lots of storage space inside to keep your gear in order.

Con's
CONDENSATION, The first time I used it was during a 9 day wintercamping trip where temps were down to -5 not counting windchill. Every morning I woke up to having iscicles fall in my face and more than 50% of the inner tent roof was covered in ice. Not acceptible considering that I slept with the door open for additional ventilation and was alone in a 2 man tent!
The second trip was milder but condensation was still a problem.

The other issue is space. I'm 5'10 and I barely fit in it lengthwise... The width is great however.

Like others have said, it does weigh in on the heavy side.

All considered, I'm heading out into the backcountry in a few days for another 9 day trip. The Trango will stay at home...


Comments
mkmhusr (01/27/2008)
I do not buy this rating. This is one of the best 4-season tents on the market and the majority of the other ratings show that. I'll take your Trango 2 and appreciate it like you should.
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Review Date
July 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: taruna ,  Climber

Summary:
Used it for 5 weeks during summer in NZ. It was awesome. Just open up all the ventilation and it gets reasonably cool. Stayed near Arthurs Pass where the winds sent other tents flapping while the Trango stayed taut - slept like a baby. Plenty of gear lofts to stash your mags and crap.

Customer Service:
Never need to use it.

Similar Products Used:
Mountain Hardwear


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Review Date
February 19, 2004

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 5 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: cgraham ,  Mountaineer

Summary:
I have owned a number of tents over the years and I would have to say that I am most happy with the Trango 2. This is truly a tent that can do it all. It sets up quickly and easily, utilizes interior space like non other with its mesh stowage pockets and gear hammock and sufficient vestibule. I have used this tent on Mount Washington and in the Sandwich Mountain Range in New Hampshire in all kinds of conditions and this tent has handled most of what the New Hamphsire winters can dish out. Even without the fly guylines set this tent is rugged and sturdy. All tabs and seams are reinforced, the washtub floor is laminated and seam sealed at the factory. The floor seam is high enough up out of the snowpack to keep things dry inside where there is plenty of room for two or one person plus gear. The UVX window is a great addition to spy on early morning weather conditions or just to check out the stars on a clear night. The Ventilation was very good in the winter though a bit stuffy in the summer months. Just keep the fly of and at the ready and the heat should be no problem. It takes only a few minutes to set the fly up should foul weather move in.

It has been mentioned that the Trango 2 is a bit heavy, and I would agree (tipping the scales at about 9.5 lbs.), but for a two man, 4 season tent this is hardly an unreasonable load to hump. Despite the hefty price tag on this tent, I have gotten more than my money's worth hunkered down in this bomshelter when the winds started to kick. I place no price on peace of mind and a sense of security while in the high country.

Bottom Line: If you are in the market for a bomb proof do it all shelter, I would recommend this tent in a heartbeat.

Customer Service:
Never had to call

Similar Products Used:
Eureka, EMS, Moss, Bibler, Walrus Rapide XV.


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Review Date
February 18, 2003

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 4 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Walter ,  Backpacker , from Cape Town, South Afica

Summary:
Looking for a comfortable FOUR season tent that will let you sleep peacefully in severe wind, rain or shine? I recommend this one.

Pro's:
1)Superior comfort. After you've used the abundant storage spaces and looked through those windows, other tents are awful without it!
2)Sturdy. I usually dont guy it out, cause it NEVER flaps around in wind. Guy it out fully and use the INTERNAL guy system - it is absolutely rocksolid.
3)Waterproof. Without a doubt.
4)Ventilation. Two mesh DOORS and a vent in the roof. Able to increase space between tent body and fly. Comfortable even in an African summer!
5)Quality. Easton aluminium poles, YKK zippers, strong hooks and clips, seam sealed everywhere. Free tube of seam sealant included. There are no cheap looking parts anywhere.
6)Design. Two vestibules, two entrances, doors dont hang on the ground.
7)Weight. It isnt single wall, it isnt superlight, it is quality.

"Cons":

1)Clip system. Puts strain on a few points. Can never get the seams to line up properly with the poles. Causes uneven tautness, pulls doors out of shape etc. Not as easy to set up. Hasnt caused ANY problems, I just dont like it.
2)Vestibule size. Could be more spacious. Rear one is for boots only.
3)Not cheap (because its not a cheapy)

Bottom line:
If you actually want to SLEEP through bad weather, you are gonna have to pay the money and carry the weight of this tent. I highly recommend it.

Customer Service:
Cant get any in South Africa, because Mountain Hardware products arent sold on this continent! But I dont think I'll need it.

Similar Products Used:
Cadac Isodome, K2 Expedition, Ferrino.


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Review Date
July 30, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Klimbingking ,  Mountaineer , from Puyallup

Summary:
Great tent. People say it but it just is. It is a little heany, and it may condense a little. But this is an expedition/winter tent. It's made for high mountains and harsh conditions. My favorite bits. 1- It is a full sized 2 man. You could squeeze a third in in you need. 2- Great internal pocket/attic system. Tons of room to store. 3- Flat out confidence in performance. 4- Super look. Am I right or what? Style applies to this thing. I'm glad I bought it. It was in fact owrth the $$. I got the footprint free also.

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TNF(small and low) REI(sucked)


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