Sometimes, you want to go camping with a full throng of gear in tow. You know, a big tent and all the creature comforts you can drag on the trail. Other times, you want to stay light on your feet and experience nature with the barest of necessities. That’s when you take Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s UltaMid 2 along.
A barebones shelter, it consists of a single sheet of fabric that you raise using a hiking pole (or a stick made from a tree branch for an even more barebones setup) and secure with guy lines. That’s it. There’s no floor and no extra support – just a single pyramid structure to shelter you from the elements.
While that sounds like a rickety setup, the Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 is anything but that. Made with DCF8 Dyneema Composite fabrics, it’s designed to handle the roughest weather conditions, whether it’s raging windstorms or heavy snowfall, so you can keep all the elements out (although you’ll still have to deal with a possibly wet and muddy floor). Hyperlite pairs the waterproof material with fully-sealed seams and a waterproof two-way zipper to ensure there’s no chance any water gets in.
Features include dual peak vents that can open and close, netting on the vents to keep insects out, a specially-designed cone that allows it to handle oddly-shaped poles, eight reinforced perimeter tie outs with line locks, four center panel tie-outs, and bundled guy lines. The whole thing (tent plus guy lines) weigh just 2.14 pounds.
Available now, the Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 is priced at $695.