Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3 DP Tent ReviewJuly 5, 2013
- Tough enough for 3+ season use
- Two large entrances and vestibules
- Too narrow for three men
The lightest tent in the test it is also one of the burliest, a rare double feat. The drawback is in space. There's barely room for three people, unless they don't mind spooning.
A lightweight backpacking tent with serious durability rarely seen in this weight range.
This is the Skyledge’s biggest issue. At only 58 inches wide, three mummy matts won’t fit unless staggered in opposite directions: head, toe, head. And even then it’s tight. There really isn’t enough room for three people unless everyone is very friendly. For three guys, tent time felt confined. This is probably best as a two-man tent, except when you want to go really light. The two doors are fairly easy to get in and out of, but require the middleman to step over a buddy. The two vestibules do help alleviate some of the cramping, and are roomy enough for a pack and boots each.
At less than two pounds per person and a compact pack size, this is the most packable tent we tested.
Set up is fast, easy and straightforward. We had the tent ready for move in within minutes the first time. Two lateral poles pull the walls vertical with the help of the simple cross pole set up. The fly cinches over top with little fuss. This tent can also be set up without the tent body for really lightweight missions and can also be pitched fly first to keep the tent dry in a rainstorm, though we found this awkward and time consuming.
Take most lightweight shelters into nasty weather and they bow under the pressure. Not this burly beast. While other tents flattened under a dump of slush, the Skyledge barely slouched. It stood up equally well to strong winds. An included footprint adds life to the tent floor.
For a lightweight tent, there are lots of little things retained on the Skyledge that add value, like a window that brightens the interior even in dark weather, interior mesh pockets, welded corners and zip flaps to reduce weight and bulk while increasing waterproofness. At the same time, MH cut weight where they could with lighter buckles and webbing.
Usually a footprint will cost you extra, so including one definitely adds value to the Skyledge. The overall lightweight impressed us, but like many ultralight tents we feel like this doesn’t qualify for the size it is rated to.