Mountain Hardwear Lightpath Tent Review
An Ultra Lightweight Tent

The Mountain Hardwear Lightpath certainly lives up to its name: This is an ultra lightweight tent that will never drag you down if you plan on taking it with you on your next mountain, forest, desert, or beach excursion.

Mountain Hardwear is a manufacturer known for crafting tents that are durable, easy to assemble, and priced to own. The Lightpath fits every one of those bills and more.

And you have the option of choosing either the Lightpath 2 or Lightpath 3, depending on how many people you want to share your shelter. Both models are super portable and fantastically priced.

Are there drawbacks?

Of course there are.

But whether or not they outweigh the positive attributes is the decision you'll have to make for yourself. We here at Camping Tent Reviews believe they do, but everyone has their own unique tastes.

Below, we'll take a more in depth look at each model to help you make a more informed decision about your next camping tent purchase.

Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2 Review

Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2

Weighing in at just over four pounds, the Lightpath 2 tent is one of the lightest two person tents out there.

But beyond the light weight, this model has pretty fantastic attributes, including:

  • Tall vestibule to securely house your packs and gear
  • Corrosion- and dent-resistant Atlas 7001 aluminum poles
  • Easy set-up with clips and reflective tape on the starter points
  • Large mesh door for great warm weather ventilation
  • Unbelievable price (just $209.95 at Backcounty.com)

But, naturally, not everyone thinks that the Lightpath 2 is the greatest thing since sliced bread. What are their reasons for thinking otherwise? Here are a few:

  • Collects more condensation under the fly than other tents of its class
  • Not a freestanding structure, making it hard to move when assembled
  • Lightweight = thin materials — without a footprint, this shelter can get easily damaged by the ground

Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3 Review

Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3 Tent

Like the Lightpath 2, the Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3 tent weighs less than most shelters in its class. At a mere five pounds, this is definitely its best feature.

But it isn't the only good feature.

Here are a few more:

  • Fantastic price ($240 on Backcountry's website)
  • 44 square feet of spacious interior room
  • Four feet of interior height
  • Watertight construction
  • Quick set-up: ready to go in under 10 minutes

For all that, though, there are some drawbacks to choosing this model over another brand. And those drawbacks are very similar to those associated with the Lightpath 2.

The lightweight construction means thinner materials. If you don't have a footprint, the wear and tear the tent receives will be considerable. Many consumers also don't appreciate that this is a non-freestanding shelter.

Mountain Hardwear Lightpath: Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Ventilation
  • Price
  • Easy Assembly
Consumers don't like:
  • Condensation collection
  • Thin material
  • Not freestanding

Summary:

Here's the bottom line: Either of the Mountain Hardwear Lightpath tents are worth your time and money. They are practically weightless products (excellent for those aggressive hikers on the move) that can stand up against nature's temper and the tests of time.

And how can you ignore those price tags? For two hundred bucks or less, you can have a Mountain Hardwear Lightpath tent, and that is an astounding notion.

If you are in the market for a brand new two- or three-person tent, look no further than the Lightpath 2 or 3. They are truly great finds.

Where to Buy

We recommend buying the Lightpath tent from one of these following merchants (we recommend them due to outstanding customer service and/or the most competitive pricing):

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