A unique, shape-shifting rainfly lets you decide how the Mountain Hardwear Shifter 2 tent can serve you best. With 2 doors, a roomy interior, and watertight construction, it’s a great option for backpacking or camping. Footprint included.
The Mountain Hardwear Shifter Two Person Tent is a great option for two campers or back packers who are looking for a tent that is going to be great in a variety of conditions. So you have got enough sprawling room, enough height here in this tent for it to be a camping, car camping tent. But it is lightweight enough, that you can take it into the backcountry with no problem.
The standout feature here, the first thing I want to call out about the Shifter 2 is where it gets its name. You have got different materials here in the body of the tent. So on the front you have got a lot of breathable mesh that provides ventilation and certainly enough breathability in warmer temperatures and in nice weather like we have today. The back part of the body of the tent actually has a taffeta material with a durable, water repellent finish. That is that white fabric back there. And this tent is symmetrical. So you can actually shift it to the front or shift the rain fly to either side depending on the weather. So we will take a look at that again when we have the rain fly on it, but it is a really great innovation. It is a simple feature that makes a big difference in different types of conditions.
The other materials here, the floor of the tent is very durable, 70 denier fabric. It is completely waterproof and seam taped. They have got the seams of the floor up off the ground so that you are not putting pressure on that and bringing water in through the seams.
As you can see, we have got a footprint down there. So it comes with a footprint that adds a lot of value, protects the floor of the tent and gives you extra waterproof protection underneath the tent. And then it also comes with a gear loft. So a lot of features here, still coming in at a pretty budget friendly price.
Above that bathtub style floor you have really breathable mesh. It is no-see-um mesh. So that keeps the tent really lightweight. And, again, that taffeta material in the back.
The poles are DAC press fit aluminum poles, very good quality poles there. But they are also very lightweight. And you have a series of clips that you attach the poles to the tent. So it is really easy to pitch with the design they have here, really easy to pitch and really easy to orient the rain fly on to the tent.
On the front here you have got two doors as well, two vestibules. And the door is a really great shape. I really like the design of this. It is a U shaped door and the door actually comes up. So when you unzip it the ... you are not going to have to worry about the door kind of falling onto the ground. When you roll the door up, you roll it up and toggle it off here. So I will get in the tent, talk about more features inside.
I have climbed inside the tent and, as you can see, a really big open door. I have toggled back the door and it is up out of the way. So it is really convenient. The floor space in here is really nice for two campers or back packers. You have sprawling room. The dimensions here are 83 by 54 inches and 46 inch peak height. So there is plenty of room for two sleeping pads that are 20 or 25 inches wide. That gives a lot of space. And just the feeling inside the tent is pretty sprawling. You have got a lot of mesh so that gives it a really open feel. But then on the back here you do have privacy. So this is that taffeta material that we talked about giving a little bit of extra weather protection and privacy on the back side of the tent.
And you have got plenty of pockets here. There is really convenient pockets right above the door and then on the side you have got another pocket here. With the included gear loft, you can get a lot of gear up off of the ground and there is even a little webbing loop there at the top if you want to hang a light. So nice space inside the tent.
We have got the full coverage rain fly on the tent and what I mean by full coverage is you have got all four corners completely covered. It is going to be a lot of protection from the elements. The fabric here is 75 denier polyester taffeta. So that is going to be really great against rain and that polyester material is going to hold up for a really long time. It is completely waterproof, completely seam taped. And you have got two vestibules here. So with the two doors you have got a nice big vestibule on the front. This is a traditional vestibule with a zipper right up the middle. It is a two way zipper, so if you need some extra ventilation you can actually unzip the top portion a little bit and have some ventilation on top. You have a storm flat in front of that zipper. So you are completely covered. And the vestibule in the back is pretty interesting and innovative. You have got a zipper that comes up the side. So you can access the tent from the back vestibule, but that vestibule has a really interesting design where the points on it are actually shouldered. So it gets it up off of the ground. So unlike this really steep pitch of the vestibule in the front, the back vestibule has more of a box shape. You can put your boots back there or your backpack back there and you are going to be able to use all of the space that the vestibule on the back affords. So it is a really great design.
I have got the tent positioned in such a way now that I have the mesh part to the tent body toward the front vestibule. This allows me to open up the vestibule here, tie back both sides and have all of that breathability. So on a beautiful day like today, that is what I would do. I would have all that ventilation and I would be really comfortable inside the tent.
Now on a colder day or a day where you might have a little bit of rain, but you still want all that breathability, all you have to do is shift the rain fly around to the other side so that you can still open up the front of the vestibule, but you have that taffeta material on the back of the tent body that is protecting you. So that is going offer a little bit more warmth inside the tent, because you don’t have the breathable mesh that is out into the elements. That is also going to give you a little bit of protection from water. So that taffeta material isn’t waterproof on the tent body, but it is going to shed a light rain. So even if you want to have all that breathability maybe on a humid day or a muggy day where you have a little bit of rain, you can still do that.
So that just gives a lot of versatility with this tent. And I will roll back both sides of this vestibule so you can see that.
I have got both sides of the front vestibule rolled back. You can roll back just one or the other or both. So I have got all that breathability here with both of them open. And some other features on the rain fly are really simple. You have got plenty of guy out points on this rain fly. You get some extra lines and some extra stakes to stake those out, but there are additional points on the rain fly that you can stake out that they don’t include those stakes and lines. So if you think you are going to need to just batten everything down and utilize every single guy out point, I would say bring some extra stakes and some extra lines with you. But they give you enough to set up the tent really well.
Overall the Shifter 2 is a great option for two campers or backpackers who are looking for a versatile tent, something that is lightweight enough to take into the backcountry, but gives enough room inside to take car camping and not feel claustrophobic. It is a great balance of weight and performance and features and it has just got a little attentions to detail that make a big difference.
It is the Mountain Hardwear Shifter Two Person Tent.