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Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL1

- published May 2017

87

2017

RATINGS

Shoulder Room
6
Packability
9
Setup
8
Weatherproofness
8
Features
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
87

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THE GOOD

  • Less than two pounds
  • Easy to set up quickly
  • Packs small

THE BAD

  • Least floor space
  • Tied for lowest internal peak height
  • Fly and vestibule must be staked down

THE VERDICT

The Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL1 scored well in the packability category, because it is third lightest and among the most compact tents. Its biggest turn-off is its small amount of living space—the door is hard to get through and the peak is lower than any of the other tents in this set. 

FULL REVIEW

Shoulder Room
The hardest part of using the Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL1 is getting through the door. It’s positioned at the front, making the opening quite small, and it’s not clear whether it’s more efficient to go head first or try to take your shoes off and go feet-first, shuffling like a crab. The body itself is narrow, particularly if the user hasn’t done a good job of staking out both the side wall of the body and the side of the fly. In this test set, the Ghost tied for lowest peak. Tall hikers will appreciate the Ghost’s narrow but long body. 

Packability
This is the category in which the Ghost shines. It is the fourth lightest, with a trail weight of 1 lb 11 oz. The tent uses lightweight materials and it rolls into a small cylinder, the third most compact in the test set behind the MSR and the ZPacks. The bundle of poles is quite compact, allowing for packing options. 

Setup
First time setup for our tester was 4:00. The Mountain Hardwear Ghost uses an H-style pole system, which features a single pole that connects to form a high ridgeline and branching forks on either ends to attach to the corners of the rectangular body. This is a weight-efficient structure, but it leaves wide swaths of the tent’s sides unsupported, and if they’re not staked out the tent will be quite narrow and will not be able to stand up to much wind. The tent body’s feet, where the poles connect, are durable plastic. 
 

Weatherproofness
The H-style pole structure adds some vulnerability to the sides of the tent, which must be staked out to provide proper weatherproofness. These exposed flanks may be a problem for wind, but we had the Ghost out in a pelting hailstorm in the Evolution Basin of the Sierra Nevada at 10,000 feet and it maintained its composure. One cause of backcountry annoyance are the tent’s small-gauge zippers, which can get snagged more easily thanks to the extremely thin lightweight mesh. 

Features
As a lightweight solo backpacking tent, the Ghost is free of frills. There is one small mesh cargo pocket on the interior of the body’s netting, which will have to be enough for weight-purists. 

Additional Product Specifications
Minimum Trail Weight: 1 lb 11 oz

Max / Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 1 oz

Interior Floor Area: 16 sq ft

Vestibule Area: 4 sq ft

Peak Interior Height: 34 in

 

How We Tested It

The tents in this test were used throughout the spring of 2017, mostly on a multi-week mountaineering trip that began at Mount Shasta and ended on Mount Olympus and hit Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier in between. Testing also took place in the central Sierra Nevada. The length and intensity of the trip allowed a close look at the performance of each tent, with a strong appreciation of the consequences of that performance. 

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other tent testsbackpacking stove tests, and overnight backpack tests, along with other related hiking and camping gear tests.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Scott Morris

Scott Morris

Scott Morris guides backpacking expeditions and hiking trips for Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. He is a writer, traveler, and runner. Scott tests backpacking equipment. 

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$349.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Shoulder Room
6
Packability
9
Setup
8
Weatherproofness
8
Features
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
87

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