The Mountain Hardware SuperMegaUL 1 Tent is an ultralight 1 person double-walled tent that weighs 1 pounds 14 ounces, not including tent stakes and stuff sacks. With a tunnel style design and front vestibule, it has a long bivy style feel to it. Still the interior headroom and foot clearance are quite good, it has a front vestibule to store your backpack, and the space between the inner tent and the rain fly provides excellent ventilation. High side walls also help mitigate drafts, making this a very good single person backpacking tent if you prefer double walled tents and want to push your gear weight as low as possible.
The inner tent is freestanding with two permanently connected poles and two hubs, one above the door and one above the foot area. The hubs help pull the inner tent “up,” providing a good deal of space above your head and feet.The inner tent is suspended by plastic hooks and can be used as a standalone bug shelter by itself, since the ends of the poles fit into modified jakes foot corners.
The floor of the tent is tapered and widest at the door end, narrowing toward the feet. However, the shape of the poles keeps the walls of the inner tent nearly vertical, so it’s far more spacious than other 1 person tunnel style tents I’ve used in the past. You still have to crawl feet first to get into this tent, but its narrow footprint makes it easy to pitch in tight spots between trees.
The inner tent is made using a 30D Nylon Ripstop 2000 mm Ether Type PU/SIL FR which is durable for use without a footprint as long are you’re careful where pitch the tent – for example, on forest duff, as shown here, which is soft and drains well.
The SuperMegaUL 1 rain fly is made using very thin 10D Nylon 800-1200mm PU. Colored a pleasant sage green, this is fabric is delicate and should be handled with care. Translucent, it provides a nice amount of interior light during the day but the tent can be quite bright when there’s a full moon outside at night.
The rain fly connects to the corners of the inner tent, using a toggle which slips through a hole in the corner connector. Line loc adjusters let you easily tension the fly once the inner has been staked out. The is the way to outfit a corner tensioning system. Nice job Mountain Hardware!
The middle of the fly also has guylines which help increase airflow through the tent and provide excellent ventilation. Notice how the sides of the tent flare out at the side guy out points, above. The side stakes outs also help pull out the side walls of the tent, increasing internal livability while eliminating the need for two stakes.
While snug, the front vestibule provides added covered storage in front and wind resistance as long as you pitch it into the prevailing wind. The vestibule has a single zipper, which allows you to pitch the vestibule with one side rolled back for more airflow. Extended overhead coverage also helps keep rain off you and away from the inner tent when the door is open. While you can open and roll back both sides of the door, there are only tie-outs for one half, so you’d have to rig up something custom to keep the second side open.
While the vestibule is large enough to store your backpack, there’s no way you can get in and out of the tent without moving it out-of-the-way. I’m a medium size fellow and I found that I had to crawl into the SuperMegaUL 1 feet first since it is too tight to turn around inside the doorway. That’s just the price you pay for a design like this in a single person size. At least there isn’t a trekking pole in the way, which is what you find on UL trekking-pole tents like this with a front vestibule.
The Mountain Hardware SuperMega UL 1 Tent is compact, but not as cramped as you might expect. I can comfortably sit up at the head of the tent and completely stretch out without touching the side walls or ends. More importantly, there’s also room at the head of the tent beyond the top of my mummy bag where I can arrange the smaller items I like to keep close by at night, in addition to an overhead hang loop and side mesh pocket. While I wouldn’t want to spend more than one rainy day inside the SuperMegaUL 1, it’s a perfectly nice shelter to sleep in as long as you don’t try to do yoga at night.
- Component Weights
- Stuff Sack: 0.8 ounces
- Rain fly: 8.0 ounces
- Inner tent: 11.2 ounces
- Poles: 10 ounces
- Pole stuff sack: 0.5 ounces
- Pole repair sleeve: 0.3 ounces
- 8 Tent stakes: 3.5 ounces
- Stake stuff sack: 0.3 ounces
The Mountain Hardware SuperMega UL 1 Tent is a lightweight double-walled tent with a front-vestibule. Weighing just 30 ounces (without stakes and stuff sacks), it’s easy to pitch and has excellent internal ventilation with steeply pitched walls that provide excellent livability. A deep bathtub floor, taped seams, and polyurethane coated floor provide good waterproofing and durability, but you do need to be careful with the rain fly which is made of much thinner 10 denier nylon and can be easily punctured and abraded.
Contrary to the claims of the manufacturer, the SuperMegaUL 1 is not a “truly freestanding” tent. While the inner tent is freestanding and can be used by itself as a bug bivy, you do need to stake out the outer rain fly. While that’s a bit disappointing, the SuperMegaUL 1 Tent is still a quite livable lightweight shelter if you’re looking for a compact double walled backpacking tent.
- Corner jakes foot connectors and line loc tensioners
- Excellent ventilation
- Good headroom and livability
- High bathtub floor
- Inner tent can be used as standalone bug bivy
- Cramped vestibule entrance
- Not truly freestanding as claimed by manufacturer
- Best used in warmer weather; a bit too cool for shoulder season use
- Mediocre tent stakes included – recommend you replace
Disclosure: Philip Werner purchased this tent with his own funds.