The Sierra Designs Mojo 2 tent is very cool: it’s a 3 pound 2.8 ounce, 2 person tent with a hybrid one-piece fly and inner tent, external poles, and a winged design that provides far superior air flow than conventional doubled walled tents. It has ample headroom and interior space, a front vestibule for gear storage and is made using lightweight fabrics to keep it’s weight down. I think it’s a great alternative for backpackers who want want to reduce the weight of their tent and enjoy the benefits of a tarp or tarptent (see what is a tarptent), without having to opt for a minimalist style shelter.
The Mojo 2 is a little unusual in that the inner mesh and outer fly are connected together and pitched at the same time. This makes pitching them much easier than a standard double walled tent and helps keep the rain from drenching your inner tent if you have to pitch it unfavorable conditions. The shape of the tent is also unusual because the top wing (fly) creates two side spaces on either side of the inner tent that dramatically increase the tent’s internal ventilation and combat internal condensation. When pitched (see above), the fly looks like a winged moth perched on top of the inner tent.
Structurally, the tent uses a hub and spoke system with 3 long collapsible poles and two short. These frame a built-in front vestibule and suspend the ceiling of the sleeping area to create more internal headroom and maintain airflow between the inner tent and outer fly. The top spokes also create two top vents in the tent ceiling which are extremely useful if you pitch the tent into the wind, but wanted to keep the vestibule shut.
The interior of the Mojo 2 is a bit snug but manageable for 2 people, especially because the tent has such excellent headroom and the fact that they can store their packs in the front vestibule. However, given the front door, sleepers need to align themselves with their heads in front of the inner screened door to avoid having to climb over each other at night. Personally, I prefer sleeping with my head at opposite end of a tent from the door, but this isn’t a showstopper for me.
The interior of the Mojo 2 is quite pleasant because the tent is white in color, gently diffusing any external sunlight. This can also be quite nice in the morning, especially if you like earlylite (haha). Seriously, I own another white shelter and being woken by the morning sun is one of the benefits of having a shelter this color.
The total weight of the Mojo 2 is 3 pounds 7 ounces out of the box, and 3.28 ounces if you discard the tent and pole/stake bags. This is pretty good for a lightweight tent, especially if shared between 2 people. Although not ultralight, Sierra Designs did a good job on this tent using much lighter weight materials than in their previous shelters, including 20 denier nylon for the fly and body. There’s even a rumor that they might make this tent in cuben fiber.
- Total weight (on Section Hiker Scale) : 3 pounds 7.0 ounces (3 pounds 2.8 ounces without mfg supplied stuff sacks)
- Combined inner and outer tent w/ floor: 2 pounds 6 ounces
- Poles: 9.6 ounces
- Stakes: 3.2 ounces
- Tent bag: 1.4 ounces
- Pole / stake bag: 0.7 ounces
Unfortunately, Sierra Designs and a lot of outdoor retailers claim that the “trail weight” of the Mojo 2 is 2 pounds 7 ounces. They can only be referring to the weight of the tent itself and not the poles and stakes needed to pitch it, which is of course idiotic. I wish this practice would stop; it’s deceptive marketing. </Flame Off>
The Mojo 2 is a great tent for backpackers who want a lightweight tent that is very close to 3 pounds in weight. With excellent ventilation and many of the benefits that ultralight backpackers experience when they use tarps or tarptents, the Mojo 2 is with a hybrid double-walled tent that doesn’t require any new skills to use or pitch, a definite 1+ in it’s favor. I think Sierra Design has a hit with the Mojo and I’m confident that they have more surprises in the product development pipeline for the lightweight backpacking community.
- Great ventilation eliminates virtually all internal condensation
- Top wind vents can be pitched into wind to promote even more airflow
- Combined inner tent/fly makes it possible to pitch in the rain without inside getting wet
- Front vestibule for gear storage
- Great internal head room
- White is a great tent color because it lets in a lot of light
- Single door makes it harder for two people to share
- Sleepers need to sleep with their head near door/vestibule (to get out easily)
- Included tent stakes are too short and hold poorly in forest duff
- It’d be nice if the vestibule was optional, to shave off more weight
- Capacity: 2
- Season: 3
- Trail Weight: 2 lb 11 oz / 1.22 kg
- Packed Weight: 3 lb 2 oz / 1.42 kg (3.7 ounces on the Section Hiker Scale)
- Interior Area: 26.50 ft2 / 2.46 m2
- Vestibule Area: 7.00 ft2 / .65 m2
- Peak Height: 38 in / 97 cm
- Packed Length: 17.5 in.
- Packed Diameter: 5 in.
- Number of doors: 1
- Number of poles: 2 hubbed
- Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm
- Fabrics and Materials
- Floor Material: 40D Nylon, 3000 mm
- Body Material: 20D Nylon
- Fly Material: 20D Nylon, 1500 mm
- Poles: DAC
Disclaimer: Sierra Designs provided SectionHiker.com (Philip Werner) with a complementary Mojo 2 Tent for this review.
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