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8:14:00 AM
Yep, bought the Hammerhead 2 from Mountain Hardware. Just got back from a trip up the Snowy River. Awesome for this kind of hiking.
Even though it's rated at 2 people, you could actually fir 3 with some comfort, which is unusual, since you normally need a 3man to fit 2 people. Also another great feature that no one has talked about here is the ability to be pitched at extreme influences of alcohol (only bend 1 peg). It's all well and good above/below snow-line, blizzards and rain, but after drinking, this is where it's at!!!
Seriously though, I'm very happy with it as a general hiking tent. 2entrances make it easy for those midnight exits without waking the other and both sides have storage under the fly. 3 poles also make it sturdy in wind, but have not tested it in rain yet. (note to self: seal seams)
Verdict: very happy with this 3+ season tent and I can see my stars at night. The only downside I can see, is that there is only 2 guy-rope attachments and even though it is very slipstreamed, I would prefer to have at least 1 more.
Got a super price on it as well. Think it was $325 down from $499 Happy with that. Snowgum in Moorabbin was great and the manager there is very helpful, not like their city store as I mentioned earlier (wouldn't budge on cost).

5:53:41 PM
From what I heard Snowgum are clearing out on everything Mountain Hardware as they aren't carrying their gear any more.

I bought my Mountain Hardware tent over the internet in the U.S. and saved several hundred dollars. Lucky for me I had a friend in the States who was making their way home to Australia so I didn't have to pay postage or risk customs.

I had to get a shipping/manufacturing fault rectified after receiving the tent brand new. MH naturally offered free repairs... provided I send it back to where I bought it from. Ha ha ha I'm not posting it back to the States, and (as of September last year) MH stated they didn't have a retailer/repairer in Australia any more. So I took it to Remote Repairs anyway and sent MH the bill, which they duly paid, good on 'em, but I guess that means that MH gear might be hard to come by in Australia for a while until they find another retailer.


8:37:46 AM
Yeah, I herad the same. Great service from MHW though. They could have just left you hanging with the bill.

I was lucky in getting my Hammerhead 2 tent as well, as it was the last one in captivity.

Did you get in contact with MHW in the states, before you sent the bill for the repairs over?

3:26:39 PM
Yep did it all by email.

7:33:40 PM
I'm onto my second Olympus and also a Minaret after the first ones were stolen from my garage. I haven't tested the new ones to make a comment on them, but the originals were very good. I'm a little bit disappointed that they've added a guy to hold the vents open, the my originals had a small acrylic strip that opened the vent. In general the biggest problem has always been their weight.

In my opinion, your choices in tents will depend in what your doing. For me I prefer bushwalking in alpine areas, so I'm always looking for a snow capable tent, something that many of the cheaper tents can't do. I prefer a tent that will collapse in the event of excessive snow build up as you can always dig it out, over a free standing tent that will blow away (rarely but sometimes with the occupants inside). The single skin tents don't breathe a well as the double skin tents, and the floor in many of the specialist mountaining tents are only suited to snow on smooth rocks, rather than vegetation, because of how easily they can tear.

I'm still looking for my ideal 1 man tent, something along the lines of a scaled down, minaret or olympus but still with 3 poles, weight 1.6 - 2.0 kg and snow capable.

11:42:25 PM
On 6/01/2005 AlanD wrote:>I'm still looking for my ideal 1 man tent, something along the lines of
>a scaled down, minaret or olympus but still with 3 poles, weight 1.6 -
>2.0 kg and snow capable.

Yeah good luck with that, and if you find one let me know!
7:12:18 PM
Has any one experince with the Fairy down Evolution?

It is a 2 man, 4 season, 2.3kg, minimal condensation and according to a fiarydown rep suited to all australian conditions.

I am seriously considering one (yet to check it out for size) in the coming weeks.

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