The Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 tent

Text by: Altitude Sports Collaboration

Camping, Mountain Hardwear. The Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 tent

Not another tent review, sigh. In the end aren’t they all the same? Some are heavier, some are lighter, some are yellow and some are blue. Some are bigger and some are smaller. I’ll pitch it, I’ll sit in it and be happy that my non-permanent home is indeed waterproof.

Our review of this product
8.9 / 10

The pros are:

Huge view

Loads of space

Easy pitch

The cons are:

Pack size is big

Then I got to fool around with the Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 tent. It is like other tents but different. Different in that it offers up some serious ocular pleasure.

But let’s look at the technical stuff first, shall we?


Setting up this tent is like stealing candy from a baby: easy. Out of the bag it took me 2 minutes to pitch this tent. The 2 X pole configuration (the .5 being the tiny pole across the roof) is simple and easy to do every time. Maybe I’m biased but I do love the clip system as it takes a split second to have your tent up even in the dark.

Or maybe this tent was easy to set up because it came with instructions with pictures and a link to a video. Almost no one does this, but I think more should start (or maybe I’m the only one who has scratched their head putting up complicated tents before?).


Compromise plays a big role in camping equipment, and this is made evident by the Optic. If ‘ultralight’ is your favourite buzzword (and your tooth brush doubles as a tent peg), then maybe forgo this tent. It is slightly bigger than other 2 person tents on the market, weighing in at 6 lb. 3 oz.  but…

The room, sweet Jesus, the room.  The high ceiling on the Optic makes it perfect for getting changed, without being a yogi. Combine that with numerous stow pockets in the walls, and you have an extremely practical tent for getting stuck in the pouring rain for days on ends.

And then there is the view.


The two doors are not on opposing sides of the tent, but connecting.  Open up both doors and you can give yourself the view of a lifetime (*ahem* depending on where you pitch your tent).  If you are lucky and can head to Zion National Park in Utah, then you may be rewarded.

Photo by our friend Kelly Caccamo

The Optic 2.5 tent from Mountain Hardwear, which also comes in a 3 person version, is a room AND a view. If you like hiding from the bugs and sipping wine from your tent while watching a calm lake, a desert gorge or your family play in a field, the Optic 2.5 may be at the head of your list.







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