Hyperlite Mountain Gear: Ultramid 2 shelter

I just began working with this large DCF (cuben fiber) pyramidal shelter today, and so far it appears to be an outstanding ultralight, spacious, and well-made piece of gear for 1-2 persons. This is a 4 season shelter unless facing extreme conditions.

Weight: c 19 oz

Stakes: with 4 added corner panel lines- 12 , I prefer either MSR Carbon Cores or Groundhogs for most conditions.

I’ve been delighted to find that both the single and double Mountain Laurel Designs mesh/ Sil floor inserts I already have for the Duomid shelters work beautifully with the Ultamid 2 :


front view


oblique view


Single MLD insert


top attachment of single insert to internal clip


Double MLD insert- also fits my MLD Duomids!


top of MLD double insert


double insert with ample lateral spaces- door entry is next to sit pad on the right of the mesh insert


from within double insert


Detail of double insert attachment to pole


HMG spruce green Ultramid 2


HMG panel logo; dual peak vents with internal mesh built in


This shelter is most likely going to be used when there are 2 persons on a trip; it’s palatial for one, but the DCF Duomid will work very well for that purpose at 4 oz weight savings; I note that this shelter is c 5 oz lighter than my Silnylon Duomid! I think it’s an important design distinction between these shelters that the Duomid door is on the long side of the’ mid, while this one has the door on the short side–> between the 2 persons! so that exit and entry are easier.

The green color will work well for stealth camping and on snow, vs the white MLD Duomid, but the latter’s footprint is smaller and easier to erect in tighter spots.

And the UM2 has a hang loop at its apex- as with the Duomids, this allows elimination of  center pole if there’s a suitable external anchor such as a tree branch above the tent.

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