It can be hard to choose the perfect tent for a camping trip. There are so many different options that it can be overwhelming. The most important thing to keep in mind is what the purpose of your tent will be. Is it keeping you away from bugs on a hot summer night, or is it keeping you sheltered from strong winds on a mountain? Different tents can serve different purposes, so you must take your needs and circumstances into account when shopping. If you are a solo backpacker, you only need a lightweight tent good for you alone. If you are looking for one, read throughout this article for our review of Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 1.
What to Look For
Size and Weight
If you are car camping, the size and weight of the tent does not matter, as you will not be carrying it on your back. However, for backpacking, you want to choose a tent that is as light as possible, without sacrificing quality and durability. For car camping, you still should keep in mind that a tent marketed as “two person” tends to have very little elbow room when filled to capacity. It is generally a good idea to purchase a tent that has a capacity two people higher than what you are looking for.
There are three main types of tent seasonalities; 3-season, extended 3-season, and 4-season. 3-season tents are most popular, as they are lightweight, and designed for relatively temperate conditions. Their main purpose is to keep you dry, shield you from insects, and provide privacy. Extended 3-season tents are designed to be suitable for summer use in addition to early spring and late fall, where you might have to withstand some inclement weather. 4-season tents are true to their name in being engineered to withstand heavy snow, high winds, and colder temperatures. These tents can be used in any season, but are specially designed to shield you in more extreme weather.
It is important to keep in mind when shopping for a tent that fabric canopies with higher-denier materials are more rugged than those with lower-denier materials. In addition, higher-denier floors are more durable and more successful in preventing leakage.
In many tents, mesh panels are used to provide a view and ventilate the tent to manage condensation. This is ideal for hot, humid climates. However, it holds in less warmth, so mesh panels are not as good for colder climates.
Overview and Features
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 1 tent is a free standing, fast pitch tent that has a capacity of one person. This tent is designed to be as light as possible without sacrificing any strength or durability. The poles are constructed of DAC Featherlight NSL poles, which are as light as possible by design. The canopy fabric is made of 15-denier nylon mesh, and the floor fabric is 20D Nylon Ripstop. These are relatively lower-denier fabrics, so this tent will not be quite as durable as some others. The construction of the tent is designed to be watertight. The fly is fully taped, and the perimeter seam is taped. The corners and guy clip anchors are welded as well, making it lighter and more waterproof. The Ghost UL 1 has four square feet of vestibule area for dry entry and additional gear storage. This tent is 3-season and the canopy is mostly mesh panels, so it is suitable for more temperate climates.
- The mesh panels provide excellent ventilation, so it is a good tent for hot, humid weather.
- The tent is watertight, with a fully taped fly and taped seams.
- The exterior vestibule is convenient for entry and for gear storage.
- This tent is super lightweight and can be carried and packed with ease.
- This tent is constructed of a lower-denier material, and is therefore less durable than some others.
- Due to its nature as a one-person tent, the Ghost UL 1 may be a little crowded, even for one person and their gear.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 1 Tent
DAC Featherlight NSL
5 x 20 in
Number of poles
1 lbs 10 oz / 751 g
2 lbs 1 oz / 0.94 kg
Clips or Sleeves
16 sq ft / 1.5 sq m
Internal Storage Pockets
33.5 in / 85 cm
15D Nylon Mesh
4 sq ft / 0.4 sq m
20D Nylon Ripstop
All in all, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 1 tent would be a decent tent for the single camper. It is lightweight enough for carrying in a pack, but may not be durable enough for backpacking in rugged terrain. This tent is a great 3-season tent, and the mesh panels provide suitable airflow for reducing humidity and condensation. This tent may be too small, even for single campers, if they have a lot of gear. With only 16 square feet of living space, it may get a little cramped. The Ghost UL 1 would be a good choice for the casual camper who wants something easy to carry and pack and suitable for temperate climates.