Reviewed: 01 November 2005
GREAT - ULTRALIGHT; AND GOOD FOR ADVENTURE RACING!
Used it for the first time at this year's KIMM. Weighs 1.25 kg, with the optional poles; pretty good for a double-skinned, genuine 2-person tent.
Incredibly easy to erect - around 90 seconds in the dark and in a howling gale (inner and outer go up as one - dead easy). Much more robust than I had expected. Pitched it head end (short side) into the wind - no movement at all throughout the (VERY windy) night.
Absolutely no condensation in the tent the following morning. Twin porches for versatility (larger than on my MSR Zoid 2).
I'm usd to a Spacepacker, which has huge porches, with nothing to block access to them. My only niggle about the ME Ultralight is that the poles reduce access to the porches, but not to any great degree.
Also, the inner side between the pole and the head end doesn't unzip. This may be for greater strength, but I'd prefer to be able to access the full length of the porch without reaching round the pole (only a minor niggle though).
Buy one! I got mine for £80 from Snow and Rock; plus another £28 for the poles direct from Mountain Equipment (Snow and Rock quoted me £40).
I've heard some complaints about the length for tall people. I'm 6' 1" and had no problem at all - don't be put off.