Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2


Mountain Hardwear's new Direkt 2 is a single-wall tent built in the style of Black Diamond's Firstlight, but updated in a way that makes it both more and less useful. The twin headlines here are a crazy-low measured weight of two pounds, nine point five ounces (tent and poles), plus a completely 100% seam-sealed single-wall body that once and for all puts to rest any worries of waterproofness. The bad news.

— September 3, 2012

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

Carl September 10, 2012 at 4:01 am

Which would you recommend, the first light or direkt2, for ultralight ski touring and ski mountaineering in the coast range of british columbia. Are the condensation issues relevant between the first light and direct in winter? Definitely would never use an assault tent in the summer.

Andy September 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

At this point I don't think I can pick between them. The Firstlight is easier to use, more versatile, and better vented--though not great itself! The Direkt is fully waterproof and (slightly) lighter. Condensation seems to vary highly from user to user and climate to climate. Some people find the Firstlight unusable in this regard, so I do think the Direkt 2 almost demands a dry & cold climate. I'll update as I learn more about the Direkt 2...

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