Mountain Hardwear PCT 1
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PCT 1 is a double walled backpacking tent for one person. The unique floor shape trims weight on this well ventilated design. Vestibule with roomy side entry provides roomy storage space and Atlas 7001 poles support the sleek, tapered canopy.
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Mountain Hardwear PCT 1 Reviews
Reviewed by Mick Wood (Chesterfield) on 2006-01-23:
General comments: When I needed a lightweight tent for a months expedition in Central America I finally settled upon the Mountain Hardware PCT1 because of it's lightweight construction and ventilation - due to the inner being constructed almost completely from Mesh material. As it happens I was a bit sceptical but in practice this tent performed way beyond exceptions. Its lightweight outer provided more than adequate protection from the torrential rainstorms of the Central American rainy season, although it was never really tested by strong winds! The inner's groundsheet is made in the same lightweight material as the outer in order to save the weight, I bought the footprint to accompany this tent, which works well with the tent and in my opinion is an absolute must in order to prolong the life of your tent. In short if it's a lightweight tent, which packs down well, is what your after then I'd recommend this tent in a shot. I lived in mine for a month and had no complaints but have yet to use it in the Great British wind and rain!
Pros: Lightweight, Packability
Cons: Can get a bit breezy if not erected correctly - due to the mesh inner
I suspect without the optional footprint the lightweight groundsheet would damage very easily!
Reviewed by andy park (glasgow) on 2006-02-10:
General comments: Bought this tent for a a multi day trip into Ben Alder Estate. I read the Trail Mag tests at the time which rated it in top 5 but couldn't afford a Hilleberg Akto at the time which was no 1 so bought one. Packs small and light and pitches without fuss with plenty of guying adjustment. I was dissapointed that MTN Hardwear don't supply enough pegs to use the tent including guys, so you may have to use rocks or buy more! The low profile is strong and windows above your head makes it slightly less claustrophobic while you view the night sky but it's no place to spend a long time sitting out heavy weather. The larger under fly storage on one side is just enough if your well organised but if you cook under cover you'll need to be very careful and use a low profile burner. Usefulpockets at your shoulders when lying down and extra width around upper body makes it comfy when prone..you can read under your headtorch without the fabric feelingtoo close for comfort. The achilles heel for UK is the mesh inner which means if you use it outside the summer you may have to upgrade your sleeping bag theerby negating the weight saving you make with the tent...catch 22?
Pros: Quick and relatively unfussy to pitch. Strong materials and well constructed to Mtn Hardwear's usual standard. Low wind shedding profile means very stable if pitched tail into wind.
Cons: Mesh inner means colder nights and/or slight breeze inside when wind gets up. Coffin like interior not that comfortable for prolonged stay. Cooking undercover requires care.
Reviewed by Ben.D (aberystwyth) on 2006-02-27:
General comments: This tent was bough to complete the Pembrokeshire coastal walk. I needed a cheap lightweight tent which could be pitched easily, carried easily and would withstand the unpredictable weather the west coast of Wales has. First and foremost I was impressed with the weight – 1.70kgs and the packed size (4inches by 17inches), one person easily carries this. The interior of the tent is made up of a mesh fabric, which reduces the overall weigh immensely, the only drawback is that this is far to cold a tent to use outside the summer unless you have a good down bag to fend off the cold drafts. The interior design I find good with enough headroom to sit up and read, the bottom width is non-restrictive and allows enough movement for your legs. When the fly is attached you can store your pack in the small alcoves either side of the main compartment. The fly fabric is very light but does fend off downpours well and I haven’t experienced any leaking yet, this can also be said for the groundsheet fabric. Pitching the tent is very simple and the two-pole design works well. I wouldn’t use this tent for anything more than summer, good weather backpacking as I feel it would be too cold with the mesh inner. You can get this tent cheap via the web so shop around, It would also make a great travel tent in warmer climes
Pros: very light and well made, cheap compared to the competition
Cons: to cold for anything other than summer and the Y-shaped pegs really hurt your hands when placing.