Mountain Hardwear Hylo 3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
Mountain HardwearHylo 3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

Maximum comfort, minimum weight.

Optimizing space and functionality without the excess weight, the Mountain Hardwear Hylo 3 Tent is a three-season, three-person tent for backpacking trips where comfort is just as important as lightweight carrying. Its hybrid design shaves weight where necessary with single-wall construction, yet it offers improved ventilation over traditional single-wall tents with the addition of a mesh canopy.

The fly stakes into the ground to create a roomy vestibule for storing extra gear, such as packs and footwear. Guaranteed watertight construction keeps you nice and dry through passing showers and heavy rainstorms, as backed by the fully taped flay and taped perimeter seams. Other key features include welded corners and welded guy clip anchors for extra weather protection and durability, as well as mesh storage pockets for handily stashing small camping accessories.

  • Lightweight three-person tent
  • Hybrid construction (single/double-wall)
  • Freestanding design
  • DAS Featherlight NSL poles
  • Fully taped fly, taped perimeter seams
  • Welded corners, welded guy clip anchors
  • Mesh storage pockets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Cool single-walled hybrid

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was slightly hesitant to purchase this tent, since it's practically white, however it had the best pack weight, even with the footprint, compared to its competitors. This is meant to be a 3+, but honestly, with my partner and a dog, there was little room. The length of the tent is great. There was space between our heads and the bottom of the tent. The dog slept at our feet most of the night and came up between us during the coldest part of the evening, right before sunrise. That's when it started to feel a bit cramped.

Even though it was a cold night (30s), there was very little condensation inside the tent. The vestibule got a little damp on the inside, which is to be expected, and the floor of the tent was slightly dewy from body heat transfer and breathing.

The entire front door is mesh. The rainfly is attached, making it a single wall tent, but the vestibule that stakes out makes it a hybrid. This creates a lot of airflow with the front mesh door and two smaller side vents that can be popped out, if you please.

The few qualms that I have with this tent are:
1. The vestibule is so deep that it is hard to open without putting your hands on the wet, cold, dirty ground. However, this does create a ton of space for gear that you don't bring inside the tent with you. When the vestibule opens, you have to take care to flip it up and out, or roll it so the damp interior doesn't swish into the tent.
2. There is very little space for gear inside the tent. There is no option for a gear loft and the pockets are very small. We ended up putting the stuff sacks for our sleeping pads, tent, etc in the pockets and that's about it. There is no place to hang your headlamp for interior lighting aside from the interior door toggle.

I have used this tent on a few more trips. One where it was in the low 20s-high teens over night. Like any tent, there was ice on the interior and exterior.. Everyone else on my trip had removable flys and could hang them against trees/shrubs to dry. I didn't feel like this was an advantage for them. We all had damp and muddy tents from the rain and the ice. This hybrid performed as well as my Big Anges Copper Spur UL1 that I've had for a number of years. I have a few notes that I would LOVE Mountain Hardware to change on this tent; it's almost perfect:

First, if you don't stake out the ring right under the door just right, the door will sag and will create zipping and unzipping awkwardness. Second, the color. It's ALREADY DIRTY. There are areas that I've tried to clean from the mud around the base of the tent that are permanently stained. Also, at night, because the tent is so light, it seems bright when it's super dark outside. Third, that gear loft. Really a huge pain not having anywhere to store your smaller gear items. Especially in a larger tent where you are supposed to be using the room for other bodies, I personally want a place where everyone can place their small necessities during the evening.

If you want a lightweight 3+ tent, this is still a fantastic option.

Spacious, super-light and super-strong

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was fortunate enough to sleep out in the Hylo a few weeks back in Joshua Tree. Three things stuck out for me:

1) The sleeping area is huge. The design of the tent means you can sit up and have plenty of room
2) While everyone else was complaining of their tents flapping around in 50mph winds, I slept like a baby. The tent stayed strong all night.
3) Super light weight and packs down well

This is one hell of tent!