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Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Review

Mountain Hardwear EV 3
By: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Aug 16, 2013
Price:  $850 List
Pros:  Strong, lightweight, livable, good ventilation, integrated vestibule, snow port, two windows.
Cons:  Canopy is hard to tension properly, only for winter use, no bug netting on doors.
Manufacturer:   Mountain Hardwear

Our Analysis


The Mountain Hardware EV3 tent is the three-person version of the EV2 tent, about which we did a full review. Both tents are built for serious mountaineering and alpine climbing. This is our favorite three-person single wall tent.

The EV3 differs from the EV2 in these ways:

• Sleeps 3 rather than 2
• 4 poles rather than 3
• 49 square feet of floor space rather than 31
• Packed weight 7 lb, 1 oz. rather than 5 lb. 2 oz.

• Retail price higher by about $140

Check out the full review of the EV2 and the Four Season Tent Review where we compare the top tents.

Other Versions and Accessories

If you're looking for the two-person version of this tent, check out the Mountain Hardwear EV2.

The EV 3 Footprint costs $67 and is a waterproof layer that can extend the life of your tent.

Chris McNamara

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Mar 22, 2014 - 12:38pm
DMR · Hiker · Southold, NY

Works great for what it was built for: high altitude 14,000'+ conditions. Not to use in rain and 2,000ft. Lack of vestibule is a bit of bother. But you can cook with door cracked open. Either that or carry another 3 pounds all the way up and down! BTW 8,000ft+ might be a bit of a stretch! Who sleeps @ 26,000 ft?


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   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:16pm
fieldtestpro · Hiker · UK

This review is based on a trip with the EV3, although I believe my comments apply equally to the EV2.

I have just returned from my first trip with the tent in Scotland. The tent was used on several exposed hills at around 2000ft as well as some lower altitude / sheltered locations. I found this tent to be completely unsuitable for UK / European weather. We did not have particularly heavy or persistent rain on this trip, just the occasional shower now and again. However, due to the way this tent is designed and the materials used, it proved impossible to keep equipment dry, and by the end of the trip my down sleeping bag was completely saturated along with pretty much everything else. The tent provides no shelter whatsoever for cooking in snow or rain – attempting to do so inevitably leads to the sealed inner filling with water and/or snow (which will then melt).
If the vents are open, a considerable amount of cold wind can blow through the tent (making it far colder than even a cheap double walled tent). If the vents are closed, condensation build up is considerable to the point that pools of water formed from drips from the roof. The material may well be breathable, but, the performance is notably impaired once the outside of the tent is wet from rain etc; the build-up of condensation and pools of water inside the sleeping area accelerates.
I fully accept this tent may perform well at 8000m+, and as other reviewers have noted it has originally been designed specifically for this purpose. However, the purpose of my review is simply to comment on the fact that it is an exceptionally bad choice for any kind/season of camping in the UK and, I would expect, any climate in which rain is a possibility.

I have in the past used various other comparable geodesic/semi-geodesic tents, including a Hilleberg Jannu, Tarra and Savio, as well as a Terra Nova Quasar and a Force 10 Vortex 200 – all of which have performed significantly better.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.

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