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Waypoint 1
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Waypoint 1

Waypoint 1

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Waypoint 1

Manufacturer: Mountain Hardwear

Your Opinion: 
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Page By: Alpinist

Created/Edited: May 23, 2004 / Jan 21, 2007

Object ID: 1079

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The roomy and ultralight Waypoint tent from Mountain Hardwear is ideal for backcountry trekking. Single-wall canopy construction keeps the weight down and crossflow technology provides ventilation and reduced condensation. Features include:

  • Large stake out loops accept skis and pickets
  • Rubber shock cord for maximum resilience in temperatures ranging from -60 to 120 F
  • Superlight materials minimize weight without sacrificing features
  • Non-hydrolyzing, polyeather coated floor fabric
  • Tent package includes; stuff sack, pole sack, peg sack, aluminum stakes, Seam Grip and owner's manual
  • Taped, full coverage nylon fly with silicone coated outer and polyurethane coated inner
  • Bias bound zippers allow for ease of use and extended zipper life
  • Large mesh pockets and webbing hang loops keep things organized inside the tent
  • #8 YKK zippers with nickel-plated sliders and pull-tabs for durability and noise reduction
  • Opposing double slider fly zippers for ease of ventilation
  • Fly attachment system is adjustable, will not freeze or collect snow and is field repairable
  • CrossFlow construction: fly welded to floor, complete floor perimeter venting, ceiling venting
  • Watertight zippers on fly
  • Non-wicking grommet tabs with adjustable buckle
  • Large, clear, non-yellowing, non-clouding UVX film windows
  • Water-resistant, inverted fly zippers with storm flaps
  • Off-ground perimeter seams form a waterproof tub
  • Catenary-cut seams create taut canopy and improve fly strength
  • D-shaped doors stay off ground when open
  • Taped floor seams (not all tents have a floor seam)
  • Single side entry
  • Back-tacked stress points add strength and durability
  • Locking pole tips for ease of set-up
  • Bottom fabric: 70D Superlight Floor
  • Canopy fabric: No-See-Um Netting
  • Fly fabric: Superlight 30D Fly
  • Poles: Easton 7178 T9
  • UVX windows: 1
  • Mesh windows: 2


Floor: 88x54”, 32-½ sq.ft.
Height: 35”
Stuff size: 18x6”
Weight:3 lb. 14 oz.
Material:Nylon with Easton 7075 T9 aluminum poles


Original manufacturer's suggested retail price: $250 (US)
Closeout prices: ~$120



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thebeave7Untitled Review

Voted 4/5

So far only a few backcountry tests, but the tent has performed very well. It has survived several nights above 10K in conditions ranging anywhere from sub 20F at Glen Pass to 35mph wind gusts below Baxter Pass. In the 20F night there was some ice/condesation build up, those this was the only time that has occurred. Overall the tent is an easy pitch and plenty of room for me and all my gear. Only dislike is that there is no true vestibule, though there is a small overhang of the fly for boots by the door. So far I am pleased with the results, and love the weight. Still awaiting the heavy rains test, and the humid climate test, I will report back later on those.
Posted May 28, 2004 3:21 pm


Voted 2/5

I used this tent on a 10-day backpacking trip in Northern Yosemite in July 2004. I love the design. The tent is lightweight, roomy and easy to pitch. Unfortunately, the ventilation is terrible. I meticulously guided out the tent after the first night to maximize the floor vents, as well as opened the 3 vent windows. Yet it was still dripping wet every morning due to condensation. It was impossible to exit the tent without getting myself and gear all wet. It was so wet that it delayed breaking camp when we wanted to be on the trail early. (Think tropical rain forest.) I strongly suggest keeping the door partially unzipped whenever possible. We were there during peak mosquito hatch, so that was not an option for me. (The door does not have a screen.) Ironically, we had brief heavy rains a couple of afternoons and the tent stayed perfectly dry.

I ended up returning this tent at REI.

If they ever redesign the Waypoint 1 with larger screen windows, I'll buy it. Were it not for the condensation/ventilation problem, this would be the perfect solo tent.
Posted Aug 9, 2004 8:28 am

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