Rated 4 out of 5 by jkmn hardy little tent, some difficulty in heavy rain
My brother and I used the Ultralight 2 for 4 straight weeks on a backpacking trip in the mountains of Norway. Overall, we were very happy with the tent. It's incredibly light and compact and very easy to assemble. We're both pretty tall (I'm 5'11 and my brother is just over 6'2) and the tent fit us comfortably. We experienced some strong wind on our trip and the tent held up very well. But because we ran into a week of heavy rain at the end of our trip, we put the tent through its paces, and have a few recommendations for the next version of the tent.
We always set up the tent with all of the provided guy lines and stakes, and up until our last week of travel, we did not experience any issues with our gear getting wet.
Our biggest issue with the tent was the placement of the door flap of the rain fly. The rain fly has a zipper that runs perpendicular to the main door and the body of the tent. When opened, the door becomes slack and hits the mesh of the tent inside. This is not an issue in dry conditions, but in heavy rain, the open door of the rain sheet (heavy with rain from the outside and accumulated condensation from the inside) falls slack against the mesh of the tent inside and soaks through the mesh door and onto any gear that might be resting close to the door. This would be solved by moving the main zipper on the fly sheet so that it runs parallel to the main body of the tent, so that the door of the rain fly (when opened) would fall into the vestibule instead of on to the tent.
I agree with other reviews of the tent in that it would be very helpful to have a place to stake out the rain tent at the head of the tent (right underneath the L.L.Bean logo). While it is possible to get the rain fly entirely taut without this stake, it is sometimes difficult and often involves several minutes of re-staking the tent and guy lines.
We also found that after four weeks of straight use, the small black velcro loops on the interior of the rain sheet that fasten the rain fly to the poles of the tent were coming off.
Overall, this tent served us very well. Aside from the issue with the rain sheet door, it was the ideal two person tent for a long backpacking trip - light, compact, easy to assemble, and sturdy. We're looking forward to trying out the next version of the Ultralight!
August 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by nmswhiker Microlight Ultralight 2
Love the tent overall. Took it on the CDT in Colorado. It had plenty of room for me and my 78 lb. golden doodle. Love having the two vestibules and doors. I would highly recommend a stake or tie down tab on the fly at the front of the tent and if possible some air vents in the fly to reduce condensation.
July 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dirtykid Perfect!
Love this tent!
Nice and small
easy pack in and set up
Woke up completely dry after a huge storm
June 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
by jrouha Great Backpacking Tent
I bought this tent about 3 months ago and have been hiking/backpacking with it multiple times. It is lightweight, packs up small and is easy to put together.
On my most recent hike we camped out in the pouring rain. I was very happy to wake up in the morning dry and warm - no leaks that I am aware of.
I've found that rolling up the doors on the rain fly is a little weird. The tent material is so light that just one hook and loop to hold it up is not enough and in result the ends flop over.
I would recommend getting the footprint for the tent. It doesn't add too much weight and I'm sure will add life to the tent floor given how lightweight of a material is used.
June 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by WasatchExplorer First Impressions Are Great
So I just received this tent and have only set it up in my apt. I will update this review when I go camping for the first time.
Weight and dimensions (both packed and set-up) are as advertised. The frame is simple yet brilliant! Best pole design for any tent I've seen, and the aluminum appears/feels extra durable.
For me it was a tough call whether to get this or its predecessor, the Microlight FS 2P: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/80579?page=microlight-fs-2-person-tent
At the end of the day I decided to spend the extra cash in order to shed some weight, and because of their forever guarantee.
Also, just FYI since the llbean site doesn't make this clear, if you want a footprint to go with the UL 2P, it's the same as the FS 2P: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/73427?page=microlight-fs-2-person-backpacking-tent-footprint
April 6, 2016