Product Review [43]

Mountain Design “The Hutt”

by David Whyte

I have just been checking out a new tent which is ideal for sea kayaking. My son bought it for doing Tasmania’s south coast track hike next January so I had a chance to have a good look at it.

The tent is a new model out by Mountain Design called The Hutt and is aimed at the bushwalking market. It is classed as a two man tent but it was pretty snug, though it had slightly more room than my Macpac Minaret and weighs the same. The floor space is uniform (i.e. not tapering) making it easier for two people to share. My son plans on sharing it for 10 days on his hike.

The tent was easy to put up using two cross poles as a sort of elongated Dome. The inner can be put up as a free standing tent to give you insect protection but you’d want to hope it doesn’t rain. It has a feature that is not common amongst dome style tents but certainly is in the Macpac range; that is the ability to put the fly up first. It does this by providing a set of cross tapes. This turns it into an excellent light weight shelter or allows you to put the fly up in the rain and the inner later.

Entrance is via a round front vestibule with a protected zip allowing both top or bottom opening providing good shelter in bad weather. It has another interesting feature with a second door on the inner tent that doesn’t appear to go anywhere. There is only one entrance in the fly and the second inner door opens onto the non-opening side of the fly. Although you cannot use this as an entrance, the shape of the fly provides a small vestibule for shoes, etc. It also allows a good bit of ventilation with both doors and the fly open.

Construction was very sound and the tent appears to be well made. It has loops for four storm guys but I found it very firm without the guys attached. The floor has an abrasion resistant coating on the bottom and comes up the sides several inches for those heavy downpours.

  • Weight – 2.4 kg
  • Poles – 2
  • Floor area – 2.7 sq metres
  • Internal height – 1.1 metres
  • Length – 2.3 metres
  • Width – 1.2 metres
  • Vestibules – 1.6 sq metres
  • Fly – Poly UV70
  • Inner – breathable nylon
  • Floor – Waterloc Ten-K (hydrostatic head of 10,000 mm)