With room for sleeping and gear storage as well as a durable construction that can handle a range of weather conditions, the HMG UltaMid is an ideal shelter for lightweight backcountry travel.
By Will Rietveld
We have come to call a pyramid-type shelter a "Mid", and the name has stuck. The main advantages of a Mid are a large protected area for the weight and loads of headroom; in addition they are claimed to have good ventilation and wind stability. The disadvantage is basically the same as any other single wall shelter - condensation. Most Mids are floorless, but some manufacturers offer a netting insert with a floor, effectively creating a lightweight double-wall shelter.
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Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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