The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dirigo 2 is a two-person, hybrid single/double wall, two-vestibule Dyneema Composite Fabrics (DCF) tent that can be pitched with two trekking poles.
Its unique features include breathable DCF end panels for condensation resistance and an apex pole that (purportedly) improves structural stability.
This is a comprehensive review based on extensive field testing in high winds, rain, sleet, and snow and includes detailed assessments of the Dirigo's structural stability, snow leading resistance, performance in rainy and humid conditions, and livability.
- Two-person capacity, two side entrances, two vestibules
- Hybrid single/double wall design
- Waterproof-breathable panels at head and foot to combat condensation
- Two large interior mesh walls
- Pitches with two trekking poles and eight stakes
- Carbon fiber 'Ridge Bar' adds strength and stability
- Reflective guy-out points / Lineloc tensioners
- Internal mesh hanging stow pocket
- Internal D-rings for clothesline
- Two sidewall guy-out points for increased internal space
- Taped seams for waterproofing and strength
- Includes storage sack, does not include stakes
- Made in USA (Biddeford, Maine)
- 1.75 lbs | 28 oz | 794g
- Weight includes perimeter guy lines only - no stakes
- Floor: DCF11
- Exterior Walls: DCF8 / DCF-WPB
- Vestibules: DCF8
- Interior Doors: No-See-Um Mesh
- Trekking Pole Grommets: DCH50
- Peak Trekking Pole Cups: DCHW
- Vestibule Zippers: #5 YKK Aquaguard
- Packed Size: 12” x 8” x 6” | 30.4cm x 20.3cm x 15.2cm
- Interior Peak Height: 45" | 114.5cm
- Floor Area: 52" (W) x 90" (L) | 32.5 sq. ft.
- Pitched Dimensions: 92" (W) x 95" (L)
- Pole Length: 49" | 125cm
- Vestibule Area: 6.25 sq. ft. per vestibule (12.5 sq. ft. total)
Lofty claims by both the manufacturer and its fan base of condensation management, storm resistance, strength, durability, and manufacturing quality have motivated me to try to push this tent to various limits in a variety of conditions, including:
- High condensation scenarios;
- Snow and rain;
- High winds.
Description of Field Testing
I've spent only one night in the tent in the type of conditions that one might expect during a summer night in the mountains of the US West - warm (above freezing) and dry (low humidity, no precipitation).
I've spent much more time in the tent under a variety of more challenging conditions, primarily in my backyard in Laramie, Wyoming (elevation 7,200 feet in light wind, snow, and rain), in the Sherman Range to my east (elevations of 8,000+ feet, in wind, snow, and sleet), and in the Snowy Range to my west (elevations of 10,000+ feet, in very high winds and snow).
- Elevation ranges: 7,200 to 10,800+ feet.
- Precipitation: rain up to 0.25 in per hour, snow/sleet up to 1.0 in per hour.
- Wind: up to 50 mph steady winds, gusts to more than 65+ mph.
During my testing, I used two Kestrel Drop data loggers (one inside the tent, one outside) to measure humidity and temperature, an infrared thermometer for measuring fabric surface temperatures, and a Kestrel 5500 anemometer to measure wind speeds. Guyline force tension was monitored with Futek LRM200 load cells coupled to a custom-built data logger.
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- Performance Assessment: Materials & Manufacturing Quality, Ease of Setup, Livability, Condensation Managent, Ventilation, Warmth, Storm Resistance, Wind, Snow Loading, Rain, Spindrift, Case Study in a Storm
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- Compared To (ZPacks Duplex, Tarptent Stratospire Li, Six Moon Designs Haven Zero G)
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Review Rating: Recommended*
My review rating for the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dirigo 2 is Recommended*, with a caveat (hence the asterisk). Here's why:
- I'm hoping for some minor updates to the next generation that include a more durable grommet assembly, guylines that don't creep under high loads, additional external guyline tieouts, no mitten hook clips on the vestibule tie-out, and peak venting.
- Because it's a single-wall design with sloping walls that are exposed to the rain when vestibules are opened, it's best suited for overnight trips (where the risk of having to deal with wet gear is minimal), summer use, or low-humidity mountain environments. In its current form, I cannot recommend it for use in humid or very rainy environments.
Otherwise, the Dirigo 2 is a very durable tent with respect to fabric quality, cut and sew precision, and seam construction. With the additional features noted above (especially regarding guylines and tie-outs), I'd have no reservations using the tent in extreme weather events.
Where to Buy
- Buy the HMG Dirigo 2 shelter here.
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