Hyperlite’s Mid 1: Redefining Ultralight Three-Season Backpacking Tents

Featherweight Shelter for Solo Adventures

For those solitary wanderers, the ones who find solace in the embrace of wilderness and cherish the unspoken camaraderie with stars, this piece of gear is a celebration of your spirit, an ode to your love for the road less traveled. Meet the Hyperlite Mid 1, your companion for those quiet conversations with nature, whether in the lush spring or crisp fall, when solitude is not a circumstance, but a choice.

Designed as a featherweight haven for the individual adventurer, this ultralight, three-season shelter is built with the essence of simplicity and durability in mind. Its DNA is an evolution of a decade-long tradition, a testament to the well-earned reputation of Hyperlite's UltaMid 2 and 4 models. Now, imagine those tried and tested designs scaled down to a perfect solo size, without losing the spaciousness you need to comfortably recharge in the wilderness.

While the Mid 1 may seem small, it is mighty, offering a respectable 21 square feet of your very own safe and dry haven in the wild. And when I say featherweight, I mean it – weighing in at just over a pound, this is a piece of kit that won't have your back complaining after a long day's hike. The dimensions? Generously accommodating with 32″ in width, 96″ in length, and standing tall at 54″.

Constructed of trusty, waterproof Dyneema composite fabrics, the tent is a masterclass in durability. Its lightweight yet robust carbon fiber pole maintains the structural integrity without adding heft. And it’s not just the materials, it’s also the design details that shine – interchangeable vestibule door tie-out points, multiple adjustment points on the bathtub floor, and the simplicity of being able to erect it with just a single trekking pole.

This tent is also about the small touches, like the No-See-Um mesh door that keeps the minuscule wilderness critters at bay, and the waterproof AquaGuard zippers which make sure that when you're inside, you stay dry, no matter what the weather has to say about it.

But all this utility doesn't mean a compromise on packability. The Mid 1 compresses to a compact 9″ x 7″ x 7″ cube, half the weight of comparable solo tents, and thus, effortlessly fits into any backpack.

In essence, the Hyperlite Mid 1 is more than just a tent. It's a realization of the ideal: a blend of minimalism, ruggedness, and luxury for the solitary explorer. For $599, it's an investment not just in your outdoor adventures but in the peace of mind knowing that wherever you may wander, your retreat, your shelter, your solitude, is secure and ready. So, take the plunge, go forth, and stake your claim in this big ol' wonderful world. Your little corner of solitude awaits you.


  1. Ultralight: Weighing only 1.05 lbs, the Hyperlite Mid 1 is a true ultralight tent, making it an excellent choice for long-distance backpacking where every ounce matters.
  2. Space Efficient: Despite its lightweight, the tent provides ample space (21 square feet) for a single occupant, ensuring a comfortable night's sleep even in the most remote locations.
  3. High-Quality Materials: Constructed with waterproof Dyneema composite fabrics and carbon fiber, the tent ensures durability, robustness, and resistance to harsh weather conditions.
  4. Compact and Portable: It packs down to an impressively small size of 9″ x 7″ x 7″, making it easy to fit into any backpack.
  5. Feature-Rich: The tent includes numerous useful features such as interchangeable vestibule door tie-out points, multiple adjustment points, and a No-See-Um mesh door for bug protection.


  1. Single Pole Design: The use of a single trekking pole for erection might limit its stability in very high winds compared to tents with multiple pole structures.
  2. Price: The Hyperlite Mid 1 tent comes with a hefty price tag of $599, which may be a barrier for budget-conscious backpackers.
  3. Single-Walled Design: The single-wall design might lead to condensation issues in certain weather conditions, making it less ideal for humid climates.
  4. Setup: The tent may require practice to set up efficiently due to its unique design and multiple tie-out points.


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