Rab Latok Mountain 2 Tent
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Rab Latok Mountain 2 Tent

Rab Latok Mountain 2 Tent is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Product Description Item No.   10271723

FEATURES of the Rab Latok Mountain 2 Tent

  • Internal poles
  • 9.6mm DAC Featherlite NSL poles
  • Oversize peg points
  • 'Donut' loops on top and sides
  • Rear tunnel vent
  • 4 Corner guy points with 2.5mm guyline
  • 2 Corner guy points with 2.5mm guyline
  • 10 DAC V-stake pegs provided
  • 70D coated nylon bathtub floor
  • Optional vestibule attachment system

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Tent Floor Fabric: 70D Coated Nylon
Features: Single Wall, Free Standing
Weight: 65 oz
Sleep Capacity: 2
Seasons: 4-Season
Number of Poles: 2
Tent Pole Diameter: 9.6 mm
Tent Pole Material: Aluminum
Tent Fabric: 100% Nylon
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Mountaineering and Alpine, Camping
Number of Doors: 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good choice for tall folks The TL;DR is that I think this is the best bivy tent on the market for 6 footers. It only weighs 4lbs and you'll actually fit in it unlike most tents in this class. Read on for details. This is a bivy tent and I will be reviewing it within this context. That is to say that by design, a lightweight single wall tent has compromises and is best reserved for specific uses. The dome structure is relatively strong and has a small footprint if you're digging out a platform on a climb. The major competitors are the BD Firstlight, MH Direkt 2, MSR Advanced Pro. There's also the newer BA Shield, and the TNF Assault though you see less of these around. And on the burlier/heavier side you've got the BD (formerly Bibler) models like the I-tent and Eldorado. None of these tents (including the Rab) will breathe/handle condensation as well or are as comfortable to spend time in as a well designed double wall 4 season tent (ie Hilleberg). With that said, bivy tents are simple and light, so many people who would otherwise not bring a tent are actually willing to carry them on a climb because although they're not luxurious they're WAY better than a couple of bivy sacks. They all have fairly similar designs, typically domes with 2 crossing poles. Some poles are a little thicker, some clip to the outside (easier), some mount inside (stronger) but ultimately I think how you guy it out will probably make a bigger difference. So with that said, how does the Rab stack up against the competition? To me the biggest differentiating factor is fit. I'm 6'1" and I don't fit in the more popular ~3lb competition (I wish I did): Firstlight, Direkt, Advanced Pro. These tents (like most of the bivy tents on the market) are about 82in long, and of course the dome shape has slanted walls so it's actually a lot smaller. What I mean is that with a warm sleeping bag and pad, the ends of the bag are being squished, so the insulation 1) can't loft and do its job and 2) can get wet from contact with tent wall condensation, rendering it useless. You can mostly overcome #2 by covering your footbox with a shell but there's nothing you can do if the insulation is simply crushed because the tent is too short, besides opening the door and sticking your feet out which I imagine you won't enjoy in most mountaineering situations. My "long" size -20F bag is ~84in long (outer dimension). It's a bit less for a 0F or 20F, but you get the idea. I can't even really fit properly in these smaller tents diagonally if I'm solo. This Rab is *just* long enough with 2 people (ends of a big expedition bag may touch but not be crushed, cover your footbox with a shell). When solo (sleeping diagonally) it's more than adequate. If you're shorter I'd try out the lighter models I listed above, weight definitely matters in this application. For a modest increase in weight (the Rab is 4lb) I think this tent is the best compromise for tall folks. If you're tall your other choices are basically the BD Eldorado which is a similar size/design but a pound heavier than the Rab, or the MH EV2 which has great length with the integrated vestibule, but again heavier at >5lb and also a bigger footprint than all these other simple domes which can be a significant disadvantage with a small ledge or if you're digging a platform. The EV2 also doesn't feel as roomy width wise. As far as the details of the Rab, it's super simple/Spartan and there isn't that much to talk about. The poles mount on the inside. This isn't as easy as outer clips but probably distributes the tension better - maybe (?) stronger in extreme situations. The poles are 9.6mm DACs. DACs are generally considered the best poles on the market and this diameter is a good choice for strength/weight. For reference the heaviest Hilleberg bomb shelters (black label) use 10mm poles, their red label models use 9mm and are still considered 4-season worthy. Compared to the BD tents with inner poles the Rab's are a little easier to place because the whole corner is evenly reinforced, you don't have to struggle initially aiming for that small pole slot like the BD. The Rab poles just kind of slide in there naturally. There is no bug netting on the door, this clearly is not meant for 3 season backpacking and versatility generally isn't why you buy this class of tent. There is a single tunnel vent in the back, you can crack the top of the front door to create some flow if need be (there's a couple of inches of material covering the edges of the door so you're not leaving it wide open). There are mid panel tie outs along the long sides of the tent for extra strength, unlike eg the Firstlight. The guy line adjusters that come with the Rab are simple/light/low profile 3 hole plates, maybe not quite as nice as fancy linelocs but they work fine. You could certainly switch them out if you felt compelled, linelocs are cheap. The tent has loops on the top and sides that you can put slings through to anchor yourself to the wall - even if the tent totally disintegrates you'll still be tied in. The eVent is probably the most breathable of the single wall fabrics (with the possible exception of the Firstlight, but that one isn't waterproof like the others so it's not really a fair comparison), but still if you're in a wet place with little air flow I wouldn't expect miracles in terms of condensation management. Like many similar tents, there is an optional vestibule (sold separately, I don't own it). The Rab one mounts to the front door with a separate zipper (ie you can still close your door to separate yourself from the vestibule space) and has snow skirts. Could be good if you decide to bring only this tent on a trip and want a little more room for gear in base camp. I think most people would probably opt to leave the vestibule behind on the climb (it's extra weight and requires a larger space to pitch), but every objective is different. With the vestibule added the Rab weighs about as much as the EV2 which has a non removable vestibule space. Nice to have options. In use this tent does what it needs to. I recently had it pitched at Camp Schurman on Rainier on a particularly hostile night. Per NWAC's website the recorded wind speeds at Camp Muir not far away were 70mph and I imagine we experienced very similar conditions. Looking over camp before crawling in it seemed to stand as strong in the wind as anything else out there that night (the usual expedition tents Hillebergs, Trangos) with minimal flexion and I actually slept through the worst of it (earplugs!). In even worse conditions I have no doubt the heavier tents with more/thicker poles would do better, but still I was impressed by the little Rab. Dig in a little (we had about a 1ft snow wall after making a nice flat platform) and guy it out properly - this tent will take a pretty good beating. Obviously, you should replace the stakes that come with it with proper snow anchors. This isn't a problem unique to Rab, for whatever reason all tents primarily sold at mountaineering seem to come with 3 season stakes. For about the same weight as the stack of little DAC V pegs that come with this thing I bring 4 MSR Blizzard stakes for the bottom corners, 4 MSR fabric snow anchors for the upper corners. I add random things (shovel, trekking pole, picket, ski, rock) for the mid panel tie outs if the conditions are poor like they were on Rainier. The bottom corner loops might not be large enough to fit fat backcountry ski tails as anchors FYI, you'll have to rig something with cord. My 112mm tails baaaarely fit. Skinny XC or approach skis fit fine. So that's it. If you're on the tall side and use a long size mountaineering sleeping bag I think this is the best bivy tent on the market. Modest weight increase over the popular models you can't squeeze into (Firstlight etc..), but still significantly lighter than your other options (Eldo, EV2). I bought mine from Moosejaw and was pleased with them as usual.
Date published: 2018-06-18
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What is the canopy material? Some type of eVent?

Asked by: Philip
Hiya Philip, thanks for your question! It is made with eVent® Waterproof Technology DVStorm fabric. Hope this helps!
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2017-04-20

What is the floor space?

Asked by: akjosh
Thanks for the question! The dimensions (LxWxH) are 222 x 120 x 100 (centimeters). Hope this helps!
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2017-11-08
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