I haven't actually used my Mirage 1P yet, but I have had the Mirage 2P for 4 or 5 years and it's the same design, albeit a bit larger and heavier than the 1P. I am a big proponent of single wall tents because they're lighter and, since the "tent" is already connected to the "rain fly", it sets up easily and the inner tent will not get wet if you need to set up in the rain. However, most of these single wall tents are NOT freestanding. I have frequently hiked used a non-freestanding tent and they can be great, but there are times when a freestanding tent is much better - for example, when camping on rock or rocky soils, or when you need the tent to fit into a small space. This is where the Mirage tents (1P and 2P) come in very handy. In the case of the 1P, I can also see that it will be very nice to have 2 vestibules for one person. Not only can you open up both sides for max ventilation, but in bad weather it will be super nice to have two separate storage areas for your pack, boots, wet clothing, etc. In fact, you can fill up one vestibule with virtually all your gear and the other can remain unobstructed for easy egress/ingress. AND, on top of all the great aspects of the design, these tents are very well made. Honestly, at 34 oz to get all this, you MUST give it 5 stars.
We are happy to hear your like your Mirage tents. Thank you for your review!
I’ve been backpacking for some 45 years and have owned too many tents to count, from a wide variety of manufacturers. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve looked to decrease size and weight of the tents I carry. The Big Sky Mirage 1P is hands down my favorite for a variety of reasons. Its small size still accommodates my wide 25” mat and the extra long floor easily holds all my gear and food by stacking at the head and foot without crowding. I am 5’8” tall and the tent has lots of headroom. But its overall small footprint allows it to fit into tiny pieces of real estate that most other tents can’t go. Less time wasted at the end of long days searching for a camp spot. The double doors are so convenient and well worth the few extra ounces. Speaking of ounces, at just over two pounds, you’d have to go Dynema fabric and spent at least twice as much to shave a few ounces. This free standing tent will pitch in less than two minutes! Seriously fast. I’ve been in this tent over two years now and it is very stable and versatile. Cool and airy in summer and sheds 6” snow storms in winter. High winds have been no problem with the extra guys deployed. You will not find a better design for a light weight, 3 season tent at this price range. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Wow... thanks for the great review... we are very happy you like your Mirage 1P tent to much!
I took my brand new Big Sky Mirage 1P tent on an off-road bikepacking adventure on the Tasmanian Trail in February. It was an 8 day mountainous ride and we camped every night but one. The tent was great. Very lightweight, good ventilation, enough room to put most of my stuff inside with plenty of pocket space and the wonderful clothes line on the top! My face cloth was dry every morning after hanging on the internal clothes line to dry. Easy to set up and take down. No pegs required, though one windy night I did use the pegs while setting up and to secure one of the door flaps which I closed for privacy. The only down side on the tent is that on colder nights there is a lot of condensation that builds up on the top inside the tent. Condensation is always an issue, but since this tent doesn't have a separate fly the condensation was perhaps more noticeable. I would have to pack up the tent damp but when I set it up the next night it didn't take long to dry out. Fortunately, we did not have any rain on our ride (which is highly unusual for Tasmania) so I can't comment on how it holds up in proper rain. I definitely recommend getting the pegs and goundsheet as well. The groundsheet clips into the base of the tent and is color coded to make it quick and easy to set up. Downsides to the groundsheet is that it tears fairly easily so you have to make sure that the ground is very clear of even the tiniest twig. It tore my first night and so every night after I did have to spend some time making sure the ground was twig free. Also, the groundsheet is sticky on the bottom side so all of the grass clippings, etc stick to it. Even after getting it home and cleaning it I can't get rid of them all!
We are happy that the Mirage 2P tent worked great for your trip. Thank you for your review.