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MEC Spark UL Tent Review

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Why am I doing the MEC Spark UL Tent Review?

I'm looking for an alpine climbing shelter for one climber which is light enough that it makes more sense to use it rather than a bivy sack as well as a tent for backpacking trips.

What is the MEC Spark UL Tent? 

In MEC's words:

"Our first ultralight one-person tent, the Spark UL adds more roomy luxury to minimalist adventurers than a bivy sack or tarp setup. Made of nylon with a ripstop polyester fly, it weighs in at just over a kilo, and gives you interior space to hang out and read, escape bugs and sleep soundly. With room to store your pack inside, you can forget nights in a bivy sack, and live large in your free-standing tent."

MEC Spark UL Tent Features

  • Nylon mesh canopy adds breathability.
  • Polyester fly has great UV resistance, and stretches less than nylon when wet.
  • Reinforcement points where the brow pole touches the fly.
  • Fully seam taped.
  • Floor has excellent tear strength.
  • YKK zippers on one D-shaped door.
  • Reflective zipper pulls, stake out cords and door tie backs.
  • Tapered floor design is smaller at the foot than at the head to save weight.
  • Anodized poles connect with Jake’s foot attachment clips.
  • Slider lets you tension the webbing to keep the fly taut in changing weather.
  • 2 interior pockets store your flashlight and other essentials.
  • Comes with a pole repair sleeve, guylines and a spare Jake's foot that can be tied on to the webbing corners of the tent in case your Jake's foot breaks.
  • Included 7 DAC J stakes and pole storage bag.
  • Footprint available separately.



The MEC Spark UL Tent is a three season, free standing, ultralight backpacking tent at 1.16kg for the single person version.

I'm excited to get started on the MEC Spark UL Tent review and my quest for the bivy sack replacement! Stay tuned!



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