The MSR Carbon Relflex 2 is built to handle anything from the light snows of early fall, to ultralight summer nights. It offers space and livability for 2 at a weight that ounce-counters will applaud.
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Rated2out of5bytreelinepaddlerfromLow weight, easy setup, flawed designAbout a year ago I bought an MSR carbon reflex 2, mostly because of its 3lb weight. I had some misgivings about it, not free standing, inside pockets were unusable because of bad opening angle, tent corners were flattened and cramped. All the fittings were plastic to conserve weight and though there were no failures they made me nervous. Worst though was when a pole failed and MSR told me to mail it to them and they'd decide whether to send me a replacement, leaving me tentless. That was the last straw and enough to send me looking through the store and finding this Quarter Dome 2. Same weight and floor space, but the all 4 corners are near vertical where the tent body connects, the pocket storage inside is awesome (may need a velcro in the middle on the lower pocket), its freestanding, has metal grommets and pole tips. Minor issues: I'll supply my own pegs, need a 3rd guy line and none are reflective, and the directions are laminated to the stuffbag which seems to add 2-3 oz of weight so I'll supply my own stuffbag. Note I haven't camped in it yet but its design is superior to the MSR Hubba Hubba and Carbon Reflex in my opinion. I used a North Face Tadpole for many years and this is just as rigid but far lighter. I'm very critical and have never bought anything that I thought was perfect. This tent after I replace the parts I've mentioned I think would be 5 stars.
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated5out of5byWildernessfromThe best lightweight tentMy CR2 has been to Patagonia, Mt. Kenya, the Yukon, Alaska and all over the Cascades. It has functioned perfectly in temps from -15 to nearly 100F. It has suffered a little damage along the way, but only because of user error. Thankfully, MSR replaced the fly (stepped on with crampons) for nothing. The carbon poles have had no problems. It is light, weatherproof and very breathable. The only time it's ever failed is under 8 inches of wet snow. And that was inappropriate use on my part.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated1out of5bypaddlemonkeyfromPole FailurePurchased this tent last August and used it on a couple of short trips and really liked it; light, easy to set up and roomy when used as a one person tent. Just returned from the Quetico after a 2 week trip, and on night 2 the cross pole snapped. There was no undue stress on the pole; in fact, I was not even using the rain fly. I used the supplied repair aluminum tube and crawled back into the tent. About 5 minuters later I heard another snap, and I then slid the repai tube down a bit but to no avail. I resorted to using duct tape to repair the pole, and the next night used parachute cord attached to the grommets where the pole attaches to the tent to give sound added supprt. While this worked-held up one night in some wicked wind-I will not be using this tent again as my next trip is into the Tetons where I may be staying above the tree line and I cannot afford another failure of this type. Very dissappointed!
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated4out of5byc0boyfromClose to perfectThis tent comes close to perfection, but there are no perfect tents. I don't consider myself an ultralight gear junky, but I've notices there are lighter tents.
This tent excels at ventilation, access and storage. Have two doors makes entering and exiting easy without bothering the other person. Have two smaller vestibules is great for storage. Lastly, I've never had an issue with condensation in this tent.
There are lighter tents out there, but you won't find one with two doors and two vestibules.
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated5out of5bypaddlemonkeyfromStellar Product!I use this primarily when I go on solo canoe trips. The materials are top notch as is the craftmanship that went into its constructions. It is incrediby lightweight, easy to set up and when used as a solo tent it has a boatload of room for gear. While I have not yet faced any torential rain nor gale force winds, I have stayed very dry and have no doubts that this tent will be a weather stopper. The only possible negative thing that I can say about this tent is that I do not think it would work as a double unless you're the size of a hobbit. That said, I believe that all tents are built for one person fewer than advertised.
Date published: 2012-11-17
Rated5out of5bySnowstorm BikerfromLight weight and good designI purchased this tent to save about four pounds over my free-standing three person tent before backpacking for three days in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. This tent did the job and was much easier to carry all day. It set up very quickly. I especially like the clips for attaching the fly. Connect the clips at the corners and pull to tighten the fly. Having a door on each side is very nice; especially if your tent mate has to leave the tent in the middle of the night. The small vestibule on each side is not big enough to cover a large pack, but is a nice place to keep your boots out of the weather. The only cons are the high price and the fact that it is not freestanding. However, if the tent were freestanding, it would no doubt weigh more.
Date published: 2012-09-01
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