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  • With 2 full doors and 2 vestibules, it offers uncompromised accommodations at the weight of many lightweight 2-person tents
  • And that also makes the Carbon Reflex 3 is also a great option for 2 as well—especially on longer trips where extra space may be especially appreciated
  • MSR Custom Carbon poles weight 30% less than aluminum with a significant increase in strength
  • Unique geometry provides ample center height and steep sidewalls to maximize usable space; freestanding design is easy to move around once assembled
  • Taped DuraShield®-coated fly and bathtub floor are durable and waterproof; mesh walls ensures great cross-ventilation and views outside
  • Clip construction ensures a fast and easy setup
  • 4 internal mesh pockets organize small gear
  • For a lightweight setup during nice weather leave tent body behind; use the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) with the poles and stakes
  • Includes stuff sacks, guyline/tensioners and stakes


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Best Use Backpacking
Seasons 3-season
Sleeping Capacity 3-person
Minimum Trail Weight 4 lbs. 5 oz.
Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight 3 pounds
Packaged Weight 4 lbs. 8 oz.
Packed Size 7 x 20 inches
Floor Dimensions 88 x 68 inches
Floor Area 41.5 square feet
Vestibule Area 10 + 10 square feet
Peak Height 46 inches
Number of Doors 2 doors
Number of Poles 3
Pole Material Easton Carbon FX
Pole Diameter 9 millimeters
Canopy Fabric Ripstop nylon/nylon mesh
Floor Fabric Coated ripstop nylon
Rainfly Fabric Coated ripstop nylon
Design Type Freestanding
Minimum Trail Weight - Metric 1.96 kilograms
Floor Dimensions - Metric 224 x 173 centimeters
Peak Height - Metric 117 centimeters
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I tried to love it I've taken this tent on some long multi-day trips, both backpacking and rafting. Lots of car/festival camping. As long as you can stake the thing out at ALL points it will perform perfectly in 3 seasons. For fair weather camping and the room/weight ratio I love this thing. My gripes: If you can't/don't stake out and guy out every possible tie out on the middle and corners in heavy rain the fly will sag into the inner mesh and will soak through. In wind it will flatten easily. Snow: forget about it, but i never expected it to handle that. Pole o-ring problem mentioned by others. Epic cost. More than once I've had to hang my '10x'10 $40 homemade sil-tarp over the tent to stay dry. I'm going back to a free standing dome for 1/3 the cost and 1.5 times the weight. The tech is so close, but the future isn't ready for me yet.
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet and light Traded another 3P in when it fell short on interior space, this tent is a family favorite, everyone is happy. A very efficient use of floor space, head room and light weight. It's not totally free standing but can still be relocated short distance with not too much trouble. Very nice design. Sometimes an Ultralight design can use TLC, I'd still prefer this tent even if I had to replace a few poles over the years, it's worth it for the weight savings. There are a few other tents slightly lighter than this one for 3P but factor in comfort waiting out bad weather and this is the best I've owned in 40 years on the trail.
Date published: 2012-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Close to Perfect So Far Setup is quick and simple, as is take down. Nice rainfly that wraps things up in bad weather, and attaches easily. Nice touches with mesh corner pockets and vestibule wall rollups. Best of all is the weight and spaciousness. My only concern is how much weather it can take. It's not built flimsily, but it sure can't be bombproof at its weight. Had it out in some bad winds last week and it held up well, but we were in a fairly protected area. I'm thinking they could add another cross-member to this design and give you an option to run the tent either light or heavy depending on what type of weather you might run into. So far, I'm in love with this tent.
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Large and Light I have used this tent in the back country four times and have never had a problem. I have camped below freezing with no condensation problems, probably because it is so large. We had 20+ mph winds on my last trip and the reflex held up just fine. I was also able to fit myself and my three teen age kids, it was very tight. I did take extra caution (because of previous reviews that freaked me out!) to use the Velcro to attach the rain fly to the poles and staked down the vestibules. The tent didn't budge. The vestibules are nice and large. I have had great luck with MSR gear in the past and this tent is no exception.
Date published: 2012-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Carbon poles not yet there. Sorry MSR, I love your stoves and water filtration products, however, this tent does not cut it. While island camping in California's Channel Islands, periodic wind gusts of 25 MPH caused one of the carbon fiber poles to break at a joint and puncture the rain fly. Of the dozen tents at the campsite, including mostly cheap car camping tents, the only tent to suffer damage was the much more expensive MSR Carbon Reflex 3. Back to the drawing board, and back to REI for something different. The concept of light and strong carbon fiber poles is probably the future, just not these.
Date published: 2011-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Needs new pole design I had a hubba hubba for several years and loved it so much I got the 2 person MSR CF hubba hubba late last year, and then soon after the 3 person for short trips and car camping. I love everything about this tent, but the CF poles need to be redesigned. The problem is that the small plastic O gasket that divides the aluminum sleeve that fits into the pole segments is not fixed and can slide up and down the aluminum sleeve. On a couple of occasions the o ring slipped completely off and the sleeve disappeared up the pole so that it couldn't snap together. It's difficult to get the sleeve back out. However, when we set up the tent on our last trip the O ring must have slipped down the sleeve so that only a small piece of it supported one side of the CF pole which then snapped under pressure from the fly while we were gone. One other annoying issue is that the black plastic tips at either end of the pole (that support the tent and fit into the corner metallic O ring to hold the tent down) can pop out when dismantling and can be difficult to squeeze back in. MSR must be aware of this problem. At least one other person has reported this. I'll be taking both back but will be the first in line to buy the next generation with newly designed poles.
Date published: 2012-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best tent i use this as a two person backpacking tent. its the perfect size for two with all their kit and is super light.
Date published: 2011-12-16
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