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  • Enjoy the light weight of a tarp with the protection and easy setup of a tent
  • Simple, non-freestanding design features a weight-saving, zipper-free vestibule
  • For an extra lightweight setup in mild weather, leave tent body behind and use the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) with the poles and stakes


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Best Use Backpacking
Seasons 3-season
Sleeping Capacity 2-person
Minimum Trail Weight 1 lb. 13 oz.
Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight 1 lb. 7 oz.
Packaged Weight 2 lbs. 3 oz.
Packed Size 5 x 17 inches
Floor Dimensions 84 x 50 inches
Floor Area 29 square feet
Vestibule Area 14 square feet
Peak Height 36 inches
Number of Doors 2 doors
Number of Poles 2
Pole Material ION carbon fiber
Pole Diameter Unavailable
Canopy Fabric 10-denier nylon micromesh
Floor Fabric 15-denier ripstop nylon
Rainfly Fabric 7-denier ripstop nylon
Ultralight Yes
Design Type Non-freestanding
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Go To Tent I own many tents but this is my go to tent for any 3 season camping. This tent is super easy to setup. The ventilation is great with no moisture buildup. This could be the lightest non-freestanding tent made with two vestibule. The fly is secured to the tent super tight. The carbon poles are great and will hold up to windy conditions. It's not the largest two person ultralight tent. In fact, it's super comfy solo camping but with two person it can be a little snug. There are other slightly lighter tents out there but not with two vestibule or the peak height. Overall, I like the construction and materials used, it feels strong and looks very durable
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great tent-weak poles I've had this tent for sometime never had a problem until my last to camping trips . I lived (tested) two tents for 4 month 1st : MSR Carbon reflex 2. 2nd: traptent My MSR Carbon reflex 2 main pole broke and leaked...note:I've never seam seal until a few months ago. I used the repair tube to get me by(it worked). I'm planning a bike tour ,so I setup my MSR Carbon reflex 2 to make sure their wasn't any leaks...the main pole broke again in 2 places... I would recommend this tent if the poles was redone.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lightweight, very comfortable for one person Positive: Light enough to carry it even on a solo trekking trip. Easy to set up. Plenty of room for one person. Still ok for two, if you like it cozy and don't have too much luggage :-) Negative: not free-standing. When used for two people, a second entrance would be nice. Cross pole can easily break if you put it above the main pole (but got replaced without any hassle, thanks!). Putting the cross pole below the main pole takes some tension but it still stable enough. Overall very satisfied. Might have a look at the Hubba series for a free-standing alternative with still very good weight.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent lightweight tent I love my Carbon Reflex 2 tent. It's remarkably lightweight, easy to set up, and it accommodates two comfortably, if gear is stowed outside. It works great for one, with space for gear inside. I made the mistake of packing the fly with the guidelines attached, including the metal tension setting pieces. They cut holes into the fly. Let that be a warning! Don't pack the sharp mental tension setters in the fly. Put them in small stuff sack with the tent stakes. The holes were easily repaired with Tenacious tape.
Date published: 2015-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome 3 season superlight option I've had my carbon reflex 2 for about three years and I can say that this thing has outperformed where I thought it would certainly fail. Wind is still kyrptonite to this tent if it is not fully guyed out it tends to lean with strong gusts; however with proper tension this tent will keep standing and prevent pole breaks. I have heard of poles snapping on this series but I haven't experienced this myself. I can say you must be gentle with the tent during setup and break down, but it isn't a super fragile tent when it is erected. Space in both vestibules is enough for boots and a bag not really a whole lot of room for cooking if its raining but manageable. I have camped alone with a friend and alone with a dog in this tent and all are comfortable. The tent isn't massive by any means but there is enough room for sitting up, changing and sleeping which is all I use my tent for. Keep the outside clean with some Grangers gear cleaner and sweep the interior not being freestanding you cannot pick up the tent to shake out dirt and this tent will last a long time. From short crag visits to fast and light two week trips or even just car camping its not a palace but it will keep you dry and out of the elements.
Date published: 2016-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice weight, so-so rainfly My wife and I used this tent on a weekend in Arkansas and a 7 night trip in Grand Canyon NP. We zip our sleeping bags together and with that bit of space saving found the room adequate. I'm 5'11'' and when I sit up my head brushes the top. The biggest weakness of this tent is the rainfly. The vestibules are each closed with two metal hooks and a few pieces of velcro. I have not been able to figure out a way to close them without leaving large gaps through which wind and rain could pour in. I'm not saying it can't be closed securely but so far I haven't been able to do it. It takes careful positioning of the rainfly pegs to keep the fly from resting on the tent body. With this weakness I would not take this tent above treeline. I don't find the non-freestanding design to be a problem. Freestanding tents must be staked down or they'll go off on a trip without you.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought the Carbon Reflex 2 to start my serial section hike I bought the Carbon Reflex 2 to start my serial section hike of the AT. It has been fantastic. It is light weight for a 2 wall tent. I have been out 22 nights last year and 10 night this year. I have been in 9 degree cold with wind and rain, and 85 degree high humidity. I have never had any condensation in the tent. Even though I hike solo I chose the 2. I like to have all my gear in the tent with me. I feel that the little extra weight is worth it. Setting up is quick and easy. I have even learned how to in the rain set up the rain fly first and then the tent without getting any water in the tent. Last year on a cold rainy morning I was in such a hurry to get packed up, I lost the short tent pole. I stayed in shelters the next two nights not missing the pole. The third night setting up I realized what I had done. I was able to cut and use a small branch as a sorry replacement. I phoned customer service, and they shipped me a new pole in just a few days. Thanks MSR! This tent is light weight, durable, and it works. If you need a tent, this is it. Only negative is that it is not free standing.
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hate the Fly Bought this spring, excited for the lighter version. Extremely packable and light. Easy tent body set up, although it is NOT freestanding (but was ok for me since no tent truly is fully freestanding). The fly is where my frustrations lie. When purchased it stuck to itself like saran wrap. It was horrible to get unstuck and would re-stick to itself. Once open and on the tent it was ok. But repacked and brought back out it did the same thing. Very frustrating in even a little breeze and wanting to escape mosquitoes! I also had an issue trying to unhook the bottom hook on the fly from inside the tent, I had to reach out and put my hands in the dirt to get to it. Plus the hook-Velcro-hook-Velcro left gaps in the fly, but I did not test it in rain to see if it would leak or not. Also there is a flap over the top of the fly opening that makes entry lower and a bit harder to get in/out. I returned the tent sadly because of the fly issues.
Date published: 2016-08-21
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