Featherlight and durable.
When you and an old pal from college are bike-packing from central Maine to the northwest corner of Connecticut, every ounce matters, which is why you packed the ultralight MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent. Constructed specifically for ultralight camping, this 2-person, 3-season tent features a zipper-free vestibule that minimizes unnecessary weight and a micro-mesh canopy that encourages optimal ventilation. The waterproof rainfly and bathtub-style floor are equipped with fully taped seams and reinforced stress points for maximum durability and protection in the face of unpleasant weather. The Carbon Reflex 2 is furnished with two carbon-fiber poles, ten MSR needle stakes, and guycords and adjusters that make setting up a breeze. When combined with a tent footprint (not included), the Carbon Reflex 2's rainfly offers a Fast and Light setup option for even greater weight savings. So whether you're enduring a rainstorm of the century or surviving sauna-like humidity, the Carbon Reflex 2 is light as a feather and tough as a tarp.
- 10D polyester micro-mesh canopy
- 7D ripstop nylon rainfly
- 15D ripstop nylon floor
- Durashield polyurethane treatment
- Seam-taped floor and fly
- 2 Easton carbon ION poles
- 10 MSR needle stakes
- 4 guy cords
- 4 aluminum cord adjusters
- 2 doors
- 2 zipperless vestibules
- Q & A
Love hate relationship
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Used this tent over the past two years to hike pct. The footprint allows you to squeeze it in just about anywhere. One of the best things is being able to put your head at either end and choose which way the door faces. Im 5ft 9in, 155 lbs and can sit up in the tent - plenty of room. Did not have any problem with the hook and velcro door closure. With the one pole design amd verticle side walls did not expect to much for wind performance. But was pleasantly surprised one night when had to set up on an exposed mtn top. The rainfly and bathtub floor kept me dry. A breeze to set up. 6 months of use and still in great shape. Now for the hate part of the relationship. The poles failed on me twice. Both times the bonding on the ferrules failed. The connector slid into the pole and the poles could not connect. 1st time on the main pole. Fortunately i was able to hike back 6 miles the next morning to a road crossing and call warranty and have a new pole sent. Warranty offered to send a replacement pole section. I explained that i had NO tools to fix the pole myself. They said they didnt have enough pole sets laying around to send me a whole set. I asked if they could sell me a set. And for $160 they were able to find one! I was able to finish the part i was on with no problems (2017). The next section (2018) the new set of $160 poles failed in the same way. After reading the other reviews on this site, i figured out this is not an isolated incident. If Easton is making these poles and suplying them to MSR, there is a manufacturing problem that needs to be addressed. MSR certainly knows by now there is a problem. Warranty is not standing behind the problem and that needs to be addressed. So now what? I wanted to use this tent on the final leg of the triple crown (CDT), but could i trust it. Solution was to send it to a tent pole specialist and have them test and rebond the ferrules that needed it. They were able to find "several" that needed fixing.
Carbon Reflex tent details from MSR
Set up, Material details, Break down & more.
A well designed ultralight tent
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought the Carbon Reflex 2 with the intention of cutting my tent weight in half (from 4 lbs). Sure it is light, very light. MSR achieved such low weight with wispy-thin materials all around, including the carbon fiber poles that are thinner than a pencil. The ceiling height is low (36 inches) and the tent is not free standing. With these limitations out of the way, how does it perform? I am just back from a 3-day trip in the California Palisades and have to say that the tent performed beyond my expectation. It is longer than other 2-person tents I have used. I am 6'2 and have at least 5 inches at both ends. When staked properly, it is also surprisingly stable and wind resistant. We encountered 30-40 mph gusts and the tent barely shooked. Primarily, this stability comes from that the tent is low and streamlined. It is also surprisingly warm, allowing in very little breeze. The few other things that potential buyers need to be aware of:
1. The ceiling is low, very low. My wife is only 5'5 and she can't sit up without touching the ceiling. If you have bad neck or back, this tent is not for you.
2. The inner tent is all mesh, so blowing sand easily goes through.
3. Because ventilation is limited, condensation can be an issue in humid or rainy conditions. But we didn't have any problem in the relatively dry environment.
4. Unknown durability, especially the poles.
If you can live with these (potential) issues, this is an awesome ultralight tent. My shoulders certainly appreciated it.
Is this the 2016 modEl? I saw this on another site and it was green and they said it was the 2016 model.
The green tent is the pervious model. Which I like more. I like the smaller foot print of the old one which had a half vestibule in the back. Better for alpine campsites. The new version (Gray fly) seems like it sacrifices a lot in terms of durability to achieve such a light weight tent. Im most worried about the mesh. While it may work for some. If you need a hyper light weight tent check out TarpTents tents. If you end up getting it post some reviews their arent that many.