MSRFreelite 3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

Extra space is a good thing.

Waking up in the mountains is always a treat, unless you come to with your tent mate on your side, their elbow in your gut. If this ends up being the case more than you'd like, you might want to consider investing in a bigger tent, like the MSR Freelite 3 Tent. Not only does the Freelite give you and your companion room to stretch out, but it weighs in at just over three pounds, so you won't notice too much extra weight in your pack.

Part of MSR's new lineup of lightweight tents, the Freelite 3 has an impressive trail weight and maintains all the wet-weather protection you need whether you're doing a through-hike in the Appalachians or an out-and-back in the Wind River Range. The fly and floor are made from a 15D nylon that's been treated with MSR's Durashield water-resistant coating, while stout 7000-series aluminum poles ensure the tent stays upright when the winds start to howl. MSR gave the Freelite a double-wall design for protection and micromesh walls for ventilation, so you don't wake up in a dank and dewy cave during those colder nights. Better still, if you want to go ultralight, the Freelite has a fast pitch option that brings the weight down to just under two pounds.

  • Lightweight, packable tent for backpacking Wind River Range
  • Durashield fly and floor block rain and mud
  • Micromesh walls amplify ventilated airflow
  • Stout aluminum poles keep the tent sturdy in high winds
  • Dual door and vestibule for gear storage and easy entrance/exit
  • Fast & Light fly setup only weighs two pounds
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Positive experience

    We were in the middle of a tropical storm with lots of rain. The ground was flooding. No leaks. I have no complaints there. The bathtub floor is a little low by the doors. I got some blow by but very little. It doesn’t come with stakes for the guy lines. It’s not truly freestanding. It has thin material so be careful and it should hold up. Definitely grab the ground cloth. 3 people would be possible but not practical. Its got its good and bad points, nothing I haven’t experienced with any tent I’ve ever owned. I could nitpick anything to death. I expected all of the above when I bought it so I really don’t have a problem with anything that could be perceived as negative. It’s supposed to be a ul tent. That means compromise. So split this tent with a partner and take off for miles with a BIG and LIGHT two person tent.

    Positive experience

    Buy the Hubba series instead

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I'm a big fan of MSR products, and have used the Hubba tents for years. They are brilliant, simple, sturdy. The Freelight looked like a lighter version...but not really, and not worth the weight-savings anyway. It seemed that the designers took every little Hubba feature, tweaked it, and made it worse. Like, no way to secure the fly (it drops in the dirt); no grommets on the ground cloth; two hands needed to open the door zippers; not really free-standing. I exchanged it for the 3-person Hubba (thank you Backcountry for understanding!) and although that tent is a bit more expensive, it's well worth it.

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    Freelite Tent details from MSR

    A lot of condensation

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The tent is very light, easy to assemble, but the benefits end there. Tent is not suitable for rain (even with light rains, it wets the already inside) and rainfly always touches the roof of the tent, causing condensation and waking me up at night. I was a little frustrated because I did not feel comfortable in it. She also let leak a lot of wind.

    A lot of condensation