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Turns out that sleeping in a barn isn't half bad.

The MSR Backcountry Barn rocks enough interior room to sleep four adults comfortably and a tall interior height that allows you to stand up fully so you can stretch out before hitting the sack. You might be tempted to take a four person tent when you go camping with the whole clan, but the Backcountry Barn packs down to a size comparable to that of many three person tents, so packing space isn't an issue. Consider this luxury base camp living for the whole family.

  • An intuitive clip-and-sleeve structural design sets up quickly and easily in just a few minutes, and multiple guy-out points offer additional foul-weather security
  • Triple-pole design creates a strong frame that forms the walls, and dual poles on top offer additional support for the roof and awnings
  • Bathtub floor wraps up along the inside of the barn to keep sleeping area dry even in heavy rain, and it detaches to save weight on dry trips
  • An interior height of 74 inches allows for plenty of space for even adults to stand up fully and move around inside
  • Windows at front and rear allow for ample cross-ventilation during the hot summer months and awnings at both ends provide protection from sun and precipitation

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Has anyone had any experience with it in...

Has anyone had any experience with it in snow (on purpose or otherwise)? I'm thinking about getting one and retro-fitting a stove jack to it for early winter base camp, but wonder about durability with the snow coming down.

I was thinking the same thing. Has anyone tried this? Because i do not have $5,000 to spend on the space station tent


A great single wall large tent

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I recently used this tent in Maine for 4 days wehere it poured the majority of the time. I got zero leaking straight out of the bag. I did have some moisture issues, but that's because it was so humid. The bathtub floor held up well and was super easy to attach. The height was awesome for changing clothes and such inside,. The only downside it that the top center panels collected waterwhich I periodically had to push to empty, other than that the tent was bomber. Well worth the money.

Hey Tim, when you say, top center you mean the center of the eye brows or the main tent body ? Thanks for your posts!

The main tent body has 6 12"x48" panels on the top and then 4 larger panels on the sides. The top two cenetr panels seemed to cleect water, but never wet through.

What is the actual size ,what is the size...

What is the actual size ,what is the size of the flooring, how far up does it go up the side, what is the roof height, are the seams sealed at the manufacturer or do I have to do it?

Hi Sharon,

Floor is 120" x 90". The roof is 74" tall at the center. Yes, the seams are sealed by the manufacturer.

I know that its 74" tall, but how wide and...

I know that its 74" tall, but how wide and how long?

would like to know if this tent has been...

would like to know if this tent has been factory seam sealed. Also how & where does the tub floor attach to tent body?

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the seams are taped and the floor attaches at the bottom via 6 toggles and the upper lip of the floor via six sidelock buckles


not good design

    The tent is really poorly designed. The poles on top are sticking out as such that if you are entering the tent at night, you may get the end of the pole in your eye (height at around 5.3-5.5").
    The floor is not fixed, so there is a lot of wind coming in from all sides. Also I don't think the single layer design is best-in-class.

    Why is it 800 bucks?You can get big tents with lights for under 300.

    Tim, sounds like you are rating this tent without any real experience, just speculation. I would rather hear from someone who actually set it up, and used it in wind & rain, I've been looking at this tunnel tent design for awhile now because of it's efficient design (weight vs space) would like to see sod flaps on the perimeter and a stove jack out the back as an option.

    I am serious about tenting.What are the

    specifics about this tent? Is there a floor attached and sealed by manufacturer? What is the length, the width, the height? does it have a fly cover? Please contact me, thank you

    I don't think Tim has actually used this tent. I recently used it for 4 days in Maine where it poured for 3 of the days. Yes, the awning poles are a bit low, but if you're aware of them it's not an issue. I got not wind coming up through the bottom. The tent body has a 6-8" collar at the bottom that is overlapped by the bathtub floor. We got zero water inside the tent even though it is a single wall design.