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The Carbon Reflex 1 Tent is MSR's lightest double wall, solo tent for ultralight backpacking and camping. Thanks to MSR's Fast & Light option, which lets you ditch the canopy and only use the fly and footprint, the Carbon Reflex can weigh a little over a pound. Both the fly and floor have Durashield treatments to keep you and your camping gear dry in wet weather, and the micromesh canopy keeps you comfy in warm and buggy environments.
The Carbon Reflex uses two ultralight carbon ION poles from Easton, various clips, guy cords, and aluminum cord adjusters make for a quick-and-easy setup. This tent also features a large door for easy in-and-out, and a vestibule for convenient camping storage. MSR included nine MSR needles to stake down your tent in windy weather.
- Durashield treated floor and fly
- Micromesh canopy
- Easton carbon ION poles
- Single door and vestibule design
- Fast & Light minimum weight option
- Nine MSR needles
- Four guy cords
- Four aluminum cord adjusters
- Item #CAS007E
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
So I just got back from my first backpacking trip with this tent. I was initially impressed with how light it is, and how small it packs down. However those initial impressions were dampened when I was living in it. The rain fly in my opinion is a terrible design... please just stick with zippers! The tent is accessed via two little strips of velcro, which is a pain to open and close from the inside.
I'll take the extra 2 oz for a decent zipper. Also If the tent is pitched tight there are big gaps in the opening and rain/wind would have no issue flooding in.
I'll be returning this and sticking with zippers thanks.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had one problem with this tent: the cross pole on top was hard to put on/off. Since it is shorter, it is less flexible than the longer pole and required a lot of elbow grease to make it work. I would have sent it back had it not been on sale. Since the price was so good for a quality, lightweight tent, I decided to just trim the cross pole. I cut 1 inch off of it and it is perfect. Now I love it! It feels like a good quality and is quick to set up and take down. It is a great size for me. (I sleep in a petite size women's sleeping bag.) I also really enjoy the exterior design in that is gives me plenty of room for my pack and whatnot.
Great protection from the elements.
I bought this tent to take on long distance hikes. 1lb 7oz is as light as it gets and still be safe and comfortable. I took it into the Sespe wilderness in inclement weather and it kept me bone dry. I set it up in the dark the first night and didn't notice I was on a very low area with no drainage. It proceeded to rain torrentially. When I woke up at three am there I was literally in a 3-4 inch lake. I felt like I was sleeping on a waterbed because the bathtub floor wanted to float. I stayed bone dry! Not a drop of water entered the tent. I was amazed and grateful I did not have to go out into that storm and was able to get a great nights sleep on my "water bed".