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You don’t have to go with a single-wall tent to go light.

The Carbon Reflex 1 Tent holds the record of being the lightest double-wall tent that MSR has ever made. Carbon fiber poles, lightweight nylon fabric, and a unique two-pole design helps this tent get in just over the two-pound mark, so you barely notice it in your pack.

  • Non-freestanding double-wall design and three-season construction ideal for trekking, climbing, and fast-packing applications
  • Floor and fly seams sealed to prevent water from sneaking in through the fabric joints
  • Large door and vestibule make entry, exit, and gear storage simple
  • Lightweight, two-pole design keeps weight to a minimum without sacrificing structural integrity
  • Strong Easton Custom Carbon 6.3 poles blend uncompromising stability with tremendous weight savings
  • Fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint for a lighter-weight rig (footprint sold separately)

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great tent,highly recommended

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I used this tent in the mid Atlantic and did not notice any extra condensation. It is lightweight, easy to set up and adjust as needed, it dries quickly and isnt fragile for such a lightweight. I'm very happy with it.


Nice, but I chose a slightly larger tent

    I shopped extensively for a year for an ultralight one-person tent. This tent led the pack for most of that time, but ultimately I chose the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1. The Carbon Reflex is smaller by 5 square feet and lighter by 3 ounces. I was ready to buy one, I just never saw it on sale, which could mean it has been popular, or in short supply.

    These one-person tents share a common design, with the side door and large vestibule. It's important to note that neither tent is really free standing -- the Carbon Reflex requires 4 stakes minimum, 6 with fly. Can instead use sticks or poles to spread the end corners apart to eliminate 4 stakes; that would involve carrying some extra cordage.

    GEAR REVIEW: MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Tent

    One of the lightest tents on the market from a major manufacturer. The MSR Carbon Reflex 1 is super-light thanks in part to carbon fiber poles. Watch my video review to learn more about my experience with this tent. Thanks!

    MSR Carbon Reflex set-up

    The Carbon Reflex 1 tent is the lightest, double-wall solo tent we've ever made, crossing the barrier from ultralight to hyperlight. Utilizing the latest fabrics and cutting edge carbon fiber poles, we've engineered a tent that's ideal for any ultralight, 3-season adventure you're ready to take on—from bike touring through Central America to lightweight weekends. The best thing about the Carbon Reflex series tents, however, is what we didn't take out—livability. Packing over 7 ft. (2.2 m) of length, plenty of room to sit up in and a roomy vestibule, we're continuing to prove our philosophy that traveling ultralight should increase your comfort—not compromise it.


    Good Tent

      This is a nice tent. It is very lightweight and easy to setup. I feel like I have plenty of room for sleeping comfortably in this tent. The first time I used it I had a problem with lots of condensation, but it was pouring down rain that day and night. The other few times I've used it I haven't had any problems.

      Good Tent

      Is this condensation issue really a...

      Is this condensation issue really a problem?

      Best Answer

      Suzie, check out for more reviews (there were not any reviews for the carbon reflex yet, but it's practically the same).

      I read through an additional 15 reviews and the only mention of condensation was that it was minimal and was not in the tent body itself, but on the inside of the rain fly. This is common with practically every tent and is expected with high humidity or rainy days.

      As with so many things, Eli is tuned right in with his answer, but I'll add that as long as you keep your fly taught and separated from the shell, your condensation problems will be minimal. For rainy/wet weather, use the guy lines to spread the fly out wide for more ventilation. We started using a Carbon Reflex 2 last year, and are about to get a 3, and we've been thrilled with it in every way.

      ive discovered will all the different solo tents ive had and watched my boys use.. tight fly with good ventilation makes the to make it tight and stretched out..cant be lazy on the set up of tent with fly..also another big problem is bringing moisture in the tent with you when you go to sleep..for example your long sleeve shirt or jacket or boots and socks that are sweaty inside..or backpack that is slightly damp..another problem is if you not venting and closing tent at the right times of day..vent it during the day...but cover with fly before sun goes down to trap in daytime heat..condensation will start before you are wet from it.....moisture is neccessary for condensation..eliminate moisture...


      Great tent but lots of condensation

        I purchased this tent for a 5 day trek through Yosemite and it was great. Quick to put up and take down. Very light and compact. The only negative is there is very poor ventilation. Every morning my bag and floor is web with condensation. Other than that, I love it.