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MSR Dragontail Tent: 2-Person 4-Season

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A lightweight bomb shelter for heavy conditions.

You and a buddy can comfortably sit out brutal weather inside the Dragontail Tent. MSR designed this single-wall tent to withstand four seasons of mountaineering abuse, and this lightweight shelter weighs in at just under five pounds. After a long day of trekking, you want to sleep soundly, and the Dragontail has an ideal balance of strength, space, and features so you can catch some Z's uninterrupted by the elements.
  • Single-wall design saves weight, eliminates the hassle of pitching a tent and securing a fly amid foul-weather, and aids in moisture breathability
  • Overhead ventilation tunnel allows stifling moisture to escape from within
  • Spaciousness is the name of the game: a large vestibule protects your boots and bags, and 41 inches of interior height let you sit up and stretch in the morning
  • Hooped pole geometry creates a strong structure able to withstand strong winds and heavy precipitation
  • Peaked roof helps shed rain and snow and provides more interior headroom space at the center of the tent
  • DuraShield coating makes the fly and floor heavily weather-resistant, so you stay dry through brutally adverse mountain weather year-round
  • Item #CAS0687

Tech Specs

[fly] 40D nylon ripstop, DuraShield PU/silicone coating (1500mm), [body] 20D nylon no-see-um mesh, [floor] 40D nylon ripstop, DuraShield PU coating (10,000mm), DWR treatment
Wall Type
DAC aluminum
Number of Poles
Pole Attachment
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
10 sq ft
overhead tunnel
Gear Loft
Interior Height
41 in
Floor Dimensions
[length] 94 in, [width at head] 50 in, [width at feet] 31 in
Floor Space
29 sq ft
Packed Size
20 x 7 in
Fast-pitch Option
Packed Weight
5 lb 9 oz
Trail Weight
4 lb 12 oz
Recommended Use
ultralight backpacking, alpine, winter camping
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This tent hits it out of the park!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After being stranded on the blue ridge highway during a spring snowstorm this tent saved my ass!!! I had to sit tight in a state park and luckily had my backpacking gear in my car. This tent is not exactly going to warm you up, but the ventilation set up will keep the inside of the tent dry. One other comment. This tent has plenty of room inside of it for a couple of people to hunker down for a bad storm!!

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this tent back in 2006 then lost it when my whole pack was stolen in Haiti in 2011. But for the 5 years I had I put this tent through hell and back and it stood up to the brutality. From a blizzard in the Badlands of South Dakota to the humidity of the Caribbean in Haiti and everything in between. I can't recommend this tent enough. Its just the best 2 person 4 season tent thats offered by anyone. Setup in simple and once you set it up the first time, you will be setting it up in under 5 minutes after that. Plenty of room for 2 people plus gear. The vestibules are useful for storing wet boots and gear. I've been in complete downpour at Mt. Rainer for 3 days and never got a drop on me inside the tent. It might be a bit more expensive than other offerings but worth every single cent.

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Actual tent dimensions

The data on backcountry isn't quite accurate. According to MSR (cascade designs) the floor dimensions are 50" X 94" yielding 29 sq. ft. That's much smaller than 36.

Still think it's a good, lightweight escape for two.

Actual tent dimensions

I am planning a several week ski tour in...

I am planning a several week ski tour in northern Ontario and will potentially be facing minus 50 temps and high winds. I know this tent is designed for elevation, but I think conditions may be analogous. How does this tent do in extreme (and I ean extreme) cold

Best Answer

It's silnylon, which should be able to handle the cold better than PU coated nylon. The vent on top means that moisture won't coat the inside of your tent as much as a single wall tent that uses a membrane to be waterproof. With that said, the vent means you won't be able to warm up your tent at all, so make sure you'll have a bag to match the lowest temperatures. MEC Thor with a liner perhaps? I would also take a look at the Mountain Hardwear EV-2 or the Marmot Alpinist. This one isn't freestanding, so that might be a problem for setup in high winds. If you don't like those designs, you'll never go wrong with a Black Diamond Bibler tent.

how big is this tent packed up in a...

how big is this tent packed up in a backpack?

Best Answer

Its 20 x 7 inches if you leave it in the bag it comes in. I generally separate the poles and the body though. The poles are a few inches around and 20 inches long. The tent itself can be compressed pretty well with a compression sack...about 1.5 or 2 nalgene bottles worth.

How does it perform in a storm on high...

How does it perform in a storm on high mountains(4000+ meters ) compared to other 2-wall 4 season tents? Could it be as stable as other 8-9 lb tents and keep warmth?