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A lightweight, livable 3-season tent.
You just shelled out several months' salary for a shiny dual-suspension mountain trail dominator with two wheels. With little in the bank, the MSR Elixir 2, 2-Person, 3-Season Tent gives you on-the-go housing for all of your mountain-biking excursions. Now, instead of sleeping under or in your car after thigh-burning days in Fruita, CO, stretch out and enjoy a good's night sleep in this lightweight portable shelter. Prefer moving under your own power? This superlight, wildly livable tent may force you to spend a few extra days at the lake, just lounging.
Rugged 70D nylon on the bottom gets a shot of endurance from 3000mm polyurethane and DWR coatings. The body mixes mesh with solid fabric to keep you cool when it's warm, warm when it's cool, and dry no matter the temp outside. Made from 68D ripstop polyester and with taped seams, the DWR-treated fly lets fresh air flow without sharing such freedom with the rain. Two strong but light aluminum poles turn this mass of fabric into a delightfully spacious mobile abode. When winds threaten to blow your tent down, firm up your foundation by using the six (included) stakes.
Two doors and two roomy vestibules means you don't have to smell your adventure amigo's boots all night long. Instead, gaze upon the heavens through the star-patterned skylight. Even at its heaviest, 5lb 13oz, the Elixir 2 is still a superlight tent. Want to cut weight, but the tricks from your wrestling days no longer work? Just take the poles, rainfly, and MSR Footprint, and now you're only toting 3lb 9oz. Color-coding on the poles, clips, and webbing makes set up a breeze, even if you're color-blind.
- 70D taffeta nylon bathtub-style floor, 3000mm Durashield PU coating, DWR
- 40D ripstop nylon and 20D nylon micromesh body
- 68D ripstop polyester rainfly, 1500mm PU coating, DWR
- Seam-taped fly
- MSR Footprint included
- 2 7000-series aluminum poles
- 6 aluminum stakes
- 2 doors
- 2 vestibules
- 4lb 10oz trail weight, 5lb 13 oz maximum weight
- 3lb 9oz Fast & Light mode (rainfly and MSR footprint only)
- Color-coded poles, clips, and webbing
- Item #CAS000S
- Q & A
I have just received the goods on the plunges
Elixir Tent first impressions
I just got the tent here in Peru and havent tested yet in the mountains, but seems of good quality materials. But the floor of the tent seems very thin and delicate.
Too soon for a thorough review, but...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I just purchased this tent for my 15 yo daughter looking for an easy pitch and durable option. This is the first MSR tent I've handled and the quality did not disappoint. We set it up for the first time in the living room; super-fast and easy with a color-coded pole and clip system. We've only had it out one time, and it seems like it will work out nicely for her. Other than ease of set up, it seems well constructed and durable (but only time will tell how it will hold up) and comes with a footprint and has some cool features such as vents on either end of the tent body and nice high privacy screens on the doors. I would certainly describe it as a great entry-level 3-season tent for someone just getting into camping, but also will impress aficionados. If you're considering it for back-packing or motorcycle touring, it packs small, and as with most 2-person tents, it is an ideal one-person tent with plenty of storage space under the vestibules and inside for all of your gear. It could certainly accommodate two if need-be. The only reason I'm withholding a 5th star is that it comes with very cheap stakes that would be useless in all but the softest ground. If you camp in rocky situations (as we always do) you’ll need to purchase suitable stakes.
Elixir of life!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This tent is a God send. It is incredibly roomy and light for a two person tent. It has a tall ceiling and has enough room for my husband, our 95lb German Shepard, our little 35lb German shorthair, and me comfortably. We can fit our 65L and our 85L pack in the tent if we need to (as pillows or something.) However, the tent has two vestibules which can fit our packs on one side and all of our shoes, and hatchet and extra gear on the other side. It also has the two doors which is really nice so we donât have to climb over each other when we are getting out of the tent. We can both get out on either side. There is also great ventilation on the top of the tent with all the mesh; however, when it gets cold or rainy closing the vestibules keeps the tent quite warm when you zip them up or you can roll them back during the day to allow for more circulation. I would be comfortable using this tent during a mild winter with a 0 degree bag. The only issue that the tent has is the zipper on the vestibule is rather thin and sometimes hard to zip without getting the fabric unless you zip it slowly. But that is easy to work around. It is very versatile and if you are looking for a two person with a little more room, this is the one for you.
Great Backpacking Tent
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got the Elixir early this spring and has been a great tent. No it's not a 'ultra light tent' but it is still great to hike around. It is very roomy for it's class and great for cooler nights in the Northern Rockies. Held up like a champ in a snowy/rainy storm in the Tetons under fairly strong winds. I never thought the color of a tent would be important but after waking up in this tent with its neutral color just makes the morning better(it's the little things I guesss). Over all great tent that is very well manufactured and designed.
Beautiful design, but rather heavy
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I truly love this tent. Really, I do. I love the pole design, the way the doors zip open and secure. The vestibules are nice and big. There are big inside pockets for holding all kinds of stuff, and the head room inside the tent is beyond adequate. Also, the inclusion of the footprint is a big plus. Overall, the build quality is top-notch and the Elixir tent is a great value. I would classify it as a luxury backpacking tent. Unfortunately, I decided to send mine back before it saw any trail use. And the simple reason I couldn't keep it is this: it's heavy. The packed weight in the Tech Specs is about right. I double checked the 5lb 13oz figure, and that number is almost spot-on. I've decided I need something more minimalist. After all, I've been lugging around a 5-lb tent around for years. My next tent ought to be in the ultralight class, e.g. MSR Hubba Hubba, Big Agnes Copper Spur, or the latest iteration of REI's Quarter Dome.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Purchased this tent in early June and have used it every weekend since. Have used it In a variety of conditions from car camping in the desert to backpacking into alpine lakes. So far the tent has held up to all conditions extremely well. Setup is fast and easy. Comfortable for 2. Last weekend we were camping in the BC Rockies and were hit by a major rainstorm. The tent stayed perfectly dry. I'm very happy with my purchase.
MSR Elixir 2 Tent
How is ventilation after sleeping for the night?
The body mixes mesh with solid fabric to keep you cool when it's warm, warm when it's cool, and dry no matter the temp outside. Made from 68D ripstop polyester and with taped seams, the DWR-treated fly lets fresh air flow without sharing such freedom with the rain. Also it boasts a skylight for added breath ability, so you can gaze upon the heavens through the star-patterned skylight.
This tent comes with 6 aluminum stakes....
This tent comes with 6 aluminum stakes. Do you know if they are MSR Ground Hog Stakes?
They're not. They're straight aluminum stakes that can bed pretty easily. Id defiantly upgrade them for the groundhog stakes
This tent is 5lbs 13oz maximum weight....
This tent is 5lbs 13oz maximum weight. Does that include the footprint weight? Or is the footprint an additional weight on top of the 5lbs 13oz ?
The packed weight is all items included with the tent including the footprint and fly. The trail weight are the essentials to keep out the elements including the tent and the fast pitch weight is just the fly, poles and footprint.