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Access 1 Tent: 1-Person 4-Season

4.2 out of 5 stars
10 Reviews



Access 1 Tent: 1-Person 4-Season

Backcountry ski trips already require a lot of gear, and that's before you throw in a bulky mountaineering tent in the mix. Lighten your load for your next overnight powder-seeking mission with the MSR Access 1. This solo tent offers winter-worthy protection, but with a much lighter design that's more comparable to a backpacking tent.


  • Winter tent is perfect for backcountry ski trips and mountaineering
  • Supported frame optimizes interior space and resists snow-loading
  • Large vestibule keeps your boots and gear protected from the snow
  • Rainfly vents reduce condensation so your gear dries overnight
  • At under four pounds, the Access 1 is truly minimal
  • Item #MSQ000I
[rainfly] 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm, polyurethane, silicone, [canopy] 20D ripstop nylon and DWR, [mesh] 10D polyester, [floor] 30D ripstop nylon 3000mm, polyurethane, DWR
1 person
Wall Type
1 Easton Syclone
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
9sq ft
mesh canopy panels
Interior Height
Floor Dimensions
84 x 33in
Floor Space
19sq ft
Packed Size
18 x 6in
Footprint Included
sold separately
Trail Weight
Packed Weight
3lb 8oz
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years limited

Overall Rating

4 based on 10 ratings

Review Summary

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2 out of 5 stars

May 8, 2023

Poor ventilation. Otherwise great.

I recently bought this tent and took it out for 2 nights on a coastal hike. Each morning my sleeping bag was soaked from condensation dripping off the inner tent ceiling onto my bag. The 2nd night I had the inner tent door unzipped at the top even but it didn't change anything. Not a drop of rain either night but was humid each morning. There is only 1 small 'vent' in the inner tent. I can't imagine using this tent in a humid climate (Pacific Northwest in my case) and my sleeping bag staying dry. Very disappointed in MSR since they are a PNW based company & to design a tent with such poor ventilation seems odd. The tent is solid & I believe it would hold up in high winds, snow & rain but I suspect my sleeping bag would be wet regardless. This tent needs 3 more 'vents" & it would probably be the best solo tent money could buy. I would not recommend this tent, especially not for the price.

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5 out of 5 stars

April 24, 2022


For me, the most intuitive tent wins. I want the tent up and ready in 1 minute at the end of the day, especially when the weather is bad. I tested this tent out on Mt. Hood, the North Cascades, and a whole summer in Rifle Canyon. It saw wind, rain, hail, and a thunderstorm. I had the tent set up with numb fingers. It passes the test on every occasion!

Holly C.
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4 out of 5 stars

March 27, 2022

Best treeline tent.. but with meaningful warts

When it comes to 4-season tents you have a choice of 9lb+ porta-caves (e.g. the Trango) or 3-4lb treeline tents such as the MSR Access that will support a foot or two of snow and withstand serious wind. The Access makes good compromises to keep the weight respectable without "stupid light" choices such as mesh body or 10D fabrics (yes, I am talking about the Slingfin Portal). It is reasonably easy to set up, can be pitched fly first without contortions with the optional footprint, uses robust fabrics, and has copious guy points. But it is far from perfect. Unlike the Hubba NX1, which seems targeted at hobbits with its 36 inch peak height, the Access 1 is 40 inches tall. However, it insists on maintaining the unreasonably short 84 inch inner. If you are 6 ft or over your head and feet will touch the inner walls, and the unavoidable condensation there will get your sleeping bag damp. Not sure why MSR does this, it makes no sense other than to allow them to use universal footprints. This is a particularly significant oversight for this type of tent, where warmer days allowing to dry out your sleeping bag may be limited. The door on the inner narrows where the torso typically enters and exits. The placement of the seams dictates this choice, and despite that ingress and egress is fairly straightforward ever for someone like me who is not very flexible. There are only two pockets - one at the foot and one at the head. The absence of side pockets in the head and ceiling areas is inexplicable, and frankly inexcusable. Have not yet used it in humid conditions, but the ventilation of the inner is provided by a single small triangular window. In addition to limited ventilation it cannot be covered with a solid panel. Would have loved to see two windows with solid covers. Great that MSR has started using wide mouth stuff sacks, but making that from 30D fabric added a few unnecessary ounces to the packed weight. That is one area where a lighter fabric would have been justified. The poles collapse to a fairly significant length. They don't fall together even, with 1-2 sections sticking out both on top and the bottom and adding 2-3 inches on either side to the pole sack length. This makes the pole sack too long to be stored in a horizontal position in the pack. I am sure MSR has tested this, but bending the Syclone poles is a nerve wracking experience - the plasticky feel makes me think that they will snap at any time. There is no pole sleeve provided - not sure if this means that MSR thinks the poles will never break, or that a sleeve will not be effective if they do.

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5 out of 5 stars

October 2, 2021

Tried 3 other brands before trying MSR tent.

Went on a 6 night back pack hunting trip at 6500ft in the beartooth wilderness area of montana in september so I was expecting snow / wind and thats why I wanted to try a 4 season tent. I chose the access 1 because of the weight and price. My first day it was windy, 30 mph winds all day, I didnt use all the steaks, just the 4 corners and 1 for the rain cover and it held up just fine. The next 2 days it snowed all day, heavy wet snow, it took out my bear fence actually. The tent kept me dry and warm, I had some(very little) condensation on the roof but that is to be expected from a tent, but compared to the tents i tried in the past this one did great, last year i had to leave early because it snowed and i woke up all wet and tons of condensation on the roof. For the size of the tent, It was nice being able to sit up all the way and wide enough to sleep comfortably (I am 6'4" and I had a couple inches to spare if your 6'6" it would be tight, no complaints for me though). I like the rain cover how theirs enough room to keep your boots, pack and bow dry but not inside the tent. Overall I noticed the tent kept in heat and stayed dry. I only use a 20 degree sleeping bag and with the weather I kept warm over night, with other tents i would always wake up freezing but not with this one. Worth the upgrade to this 4 season pack-able tent if you plan on seeing snow/colder weather.

David H.
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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

December 21, 2020

Delivers as advertised

I have used this tent in an ice storm, snow storm and cold-ish (15-25f) temps. It shrugged off the ice easily. It vented really well (minimal condensation), and it's quite warm. I am very pleased with the ease of set up. It's intuitive to the point that I was able to pitch it at night with stiff and frigid fingers. As advertised, it's footprint is small and I was able to find a space in thick forest. I have yet to experience any winds it couldn't handle. With the 4 guy-outs, it sunk into the ground like a limpet. Luckily, I am a side sleeper, so the lack of length (I am 6'2"") is okay. I will be heading up to some ridges this January in N.H. I have total confidence it will be fine.

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T'so L.
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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

4 out of 5 stars

November 24, 2020

Best Applied Use

For a single person 4 season tent this one comes in at a very light weight and packability. It's easy to set up. Taking down can be more challenging requiring hot water. During a 3 day white out conditions storm on top of a mountain I hunkered down. After storm finished I had a hard time being able to disassemble the tent due to the canopy straps being frozen. This design requires those straps to be pliable in order to install or remove canopy. Once saturated and frozen they are rigid and difficult to release. Without hot water I would have to otherwise had to cut straps or abandon the tent. I feel like the tent poles could be split into two pieces and redesigned with a connection that would marry to two. It's roomy inside height wise and has a mini vestibule. I found about a 15° warmer temperature difference from inside to outside as it holds heat well and any moisture you feed it. Ultimately I see this best used for short dry winter camping trips. I don't recommend for storms where accumulation of snow will occur. The tent won't be able vent and it'll rain inside. In the end I see myself using this for a thru hike of the CDT as best applied use.

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5 out of 5 stars

July 28, 2020

I like mine..

Sweet, petite, and neat.... for those solo journeys where a light load and low space in your pack are desired. It keeps the wind and rain out.

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3 out of 5 stars

August 5, 2019

I would try out the MSR Advanced Pro 2

I use this product Guiding in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. There is certainly a lot of room as a single person tent, id imagine two can squeeze no problem for a night or two on fast and light missions. There is no shortage of wind and rain storms in the Beartooths. It holds up well in the rain keeping you completely dry but has trouble with wind. There seems to be too many tie downs and I cant get the vestibule door to tension just right. While the footprint of the body is small, the fly and tie downs end up with a much bigger footprint. Set up time also seems to be longer then I expected. Although, I am biased coming from a very simple BD Firstlight where there are only 4 tie downs and set up time is minimal.

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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

4 out of 5 stars

July 14, 2018

Handles rain and wind well, lightweight, easy to pitch

I bought the Access 1 for a canoeing trip in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). It was cold (freezing), windy, and rained/sleeted for most of the trip. Size weight: it's pretty light and packs down small. It's easy to set up by 1 person. It's big enough to change my clothes and sleep/read comfortably while storing a little gear with me, although I am only 5 ft 1in. It's hard to imagine a 6ft man in this tent. I was able to fit my gear in the vestibule, but it was tight! I really would would liked more room there. Performance for conditions: I experienced significant wind/rain/sleet/cold weather during the trip and the tent hardly seemed affected. The inside stayed dry from rain and I did NOT have any condensation including one night so warm that I had to sleep naked; I don't think I generate much body heat:) I also didn't notice fabric flapping or any significant breeze. I also have the Hubba NX and the access is significantly warmer and has a stronger frame (aka handles wind better). Like most tents, most guylines were not included and I didn't bring enough for all guyouts. While I didn't have any problems with wetting the tent body, the fly needed to be staked out more in order to deal with the wind (and not touch the body fabric). Overall: I think this tent fits that niche between a 3-season tent (with lots of mesh) and a true mountaineering tent (that deals with the harshest conditions and weighs more).

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5 out of 5 stars

February 7, 2018

Snow or heavy wind - this tent performs

I have used this tent on backcountry ski tours and most recently on a trek in Patagonia. The tent keeps you warm and the new syclone poles performed extremely well in heavy winds.

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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site