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Winter camping just got more accessible.
Backcountry travel in winter is already hard enough with all the extra gear and layers, and a bulky mountaineering tent just makes it that much more difficult. Understanding this, MSR designed the Access 2 Tent: 2-Person 4-Season to be lighter than traditional mountaineering tents, yet still warmer and more protective than backpacking tents.
The unique central support frame optimizes interior space to fit all your gear while resisting snow loading so middle-of-the-night storms don't catch you off guard. And since there's less stuff you have to deal with using frozen fingers, the unified frame is also easier to set up in cold conditions. Tough and lightweight Easton Syclone poles resist breaking, and two doors mean you don't have to crawl over your partner for a midnight bathroom break.
- Light and strong for winter backcountry trips
- Water-resistant fly and floor won't succumb to snow
- Easton Syclone poles resist breakage
- Optimized interior space design
- Resists snow-loading to avoid collapse
- Two doors for easy access and exit
- Item #CAS009U
- Q & A
Single person tent
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The description, floor plan and features of this tent were everything I have been looking for for backcountry tours. The materials are top notch. Set up is easy.
But... upon using it it I was severely disappointed.
!st off, the poles didn't come with my tent and after contacting MSR got them shipped out.
The condensation is pretty bad due to that the tent fly (no matter how much I tried) would rest on the body of the tent.
The biggest failure is simply the architecture. The walls of the tent body are so low angle that it creates a large amount of unusable space. 6" of the 4 corners is too low for even a sleeping pad. to position a pad and bag so that it wouldn't touch the sidewalls I was basically in the middle of the tent. My partner and I had to curl up just so our heads and feet didn't push against the walls. The condensation that built up dripped onto our heads and feet soaking our bags.
This tent needs to go back to the drawing board in my opinion to be considered for use in the snow.
This tent would work as a 1 person (under 6') great. But for 2 people, no way
Here is the tent used in a field with perfect weather and still condensate without the fly. I set the bottle where it touches the 2 sidewalls. A nalgene isn't as tall as a human body on a sleeping pad. There is 8" of unusable space per wall.
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can i set this thing up on the snow without the footprint?