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Access 3 Tent: 3-Person 4-Season

4.833333333333333 out of 5 stars
6 Reviews



Access 3 Tent: 3-Person 4-Season

MSR designed the Access 3 to be lighter than traditional mountaineering tents, yet warmer and more protective than backpacking tents so you can venture deeper into the backcountry and still sleep comfortably. 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 4-season tent for winter backcountry trips
  • Nylon Ripstop fabric is lightweight and tear-resistant
  • Water-resistant fly and floor won't succumb to snow
  • Easton Syclone poles resist breakage and reduce weight
  • Resists snow-loading to avoid collapse from heavy snow
  • Two doors for easy access and exit
  • Item #MSQ000K
[rainfly] 20D ripstop nylon, DuraShield polyurethane, silicone, [canopy] 10D ripstop nylon, 10D polyester micromesh, [floor] 30D ripstop nylon, DuraShield polyurethane, DWR coating
Wall Type
Easton Syclone
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
Interior Height
Floor Dimensions
84 x 70in
Floor Space
Packed Size
21 x 6 x 6in
Footprint Included
sold separately
Trail Weight
4lb 6oz
Packed Weight
5lb 1oz
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 3 year

Overall Rating

5 based on 6 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

May 24, 2024

Great tent, no regrets

I’ve used this tent a number of times now, including in heavy winds on the side of Mt Shasta (well above tree line). As a double-wall tent, you’ll want to make sure to set up the fly and stake it down tight if it’s windy or stormy. If well secured, it can stand up to serious winds—impressively for such a light tent. The internal vents are small so it’ll get some condensation if it’s really wet, but otherwise it’s been perfect. Highly recommend for a ski touring tent. It’s spacious for two people. It’d be tight for three.

Sarah G.
a Cascade Designs brand site

Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

April 11, 2024

Impressive Performance

Although my Access 3 person arrived after most of the snow had melted and skiing was finished , it still received a solid workout. First time out we had heavy rains with 40-60mph winds. The tent performed perfectly. No leaks no tears no pole breakage. A solid sanctuary regardless of the weather .

Douglas P.
a Cascade Designs brand site

Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

October 6, 2023

Great Tent

I took this tent on a 5 day backpack hunt this September at 9,200 ft elevation in Colorado. It is very light, and provided great shelter for two people. We had room to store some gear in the tent and have plenty of space to sleep comfortably. Personally, I think a 3 person tent is better for just two. I think you could fit 3 in here, but it would be tight. We didn't get any precipitation so I can't speak to how well it holds out water. The ventilation is a little constricted, but that made for a warmer environment in the tent with low night time temps. It was very simple to pitch and seems to have a very durable and well thought out design. I'm impressed. In summary, I highly recommend this tent.

Luke M.
a Cascade Designs brand site

Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

January 24, 2022

Roomy, LIGHT, and made for ski touring!!

Initial review as we've used it once for winter ski camping, and selected this tent after an exhausting review of many different brands and models. We needed a 4-season shelter that will be primarily used for below treeline winter camping and this lightweight tent fit the bill exactly. PROS: 1. Very roomy! I'm 6'2' and not only can I sit up straight, laying on my back my feet don't reach the ceiling, and I can "stand up" on my knees. Enough room for 3 people, and more than enough room for the 2 of us plus dog! There's enough room to have gear on both sides of your pads for both people. 2. lightweight! we can't believe this comes in at just over 5 pounds, considering how big it is, and the fabric doesn't seem flimsy like other UL tents. 3. Doors on opposite ends of the tent! This is a feature we haven't seen, but makes getting ready a roomy experience - no back to back here. 4. Door/fly zippers - The door and the fly are both easily operable from inside and outside the tent, with a single hand. The doors look a little small but they're not. I can sit up straight at the entrance, something rare for a big guy like me. 5. Ventilation - despite other reviews, we experienced zero condensation on the inside of the tent despite low 30s temps, high humidity, zero wind, and the tent zipped up. There are two small windows above the doors that can't be closed, and there are two vents at the ends. Be sure to prop out the fly on the because we didn't on one side and it resulted in some dampness, but not on the side that was guyed out. However, the fly itself had some condensation, to be expected. 6. Massive gear pockets 7. Vestibules - decent size outside each door and big enough for expedition packs. We watched the MSR video showing how to dig a pit outside each door, so you can sit normally when donning/doffing boots and such, and provides ample room for gear storage. 8. Storage - instead of a stuff sack with small opening, this tent comes with a roll bag with cinch straps, making storage easy and quick! CONS: 1.The single tent pole is a little cumbersome for one person to negotiate, but hey, if it was just you, you wouldn't be in a 3-person tent, right?! We likely just need more practice. 2. My partner had a issue with the trapezoid-shaped gear pockets when retrieving an item from the deep corner of the pocket where it resulted in tugging on the opening. No issue here but something to be aware of.

Daryl G.
a Cascade Designs brand site

Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

4 out of 5 stars

January 15, 2021

Super lightweight, good quality backpacking tent

I've used this tent once for a 4 day hike through the Hoh Rainforest, the tent is easy to assemble, super light weight, and looks great. The first night the rain came down hard, and as we were essentially in a cloud the inside got damp, which meant on day two when it rained the wet material wasn't able to stop small droplets of water coming through the membrane. I'm not sure if this would be the same effect on any tent, or it's due to the lightweight nature of the material used to make this tent. Either way it's been great, and I'm looking forward to using it not in a rainforest.

a Cascade Designs brand site

Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

January 27, 2019

Great Tent!

BTUF: Light enough to backpack with and sturdy enough for snow storms. I bought this tent last year and have taken it on two winter expeditions and it's bomber. Went around Crater Lake for 4 days and it held up great in wind and snow. Not too heavy to carry (backpack with), roomy inside, and has everything you need. Took it to Yosemite last weekend and it held up great to 1.5 feet of snow over night. The guy lines stayed as tight as can expect in that storm and the whole thing was bomber. It's easy to transport and the roll open case is great, not a traditional stuff sack. If you going in the snow, get the additional snow stakes.

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a Cascade Designs brand site

Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site