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The Carbon Reflex 1 Tent is MSR's lightest double wall, solo tent for ultralight backpacking and camping. Thanks to MSR's Fast & Light option, which lets you ditch the canopy and only use the fly and footprint, the Carbon Reflex can weigh a little over a pound. Both the fly and floor have Durashield treatments to keep you and your camping gear dry in wet weather, and the micromesh canopy keeps you comfy in warm and buggy environments.
The Carbon Reflex uses two ultralight carbon ION poles from Easton, various clips, guy cords, and aluminum cord adjusters make for a quick-and-easy setup. This tent also features a large door for easy in-and-out, and a vestibule for convenient camping storage. MSR included nine MSR needles to stake down your tent in windy weather.
- Durashield treated floor and fly
- Micromesh canopy
- Easton carbon ION poles
- Single door and vestibule design
- Fast & Light minimum weight option
- Nine MSR needles
- Four guy cords
- Four aluminum cord adjusters
- Item #CAS007E
- Q & A
Love hate relationship
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Used this tent over the past two years to hike pct. The footprint allows you to squeeze it in just about anywhere. One of the best things is being able to put your head at either end and choose which way the door faces. Im 5ft 9in, 155 lbs and can sit up in the tent - plenty of room. Did not have any problem with the hook and velcro door closure. With the one pole design amd verticle side walls did not expect to much for wind performance. But was pleasantly surprised one night when had to set up on an exposed mtn top. The rainfly and bathtub floor kept me dry. A breeze to set up. 6 months of use and still in great shape. Now for the hate part of the relationship. The poles failed on me twice. Both times the bonding on the ferrules failed. The connector slid into the pole and the poles could not connect. 1st time on the main pole. Fortunately i was able to hike back 6 miles the next morning to a road crossing and call warranty and have a new pole sent. Warranty offered to send a replacement pole section. I explained that i had NO tools to fix the pole myself. They said they didnt have enough pole sets laying around to send me a whole set. I asked if they could sell me a set. And for $160 they were able to find one! I was able to finish the part i was on with no problems (2017). The next section (2018) the new set of $160 poles failed in the same way. After reading the other reviews on this site, i figured out this is not an isolated incident. If Easton is making these poles and suplying them to MSR, there is a manufacturing problem that needs to be addressed. MSR certainly knows by now there is a problem. Warranty is not standing behind the problem and that needs to be addressed. So now what? I wanted to use this tent on the final leg of the triple crown (CDT), but could i trust it. Solution was to send it to a tent pole specialist and have them test and rebond the ferrules that needed it. They were able to find "several" that needed fixing.
Carbon Reflex tent details from MSR
Set up, Material details, Break down & more.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
So I just got back from my first backpacking trip with this tent. I was initially impressed with how light it is, and how small it packs down. However those initial impressions were dampened when I was living in it. The rain fly in my opinion is a terrible design... please just stick with zippers! The tent is accessed via two little strips of velcro, which is a pain to open and close from the inside.
I'll take the extra 2 oz for a decent zipper. Also If the tent is pitched tight there are big gaps in the opening and rain/wind would have no issue flooding in.
I'll be returning this and sticking with zippers thanks.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had one problem with this tent: the cross pole on top was hard to put on/off. Since it is shorter, it is less flexible than the longer pole and required a lot of elbow grease to make it work. I would have sent it back had it not been on sale. Since the price was so good for a quality, lightweight tent, I decided to just trim the cross pole. I cut 1 inch off of it and it is perfect. Now I love it! It feels like a good quality and is quick to set up and take down. It is a great size for me. (I sleep in a petite size women's sleeping bag.) I also really enjoy the exterior design in that is gives me plenty of room for my pack and whatnot.
Great protection from the elements.
I bought this tent to take on long distance hikes. 1lb 7oz is as light as it gets and still be safe and comfortable. I took it into the Sespe wilderness in inclement weather and it kept me bone dry. I set it up in the dark the first night and didn't notice I was on a very low area with no drainage. It proceeded to rain torrentially. When I woke up at three am there I was literally in a 3-4 inch lake. I felt like I was sleeping on a waterbed because the bathtub floor wanted to float. I stayed bone dry! Not a drop of water entered the tent. I was amazed and grateful I did not have to go out into that storm and was able to get a great nights sleep on my "water bed".