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MSR Elixir Tent: 2-Person 3 Season

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Why We Like The Elixir Tent

Prefer moving under your own power? The superlight, wildly livable Elixir Tent from MSR may force you to spend a few extra days at the lake. We appreciate the rugged 70D nylon on the bottom getting 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 included six stakes.

  • A livable tent for all your outdoor adventures
  • Two-person capacity for you and your best bud
  • Durable construction withstands wear and tear
  • Large vestibule stores your gear and shoes
  • Mesh panels ventilate on hot days
  • Color-coded poles for easy set up
  • Adaptable rainfly to maximize your view
  • Item #CAS00CQ

[rainfly] 68D polyester, DWR, [canopy] 40D nylon DWR, [mesh] 20D nylon micromesh, [floor] nylon, DWR
Wall Type
(2) aluminum
Pole Attachment
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
24sq ft
Gear Loft
Interior Height
Floor Dimensions
84 x 50in
Floor Space
29sq ft
Packed Size
20in x 7in
Fast-pitch Option
footprint included
Trail Weight
Packed Weight
backpacking, weekend camping
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 3 years

Tech Specs

California Proposition 65


Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 4

Better for less humid climate...

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a good tent... a really good tent. The only drawbacks are it’s a little cumbersome to set up and the ventilation isn’t great for the hot, muggy climate of Louisiana and Arkansas. Not until the fall at least. But overall, I would recommend this tent for car camping and for backpacking (if you can split the load, that would be ideal). Nice work, MSR!

>Rating: 5

Solid 3-season tent

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It might not be the lightest compared to other options but for the price and the level of nylon it comes with, I love it. It suits me because I do different styles of camping such as bike camping (will get msr gear shed), car camping and backpacking. I have one camping bag for all activities and its very minimal, so I look for durability and function rather than lightweight, and this tent made the cut.

Hey Alex! Thank you for taking the time to write this awesome review! I am happy to hear the tent has been working perfectly for all your camping needs!

>Rating: 5

Great 3 Season Shelter

I've put it through the wringer

Picked up the MSR Elixir 2 at the beginning of 2018. Spent 3+ weeks backpacking through Utah for a photography expedition this winter and another 3 weeks backpacking around Colorado for the remainder of the winter and start of spring. It has been a very windy, cold last few months while out backpacking, and the tent has performed beautifully. Very easy/ quick to set up and tear down. Very easy to shake clean during tear down, with poles and ground tarp attached to the body. Has put up with nights of rain and ice to snow with no leak problems yet. (Still have not been through a summer thunderstorm in it yet) Feels strong enough to take some decent top weight in a snow storm. Vents well with both gear vestibule half open on warmer days. Not the tent to hang out in on a hot day, but it is a 3 season. I love the different tie options for the gear vestibules, you can half open vestibule doors and tie it up, open up all the way and eliminate the vestibule and tie it up also, half open vestibules and pull half of the rain fly over to the other side and look at the stars all while everything is tied down and out of the wind and still anchoring tent. Awesome stuff!! Stays anchored in high winds VERY VERY well. While exploring canyons one day away from camp the winds began to roar through the canyons, immediately turned around and bolted back to camp. Gusts in the upper 50s to 60s, tents were anchored on super fine sand, I thought there was no way our camp would be intact. When we got back Buddies REI half dome 2 was hanging on by the last thread, gear bunched in one spot on the side wall and one stake left in the ground with half the tent in a bush. All of his gear was in the tent (30 Lbs.) In the MSR Elixir 2, my bag and gear were in the gear vestibule (no weight added to the tent), with only sleeping pad and bag in the tent. It hadn’t budged an inch. Both vestibules, and all guide lines were all still taught and holding perfectly. Great piece of mind as for the next 3 days we were stuck in our tents as the winds raged and sand blasted everything. I was comfy other than the non-stop flow of fine dust flowing through the mesh parts of the tent. Would wake up to clear the dust out of my nose and the entire inside of the tent was a reddish orange color of fine dust. This is my only complaint so far, I wish the mesh at the head and foot of the tent was 9 inches to a foot higher. Starting at the same height as the window mesh. This would help keep the interior of the tent warmer and less dust on those crazy nights. Buddies REI half dome was just as covered on the inside as mine and realistically only a 4 season can button up tight enough to stop that kind of fine dust. I recently purchased the MSR Gear shed for this tent and have had a couple nights with it and I’m so stoked to add that to this tent. It was awesome to cook and chill the other day with my group of 4 inside my 2 man tent while it windy and raining little all night. Makes a great base camp attachment. Overall MSR engineered a great tent, I have been through a few tents over the last few years and for a three season tent this is one of the best I have used.


Are the seams fully taped on this tent?

Hi Zach - Yes, they are fully taped


I know this was previous asked and answered, but I just wanted some more clarification. REI, Moosejaw, and the MSR website all sell this tent for $249.95 (the same regular price listed on Backcountry) and they all sell it with the footprint included. Is there a reason why the footprint is not included at the same regular price with the tent listed here - could it have been an oversight and maybe the footprint IS included? I've narrowed my options down to 2 tents and this is one of them so any more clarification on whether or not this comes with a footprint would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

So honestly I'm disappointed this question hasn't been answered in a very timely manner (not at all yet in this case). But for anyone else who is wondering, I have good news for you! I went ahead and ordered this because I was 90% sure it would, in fact, include a footprint. I just got it today and it DOES include a footprint :)

I am glad you found this comes with a footprint, most tents do not these days because of the durability of the tents that are being made so they are purchased separately from the tent. This is the same tent as the MSR site and the footprint is included. If you have any other questions go ahead and chat in or give us a call at 1-800-409-4502 and we can help you quickly and easily!


is this includes a footprint?

This tent does include a footprint in it. Most tents do not include them anymore because of the durability of tents but this one does have one included in this price!