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Ample living space for 3 people.
Everyone in your packing posse has a job: someone schleps the food, someone watches for bears, and someone humps the tent. Lucky for you, you've been assigned to tote the MSR Elixir 3 3-Person 3-Season tent. This superlight tent readily holds you and two friends, and the star-shaped skylight gives you some other than each other to stare at in the interminable hours just before dawn. So long as you're not planning an Arctic expedition, this early spring-through-late fall tent will protect you from the elements.
Rugged 70D nylon on the bottom gets 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 and warm when it's cool. Made from 68D ripstop polyester with taped seams, the DWR-treated fly lets fresh air flow without sharing such freedom with the rain so you stay dry no matter what the weather. 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 six (included) stakes.
Two doors and two roomy vestibules means you don't have to smell your adventure amigo's boots all night long. If you're the monkey in the middle, you only have to crawl over one person when the 15-bean chili with jalapenos you had for dinner demands a midnight potty run. Even at its heaviest, 6lb 3oz, the Elixir 3 is still a superlight 3-person tent. Want to cut weight, but the tricks from your wrestling days no longer work? Just take the poles, rainfly, and MSR Footprint, and now you're only toting 4lb 4oz. Color-coding on the poles, clips, and webbing makes set up a breeze, even if you're color-blind.
- 70D taffeta nylon bathtub-style floor, 3000mm Durashield PU coating, DWR
- 40D ripstop nylon and 20D nylon micromesh body
- 68D ripstop polyester rainfly, 1500mm PU coating, DWR
- Seam-taped fly
- MSR Footprint included
- 2 7000-series aluminum poles
- 6 aluminum stakes
- 2 doors
- 2 vestibules
- 5lb 10oz trail weight, 6lb 3 oz maximum weight
- 4lb 4oz Fast & Light mode (rainfly and MSR footprint only)
- Color-coded poles, clips, and webbing
- Item #CAS000T
- Q & A
Elixir 3-man tent
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this tent to serve as a two person + gear tent that would primarily be used on canoe trips. As such, weight was a factor, but not as critical as a back packing tent.
The Elixir is easy to set up, as the poles and tabs are all color coded. The poles are also integrated in to a single unit via shock cords and a connector junction.
I like that it was basically ready to go out of the box since it comes with a footprint, stakes, and even guy lines. The only thing missing was a gear loft. I added that later. I also replaced the little sting pulls on the zippers with the larger plastic tab pulls since they are a little easier to grab with gloves. That isn't necessary, it was just personal preference.
The double doors are handy, negating the need to crawl over someone to get out (unless there are three people in the tent).
The fly is well designed with rain gutters and vents that include kick stands to hold them open. Ventilation is good, and I haven't had any problems with condensation as I have with other tents. On warmer clear nights, I've left the fly off for a view of the stars.
I like this tent enough that I may pick up a smaller version for solo trips and back packing.
Just Perfect for Summer
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I used this tent leading trips this summer in northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan. It excelled in warm-er weather, and still kept us comfortable when the temperature dipped along Lake Superior.
The tent is super quick to set-up (shout-out to the color-coded poles and grommets!), and made things simple when the sun was setting and my group getting tired.
The 3-person was great for three young women, the taller folks in my crew found it a bit cramped for them. For a super light 3-tent, look no further!
MSR Elixir 3 overview
Perfect for Two Gals and a Box of Wine
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
My sister and I are backpackers who also enjoy car camping and this tent is perfect for both! It’s not super heavy or too big to carry if we split it between our packs and we can always find a small spot for it in the Subaru. We use the 3-person when car camping because we both love sleeping on the NeoAir Dream Therm-a-Rest pads and still have plenty of elbow room. (Or room for our many shoes, our box of wine, cards, headlamps…you get the idea) I also love that it comes with a rainfly and footprint. MSR has been building world class tents at the high end (Carbon Reflex series, Hubba series, Hubba HP series) for quite some time and I’m pumped that we finally have a high quality, feature rich tent at a more aggressive price point. This tent is perfect for car camping or for your first backpacking tent.
Beautiful Medicine Bow National Forest
No better place to set up our house for a weekend than Wyoming.
Two Doors and Two Vestibules
So great to have the accessibility and ventilation from two doors!
Where are msr tents made
Rich, all of MSR's tents are made in China. Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with!