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FreeLite 1 Tent: 1-Person 3-Season

4.875 out of 5 stars
8 Reviews



Why We Like The MSR FreeLite 1 Tent

Whether we're setting off from the trailhead with a group of friends or hiking solo for a few days, the MSR FreeLite 1 Tent gives us a comfortable place to rest our heads after hard miles on the trail. The rectangular floor maximizes space so we can sprawl out while we sleep, and the side-entry vestibule keeps our pack out of the elements while we rest. The Durashield rainfly and floor feature taped seams so we can weather any weather, and the super strong poles keep our tent standing in windy conditions. The tent packs down small, minimizes weight, and sets up quicklythe perfect formula for an enjoyable trip through the backwoods.


  • Ultralight backpacking tent for solo trips in the backcountry
  • Spacious living area with a rectangular floor plan
  • Semi-freestanding design sets up quickly and easily
  • Trail weight under two pounds saves weight in our pack
  • Durashield rainfly and floor keep you dry in wet conditions
  • Mesh canopy gives a clear view of the stars and allows air to move
  • Two DAC NFL poles are incredibly sturdy and lightweight
  • Two pockets and two gear lofts keep small items organized
  • Item #MSQ002I
[floor] 15D ripstop nylon, Durashield (polyurethane, DWR finish), [canopy] 10D polyester mesh, [rain fly] 15D ripstop nylon, Durashield (polyurethane, silicone)
2 DAC NFL 8.7mm
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
8sq ft
mesh canopy
fully sealed
Gear Loft
2 side, 2 roof
Interior Height
Floor Dimensions
87 x 33in
Floor Space
20sq ft
Packed Size
18 x 4in
Trail Weight
1lb 10oz
Packed Weight
1lb 15oz
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 3 years

Overall Rating

5 based on 8 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

November 10, 2023

So far so good -

So far so good - will be looking toward durability in the next year or so.

Paul O.
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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

September 20, 2023


It’s small, but I was expecting that. I wanted light, and that’s what I got. Intuitive set up. I’ve only used it 5 nights in the Wyoming Range. No rain during that trip at all, so if it leaks I wouldn’t know. Winds were light and variable, so it wasn’t a test of ruggedness. Seems well made, and it’s gonna be my go to for backcountry hunting. I like the straight zips, no guiding zippers around curves. I had to buy 4 extra UL stakes to properly guy out the fly. I’m 5’5”, and this tent would probably be a bit small for any man over 6’2” tall. Also, I can’t imagine not using a footprint under an UL tent. This kinda gear is not cheap, and if you want it to last, cough up the dough for the footprint. With the fp, and the stakes I added, it still weighs in at about 2lbs, 8oz.

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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

June 12, 2023

Excellent tent. Very light weight,

Excellent tent. Very light weight, easy to set up, and holds up well in the rain.

Thomas E.
a Cascade Designs brand site

Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

June 4, 2023

Happy I bought it

I just took the tent out this weekend for a backpacking trip in the white mountains. It was raining all weekend but not a drop of water got in the tent, completely waterproof. The tent is super light and east to set up quick. The inside space was definitely adequate, I'm 6' and 200 lbs. My long, 25" wide sea to summit inflatable air mattress fit well with a bit of extra room and it has several pockets for my phone, headlamp, lighting and things like that. I upgraded from the elixer-1 (which is also a great tent, never leaks) that I've been using for the past 4 years for weight purposes. I'm really happy with the tent.

Dennis B.
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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

June 2, 2023


Great tent, light and strong! The one who bring you to the end of the world with joy!

a Cascade Designs brand site

Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

April 13, 2023

Great lightweight option for solos!

This is the first tent I took backpacking and it worked great. Very light weight in my pack. I was a little intimidated by the set up but after doing it at home it was a breeze at camp. Kept me very warm on a breezy below 40 night. Recommend for a solo hiker like me!

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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

October 19, 2022

Waterproof... Excellent

Excellent tent. Never forked out so much for such a lightweight. So, knowing claims made by others about their tents I set it up just before it poured inches of rain the next few days. And the inside stayed home dry. We risk our lives on so called brand names that no longer deliver. Been caught out a couple of times before. MSR you delivered. I now feel safer hiking in sub zero conditions at high altitudes, knowing I've got this lightweight gem in my kit.

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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

4 out of 5 stars

March 26, 2022

So far so good!

I just bought this today, but as there were no other reviews at the time I thought it was worth posting my first impressions after setting it up in my yard. I hope to update this review in a few months. This review is for the 2022 revision, 1 person tent. Any tent seems to be a trade off in weight, durability, size and price. If you’re buying this tent weight should be important to you, otherwise get something more durable and bigger. But if you’re planning on backpacking with this read on. The tent as shipped (excluding only the exterior tag on the bag) is 31.9oz. I’m 5’11” and there’s plenty of head room for me to sit-up and lie down inside. Given the rectangular shape of the tent there is likely enough room for me to put a medium size pack near my feet. There are a couple of stash pockets on the interior which are also nice. The dark green color seems great from my perspective (may help keep the tent a little darker at night, and blend into the woods well). A few minor things that I wish were different: * I’d rather MSR include the mini ground hog stakes, instead of their needle stakes. The weight change would only be about 1 gram per stake, but I think the ground hogs will hold better * I wish MSR would include an emergency tent pole repair/patch sleeve with the tent. I've no idea how likely this is to be needed, however it'd add piece of mind, would cost them next to nothing, and some of their competitors that use the same poles include it * I wish the top of the tent (i.e. where your head is when you’re sitting up) is a little wider. When the mesh door is closed it’s bordering on making me feel claustrophobic * It’s weird MSR doesn’t include one of their baked-into-the-tent guy lines on the side of the tent opposite to where the door is. You’d always want this part staked out, both to keep the fabric taut and as an extra undercover area where you can stash your gear * I don’t believe there is an option to pitch this tent fly first. If it’s raining when you set it up you’ll end up with some water in your tent Overall I’m happy with this tent so far, and picked it instead of its competition (after way too much research) because of it’s relatively light weight and roomy footprint.

Joe D.
a Cascade Designs brand site

Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site