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Freelite Series Footprints
Free up a few pounds for the finer things.
When your tent's as light as the MSR Freelite 2 2-Person 3-Season Tent, you might be a bit more tempted to pack a micro brew or two to complement your freeze-dried mac 'n' cheese dinner. Weighing just over two pounds, the Freelite is one of the newest additions to the MSR lineup and offers an easy-packing design and impressive trail weight without sacrificing living and storage space. MSR designed the tent with dual doors and vestibules and kept the floor plan roomy, so you'll have plenty of room to stretch out and relax after a long day on the trail, or pass out with a full belly of not-so-good cheesy mac.
The Freelite may not be the burliest tent out there, but its materials strike a good balance between strength and weight, with 15D ripstop nylon composing the fly and floor and a Durashield PU coating offering additional protection from moisture. The micromesh canopy is optimized to provide plenty of ventilation, so you don't wake up in a dewy and dank cave during those colder nights.
- 15D nylon ripstop fly and floor
- Durashield PU coating (1200mm)
- 7000-series aluminum pole
- Two doors and vestibules
- 2lb 7oz minimum weight
- Fast pitch option
- Venting micro mesh canopy
- Item #CAS007B
- Q & A
Purposeful Design & Quality
Put this tent to the test for the first time this past weekend, casual two nighter, and was super pleased with the over all design, architecture and material usage.
Set up was straight forward, the seams of the fly follow the tent pole structure. The single pole with hub configuration was a little tricky getting fitted to the small metal grommets at each corner, but held very well. A couple of internal Velcro straps kept everything aligned. The guy points on the ten body and at each corner utilize a thin, reflective cording to cut weight yet hold firm on some super nice MSR Needle Stakes. Footprint is sold separately and it all packs up nicely and easily into a burrito roll with compression straps - clutch.
Internal height at the head worked for two tall-ish people sitting up, length was more than generous for additional gear. Width at the head is achieved with a cross pole, and the reviewer below is correct, rear corners need to be staked down or tied out, but a triangle construction provides a bit of extra internal space when you do so, about 4 inches of height at the base. Two standard pads fit well. The double D doors are convenient, dual vestibules also convenient and roomy enough for shoes, pack, even a quick morning jetboil. There's a single pocket inside and a few tabs for hanging items, honestly in a UL tent this is what I would expect for organization. The bathtub base only reaffirms MSR's attention to detail and experience building tents.
One additional highlight, there was little to no condensation transfer to the mesh first thing that first morning, temps dipped into the high 30s. This likely due to adequate space between the mesh body and fly - nothing worse than cold water droplets when waking up. The mesh and zipper quality is definitely superior to most tents on the market, worked with one hand, with ease.
Single complain, I would love two internal body and fly connection points on the rear of the tent to open up the interior just slightly. Time to really test it in the elements.
great tent but not totally freestanding
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I love the size and weight, packs down small too. But one end will need staking and that will be impossible where I am camping. The same pole assembly on both ends would have been so easy and added minimal weight. I did rig a pole from an old tent to make it freestanding. Quite luxurious for one person.