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Thru-Hiker Mesh House 2

4.857142857142857 out of 5 stars
7 Reviews



Why We Like The Thru-Hiker Mesh House 2

Every ounce that we pack on months-long thru-hikes must be carefully considered, so instead of throwing a three-pound tent in our pack, we make the smart choice and opt for the 14-ounce MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 2. Its ultralight design protects from bugs when you go through the High Sierras on the PCT or the muggy Blue Ridge Mountains on the Appalachian trail.

A versatile design allows it to be pitched under MSR's Hiker 70 or 100 Wing (sold separately) when you need protection from bugs and rain, and the non-freestanding design means you'll want to bring trekking poles for an easy setup. The Thru-Hiker comes with six MSR Needle stakes, so you can be sure the shelter's secured before you climb in for the night.


  • Ultralight mesh shelter for thru-hikes and big backpacking trips
  • Micromesh canopy maximizes ventilation while keeping bugs out
  • Xtreme Shield floor sheds mud and resists abrasion
  • Non-freestanding sets up with trekking poles or trees
  • Compatible with the MSR Thru-Hiker Tarp (sold separately)
  • Item #CAS00FK
[canopy] 10D polyester micromesh [floor] 15D nylon, Xtreme Shield polyurethane coating (1200mm), DWR finish
2 trekking poles (not included)
Number of Doors
critically sealed
Interior Height
Floor Dimensions
52 x 84in
Floor Space
Packed Size
10 x 4in
Trail Weight
Packed Weight
1lb 2oz
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 3 years
ultralight backpacking, thru-hiking

Overall Rating

5 based on 7 ratings

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4 out of 5 stars

September 18, 2023

Good for bugs. Small for

Good for bugs. Small for two. Very light.

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Robert O.
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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

September 1, 2020

Simple and Practical

This is a great simple and roomy (solo) option for summer adventures. Set up is simple and straight forward, fabrics are light and durable. If I was using a Mesh House for two people on a multi-day trip, I would go with the 3 person version. A lack of any organizational pockets on the inside of the Mesh House make it nice to have some space to get your essentials inside the shelter on longer missions.

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5 out of 5 stars

June 4, 2020

Just a terrific shelter with flexibility!

I used this along with a 100 wing on a 5 day hike with my PCTer friend from Snoqualmie to Stevens Pass. It held up in the first snow of the season the first night when we got over a foot during the night and was ready to go the next night while camping below treeline. It was super easy to set up, In fact, on the 3rd day, one of my trekking poles broke, but I was able to modify my setup by using a nearby tree. On the 4th day, I lost the 2nd trekking after slipping in a stream. I was able to set it up using 2 trees that night. This is a solid 3 season shelter with it holding its own on the odd heavy snow night. Matched really well with the wing.

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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

July 22, 2019

Part of a great modular shelter system.

The best part about this bug shelter for me is the way it can be quickly setup underneath an existing tarp, allowing the tarp to be used as a cooking shelter/windbreak and then putting up the netting when it's time for bed. Setting up the tarp first also lets the mesh house stay dry during rainy setup/breakdowns. The solid nylon on one end is also very nice at blocking the weather when you're using trees to make a ridgeline and can't quite get the tarp oriented perfectly perpendicular to the wind. I would recommend the mesh house 3 for two people, but the 2 is great for one person on an extended trip, lots of room to organize.

Pauly W.
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5 out of 5 stars

February 27, 2017

Mesh Palace?

If you are really counting grams this might not be the ideal shelter for you. However, after seeing three black widows crawling on my draped mosquito netting, I have been thrilled to stay the night in a more refined setup. Plus, the bathtub floor has meant that even fifty mile per hour winds stayed off us at night. Here in the desert southwest I tend to pitch this without a tarp overhead giving great views of the sky, and the mesh house has roominess for two with a nice high ceiling to boot. Note: i don't use trekking poles, it hangs well when used similar to an A-frame tarp. The thing even has a storm wall. The rear wall of the mesh house, which is a continuous piece of material with the floor, could be very handy to prevent rain blowing in during bad weather. I consider it a nice touch, after using the ""Ray-way"" mesh insert for a month on the CT. Ray's modular design calls for a separate storm flap, but I like the simplicity of this piece. There are other fine details such as stand-up corners, a good zippered entry and simple pockets and gear loops that make this a great functional shelter for desert and beyond. With the reliability of MSR products, I am looking forward to many more nights in this ""house"" away from home. Finally, while it would be nice if this were made from some magical material that was 8 oz. lighter, I am not waiting around for spider's silk. Nope, this shelter is great the way it is.

Zavier V.
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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

May 29, 2016

Light and simple

I work as a backpacking guide and was looking for a lightweight modular shelter depending on where I am, time of year and weather. This is perfect. I combined this with the 70 wing and I can roll with one or both depending on the circumstances. To keep me from having an arsenal of tents and bivies this is perfect to provide for most of my needs while Im out. Downside is it is kind of expensive and I cant yet really speak to durability. Set up isn't too hard although if youre used to setting up freestanding tents this will take a bit of practice. Totally worth it. Only other difficulty is learning not to kick out your trekking pole when youre trying to get in the shelter.

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Originally reviewed on a Cascade Designs brand site

5 out of 5 stars

May 28, 2016

Nice and roomy

Just got back from a fastpack on the Appalachian trail with my dog. First time with my new MSR Mesh House 2. Really happy, it went up fast strung between two trees. Great quality and lots of room.

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