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MSR Carbon Reflex 1


With carbon poles, ultra light materials and a mesh bug nest inside, this is a shelter for when every gram matters. It’s easy to pitch at the end of a long day, although I don’t like inner first pitches, this one is very quick and with practice, it would be possible to pitch the two together. Despite only being 81cm high, it feels spacious inside thanks to the cross-pole configuration, which creates useable headroom. The porch is large enough for a pack and a pair of boots. At 660g it is phenomenally lightweight, but there are compromises – the inner is a simple bug net with a 15D bathtub floor. The carbon poles are flexible and prone to wobbling in the wind. The 15D fly is very lightweight too – but this is a three-season tent so not designed for stormy weather and the seams are taped to help prevent water ingress. I’m not a huge fan of the hook/loop fastening for the door of the fly – it helps with venting but is prone to catching the wind. The tent did manage condensation really well, and the unusual door design helps with this. It is a very specialist tent, not ideal for windy nights, but worth a look if weight is your primary concern.


Review by Lucy Wallace @snoweider