The Freelite weighs a stunning 1.4kg, a rating so low that I tested it on the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) last autumn. Evenly split between two of us – one with the fabric, one with the metalwork – the tent was almost an irrelevance in our 25litre daypacks. For some users, that will dictate their choice of purchase straight away. You’re also getting a slick MSR design, which I am consistently impressed by, from the superbly minimal poles to the nifty grommets they slot into, the well-judged venting, sturdy clips which attach the fly to the inner, to the finely made zips. The whole product oozes quality, and the inner-first pitching is very swift. Despite the low weight there’s a useable amount of space inside for two as well as dual entry points with a slender porch each. Downsides are that the inner and fly sit very close together, and can stick to one another in consistently damp conditions (far from ideal), plus the weight-saving fabrics (15 denier throughout is very slim) sacrifices long-term durability as a trade-off.
VERDICT: A superb tent for two-person challenge events, or advanced solo users looking for space without the weight.
BEST FOR: Adventure racing teams.
Review by Dan Aspel @