And I'm impressed.
I've never been a big fan of side entry tents as the weather can climb in when you do.
This tent is different. The cross, "spreader " pole makes the sides sit up very straight and not only reduces the chance of rain getting in, they make the inside much roomier.
Quick and easy to set up and weighing in at 2.6 kg this is a ripper.
The tent also includes a footprint which I reckon is nice touch. Most tent makers sting another $70+ for one. Naturally the footprint protects the base of the tent from sharp stuff on the ground, improves control of the wet from rain or condensation beneath. On a warm night this allows you to just set up the fly over the footprint
Here's what MSR reckon.
The MSR® Elixir 2 tent is an extremely livable performance camping and backpacking tent and an ideal option for adventurers seeking an easy-to-assemble tent at a great value. Unlike many tents in this class, our freestanding tent design offers true-to-size capacity for two and features two large doors plus new larger vestibules with 35% more space.
The versatile tent balances breathable mesh fabric with solid canopy fabric to provide ventilation, warmth and privacy, while the included footprint offers multiple setup options, including a freestanding Fast & Light pitch with rainfly. Whether you’re planning your first backpacking trip or your next one, the Elixir 2 tent is your remedy.
|Weight (Standard)||5 lbs 10 oz|
|Minimum Weight (Standard)||5 lbs|
|Minimum Weight (Metric)||2.24 kg|
|Packed Weight (Standard)||6 lbs|
|Packed Weight (Metric)||2.77 kg|
|Floor Area (Standard)||29 sq. ft|
|Floor Area (Metric)||2.69 sq. m|
|Vestibule Area (Standard)||24 sq. ft|
|Vestibule Area (Metric)||2.22 sq. m|
|Tent Volume (Standard)||45 cu. ft|
|Tent Volume (Metric)||1274 liters|
|Number of Poles||2 7000 series aluminum|
|Interior Peak Height (Standard)||40 in|
|Interior Peak Height (Metric)||102 cm|
|Packed Size (Standard)||20 x 7 in|
|Packed Size (Metric)||51 x 17 cm|
|Number of Doors||2|
|Rainfly Fabric||68D ripstop polyester 1500mm Polyurethane & DWR|
|Canopy Fabric||40D ripstop nylon DWR|
|Mesh Type||20D nylon micromesh|
|Floor Fabric||70 taffeta nylon 3000mm polyurethane & DWR|
|Vestibule Volume (Metric)||708 liters|
|Vestibule Volume (Standard)||25 cu. ft|
|Country of Origin||Vietnam|