MSR's Flylite trekking pole tent combines single skin protection with good airflow and a sewn in groundsheet for maximum internal volume at minimal weight.
MSR says: The MSR FlyLite minimalist backpacking tent builds upon MSR weight-saving technologies and livable features to offer ounce-counters the lightest possible full-protection shelter available.
Weighing just .71 kg (1 lb 9 oz), the 2-person trekking pole tent trims pack weight, so you can ramp up the daily mileage on your PCT thru-hike or fast-packing trip through the Sierras. Backpackers of any pace will appreciate the fully enclosed, single-wall tent for warmth, privacy and bug-free protection.
Vertical walls and ample headroom let you stretch out and organize gear, and the large door has a vent to minimize condensation and a large awning with side wings to help keep you dry when the rains hit.
MSR's Flylite tent is a single skin shelter which requires two trekking poles to support the front end and comes with a short pole for the rear. It looks to have some drawbacks for the UK, wind resistance at the front end is minimal, the wind will either fill the tent if blowing in from the front - or get under the eaves if the front door is closed.
Having said that you get a size able shelter at a minimum weight which, when pitched with its back-end into the wind, will survive some pretty gusty conditions. There are large sections of mesh (protected from rain by flysheet panels) that allow excellent airflow - though with our experience we still feel there may be a problem with condensation - although nothing that can't be dealt with with a cloth in the morning.
We weren't head over heels in love with this tent when we first saw it but it does provide a good level of protection for three season conditions, the only drawbacks will be a change of wind direction and the occasional problem with condensation. Not one for the beginner then - but if you know how to use this kind of shelter its a good one.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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