MSR MSR Elixir 2 Tent & Footprint

3 Season / 2 Person / Mixed Inner / Height: 102cm, Length 213cm / 2 Entrances
Weighs 2142g (excludes pegs & bags)
Code: SS14142
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MSR's Elixir tents combine MSR design and quality with lightweight rather than ultralightweight materials to produce a series of tents that perform well but are heavier and less costly than MSR's leading edge products.

MSR says:

Surprisingly lightweight and easy to assemble, the new MSR Elixir 2 tent is an extremely livable performance backpacking tent—and a great value for all its features. Unlike many tents in this class, our freestanding tent design features two large doors, two large vestibules for storing gear, and true-to-size capacity for two.

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—the most livable backpacking tent in its class—is your remedy.

MSR's Elixir 2 Tent is all MSR in terms of its quality of materials, design and construction, there's no compromise on performance but there is on weight. The Elixir series are heavier than similar sized MSR tents because they're made with slightly heavier materials, heavier also means cheaper (in our world), so MSR have produced an excellent and relatively inexpensive tent where the only compromise is its weight.

We like the blend of mesh and fabric panels on the inner tent for venting, warmth and privacy. These tents have two doors and storage areas, a wide area head height and near vertical internal walls.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

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Help and advice:
  • Maximum Space: Two large vestibules and two doors for easy access, with interior floor space to comfortably fit two 51cm mattresses, side-by-side
  • Versatile: Included footprint offers multiple setup options, including free-standing and Fast-and-Light pitch with rainfly
  • Reliable Protection: 3-season tent balances breathable mesh fabric with solid canopy fabric for venting, warmth and privacy
  • Download Elixir 2 Setup Instructions [PDF]


WARRANTY|This item comes with a product lifetime warranty. For more information see the MSR website.
  • Inner tent weighs 788g
  • Flysheet weighs 758g
  • Poles weigh 596g
  • Total weight: 2142g excluding pegs and bags.
  • Footprint weighs 190g
  • 10 Pegs weigh 154g

MSR Specs:

  • Capacity 2
  • Fast & Light Minimum Weight w/ footprint 1610g
  • Minimum Weight 2100g
  • Packed Weight 2640g
  • Body Weight 850g
  • Rainfly Weight 750g
  • Floor Area 2.69 sq. m
  • Vestibule Area 1.63 (.82 + .82) sq. m 
  • Tent Volume 1274 liters 
  • Vestibule Volume 510 (255 + 255) liters 
  • Interior Peak Height 102 cm
  • Packed Size 51 x 17 cm
  • Number of Doors 2
  • Freestanding yes
  • Number of Poles 2, 7000 series aluminum
  • Number of Stakes 6 Aluminum
  • Rainfly Fabric 68D ripstop polyester 1500mm HH Polyurethane & DWR
  • Canopy Fabric 40D ripstop nylon
Showing our 2 MSR Elixir 2 Tent & Footprint reviews with an average rating of Excellent. Would you like to write a review?
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
February 28, 2017 |
Another well made MSR product.

Another great tent from MSR. First things first, it's not as light as the Hubba or the Hubba Hubba but the materials are thicker than those used in the Hubba's. I must say that I have used a Hubba for over 5 years and its in just as good condition as when I bought it but I needed a tent which could be used on extended sea kayaking trips, which could stand up to being compressed in a hatch for days on end and would stand up to more abrasive conditions. The Elixir ticks all the boxes. It's free standing making it easy to pitch on different surfaces (sand etc), and it is made for two people (not two stick people!). The stuff bag is big enough to put other items in (you could put a gear shed in as well!) so no fighting to get it back in it's bag when the weathers against you. It has two good sized porches which means you can use either if the wind changes overnight avoiding a face full of driving rain first thing in the morning! The only things I would add is a universal gear loft and add some extra guy lines (the attachment points are there on the fly). The other great thing the Elixir has is fly vents- ideal for those times your pitching on to already wet ground.

January 29, 2017 |
MSR Elixir 2

I'm no expert on tents but I really like the elixir 2. I'm a solo backpacker but needed a bigger tent because I take my dog Ruby along. Also I'm no spring chicken so maybe need a few more home comforts than the average backpacker.

I had my eye on the hubba hubba but at the time it didn't come with the footprint and was £150 more than the elixir which is very similar but comes in around half a kilo heavier. I guess in return for the weight you get more robust materials but don't know for sure.

This tent has been marked down in every review I've read/watched for being inner pitch first. Well I found no trouble pitching the fly first then erecting the inner under the fly out of the rain. This turned out to be important for me as it can be very difficult to keep the inside of your tent dry when you have to accommodate a wet dog. So if it's raining I pitch using the official fast and light method (just footprint and fly), get myself, Ruby and my pack out of the rain and whilst sitting on the footprint dry Ruby with a towel. In fact I sit on my unrolled insulation mat rather than directly on the footprint which may be wet already.

Before starting to erect the inner I put my pack in one vestibule and Ruby in the other. Now taking each of the four corners of the inner floor in turn, slip the eyes under the ends of the poles. You just need to use a little common sense and move around so as to ensure that at no time is your weight preventing the inner from reaching all four corners. Again you can use an insulation mat to avoid sitting directly on the tent fabric. Next unzip one of the doors and slip your legs in until your sitting directly on the inner floor. You can now assemble all the clips starting with the far side. Finally whilst still inside, reach through the doors and slip the remaining two eyes over the ends of the cross pole. All done.

And of course you can do the same thing in reverse to get everything but the fly packed away in the dry.

A bonus I wasn't expecting. I purchased a "Helinox Chair One" which I have found so comfortable I managed to fall asleep in it without falling off. For anyone not familiar this chair has legs and so sits some way off the ground. Anyway I was sitting on it right next to the tent and noticed the top of the tent appeared to be higher than my head. A minute later I was chuckling to myself as I was sitting on the chair inside the tent with room to spare. Rather than risk the chair legs directly on the tent floor I used my ubiquitous insulation mat folded a couple of times to spread the load. Brilliant!!! Almost as good as taking your favourite armchair with you. And this says a lot for how roomy this tent is especially in terms of headroom.

I wont be using this tent in earnest until May (it is late January at the time of writing) but have tested it in the cold and rain and it has not leaked and does not appear adversely effected by ice forming on the fly. To date I have not had an opportunity to see how it performs under windy conditions. I did notice that on a cold, damp and windless day with myself, Ruby and a hot drink all occupying the tent at the same time, there was a considerable build up of condensation. I guess with a breeze and full use made of the ventilation features of this tent the condensation would be much reduced.

If you got this far, thanks for reading :o)