The MSR Freelite 1 is a freestanding, lightweight and fully featured 3 season tent designed for backpackers and adventures who pursue all kinds of activities.
Designed for backpackers and adventurers who want to make the most of their time outdoors, the FreeLite™ 1 offers the comfort of a backpacking tent in an ultralight design that won’t weigh you down or take up much room in your pack. With its unified freestanding frame, it sets up quickly to offer soloists plenty of headroom—great for sitting up and planning the next day’s adventure, whether it’s hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail, mountain biking the Flume Trail, or sport climbing on the South shore. The ventilating micromesh canopy and large, easy-access door are just a few of this liberating tent’s livable features that make you feel free to tackle it all.
When weight is a critical factor but livability also matters in your choice of a tent, the FreeLite tents - the lightest freestanding MSR tents available - are your ideal option for weekend backcountry trips or a two week thru-hike. This free standing, double wall tent provides full protection without a big weight penalty and packs down small so it won't take up much room in your pack.
The Freelite range achieves this low weight by using ultralight fabrics - 15Denier in fact, these fabrics tend to be strong in use but there's a compromise on the overall life of the tent as thinner fabrics breakdown more quickly due to UV light. The weight of the fabrics also means that the Hydrostatic Head figures are low compared to some tents - this shouldn't be a worry though as the tents are fully waterproof and will stand up to any amount of rain, but it does mean a bit more care is required, especially with the groundsheet.
The Freelite 1 features a large door for easy access and a large floor plan which will fit a large camping mat plus your gear. There's plenty of head room too so you can comfortably sit up, making changing a whole lot easier. The porch is a good size for storing bags, boots and anything else dirty you don't want inside. It also features a micromesh canopy which offers maximum ventilation and moisture control along with bug free-protection.
Freelite 2 and 3 person tents are also available if you're not backpacking alone or if you just want more room for extra gear. The Freelites are an ideal option for Adventure Racing or long distance backpacking where low weight is essential to the success of the trip.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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