The MSR Freelite 3 is a freestanding, lightweight and fully featured 3 season tent designed for backpackers and adventures who pursue all kinds of activities.
Designed to support a wide range of adventures, from backpacking to climbing to kayaking, the FreeLite™ 3 tent delivers full-featured comfort for three in an ultralight, highly packable design. The unified freestanding frame sets up quickly, which is what you want after a long day of hiking alpine meadows in Glacier National Park, or bouldering with friends in Joshua Tree. The ventilating micromesh canopy and waterproof rainfly offer protection for all kinds of weather, and the large doors provide easy access to an interior that provides room for three, or generous space for two.
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 lower compared to some other 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 3 features two large doors, one each side for easy access and a large floor plan which will comfortably fit three large camping mats. There's plenty of head room too so you can comfortably sit up, making changing a whole lot easier. There are two porch's, both 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.
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