The MSR Carbon Reflex 3 is an ultralight, fully featured and ultra livable 3 season tent designed for backpackers and adventures who pursue all kinds of activities.
Three isn’t a crowd in our roomy Carbon Reflex 3 tent. The non-freestanding tent offers uncompromised accommodations and double-walled protection at the weight of many 2-person ultralight tents.
Featuring Easton carbon fiber poles, two full doors and two zipper-free vestibules, it offers the livability you want for the weight you want, for everything from your annual trip to section-hike the Appalachian Trail, to last-minute wilderness weekends with your buddies.
The Carbon Reflex 3 makes a great option for two, offering extra tent space to stretch out or room to store gear inside—and it has the built-in versatility to add a third any time you like.
Lighter than the MSR freestanding backpacking tents, the ultralight Carbon Reflex tents have for years offered backpackers double-wall protection, 3 season livability and maximum interior space for minimal weight. This updated version has been made even lighter with weight saving fabrics and features including lightweight Easton carbon fibre poles and a zipper-less vestibule entry. We think the zipperless fly access is probably a step too far - secured by velcro it just isn't as secure.
As well as being extremely light, the Carbon Reflex 1 packs down incredibly small so it doesn't take up much room in your pack. It features a room interior with internal mesh storage pockets and enough room to sit up comfortably without your head touching the top (unless your incredibly tall that is). It also features a good size vestibule for storing your pack, boots and anything else dirty you don't want inside.
The Carbon Reflex series of tents achieves such awesome weight figures in part because of the lightweight fabrics used, the flysheet is made from 7Denier fabric which is very light and only seen on the lightest possible tents. This doesn't mean its not strong though, modern fabrics are very strong even though they are lightweight, though there is a compromise on lifetime of the tent. Lighter fabrics break down more quickly due to UV light.
The internal height of the Carbon Reflex tents are among the smallest you'll find in tents of this type reflecting the fanatical way MSR have gone about savings weight, the other internal dimensions are comparable. Note almost all the inner tent is mesh - this allows a lot of ventilation when its hot but it also means the air blows all the way through the inner when its windy and the tents aren't as warm in colder conditions.
In the right environment though the Carbon Reflex series are amazing, ideal for mountain marathon events or long distance backpacking where weight is critical and conditions will be strictly 3 season. For added versatility on lighter trips, all the Carbon Reflex tents allow for a Fast & Light set up option with an optional footprint (sold separately).
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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