The MSR Freelite 2 is a freestanding, lightweight, fully featured 3 season tent designed for backpackers and adventures who pursue all kinds of activities.
Designed to lighten your pack load on multiday and weekend backcountry trips, the FreeLite 2 saves you time and energy to pursue your outdoor activities. Whether you’re planning to pedal the Kokopelli Trail or climb a favorite route on an overnight backpacking trip, this ultralight, fully-featured double-wall tent lets you to perform at your highest level. Its unified freestanding frame sets up quickly and offers a roomy interior, lots of ventilation and two large doors for easy access—all the comfort, without all the weight.
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 2 features two large doors, one at either side for easy access and a large floor plan which will fit two large camping mats plus your gear. There's plenty of head room too so you can comfortably sit up, making changing a whole lot easier. There is 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
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