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MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Person Tent

3 Season / 1 Person / Mesh Inner / Height: 86cm, Length 213cm / Single Entrance
Weighs 604g (excludes pegs & bags)
Code: SS19136
  • £394.99
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  • RRP £439.99
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Lighter than MSR's freestanding backpacking tents, the Carbon Reflex tents offer backpackers double-wall protection, 3-season livability and superior packability. Weight-saving fabrics and features, including a zipper-less vestibule entry, make these tents as light as a tarp.

MSR says:

The double-walled Carbon Reflex™1 tent offers the full protection, durability and simple setup of a tent while weighing as little as a tarp, and it packs down incredibly small, almost to water-bottle size. Carbon fiber poles, lightweight fabrics and a zipper-free vestibule make it ideal for ultralight backpacking at .66 kg (1 lb 7 oz), and its spacious interior and full-featured livability enhance any 3-season adventure you’re ready to take on—from bike touring through Central America to minimalist weekends. Sturdy and livable, the non-freestanding Carbon Reflex™ 1 tent proves our philosophy that traveling ultralight doesn’t mean sacrificing the other qualities you care about.

The Carbon Reflex tents have been revamped and made even lighter! They 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 roomy 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 the 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).

If you would like a footprint for this tent you will need the MSR Universal 1 Footprint (sold separately).

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

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Help and advice:
  • Ultralight: Lightweight fabrics, Easton® carbon ION poles, and zipper-free vestibule minimize weight.
  • Fast & Light Setup: For added versatility on lighter trips, all tent models allow for Fast & Light setup option with a Fast & Light Body (sold separately).
  • Weather Protection: DuraShield™ waterproof rainfly; Xtreme Shield™ waterproof floor
  • Capacity: 1 person
  • Floor & Vestibule area: 1.63 + 0.65 sq m (17.5 + 7 sq ft)
  • Livable volume: 651 + 190 L (23 + 7 cu ft)
  • Interior peak height: 0.86m (34 in)
  • Poles: 2 x Easton Carbon ION
  • Packed size: 43 x 13 cm

  • Flysheet weighs: 208g
  • Inner weighs: 256g
  • Poles weigh: 140g
  • Total weight: 604g (excludes pegs & bags)
  • Pegs x9 weigh: 84g

  • Flysheet: 7D ripstop nylon DuraShield coated 1200mm silicone
  • Inner Tent: 10D nylon micromesh
  • Floor: 15D nylon Xtreme Shield coated 1200mm & DWR
  • Suitable Footprint: MSR Universal 1 Footprint (sold separately)
Showing our 2 MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Person Tent reviews with an average rating of Very Good. Would you like to write a review?
Review Summary - 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
May 16, 2021 | Jemma Young
Tiny tent!

Personally I find this tent unworkable for most UK mountain weather. I have used numerous times wild camping in Scotland and Wales and it is tiny. Difficult to get in and out of, the door closures are completely unworkable (gapes open, difficult to close and it sags) and the inner tent sags too reducing space inside. I am 5.1 and I struggle to do anything inside the tent other than lie down. Perfect if you're prepared to crawl into it and do all admin outside the tent. On a positive it’s very waterproof, easy to assemble and lightweight. Perfect for ultra racers.

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited
October 18, 2019 | Ray Walker
one of the best

I have been using this tent now for about a year, in all kinds of weather. I have even used it while a gale was blowing outside with strong winds and heavy rain. I was dry as a bone inside with no problems at all. Reasonably spacious, I`m medium height, 5'9", and it's plenty big enough for me to stretch out. Two things to mention: 1, it pitches inner tent first then the outer so this can be a problem if it`s raining, but I can live with at. 2, I was not impressed at all with the velcro closures and metal hooks on the vestibule door, too much faffing about for my liking and not very effective. I had a full-length zipper sown into mine so it is much more user-friendly and does the job with minimal weight gain. I can't say I have noticed any issues with condensation which can be a problem with any small tent. So, all in all, a great tent that I would recommend to any walker/hiker who wants a reliable lightweight tent.

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited