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.
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).
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