UOG TOP PICK - MSR Access Series 4 Season tents - full 4 season, two skin, very light - We've singled out MSR's Access series tents as one of our top recommendations because MSR have achieved a full four season tent in a very lightweight package, the innovative pole structure is brilliant for shedding the wind.
The Access 2 Tent is the ultimate two-person tent for winter backcountry touring. The four-season tent is warm enough for frigid winter nights, yet impressively light and strong.
Built to be the ultimate shelter for backcountry skiers, splitboarders and snowshoers, the Access 2 tent is lighter than a mountaineering tent, but warmer than our backpacking tents. Limited mesh on the tent body offers greater warmth on frigid nights, while the light and packable design saves you precious energy on the climb and descent. The interior is spacious for delayering, and the strong frame resists overnight snow loading. Quick to set up, the tent offers the protection needed for camping in less severe conditions, such as those near tree-line—making it perfect for accessing the bowls, ridges and powder fields above.
MSR's Access 2 Tent is a 4 season tent at a 3 season weight, MSR have achieved this by adding a transverse pole to their now traditional dual hub structure to create a very stable structure and by 'beefing up' the key areas of the tent that would be strained in bad weather.
In addition to improving the pole structure MSR are also using tougher poles, they flex more and are therefore able to bend with the wind.
The flysheet isn't cut as close to the ground as on other 4 season tents but in use this is manageable, the inner tent is made from a solid fabric with mesh only being use sparingly - this means that the inside is protected from wind and spindrift, though gear in the porches will get covered in snow.
If you would like a footprint for this tent you will need the MSR Universal 2 Footprint (sold separately).
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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