The Carbon Reflex 2 is the lightest non-freestanding, full featured backpacking tent from MSR. Designed for solo backpackers, the Carbon Reflex 2 weighs a mere 1 pounds, 13 ounces.
The unique pole configuration of the Carbon Reflex 2 provides 29 square feet of interior space and a full 36 inches of interior height for maximum livability. Strong and supportive, the 2 Easton Carbon fiber ION poles are extremely lightweight. MSR stakes are included to aid in securing the non-freestanding Carbon Reflex 2. A vestibule offers an additional 14 square feet of protected storage space.
Extensive mesh construction keeps weight to a minimum while maximizing ventilation. The Carbon Reflex 2 is extremely breathable, which increases livability and combats the build-up of condensation on the interior of the tent. In warm, clear weather, you can tie back the exterior door to allow even greater airflow. MSR's StayDry design prevents roof run-off from dripping into the interior of the tent when the fly is open.
The Carbon Reflex 2 employs taped seams on the bathtub style floor and PU coating on the rainfly to prevent leaks. The stress points are reinforced to prevent tear-outs, and the guy lines are reflective to help you find your way back to your tent in the dark.
The MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Footprint (sold separately) can be used to add durability by protecting the floor of the tent from mud, ground water, and sharp objects like rocks, exposed roots and pine needles. Alternatively, the Carbon Reflex 2 Fast & Light Body (also sold separately) can be used instead of the footprint to provide the same underneath protection but extend coverage further with short sidewall sections that fend off wind and splattering rain. Either of these accessories enables you to leave the tent body behind (when conditions allow) and use just the poles, fly, and footprint or Fast & Light Body to pitch the tent as a minimalist freestanding shelter.
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- The weight of a tarp with the protection and easy setup of a tent
- Simple, non-freestanding design with weight-saving, zipper-free vestibule
- Fast and Light setup with optional footprint (sold separately)
Best Use Backpacking Warranty Limited Lifetime Packed Size 17" x 5" Average Min Weight 1 lb 13 oz Average Packed Weight 2 lbs 3 oz Interior Height 34" Floor Area 29 sq ft Floor Dimension 84" x 50" Vestibule Area 14 sq ft Doors 2 Pole Type Easton Carbon ION Number of Poles 2 Clips or Sleeves Clips Material Rainfly: 7D nylon ripstop Polyurethane coated 1,200mm
Canopy: 10D nylon micromesh
15D nylon ripstop Polyurethane coated 1,500mm
Real Customer Reviews
- Lightweight option but a bit tight on space
Likes: This tent is a good option for those looking at a lightweight shelter, but are not ready to commit to a simple tarp and/or bivvy set-up.
Dislikes: I am 6’2” and would have difficulty fitting another person in with me. The roof is quite low. There are likely other options at a cheaper price if you are willing to explore some of the cottage industry brands.
- Ultra lightweight
Likes: Ultra lightweight, easy to setup.
Dislikes: Interior height is too low, uncomfortable in during sit inside.
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