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MSR Elixir 3 3-Season Backpacking Tent


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Availability: In Stock!

Ships Monday.
Item # MSRC4206
The MSR Elixir 3 3-season tent is feature-rich and
extremely livable at a price that won’t break your budget. Designed for three
backpackers, the freestanding Elixir 2 has floor space to easily fit three 20
inch mattresses side-by-side.



The MSR Elixir 3 3-season tent is feature-rich and extremely livable at a price that won’t break your budget. Designed for three backpackers, the freestanding Elixir 2 has floor space to easily fit three 20 inch mattresses side-by-side.

The unique pole configuration of the Elixir 3 provides 39.5 square feet of interior space and a full 41 inches of interior height for maximum livability. Strong and supportive, the 7000-series aluminum poles are durable, yet lightweight. Poles, clips and webbing are all color-coded to take the guess-work out of set-up, and 6 aluminum stakes are also included to aid in securing the freestanding Elixir 3. Two large StayDry doors lead to dual vestibules offering a combined 17.5 square feet of additional protected storage space.

A balance of mesh and solid canopy fabric construction keeps weight to a minimum while providing venting, warmth and privacy, as needed. The Elixir 3 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 doors to allow even greater airflow. And you can enjoy the view through the star-patterned skylight when the rainfly is open.

The Elixir 3 employs taped seams on the bathtub style floor with Durashield coating and a 1500mm PU coating on the rainfly to prevent leaks. The stress points are reinforced to prevent tear-outs, and a number of internal storage pockets are built in to provide places to stash essential items inside the Elixir 3.

If you prefer to travel even lighter, the Elixir 2 rainfly can be used alone or in tandem with the included footprint, making the MSR Elixir 2 a lightweight freestanding minimalist shelter.

  • 3-person tent
  • Two vestibules and doors for easy access
  • Included footprint offers multiple setup options
  • Balances breathable mesh fabric with solid canopy fabric for venting, warmth and privacy



Best Use Backpacking
Average Min Weight 5 lbs 10 oz
Average Packed Weight 6 lbs 13 oz
Warranty Limited Lifetime
Vestibule Area 8.75 sq ft + 8.75 sq ft (2 vestibules)
Sleeping Capacity 3
Seasons 3
Seam Sealed Taped Seams
Pole Type 7000 series aluminum
Packed Size 20" x 8"
Number of Poles 2
Other Stuff Sack and Footprint Included
Material Canopy: 20D Nylon Micromesh, 20D x 330T Ripstop High Tenacity Nylon
Floor: 70D x 190T Taffeta Nylon 3,000mm Durashield Polyurethane Coated
Fly: 68D X 210T Ripstop Polyester 1,500mm Polyurethane
Interior Height 41"
Freestanding Yes
Floor Dimension 84" x 68"
Floor Area 39.5 sq ft
Doors 2
Clips or Sleeves Clips


Real Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
(based on 5 real customer reviews)

5 Items

Love this tent!
Reviewed by JHC - March 24, 2017

Likes: Very roomy for 2 people. Split up between 2-3 people to make a light weight backpacking tent. Easy set up and breakdown. The solid panels add privacy without adding extra weight.

Dislikes: Too bad there aren't color options. The light color panels show stains.

Great beginner tent
Reviewed by M - July 18, 2016

Likes: Great price to quality ratio. Quick set up. Free footprint. Roomy for two large people with a lot of gear or a dog; fits three in a pinch. Rainfly works well. An overall great tent that works as a car camping tent or a heavier backpacking tent.

Dislikes: Could use a smaller storage sack. Included one doesn't seem to compress the tent much and takes up a lot of room in the pack.

Love my new tent
Reviewed by Janet M. - June 24, 2016

Likes: Very roomy! I'm going to use it by myself and it has enough room for all my gear inside the tent though there is also room under the fly. Love it.

Dislikes: Could be just a little more room under the fly but okay. Wish it came in other colors but red is okay. Glad the fly is gray.

Great Tent
Reviewed by JP - June 15, 2016

Likes: Sets up super fast. Is lightweight, which is great for my pack. Also love the fact that they color coded the poles and the loops for setup.

Dislikes: N/A

Happy Camper
Reviewed by Keith S. - February 22, 2016

Likes: This is my first tent. It seems to be very high quality. The first thing I did was set it up and admire the craftsmanship. It was easy to set up and I like the balance of mesh and privacy.

Dislikes: I wish it came in different colors.

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