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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2011

Gear Review: Mountainsmith Morrison Tent

A double-wall tent that's simple on design but big on space.

by: Kelly Bastone

Mountainsmith Morrison (BP Photo Department)
Mountainsmith Morrison (BP Photo Department)

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Like Mountainsmith’s no-nonsense, high-value approach to pack-making? Then you’ll love the company’s new tent line. This double-wall dome prioritizes space (a very livable 35 square feet) and simplicity (two crossing poles, a tried-and-true design) to create a freestanding shelter that’s big on comfort and convenience.

At nearly five pounds (fully rigged), the Morrison’s not for ounce-counters, but in every other way the three-season shelter wowed testers with its price-to-performance. The 92-inch length amply accommodates tall campers (up to 6’7”). Two huge doors facilitate easy coming and going, and two seven-square-foot vestibules have sufficient storage space for packs, boots, and foul-weather cooking. The vestibule zipper is perfectly placed: The top is low enough to keep rainwater from dripping into the tent body, yet high enough to allow contortion-free entrances.

Two structured vents prevented condensation, and the taut pitch stood strong through wind and rain in southern Utah. “The lofty headroom [43 inches at the peak] had me worried that the Morrison wouldn’t handle a big blow, but it held up well in 25-mph gusts,” our tester says. Nitpick: The guy-out points on the fly are placed too high—testers needed cumbersome, six-foot-long lines to stake them taut. $159; 4 lbs. 3 oz.

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BikePacker Fun
May 22, 2012

Just found a great price from one forum, just $97 without tax, couldn't be happier!!

Feb 05, 2012

Has anyone here weighed it? Mountainsmith website says 4 lbs 11 oz, this review (at the end) says -- as of 2/5/2012 -- 4 lbs 3 oz. One other user review on an online store website says limiting it to poles, rainfly, tent body and 6 stakes (no bags) it is about 5 lbs 2 oz. This tent may not be for ounce counters, but I'd still like to know the actual weight.

Jack Murray
May 09, 2011

Awesome review. Mountainsmith makes an excellent product. Check out more tent breakdowns here:


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