MSR Elixir 2
A large vestibule gets you above-average livability with the MSR Elixir 2.
Brand: MSR Gear Reviews
Model: Elixir 2
Built-in rain gutters along the fly door keep you from getting wet when crawling in and out. The double-crossing pole configuration along with the spreader pole over the doors stabilized the tent against 25-mph winds outside of Fruita, Colorado.
“The two 8.75-square-foot vestibules offer plenty of space for rainy-day cooking and storage,” said one tester after a wet trip in the Adirondacks. Near-vertical walls and sufficient headroom throughout (40 inches at the peak) make up for the smaller-than-average, 29-square-foot floor. Two large pockets run the full length of each end.
Even with two vents on the full-coverage fly, testers found a small amount of condensation buildup after cold nights. “Strategically placed fabric panels at the top of the canopy protect you from any falling condensation, however,” says one tester.
The included footprint (8 ounces) adds protection and versatility (see sidebar, right) to the 70-denier nylon floor. This tent also has the thickest poles in the test (9.3 mm).
Overall Score: 4.3
The Scale: 1=save your money – 5=perfect gear.
*Overall score is not an average of others scores; It’s a gut-level assessment of performance and value.
$249; 4 lbs. 10 oz.cascadedesigns.com/MSR