At less than 7 pounds, this MSR two-person, double-walled shelter is at the lighter end of its class but still has room for livability. A 33-square-foot floor kept our 6’5” tester and his buddy comfy during a three-day ski tour of New Zealand’s Craigieburn Range, and a massive, 15.5-square-foot side vestibule swallows two packs with plenty of room to spare for a cook station. Tradeoff: At 5.5 square feet, the second vestibule is too small for entry and exit. We liked it for storing extra gear—but that means you have to crawl over your tentmate to use the larger door.
A third cross pole provided stability when strong winds buffeted the tent in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and near-vertical walls end in a 43-inch peak height, pleasing our tallest testers. Waterproofing is also top-shelf: One tester pitched the tent during a three-day rainstorm and not a drop got in from above or below.
“We loved the snow flaps—fabric that extends all the way down to the ground from the bottom of the vestibule,” said one tester after eight nights above treeline in New Zealand. “They kept us cozy inside during a day of heavy snows and gusting wind.”