Packed with do-all utility, the 2-person Hoop tent delivers an unlikely amount of space and protection for a tent of its weight. The roomy floor plan is built to accommodate two Large-sized Therm-a-Rest® mattresses with room to spare–perfect for taller campers and those who just want the most livable shelter possible. You’ll also appreciate solid, three-plus-season protection for those late and early season trips far into the backcountry. Optional poles at either end create a freestanding structure, or can be left behind to save even more weight.
Made in Taiwan
|Added Protection:||Stout geometry handles light snows and robust winds while fabric canopy cuts down on drafts.|
|Added Space:||Built to easily accommodate two large Therm-a-rest mattresses- ideal for taller campers, extra gear and more.|
|Excellent Ventilation:||Mesh windows and fly vents minimize condensation.|
|Packable:||Packed with features and space, yet still compact enough to take anywhere.|
|MSR Hoop 2P Tent with Footprint||$289.95|
|MSR Hoop 2 Footprint||$38.99 - $39.95|
We've had our Hoop for about a year now and love it. It's a roomy two person tent and while not "ultralight," at about 4 lbs (w/o the optional free-standing poles) it's a very noticeable weight reduction from our 7.5 lb three person tent. It also packs a lot smaller. The sligtly longer and wider floor space is perfect for my large pad.
Obviously, there is less mesh than what most three season tents offer. This appealed to us for purposes of camping year-round in the South-East, and while I think it helps, I can't say with certainty that it actually holds more heat in the cold winter months.
The fly vents create very good cross ventilation and, as a result, we have experienced no condensation issues. I've been through at least half a dozen storms (some more substantial than others) in this tent with no issues.
The tent has everything a serious backpacker or camper is looking for. Ok it has everything that I was looking for in a new two person tent. Two doors, two vestibules, good inside height, relatively light weight, sturdy, and packs small. The MSR Hoop does all of those. I like a tent to have walls that aren't all mesh for camping in cooler climates and a little privacy if I have the fly off and mine's down. Another plus is with the extra poles that make it free standing, it also spreads the tent out better to increase room. I think for the weight of those two poles and what they accomplish they WILL be coming with me on future trips.
It also came with the MSR mini groundhog stakes instead of cheap stakes like most tents come with.
I bought this over the new Hubba Hubba for a few reasons, one because I am 6'5" and it has a overall larger footprint and is longer than the Hubba Hubba. I have used this on overnight backpacking trips and general camping when I go climbing or kayaking. This thing works great, stayed warm at 30*, easy to set up light, and I liked it because it had more nylon, than mesh like the MSR's newer Hubba Hubba, I thought it kept it warmer and less drafty in colder temps. I suppose this could be a drawback in hotter temperatures, but it seemed just fine in 80*+ weather out in Tennessee on Memorial Day. Overall I couldn't be more pleased with the quality of this MSR tent.