MSR Carbon Reflex 1

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MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Tent Features.

MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Tent.
Be well protected while staying in the great outdoors with this MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Tent. This excellent tent from MSR features a vestibule area of 9.5 sq. ft. and a tent area of 17 sq. ft., giving you plenty of room to sleep on your adventure or just shelter yourself from the weather. This tent is ideal for one person. It has an interior height of 37 in., adding to its overall size. This tent has been designed with high quality materials to give you a superior product that will last you for many adventures in the future. The efficient design of this tent coupled with its carbon fiber poles make this tent almost 1 pound lighter than the MSR Hubba while providing you with a comparable volume. It is very easy to set so that just about anyone can do it. Plus, it is very lightweight, allowing you to carry it easily. Have lots of fun in the great outdoors with this MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Tent.
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Key Features.


  • Non-freestanding double-wall design and three-season construction ideal for trekking, climbing, and fast-packing applications
  • Clip construction ensures a fast and easy setup
  • Floor and fly seams sealed to prevent water from sneaking in through the fabric joints


  • Much lighter and stronger than aluminum, cutting-edge carbon fiber poles reduce frame weight by up to 30% over aluminum while adding significant strength


  • And one of the best things about the Carbon Reflex 1 is its livability—it packs over 7 ft. of length, has plenty of room to sit up in and includes a roomy vestibule

Weather and Wind:

  • Taped DuraShield®-coated fly and bathtub floor are durable and waterproof; all-mesh body offers livability beyond your expectations
  • Taped seams


  • Unique geometry provides maximum interior space, front vestibule and zippered rear window access to rear vestibule.


  • 4 internal mesh pockets organize small gear


  • Unique geometry provides ample center height and steep sidewalls to maximize usable space; non-freestanding design saves precious weight
  • For a lightweight setup during nice weather, leave tent body behind; use the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) with the poles and stakes
  • Efficient two-pole design is strong and simple to use for fast set up.
  • Lightweight, two-pole design keeps weight to a minimum without sacrificing structural integrity
  • Can be set up as a double-wall tent or with just the fly and footprint for a compact, flyweight shelter at just .70kg (1 lb. 9 oz.)
  • Ultralight
  • Large door and vestibule make entry, exit, and gear storage simple
  • Strong Easton Custom Carbon 6.3 poles blend uncompromising stability with tremendous weight savings
  • Fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint for a lighter-weight rig (footprint sold separately)
  • Comparable to the MSR Hubba in volume, the carbon fiber poles and efficient design make the Carbon Reflex 1 nearly a pound lighter.
MSR Carbon Reflex 1-Person Camping Tent - The Carbon Reflex 1 camp tent is the lightest, double-wall solo tent, crossing the barrier from ultralight to hyperlight. The Reflex 1 tent Utilizes the latest fabrics and cutting edge carbon fiber poles. This camping tent is 7 long when pitched giving you optimal room. The Carbon Reflex 1 is the ultimate camp tent for that extreme hiker or adventure enthusiast.
The MSR® Carbon Reflex 1 has a nylon footprint that extends the tent's life by giving added protection and durability.
Unique geometry provides ample center height and steep sidewalls to maximize usable space.
Taped DuraShield® coated fly and bathtub floor are durable and waterproof for added protection.
Four internal mesh pockets organize small gear.
Includes stuff sacks, guyline/tensioners and stakes.
Best use - Backpacking.
Seasons - 3-season.
Design type - Non-freestanding tent.
Sleeping capacity - 1.
Fly / footprint pitch weight - 1 lb. 8 oz.
Average minimum weight - 2 lbs. 2 oz.
Average packaged weight - 2 lbs. 9 oz.
Average weight - metric - 1.1 kilograms.
Floor dimensions - 86 x 26 inches.
Floor dimensions - metric - 220 x 70 centimeters.
Floor area - 17 square feet.
Vestibule area - 9.5 square feet.
Peak height - 37 inches.
Peak height - metric - 94 centimeters.
Number of doors - 1.
Canopy fabric - Ripstop nylon/nylon mesh.
Floor fabric - Coated ripstop nylon.
Rainfly fabric - Coated ripstop nylon.
Number of poles - 2.
Pole material - Easton Carbon FX.
Pole diameter - 9 millimeters.
Packed size - 6 x 20 inches.

The MSR Carbon Reflex 1 tent is the lightest, double-wall solo tent we’ve ever made, crossing the barrier from ultralight to hyperlight. Utilizing the latest fabrics and cutting edge carbon fiber poles, we’ve engineered a tent that’s ideal for any ultralight, 3-season adventure you’re ready to take on—from bike touring through Central America to lightweight weekends. The best thing about the Carbon Reflex series tents, however, is what we didn’t take out—livability. Packing over 7 ft. (2.2 m) of length, plenty of room to sit up in and a roomy vestibule, we’re continuing to prove our philosophy that traveling ultralight should increase your comfort—not compromise it.
Like its cousin the Hubba, the Carbon Reflex 1 is a spacious and full-featured 3-season tent ready for anything from quick weekend outings to long jaunts through the thick of the Cascades. Almost a full pound lighter than the Hubba, this tent saves its weight with the use of carbon fiber poles, making for a 30% lighter and even stronger frame. The two pole design cuts the need for extra supports and the supplied stakes hold everything taunt without the need for more poles or splits. At over 7' (2.2 m) of length, the Carbon Reflex is anything but a sacrifice when it comes to comfort over light weight. With a spacious vestibule, you'll have ample space for gear and plenty of room to sit up and stretch out in. The Durashield-coated fly and bathtub floor ensures you'll be comfy and dry all night.
The Carbon Reflex 1 Tent holds the record of being the lightest double-wall tent that MSR has ever made. Carbon fiber poles, lightweight nylon fabric, and a unique two-pole design helps this tent get in just over the two-pound mark, so you barely notice it in your pack.
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Accessories Included:6 Stakes, 2 guy ropes, stuff sacks
Advanced Poles:MSR Custom Carbon 6.3 poles weigh up to 30% less than aluminum with a significant increase in strength.
Best Use:Backpacking
Body Material:20D x 330T ripstop nylon 66 DWR
Canopy fabric:Ripstop nylon/nylon mesh
Design type:Non-freestanding tent
Floor Area:17 sq. ft / 1.6 sq. m
Floor Fabric:40D ripstop nylon 3000mm DuraShield polyurethane & DWR
Floor Material:40D x 238T ripstop nylon 6 3000mm DuraShield polyurethane coated & DWR
Floor Space:15.5 sq ft / 1.4 sq m
Floor dimensions:86 x 26 inches
Floor dimensions - metric:220 x 70 centimeters
Fly / footprint pitch weight:1 lb. 8 oz.
Fly Fabric:20D ripstop nylon 1000mm DurashieldTM polyurethane & silicone
Head Height:37 in / 94 cm
Hyperlight:Comparable to the Hubba™ tent in volume, the carbon fiber poles and efficient design make the Carbon Reflex 1 nearly a pound lighter.
Interior Height:37 in.
Max Inside Length:86 in / 218 cm
Max Inside Width:26 in / 66 cm
Minimum Weight:2 lb 4 oz / 1020g
Minimum trail weight:2 lbs. 2 oz.
Minimum trail weight - metric:0.96 kilograms
Number of Vestibules:2
Number of doors:1 door
Number of poles:2
Packaged Size:20 x 6 in / 51 x 15 cm
Packaged Weight:2 lbs 9 oz / 1140 g
Packed Size:6 x 20 in / 15 x 51 cm
Peak Height:37 in / 94 cm
Peak height - metric:94 centimeters
Pole diameter:9 millimeters
Pole material:Easton Carbon FX
Poles:2 Easton Carbon 6.3
Rainfly Material:20D Nylon 1000 Durashield Polyurethane and Silicone
Rainfly fabric:Coated ripstop nylon
Seam Sealing:Fully taped
Seam Taped:Yes
Seasons:3 Season
Sleep Capacity:1 Person
Sleeping capacity:1-person
Tent Fabric:20D ripstop nylon
Trail Weight:2 lbs 2 oz / 970 g
Upc, Ean, Isbn:040818051368
Versatile:Straight-forward design sets-up fast and pitches with just fly and footprint for added versatility.
Vestibule Area:8.5 cu. ft / 240 liters
Vestibule Space:9.5 sq ft / .9 sq m
Weight:2 lbs 9 oz / 1.140 kg
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MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Excellent tent

Not the cheapest tent out there, but after trying several others, including the Hubba, Big Agnes Copper Spur, and Big Agnes Fly Creek, this is the tent I kept. (The others are good tents, and the people I gave them to are quite pleased with them. I just liked the CR1 best.)

Most of the working features of the tent - size, headroom, etc. - are nearly identical to the MSR Hubba, so see those reviews for detailed descriptions.

The main differences are that the CR1 (aka "Hubbless") is not freestanding, and the single, hubless pole creates a slightly different configuration of the fly at the ends of the tent. Freestanding, in my opinion, is overrated - to use the vestibules and get a really taut pitch, you still have to stake out a freestanding tent. For those rare occasions you're camping on solid rock or those gravel tent pads by the car, you can make the CR1 mostly freestanding by using your hiking poles to hold the corners apart.

I think the slight difference in the fly configuration is worth explanation. Because the pole doesn't Y at each end, it fits into a grommet in the middle of the tent ends. This holds the fly out a few inches further at the middle than in the corners - and is wider than the flat configuration of the Hubba. As a result, I've had far less condensation with the CR1 than I have with any of the other tents I mentioned above. (That's under comparable conditions, since there were four of us camping one night, each using one of those tents, and all vestibules left half open.) That's not to say you won't get condensation, particularly if you button up the vestibule. I'm also not saying that there was a condensation problem in any of the 4 tents. A small amount did form on the inside of each fly; however, the amount on the CR1 was least of the four.

It's a tight tent, particularly compared to the Copper Spur (of course, the larger Copper Spur weighs nearly a pound more.) But, for my minimalist style, it's plenty big for me and my gear. I use a 48" pad, and store my empty pack at the foot end of the tent, where it's not only out of the way, but also cushions and insulates my lower legs. My stove and pot stay in the vestibule. The water bottle, headlamp, map and compass, first aid kit, water filter, and rain gear store in the little pockets and around my head. My pillow is my shoes with my water bladder on top of them (filled with air or water.) My food is hung in a tree. Plenty of room.

One other nice feature is that the tent is symmetrical, with the vestibule split exactly in half so you can leave either side open. This means that you can sleep with your head in either end of the tent, and can always have the door open on the side that you want (rather than the opening be dictated by the slope of the campsite.)

All in all, after personally trying other tents and watching others use those same tents, the Carbon Reflex 1 is, for me, the best combination of convenience, comfort, and light weight. Now, if we could only do something about the price...but, as they say, there is light, cheap, and high quality - pick two.
Glenn at REI on 09/09/2011

It survived!

I just bought this tent to replace my older tent which finally gave up. I have only used this tent one night so far- but what a night! For starters this tent is very light and packs extremely small! It is very easy to set up. I used it on a trip into the Cloud Peak Wilderness in WY. I was planning to climb Cloud Peak but the weather had other plans. During the night a storm hit (I was at 10,000ft) and winds were gusting 50 mph or better and over an inch of rain. The tent stood up nicely to the wind and not one drop of water inside! Impressive considering the conditions! The next morning as I was hoping to summit, another storm hit. More high winds, more rain, and over an inch of hail! Once again the tent held up great in the wind and not one drop of water inside!

Yes, it is an expensive tent, but you get what you pay for. There is plenty of room inside for you and gear (I am 6' 1"). If you only backpack once or twice a year, this is probably not worth it for you. If you are an avid backpacker I would seriously consider this tent.
SD Adventurer at REI on 08/08/2012
Bought my Carbon Reflex 1, Love how light it packs down to. I am a minimalist and try to keep my pack as light as I can. The Carbon does the light thing to a new level. Plenty of room for two and I like the small vestibule on the other side of the door to put another pair of boots out to dry. The fly has many tie down points, which made this tent vary stable in high winds and rain.
Chris B at on 02/21/2011

This is a nice tent. It is very lightweight and easy to setup. I feel like I have plenty of room for sleeping comfortably in this tent. The first time I used it I had a problem with lots of condensation, but it was pouring down rain that day and night. The other few times I've used it I haven't had any problems.

Pecan at on 08/07/2011

Great Super-Light tent!

This is an impressive tent from MSR... one of the lightest tents from a big manufacturer. It is a little expensive, but you will not be disappointed. I am 6'2" and fit just fine inside. Biggest advantage of this tent is the weight... well under 3 lbs. Check out my video review to see it in action and learn more.
BackpackersReviewdotcom at REI on 05/05/2013

I purchased this tent for a 5 day trek through Yosemite and it was great. Quick to put up and take down. Very light and compact. The only negative is there is very poor ventilation. Every morning my bag and floor is web with condensation. Other than that, I love it.

Bob Wade at on 02/27/2009

Negative Reviews:

Didn't work at all

I bought this lightweight tent (Carbon Reflex 1p Tent) in prep for a backpacking trip. I set it up in the backyard, well in advance of the trip.

There is a separate short pole, extending the width of the tent, and each end of that pole gets inserted into a grommet on the tent. Well, it was difficult to slide the grommets on, but little did I know, impossible to slide them back off. The tent would not stretch, and the pole had no flexibility. I struggled and struggled, wondering how on earth I would do this on a mountaintop, and what if it was raining? The tent instructions were no help. I was probably doing something wrong, but really, I've setup tents hundreds of times, it really shouldn't be rocket science. Finally, the short pole broke in half. Great! Really, really, really good thing I wasn't on a mountaintop!

I ended up purchasing the NEMO Obi-1P... partly because this all happened during one of REI's sales, and my original top choices were sold out. ...the NEMO Obi-1, I LOVE it. But back to the Carbon Reflex 1p Tent. The shape of this tent inside is rectangular. Not ever having used a small lightweight 1 person tent before, I didn't know any better, but it did seem like lots of wasted space with all the angles. Especially after seeing the NEMO, the angles in the Carbon Reflex were bothersome.

I was also surprised that the tent was made mostly of mesh, but I reminded myself that that is to keep it under 3 lbs. However, the mesh extends almost to the ground, almost to where my sleeping bag would be touching the edge. I couldn't tell if there was enough rain fly over that part to keep potential rain out, and since I never really used it, I can't say, but I remember thinking that is a strange design. I guess there is also an element of security to having a bit of non-mesh sides to a tent like this, even if they only extend 12 inches up the wall of the tent (yes, the NEMO did this better too). the non-mesh sides only extended 6 inches up from the ground, if that, on the Carbon Reflex.

I could also not picture how my sleeping bag would fit in, it seemed like it would be squished from both horizontal sides (ie, the width did not seem wide enough)(I am a small healthy weight, that wasn't the problem). But, I never actually tried to put my sleeping gear into the tent, so this might be only a perception.

Well, gee, this sounds like a gripe fest, but after reading other great reviews about this tent I was surprised that I was so disappointed.

Since I never used this tent overnight, I can't comment about the good things it might offer like lack of condensation, etc.
CurlyCJ at REI on 05/05/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Not Freestanding

This tent differs from its predessors in that it is NOT freestanding. Its lightweight backbone does not have the whishbone geometry at the base, therefore will not stand wind gusts.
Secondly, I need to use this new product some more, but think the rainfly is cut too short. Rain found its way under the fly and over the tub of the tent. Summary: You buy this tent for its light weight. Probably have to live with these comprimizes. BAKHIKN
BAKHIKN at REI on 09/09/2013

Not Like The Original MSR Hubba Tent

This tent is light weight. This what attracted me to buy another version of my die-hard MSR Hubba Tent. The tent must be set up with the stakes and cannot be thought of as a free-standing tent. Even with weighted stakes in the ground the tent needs para' cord guy wires top to ground. It is light, however, that is why I bought it. Seems as though the rain fly is too small, also
BAKHIKN at REI on 09/09/2013