MSR is the Porsche of backpacking tents. These beauties, a brand of Cascade Designs, are sleek and comfy with cutting edge construction that maximizes space and sturdiness while minimizing weight. The new top-of-the-line double-occupancy model is the Carbon Reflex 2, which weighs in at just 3 pounds, including poles, stakes and rain fly — lighter than many one-person tents. You get an airy no-see-um-mesh body with twin double-zippered doors front and aft and a solid water-resistant polyurethane-coated bathtub floor. The precisely aligned moss-green rip-stop nylon rain fly has twin vestibules to match the doors. Holding it all up are two flexible carbon-fiber poles. This is not a free-standing tent (MSR opted to save the extra weight), so you’ll need to use the included stakes. All this comes at a price, and you’ll spend some more to get the optional custom-fit “Footprint” ground tarp, which protects the floor from water and abrasion, and earns its keep.
MSR Carbon Reflex 2 tent is $499.95; matching Footprint ground tarp is $39.95; at www.msrtents.com. Info: Cascade Designs; 800-531-9531