I was all gung-ho about this tent (MSR CR2) from the get go. I got it brand new for $307 with no tax and free shipping. I had high hopes for it and was thrilled about getting it for 40% off retail. Hell even more that 40%, because will retail you have to figure in taxes by the end of it all.
Now while I only read the first two replies to your original start of this thread, this being namely because I have heard and read enough about the MSR Carbon Reflex 2 (as well as having first hand experience with it) not to want to have to listen to anything more regarding it (nothing personal to all of those who responded), I would like to chime in and say a couple of things. For all I know my post may prove to be out of context due to how far this discussion has come along, and Im sorry if it is.
I could not stand the MSR Carbon Reflex 2 for one simple reason. Outside of it being nice and light as well as being pretty durable, the darn thing is too small. MSR states that the floor is 50 inches wide. That a crock of crap. Its 50 inches wide when measuring the width at the top or bottom of the tent. However, when you get to the middle of the tent you are barely getting 42 inches of width to work with. After three field tests I just could not take it anymore. I woke up sore and my girlfriend complained about how it felt as though I had used her body as an extension to my mattress due to how close we had to sleep together.
Seriously, and nothing personal to all who like it (I wont even lie, I was one of those people before I got my first nights sleep in it, even though I wouldnt call it sleep), this tent is just too small. Its bad enough that most two person tents are small enough as it is making most people buy three person tents in order to satisfy their two person needs; this one on the other hand takes the cake. Serious this is a mildly luxurious one person tent a best. That being said, I can only imagine what the CR1 is like. Oh dear lord! Anyways I wasted too much typing on this poor excuse of a two person tent. Great idea, but just too small. The least MSR could have done was be honest with what the tent dimensions are listed at. Then again rumor has it that MSR stole this tent design from Henry Shire's Tarp Tent Double Rainbow. Who in the hell really knows though...jesus here I go again, just rambling my butt away. This is why I resisted from posting for so long.
Ok final thought, I cant stand this tent. What I couldnt stand even more was the fact that I got this tent for so cheap that I almost couldnt let go of it. 40% off is a lot. However, looking back on it, it was the best thing I could have done. Now time to continue on my journey towards finding a new next. Cheers and the best of luck to you.