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MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Tent Review
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Tent Review on 05/10/2011 16:37:46 MDT Print View

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MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Tent Review

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Nice tent on 05/10/2011 21:59:12 MDT Print View

Would be even nicer if it was a bit lighter. Nice review Ray.

Peter Surna
(PedroArvy) - MLife

Locale: Melbourne
Poor review without proper testing of the tent on 05/10/2011 22:08:49 MDT Print View

What is the purpose of these reviews?
If it is to decide whether a tent is suitable as a long term purchase this review falls way short.

You should be testing this tent on hikes where there are several days continuous rain and over multiple tips. In addition, add some real strong winds for good measure. It seems that any tent would have performed well in the conditions mentioned in this review.

Reviews like this are pretty worthless for a long term purchase.

This is more like a "first opinion" than a proper review.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Nice on 05/10/2011 22:08:56 MDT Print View

Nice review and nice tent. People wanting a true 3 person tent should be very happy with this tent. I have the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 which is much lighter (~3.4 lbs) but the CR3 looks a lot bigger. The Fly Creek UL3 is a great choice for two people looking for a bit more elbow room, but the CR3 looks great for hosting 3 actual people.

Paul Hatfield
(clear_blue_skies) - F
Actual height on 05/10/2011 22:49:17 MDT Print View

Could you please list the BPL Measured Height?

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Tent Review on 05/10/2011 23:21:18 MDT Print View

Peter:

Murphy's 14th Law of Backpacking states that if you are properly prepared for the worst Mother Nature can throw at you, she'll be on vacation at the time and you'll have nothing but sunshine and fair temperatures.

The corollary states that if you cut corners for the sake of saving weight - well, Mother Nature can be a real female canine and as they say, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

Besides, would your kids want to go out in the yucky rain and wind that keeps them inside the tent with (YUCK) Dad all the time?

At least they got in a good wind and bug test.

I thought the review was well done. You would probably prefer the 3 part reviews that are standard at BackPackGearTest.com as they cover a much longer time frame and involve multiple outings..........but without the kids.

Edited by wandering_bob on 05/10/2011 23:22:07 MDT.

Warren Wilkinson
(icensnow) - M

Locale: New England, USA
MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Tent Review on 05/11/2011 14:49:21 MDT Print View

Thanks Ray, a great review. I've been looking at 3p backpacking tents and this review is a big help in figuring out which way to go.

Steven Nelson
(slnsf) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Pitching in rain on 05/11/2011 16:11:11 MDT Print View

Ray -

Did you ever get a chance to pitch it in the rain? We're looking for a tent to share with the kids, too - but I lean toward external-pole (or sleeved-pole) models that keep the inner dry if you have to pitch when precipitation is falling.

How would you compare this to the Tarptent Hogback (4-person, but not dissimilar in layout)?

Thanks for the helpful review,
Steve

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
re: questions on 05/20/2011 06:41:23 MDT Print View

Paul, the height is as stated by MSR.

Steve, I plan to be using the Hogback this summer with the kids but at first glance I would say the Hogback has more room, certainly more area.

No we never got to use it in any rain to speak of, sorry. I have reviews of rain gear that have barely seen any rain on hold. I can't control that Peter, you may need to talk to the Big Guy... ;-)

Edited by rayestrella on 05/20/2011 06:42:39 MDT.