Rating: 5 / 5
I fully agree with everything Douglas Hus had to say about this tent. It's my tent of choice. However, like most MSR gear, it's heavier than comparable competing products. (I still like MSR gear, and use it a lot, because it strikes a good balance between light and bombproof.) If you're willing to carry the weight, you get a lot of flexibility. You can pitch it without the fly on a nice, clear, night and essentially be sleeping under the stars but without the bugs. You can also pitch just the fly on a rainy day to create a nice lunch shelter. On a hot, sticky night the all-mesh body, pitched without the fly, lets you avoid that stuffy feeling you can get in a non-mesh or partly mesh tent.
It's also a little snug, which limits your ability to stow bulky gear in the tent. My Vapor Trail pack goes under my legs, extending my 3/4 pad to full length. If your pack won't store that way, you'll have to use the vestibule (which is fairly small) or leave it outside. There is a small rear vestibule, but it's useless because you have to go outside the tent to access it. (a small zippered panel in the back wall of the tent would solve the problem, but would make it even heavier.)
The narrow footprint that makes it snug is also an advantage that lets you use smaller tent sites, which gives you a larger site selection. The free-standing capability also lets you camp on hard surfaces, such as the shore of Lake Superior (Isle Royale NP) or the gravel tent pads some campgrounds require.
The side entrance is nice, and well-protected by the vestibule. The vestibule is also a split vestibule, which means that you can sometimes leave half of it open in a light rain, for ventilation.
The only down side is that it's a little heavy - but the extra weight earns its way.