Rating: 4 / 5
This review is for a sample/prototype MSR Missing Link using the older colors of MSR: brown and red.
I purchased this tent at a local second-hand outdoor goods store, but it didn't actually look used.
After a few trial and error set ups, I do like the tent. It is very spacious for 2 people, especially 2 people who are under 5'4". My boyfriend and I can easily fit ourselves and our packs in the tent without having to put our feet up on our packs. This has got to be one of the lightest tents when you look at the size/weight ratio.
The tent is fairly easy to set up and then needs fine tweaking. Takes 2 trekking poles and 8-10 stakes, depending on how tight you want to pitch it.
Pros: spacious, spacious, spacious; we easily fit 3 people in the tent to play cards when it was very buggy outside; at the apex of the tent, we (both at and under 5'4") could stand up, while bending over in the tent; it vents fairly well with the door having a mesh window, a vent at the top of the door, one at the top back of the tent and a big vent at the bottom back of the tent.
Although the tent has a broad back that might make it fail in high winds (we thought), we found that in high winds (~40-50mph) it held up perfectly. The trekking poles did not fall over and it definitely helped to have it guyed out at all possible points. It was a bit noisy, flapping in the wind at night because it tends to billow out and snap back.
Cons: seems as though there's extra material that might not need to be there so it bunches up in places - not sure if this is true with the store models (non-prototypes); the footprint is a bit larger than some other 2-person tents, but we easily fit our tent and another solo tent in smaller campsites; the zipper on the prototype feels cheap. By day 7 of our trip, it failed/jumped, this was due to a lot of dirt that got in during a night of high winds and blowing dust; and as with any single wall tent, it does get condensation on the inside. However I have yet to find any single wall tent that doesn't, so this matters little to me.
All in all, I recommend this tent for 2 people and for luxury camping, one person. It weighed a little over 3 pounds, including guylines and MSR groundhog stakes. Not much for such a large tent.