MSR Debuts Minimalist Tent for Weight-Conscious Backpackers
For those hikers and backpackers out there who want…nay demand lightweight camping options, you might want to perk your ears up for this new ‘FlyLite’ tent offering from MSR.
It’s a single wall design that uses two standard walking poles to save weight, thus it weights in at a skinny minny 710g (alb 9oz) and it’ll sleep two people. Apparently it’s the lightest full-protection shelter MSR has ever made.
Built upon MSR weight-saving technologies and livability features, the single-wall tent design efficiently utilizes two standard trekking poles for support as opposed to being weighted down by carrying traditional tent poles. A single ultra-light mini-pole adds structure to the rear of the tent, and can be swapped out for a trekking pole.
“As with all MSR tents, livability is prioritized in the FlyLite design” said Terry Breaux, tent designer for MSR. “Despite the FlyLite’s minimalist construction, the tent has ample head and elbow room that enables two people to comfortably sit upright and face each other without feeling cramped.”
The FlyLite tent features vertical walls and a 2.7 square-meter floor space that result in a spacious 2039 litre interior. A large attached awning provides extra rain protection over the door and is designed at a height that allows dwellers an unobstructed view while sitting.
Awning-covered vents on all four sides minimize condensation by increasing air circulation, while the strong, DuraShield-coated nylon fabrics (10D on the walls and 20D on the floor) deliver twice the performance of traditional fabrics without adding weight. The FlyLite tent is detailed with taped seams and reinforced stress points to offer lasting protection.
Here at GWA HQ we think it looks pretty futuristic and are looking forward to taking a peek at it later this week at The Outdoor show. It’ll be available in stores to buy from January 2015.