MSR Carbon Reflex 1 (2012)

The Carbon Reflex 1 is the lightest double-wall solo tent in the MSR range. Part of the weight saving comes from the use of carbon fibre poles, which are 30 per cent lighter than the aluminium equivalents and also stronger, according to the manufacturers. It is pitched inner-first with just two poles being required to create the inner tent structure, over which the flysheet is draped and attached. The structure is reasonably stable and there is a good side entrance via the porch to the inner. The porch is large with plenty of room for gear, but the inner is very narrow at just 70cm. However, there is good headroom, so you can sit up even though there is no elbow room to aid dressing and comfortable living inside the tent. The inner is made of mesh to provide plenty of airflow, and the flysheet sits quite high off the ground to further increase airflow so condensation control is reasonable. In really foul weather horizontal driving rain may find its way under that fly as it sits so high above the ground, however. The MSR Carbon Reflex 1 is light for its size, but as with all lightweights there are drawbacks and in this case it is that the inner is quite narrow. Also, its inner-pitched-first design means the inner gets wet if pitching in rain.

Flysheet material silicone and PU-coated nylon ripstop
Inner material nylon ripstop
Groundsheet material PU-coated nylon
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 220x70x94cm
Packed size 50x15cm
Weight 1160g



The MSR Carbon Reflex 1’s good weight, headroom and porch are compromised by the narrow sleeping area, while outer-pitched-first designs may be better in wet conditions.


Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2012