MSR Stormking

This is an incredibly spacious and stable 4-person tent that is far easier to pitch than its appearance might suggest. The trick is that all the poles are the same length and each slides through a continuous sleeve on the inner. So pitching is very easy and the flysheet goes over the top where it is attached to the base with ladder-lock adjusters. The result is a tent with a massive inner and a porch at one end that is created using an additional pole. The outer door gets three zip pulls, so it can be opened in a variety of ways to allow venting. There is an additional doorway at the rear that leads directly into the inner tent. But although pitching was easy, it was slower than some other simpler designs. There is only one porch and it is not as large as some others, so gear storage is not as good as it could be. This is an inner-pitched-first tent, so it’s not ideal for putting up in the wet.

Verdict: Buy it if you want a very stable and relatively lightweight tent for wild camping and backpacking where space and stability are priorities.

Design: geodesic dome

Poles: shock-corded alloy

Inner: 70D 190T ripstop nylon

Flysheet: 75D 190T polyester, 1500mm hydrostatic head

Groundsheet: 70D 190T nylon, 10000mm hydrostatic head

Internal dimensions: length 290cm; width 290cm; height 140cm

Packed size: 58x29cm

Weight: 6.4kg

Made in: China

Stores: England 20; Wales 0; Scotland 3; Ireland 0