MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent Review
Lightweight 2 Man Camping Tent

Looking for a 2 person tent for camping or backpacking? Then read our MSR Carbon Reflex 2 tent review. Compact, spacious & lightweight--few tents are better

It just doesn't get much better than the Carbon Reflex 2 tent. It's a two-person, three-season tent that weighs less than some bivy sacks and can be set-up in a snap.

msr carbon reflex 2 tent

MSR is a company that inspires campers to really look hard at all the options available to them when on the hunt for a new one-, two-, or three-person tent.

The reason why is simple: they're entire widespread line of tents is worth your time and money. How can you pick one without seeing them all?

The Carbon Reflex 2 is one of those tents that you can't help but look at and look at, not quite believing the hype surrounding it (because it's all so positive), but desperately wanting to.

Well, we here at Camping Tent Reviews can honestly say: it most definitely is real.

Below, we'll take a closer look at the ins and outs of this great shelter, and then you can decide for yourself whether or not it's one you may want to own for yourself.

MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Camping Tent Review

The MSR Carbon Reflex tent is well worth further investigation.

There are so many great benefits that it's hard to even think about the disadvantages. But, unfortunately, there are.

We'll explore both of those in depth further along.

For now, though, here's a brief taste of the great advantages of choosing this shelter over the competition:

  • Unbelievable portability (believe it!)
  • Fantastic fly design
  • Lightning quick set-up

As far as the drawbacks go, they are few, but they are still worth mentioning. Some consumers aren't entirely satisfied with the dimensions of the Carbon Reflex 2 tent, citing its narrow design.

Others, understandably, are discouraged by the price.

In the end, as always, it'll be up to you to decide if the drawbacks are too much to handle or too little to matter. For what it's worth, we at Camping Tent Reviews agree with the latter.

Carbon Reflex 2 Tent Specifications

msr carbon reflex 2 tent specs
  • Area: 29 square feet
  • Height: 3 ft 4 in
  • Floor Size: 7' x 4'2"
  • Weight: 2 lbs 13 oz (packaged weight: 3 lbs 4 oz)
  • Pack Size: 20 by 7 inches
  • Number of Windows:
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Sleeps: 2 People
  • Seasons: 3
  • Pole Material: Carbon FX (Easton)
  • Vestibule Area: 14 sq ft.

MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent: Advantages

With 29 square feet of interior room and a peak height of 40", it's difficult to believe that the Carbon Reflex 2 weighs in at less than three pounds. But it does, and that's a feature that cannot be ignored.

Beyond the ultra light weight, it is the high quality material of the construction that makes this shelter stand out so far above the rest. The fly is dual coated ripstop nylon, giving it a lifespan well beyond its competition.

By all accounts, the Carbon Reflex 2 tent goes up in a heartbeat. The two-pole design makes for a very quick, easy assembly that won't have you squinting at instruction manuals or asking for help from fellow campers.

MSR Carbon Reflex 2: Disadvantages

Some people have been unhappy with the 38" width of the tent, saying it's hard to get comfortable with two people inside. This shouldn't be a problem for average-sized campers, but if it is, pay attention to the specifications and choose another model.

Because the MSR Carbon Reflex 2 is such a high quality tent, the price is fairly steep (nearly $500).

This is a drawback for those who are living on a limited budget, but rest easy: there are a lot more MSR models to choose from that are much cheaper if you can't afford the Carbon Reflex 2.

MSR Carbon Reflex 2: Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:

  • Incredible Portability
  • Great Fly
  • Super Fast Assembly
Consumers don't like:

  • Narrow Design
  • Price


MSR has created another hit in the camping tent world. The MSR Carbon Reflex 2 is a fantastic 2-person, 3-season tent that weighs less than some bivy sacks but can stand up to the roughest and toughest of Mother Nature's moods.

If price is a factor, consider another, cheaper MSR tent, because there truly isn't a much better line of products out there.

If you do have the money, though, nothing should stop you from picking up the MSR Carbon Reflex 2.

Or, at the very least, giving it a whole lot of thought.

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