MSR Missing Link Tent Review
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Need a 2 man, ultralight backpacking shelter? Read this MSR Missing Link tent review & discover the best 2 man shelter for budget-minded backpackers that refuse to sacrifice performance.

msr missing link tent review

The Missing Link is one of the most affordable of any of the MSR tents, but thankfully made with the same high quality materials and attention to detail as other MSR camping tents.

Unfortunately, the Missing Link is no longer produced. However, we will keep this review up for historical purposes.

MSR has been on Camping Tent Reviews' radar for some time, consistently offering up products that work hard for you and last a lifetime.

With the MSR Missing Link, nothing about our appreciation for this manufacturer has changed.

Lightweight and easy to assemble, the Missing Link gracefully maintains the best virtues of MSR products.

If you are in the market for a new two-person, three-season tent, pay attention.

MSR Missing Link Tent Review

Some of the best benefits of this MSR tent include:

  • Fast and easy set-up

  • Super lightweight design

  • Tough tent that can stand up to tough conditions

  • Sealed and waterproof walls, ceiling, and floor

If there are any objections to this shelter from the online consumer review community, it comes in the form of:

  • Condensation collection
  • Trekking poles necessary for perfect assembly

When all is said and done though, this MSR camping shelter is an innovative, single-walled, 2 person shelter that deserves your undivided attention and close scrutiny.

Missing Link Specifications

  • Area: 37 square feet
  • Height: 3 ft 6 in
  • Floor Size: 11'6" x 4'11"
  • Weight: 3 (packaged weight: 3 lbs 7 oz)
  • Pack Size: 12 by 7 inches
  • Number of Windows:
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Sleeps: 2 People
  • Seasons: 3
  • Pole Material: Featherlite SL Aluminum (DAC)
  • Vestibule Area: 14 sq ft.

MSR Missing Link Tent Review: Advantages

According to several online reviews, a single person can erect this shelter in less than three minutes (even faster with practice).

Yes, you read that correctly. One person can pitch this shelter in under three minutes.

msr missing link tent review

For any backpacker that's been caught in a mountain storm, you know how valuable this is.

At only three pounds in weight, the MSR Missing Link is one of the lightest two-person shelters on the market that can still stand tall against rain, wind, sleet, snow, or anything else Mother Nature decides to throw at it.

And don't be afraid of the rain with the Missing Link. The silicone-treated ultra light nylon material is waterproof. It will keep you dry and safe in the heaviest of downpours.

Missing Link Tent Review: Disadvantages

As with many tents on the market, condensation can be a problem.

As long as you can keep your Missing Link shelter well ventilated, then this shouldn't be an issue.

Another downside to choosing this model over one of its competitors is that you need to use trekking poles to erect it the way it should be erected.

While guy lines can be used, unless you already have trekking poles, you may want to consider a lightweight backpacking tent, as opposed to a shelter.

MSR Missing Link: Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:

  • Easy Assembly
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Waterproof
Consumers don't like:

  • Condensation Collection
  • Trekking Poles Necessary


The Missing Link may not be the best two-person tent from this great company, but it certainly is worth your time to investigate.

If you already own a set of trekking poles, then you should consider picking this product up immediately.

Lightweight, easy to assemble, and incredibly durable, you just can't find a better shelter for this price.

If you don't have hiking poles , consider the MSR Fury or MSR Mutha Hubba tent instead. They may cost a bit more, but they are probably better suited to your needs.

If you do decide to pick up this shelter, be sure to spend the extra money ($40) on the MSR Missing Link footprint. With the footprint being used, you can add years to the lifespan of your Missing Link by protecting it from the rough ground.

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