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Mountainsmith Morrison 3 Tent
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- Sleeps 3
- Main fly and floor seams are factory sealed
- Bathtub floor wraps up the sides to keep you dry
- Full coverage rainfly keeps the rain away - with Fly Vents for ventilation - SR buckles for adjustment
- Fitted Polyester footprint included
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The Mountainsmith Morrison 3 backpacking tent sleeps 3 campers and has 2 doors and 2 vestibules for storing wet or excess gear. The freestanding design uses a 7000 series, shockcorded aluminum frame that sets up with all clips so set up and take down are fast and easy. The main fly and floor seams are factory sealed for your ultimate camping confidence. Dual fly vents, full no-see-um mesh walls and door windows provide excellent high/low ventilation. Other standard features include: color coded set up, gear pockets in the corners, reflective guy lines, stakes and carry bags. Gear loft, and fitted polyester footprint also included. Fire Retardant. Import.2 Doors - easy entry and exit.2 Vestibules for extra storage space.Freestanding design.Shockcorded aluminum poles - strong, durable and compact.Post and grommet set up is fast and simple.All clips for speedy set up and take down.Color-coded SR buckle attachment of Tent and Fly simplify set up.Instruction sheet is sewn to the carry bag so you can't lose it.Included Gear Loft (removable) - has Headlamp slot for improved interior lighting.External guy loops on fly for stability in wind - includes Reflective line and line tighteners.Mostly mesh (no-see-um) body provides great ventilation with mesh end walls - Stargazing is possible on nice nights.Dual fly vents, full no-see-um mesh walls and door windows provide excellent high/low ventilation.Interior storage pockets in each corner.Door windows can be closed to restrict ventilation and offer increased privacy.All carry sacks and stakes included.Fire retardant.Import..
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So long story short, I wanted a backpacking tent large enough for 2 people (one tall person) and all their gear, and it had to be waterproof in the event of a rain in.
Anyhow, so I searched far and wide for affordable tents that met all the requirements and settled on this one for a few reasons. One, for the weight, the square footage is enormous! I've found tents that are a pound or two lighter but each time they had severely less square footage (even thought they claimed to be 3 person tents!). I even sat down and made a spreadsheet that compared from tents in the range from cheapo Coleman tents to the 700$ 4 season tents by R.E.I. and this tent had the third best weight to square footage ratio. This tent however had a better slope so there was more space in the tent and was literally half the cost of the leading tent on the list.... (compare this to the "4 person" Mountainsmith tent that has only 2 more square feet (54 vs 56 ft^2) yet it weighs 0.9 lbs more.
Anyhow, on to this tent... I wasn't sure what taped seams were... But after setting it up in the living room I was thoroughly impressed with what taped seams are. I bought this tent for the aforementioned reasons and the "bathtub" design it touted. I was extremely happy with the bathtub design. Initially I was under the impression that it was one piece. But it isn't. However all the seams on the floor are sealed with the tape that is rugged and completely waterproof... It wasn't raining when I dragged it into the yard, so I turned it on it's corner and stuck it in a bucket full of water. I had to push because it simply displaced water, after holding it there for a minute or two I gave up on flooding it.... Long story short, if it rains and your tent is set up on a puddle, it won't give you a rude awakening in the morning.
Another huge plus on this tent is that it comes with all things necessary to set up the tent. The stakes, the footprint (basically a tarp that goes under the tent to help protect it from rocks, roots, debris, etc.) and just everything.
So why not go with a cheapo tent like Coleman tents? They may be as big, but are heavier and they use fiberglass rods. Fiberglass rods will deteriorate over time and begin splitting and is highly susceptible to UV damage. Aluminum rods do not have this problem. The Mountainsmith tent is in a whole different league than the cheapos in the fabric quality, rod quality, and thorough designs.
So why not go with more expensive name brand tents renowned for backpacking? Simply put, they are expensive. The material feels the same as the tents they set up at R.E.I. The aluminum poles feel even better and look gorgeous. Then you consider that you don't have to buy the stakes extra or the footprint extra and I couldn't find a reason to spend more... so I didn't. And I'm really happy with my decision.
Oh, and it is double doored. That wasn't too clear to me and is a very nice/important feature in my opinion.
I'll post back after my 2 moth backpacking trek in August!
Hope this review helps!
PS: The attention to detail is really great. The tent bottom is taped to be waterproof... but so is the footprint! And the little window bar on the rain-fly to hold the window open, has the mesh touching the soft Velcro instead of the hard Velcro! (this could have been luck, but with all the other attention to detail, I'm betting this was on purpose.)
EDIT (1/5/2016) - The tent has held up marvelously on ~8 outings of a few days each (if I am remembering them all). From camping, to Renaissance festival camping to emergency space in the backyard when my place flooded. I'd also like to note that I'm not exactly easy on it or the poles :( (Squeezing it to fit in the car, or cranking down the straps on the pack that holds it) But so far, no problems. I'll post back at the first sign of wear.)