I'm surprised no one has reviewed it,
I did a great deal of research before buying this tent, incl. where or rather from whom to buy it. I finally bought it here on Amazon which at the time had it on sale for 50 dollars less than the next best price.
Well I had not been camping in 30 years when I decided to take a trip and on part of that trip to camp out in a tent. So I had alot of tent developments to catch up on - alot of new technology.
The Hoop is not unique in having its structural supports outside of the tent holding it up rather than inside the tent supporting it. This frees alot of space inside the tent.
I was a bit wary of the supports themselves as they are pieces of hollow metal tubing, and these need to be bent with some force. There was the fear of breaking the tubing. But thus far they have held up after being used, set up and taken down, etc. 3 times.
The tent is easy to set up even for someone with as poor a sense of how things go together as I. Also I managed the first time to have to put it up on a near gale force wind and managed it. That wind then continued all night long and despite my less than perfect erection of it, it held up.
My only complaint about the Hoop is that with its sides solid material all the way up to that visible mesh area around its top, it does get a bit warm in there from lack of air circulation when there is no wind. This would not be a problem if one were able to open one or both of the zippable doors, but this is not a good idea at night in places with lots of flying insects and a light attracting them. I even found in one place with grass, trees, etc. that just having a door open during the day while I was setting up camp eventuated in numerous gnats and things getting inside and then "trapped" at the ceiling, requiring me to shoo them out.
One last thing: I chose this tent, which is rated for two persons, as a one person tent for myself alone. I based this upon research and just looking at the dimensions inside. I like plenty of room in which to put stuff inside my tent, not left outside. I also like a rather large cushion underneath my sleeping things. Hence for me it is a perfect ONE man tent not a two person tent. It will sleep two esp. if they are really "close", but that was not my intended use.
MSR makes quality things that are well-thought out and the Hoop is no exception. I would have given it 5 stars if it had "breathed" a bit more.