MSR Freelite 3 Tent

MSR Freelite 3 Tent is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 6.
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Product Description Item No.   10304104

FEATURES of the MSR Freelite 3 Tent

  • Lightest freestanding, full-featured backpacking tent for three
  • Comfortably fits three or two with room for extra gear
  • Two large doors for easy access
  • Micromesh canopy for maximum ventilation and moisture control
  • Ventilating micromesh canopy and waterproof rainfly offer protection for all kinds of weather, and the large doors provide easy access to an interior that provides room for three, or generous space for two

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Product Technology: DWR
Tent Pole Material: Aluminum
Floor Fabric: 15D Nylon Ripstop
Weight: 47 oz
Floor Dimensions: 84 x 68 in.
Number of Poles: 1
Tent Fabric: Nylon
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Packed Dimensions: 18 x 6 in.
Peak Height: 39 in.
Canopy Fabric: 10D nylon micromesh
Minimum Trail Weight: 2 lb 5 oz
Rainfly Fabric: 15D nylon ripstopDurashield coated 1,200mm
Ultralight: Yes
Vestibule Area: 17.5 square feet
Floor Area: 39.5 Square Feet
Features: Free Standing, Vestibule, Double Wall, Ultralight, Single Wall
Best Use: Camping, Bouldering, Hiking, Basecamp and Expedition, Backpacking, Mountaineering and Alpine
Sleep Capacity: 3
Seasons: 3 - 4-Season
Number of Doors: 2
DWR tech

Durable Water Repellant
DWR (Durable Water Repellent) is a coating that is applied to fabrics which makes them water-resistant, or hydrophobic. A DWR finish doesn't interfere with breathability, which makes it perfect for adverse conditions in the backcountry.

Rated 1 out of 5 by from unrealizable dream we bought this tent a few weeks ago and i must admit that the design of this product is brilliant. also the incredible 1.6kg for 3 persons sounds like magic! BUT: we tested it on some sunny days and this tent is actually the first tent i ever had where it "rains" inside even without rain outside :D simply because of the condensation/morning dew. the rainfly DOES touch the innermesh! i can't image what happens when it rains! we spent about 1 hour on ideal conditions (even floor, grass) on the camping trying to build up the tent again and again to avoid this problem - no way. and yes: we tried any possible way to thight the cords / everything. other people tried to help us, but we finally all agreed that either the middle top bar should be longer or the main frame should be symetric. this looks like a serious construction error.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some good - some bad features Just finished a 27 day, 450 km backpacking trek from Banff to Jasper along the Great Divide Trail with two of my adult children. I purchased this tent based on the experience I have had with other MSR tents and products that I own. The tent performed reasonably well and has a number of really good attributes but it also has couple of serious design flaws. The good: - The size of the tent fits three medium sized people sleeping head to foot. See comment below though. - The tent is easy and quick to set-up and take down. - The tent stood up well in heavy winds and a couple of freak snow storms. Although lightweight It appears to be quite robustly made. We did use all the guy points. - The tents is truly lightweight and compact to carry. The new gear bag design works well. - When wet the tent dries quickly provided there is a bit of sun and/or breeze. - We experienced a number of very heavy rain storms and the the tent kept out the rain. The defects: - The sidewall mesh slopes inwards and all though the base is sufficiently sized for three people, the side wall slope is significant and the mesh or at the ends of the tent, the tent fabric intrude into the sleeping space. Over 27 days we sort of got used to having the mesh on our faces. - All the tent kept out the rain, the tent does not have sufficient ventilation to prevent interior condensation. Out of the 27 days we only had 3 days where this was not an issue. This is compounded by the fact that there is not enough clearance between the fly and the tent. When the fly becomes wet from rain or condensation it touches the netting and where it touches the netting, water collecting on the inside of the fly impinges on the netting and drops form. Unfortunately it drips most profusely right where the two outside person's heads are. The end result - backcountry Chinese water torture as the drops fall. (No amount of adjustment to the tent set-up that we tried prevented this from occuring).
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice backpacking tent for 2 adults and gear. The freelite 3 is the perfect size for my wife and I plus gear. As the other review mentioned, don't expect to fit much under the vestibule, but it works great for shoes and I cooked in it during a rain storm. During the rain the tent preformed fairly well with only some water mist penetrating the rain fly and into the interior during heavy downpours. I half expected this, once I realized how airy and cool the tent remained when the temps were in the 90s and humid. I would say this tent has a good mix of keeping the rain out without getting too hot. Knowing severe storm was approaching we utilized all the guy lines which kept the tent secure. During storms the freelight kept water out even when the campsite turned into a lake. I would also like to point out how easy this tent is to setup, I can do it my self in 7 minutes. Also, since this is a lightweight tent I suggest to purchase the footprint to protect the bottom. Overall i really like this tent, while not excelling in one category, it performs well in multiple respects.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best is its weight. I am just back from a tour in the alps where the FreeLite 3 housed two of my kids and myself on a three day hike. The best feat is clearly the weight and how easy and quickly it is setup. The tent doesn't use too much space, which is good and bad. Good insofar as it can be pitched almost anywhere, the bad being that there is almost no space left to store the backpacks in the vestibule or tent if three are sleeping in the tent. The vestibule can hold your shoes and maybe a tiny pack (the garbage bag) or the water sack, but no more. I was very glad that my backpack is fully water proof and I could leave it outside. Consider taking a tarp along to keep your gear dry, if three should be sleeping in the tent. Otherwise for two this tent would be a great option. The tent is a three season tent, and I have to say that for tours where it can get really cold, you should make sure the rest of the gear can handle the low temperatures. The FreeLite is not much of a help in keeping you warm. It shelters well from wind and rain, but I never would dare taking it along on a tour where I should expect heavy storms and/or snow in remote areas, or where it could become necessary to stay in-tent for longer periods. I know the difference as I also own a 3 person 4-season tent, where increased stability, more indoor space and warmth comes for the price of three times the weight of FreeLite 3. The tent did really well in a drizzling rain and held us dry. During another trial in heavier rain, I had to make sure that the tent was well taut, otherwise the mesh is not much of a hindrance to water coming in. The floor is cut pretty low, so you have to make sure that there is nothing pushing it even lower. Condensation was a bit of an issue once, with three, during rain in cold weather there is hardly anything you can do. It wasn't like raining inside, but only that the mesh (and the sleeping bags) got a few drops off in the morning when we started to move about and get ready to tackle the next day. So to sum up I totally would buy this tent again, I consider it being an optimal choice for three season backpacking tours for two in combination with appropriately chosen rest of outdoor gear, mainly good mattresses and sleeping bags as well as backpacks that could potentially be left outside. Oh and don't forget to get the footprint.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and well built. But.. Used this for a 6 day trip in the west coast trail. Pros: light, good quality, good looking, kept me dry in 6 days of rain. Cons: no ventilation (condensation was a problem), the tent sags inwards due to the fewer poles; needs to be well pegged down. Bottom line: the hubba may be a better overall product if the extra 500g or so of weight doesn't matter to you. But if weight is #1, you won't be disappointed
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ultralight tent! ive used this on 3 60km hiking trips since i bought this tent and i love it! it sets up in no time at all. tons of room inside for 2 and all your kit
Date published: 2016-09-26
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Also, is this a truly freestanding tent, or does it need to be staked on one end like the freelite 2 model?

Asked by: Stakesizhigh
Hey there, Thanks for your interest in Moosejaw. This is a semi-freestanding tent, so it will need to be staked when set up, similar to the Freelite 2. Sorry about any confusion.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-07-02

Is the tent being offered at this price an up-to-date model?

Asked by: Stakesizhigh
Hey there, Thanks for the question. This is the Spring 2016 version of this tent.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2016-07-02
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