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MSR Elixir 3 Tent is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 141.
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The MSR Elixir 3 Tent is a backpacking tent with plenty of space for 3 hikers. You should probably tent with people you know, not with some randoms on the trail. Either way, there are 2 spacious doors to get in and out of, plus 2 vestibules when the rainfly is up to tuck a pile of shoes or your packs under. The footprint is included, so you can even choose to go Fast & Light (rainfly, poles and footprint only).

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Item No.   10368198

The MSR Elixir 3 Tent is a backpacking tent with plenty of space for 3 hikers. You should probably tent with people you know, not with some randoms on the trail. Either way, there are 2 spacious doors to get in and out of, plus 2 vestibules when the rainfly is up to tuck a pile of shoes or your packs under. The footprint is included, so you can even choose to go Fast & Light (rainfly, poles and footprint only).

FEATURES of the MSR Elixir 3 Tent

  • Livable with larger vestibules, built-in gear lofts, glow-in-the-dark zippers, and an easy-to-find red vestibule door
  • Unique pole geometry optimizes headroom; adaptable rainfly for excellent views
  • Larger vestibule for 35% more storage space
  • Two new built-in gear lofts and glow zippers
  • Easy access with two large Stay Dry doors and two vestibules
  • Maximum floor space comfortably fits three mattresses side-by-side
  • Mesh and solid fabric panels offer ventilation, warmth and privacy

Product Specifications

Tent Canopy Fabric: 40D Ripstop Nylon
Tent Rainfly Fabric: 68D Ripstop Polyester, Polyurethane, DWR
Tent Floor Fabric: 70D Taffeta Nylon 3000mm XtremeShield Polyurethane & DWR
Features: Vestibule, Water-resistant
Weight: 113 oz
Packed Dimensions: 20 x 8 in.
Minimum Trail Weight: 94 oz
Floor Area: 39.5 Square Feet
Vestibule Area: 24 square feet
Peak Height: 41 in.
Tent Pole Material: Aluminum
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Camping
Sleep Capacity: 3
Number of Doors: 2
DWR tech

Durable Water Repellent
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.

Product Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor rain fly I used my tent 4 Times and the rain fly starts flaking away. It is 100% not waterproof. I wrote to the compagny and I never got feedback... I will never buy again from them
Date published: 2023-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from MSR elixir 3 Great tent if it doesn’t rain. Almost felt like didn’t even have a fly on . First time used it backwoods camping and it was raining inside. Tried contacting but no support
Date published: 2023-08-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from MSR Elixir 3 I have had my Elixir 3 for 4 years. Used < 20 nights. I received the first good solid rain since I had the tent and it leaks like a sieve. The tent has been well cared for. Spent hours replacing sealing tape which was degrading plus other attempts to get the tent and fabric to seal with limited results. This tent is a fail on 1 of the 2 things it must do. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2023-08-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tent poles break at joint way to easily. I love MSR products but the tent pole system on this tent is a really poor design. I am not a novice camper/tent setter upper and I’ve NEVER broken a tent pole before. This tent has two joints where the two poles are locked together and creates a really weak spot for the tent poles. I was following the set up instructions and the pole piece that slides through the joint and then into the other end of the next pole segment snaps off right at the joint. It’s happened twice now and I was even being extra careful this second time because I saw how easy it happened the first time. I would never buy this tent again because of that pole set up. Because it’s at a joint you can’t repair it either. The little repair sleeves can’t pass over the break. Hopefully MSR will send me a new pole segment so I can try to repair it (again). Otherwise the tent itself is great and I would give it 5 stars. But make sure you bring a big roll of duct tape if you plan to use these poles.
Date published: 2023-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Rain Fly As others have written here, I'm very disappointed with the rain fly of the Elixir 3. I've had my tent for 6 years, and this year I noticed that the seam tape on the fly was flaking and cracking on all seams. A short rainfall while out camping confirmed that the the tent was no longer waterproof. I have always stored my tent clean and dry, and it's very disappointing to have what appears to be an excellent tent break down so quickly with its rain fly. I have since removed all of the flaking tape and resealed the seams with a quality sealant, but to my surprise the fly still leaks. I do not recommend buying an Elixir 3. I have had many tents over the years, but I've never had one that broke down so quickly.
Date published: 2023-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rainfly is useless...so the tent is useless. I ordered a MSR Elixir 3 tent May 3, 2017. I assembled it in my yard when I first purchased it and again in 2020. Never went on the original trip I bought it for so had not taken it camping. We just went on a hike/climb this past summer and I took it with me. When I took it out of the bag, the rainfly was flaking apart at the seems. White flaky stuff falling everywhere..and also looked worn like it would if it had been sitting in the sun even though it had not been (my siblings could not believe it was almost brand new...they were convinced someone had to sell me a used tent accidentally). We did get rained on one night and it leaked horribly. Not just the seams…the whole thing. I was pretty shocked it was in that condition considering it was barely used. It was stored in a cool, dry place. I did contact Moosejaw last year (and again recently) and they said they couldn’t do anything since warranty expired. Also contacted MSR/Cascade designs last year and they asked for my address “in case” they could help but never came to anything. I just tried using Gear Aid seam sealant and water repellant spray myself to see if I could repair the old one. Still horrible (video below). Even being past warranty….This tent has only been used on one trip (was not used on any when the problem started) and had been stored safely. I would expect much more durability from MSR brand. - I also know it is not just me because a LOT of people have had problems with the rainfly for this tent (looking at other reviews).
Date published: 2023-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Elixir 3 - Very disappointing I have had my Elixir 3 for about 5 years. I take very good care of my gear was very disappointed when i noticed the waterproofing was tarting to flake off. I did not have time to worry about it before a kayak camping trip so i repacked it and hoped for the best. As always it was easy to set up and we settled in for the night. Later in the night it started raining and we woke up to a tent with 1/4 in of water in the bottom and all our gear soaked. I have other tents that i have had for ten years and they sill perform like new. I have always been a MSR fan but i think i will have to look elseware if there gear cant even last 5 years.
Date published: 2022-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This tent exceeded my expectations. This tent exceeded my expectations. It is east to set up and plenty big enough for me and my buddy. I have been very happy with all the msr products I have purchased.
Date published: 2022-12-05
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Does this product come with a footprint? Thank you!

Asked by: Audi248
Hiya Audi248, thanks for your question! Yes, the footprint is included with this tent. Hope this helps!
Answered by: Alice in Wanderland
Date published: 2023-04-27

What are the dimensions of the floor? Have you any idea why people had bad experiences with water thru the fly and floor?

Asked by: Kaykay
Hey there Kaykay, thanks for the question! This tent has internal dimensions of 84&quot; x 68&quot;. Sadly I can't say for sure why some people seem to be having waterproof issues with this fly while some don't, it seems to be random from what I can see. If you have any problems with this rainfly or tent body just let us know, we'll do all we can to work with you and MSR to make it right. I hope this helps!
Answered by: Marty Moose
Date published: 2020-05-26
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