MSR Flylite Tent

MSR Flylite Tent is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 8.
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Product Description Item No.   10271837

The MSR Flylite 2-Person Shelter is a backpacking shelter for two on the trail. The single wall tent is all about minimalist, weighing only 1lb, 9oz and pitches with the help of two trekking poles. While the front is held up by your trekking poles, the back is propped with the help of a single DAC 9mm pole and nine included stakes work to guy it out and stake it to the ground. The rainfly is 10D ripstop nylon, 1200mm polurethane & silicone coated with a 20D flooring with the same waterproof coating to keep wet weather out. The large awning adds a touch of shade when relaxing around camp and mesh vents keep everything cool yet bug-free on the inside. Full protection and yet so little weight.

FEATURES of the MSR Flylite Tent

  • Ultralight: Pitches quickly with two standard trekking poles
  • Livable: Greatest volume-to-weight ratio of all MSR tents, with vertical walls and ample head and elbow room; large vented door with covered entry
  • Protection: Strong, coated fabric, taped seams and reinforced stress points offer lasting protection
  • Standard trekking pole compatibility
  • Reinforced corner and peak patches
  • Ultralight fabric
  • Large awning with side wings
  • Large venting door
  • Mesh side vents

- + Product Specifications
Tent Floor Fabric: 20D Nylon Ripstop Polyurethane/Silicone
Tent Rainfly Fabric: 10D Ripstop Nylon
Features: Fast Pitch, Ultralight, Single Wall
Weight: 36 oz
Sleep Capacity: 2
Seasons: 3-Season
Packed Dimensions: 18 x 6 in.
Minimum Trail Weight: 1 lb, 9 oz
Floor Area: 29 Square Feet
Peak Height: 44 in.
Number of Poles: 1
Tent Pole Diameter: 9 mm
Tent Pole Material: Aluminum
Tent Fabric: Nylon
Ultralight: Yes
Awards: National Geographic Adventure Gear of the Year Award - 2015, Gear Institute Best New Gear Outdoor Retailer Summer - 2015
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Trekking, Backpacking
Number of Doors: 1
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tent Failed TWICE It has not even been one year. My first tent lasted only 2 months. I was thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which is something that people normally buy "ultralight" tents like the MSR Flylite for. It isn't necessary to have such a specialized tent for other things like car camping or short trips. There had been essentially no rain the whole summer on the trail, but the zipper completely failed despite normal use as soon as there started being rainstorms. The tent is clearly rated for "3 season" use, which means that it should hold up in rainstorms. After practically begging Cascade Designs to send me a new tent because I was still hiking and was then without proper shelter in rainy weather (a serious threat to my survival when backpacking), they finally agreed to. I received the new tent in September. I could tell it was slightly different from my previous one (different color shade and missing the tent guylines), but was grateful to have a tent to protect me from the elements again. I continued hiking until November 12th, so the new tent had about a month and a half of use at that point. I did not use it much after this, until March 2018. At the end of March 2018 I did a week-long backpacking trip through southern Utah. My second night camping, there was a windy rainstorm. When I open the tent to use the restroom that night, the zipper completely broke again. So again after about 2 months of use, the tent failed. I've since read about issues with the MSR Flylite tent design, saying that water tends to pool at the top of the tent instead of rolling off. This adds extra tension to the tent, which is probably why my zipper failed. When I sent in the 2nd broken tent to MSR to repair or replace,, they simply sent it back to me and said it was "too dirty". This is a completely ridiculous claim and an obvious attempt to avoid dealing with a faulty product.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cool idea, needs a redesign I'm writing this from inside the flylite in the Appalachian Mountains in a rainstorm. Love the material, love the weight. The mini groundhog is my go to stake of choice. I like the super low mil accessory cord for the weight factor, but in reality, it's too thin to hold any kind of adjustable hitch in wet conditions. There's just not enough surface area to bite. I have a timer set for every 20 mins so I can wake up from my snooze to dump the puddle that builds in the roof. Not a great second night as a trip leader. Has anyone had success setting this up without a bowl for a roof? If so please send me tips :) . When I get back to base camp I'm gonna get a hose and try to figure it out. Any beta would be appreciated. I've tried all sorts of angles and configurations. I'm set up dozens of different shelters over the years. This ain't my first rodeo, but this one makes me feel dumb. It seems cool on paper but doesn't make sense in practice.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VS the Scout 2 I prefer this to the Big Agnes Scout 2. Both a great brands but I like this design more. It's pretty elegant.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great quality but I'd change one thing I purchased this Tent because I love MSR products and I needed something Ultralight. The first night that I used it I was in heavy rain and the one thing that I did not like was that the roof of the tent (even with a tight pitch) puddled very badly. It caused the roof to sag and I had to wake up through the night to push the water off. So if I could change one thing it would be the roof design.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from For What it is - Not Bad Finding a Single wall Tent that handles condensation well is hard... The Fly lite does a great job if your able to leave the door fully open- Unfortunately on the west coast that is rarely an option for me even though it says you can leave the door open in rain you really can't. The top of the tent accumulates rainwater and sags forcing you to wake up every hour to push the water off from the inside. I feel like this tent will become a sole summer tent for me however even in the summer with one person in it I got condensation I had the door fully closed due to the bugs however I still thought it could have done better. One last thing that I went into purchasing fully knowing is that i am 6ft 3in and my head and feet touch the door and end wall, the Flylite actually did an amazing job at keeping my feet dry considering they were pushing out the end wall. I would conditionally recommend this to people as long as I know they will be using it in the correct environment and weather conditions
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bike/Back Packing Tent I bought this tent specifically for bikepacking as its very lightweight and small enough to fit in my bicycle seat bag. It fit wonderfully and was very easy to set up and break down. The mesh does a great job of letting air flow through the tent and the awning prevented rain from getting inside. I actually kept my bags and shoes outside the tent under the awning and they stayed dry as well. The only thing I suggest is that if you are over 6' tall you might want something else. Me being 5'11" had my head touching the door and my feet when pointed touching the back. If you intend on using it solely for yourself you could easily sleep diagonally across the tent but obviously with another person in there that would be difficult. Overall its a great tent and it has done its job thus far.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tent ever! I purchased this tent in hopes of reducing my backpack weight and had some concerns about whether it would be suitable. I've now used it a few times and am blown away by how great a tent it is. Light weight (several pounds less than my previous tent), easy to set up, very spacious and brilliant designed. I'm 6'5" and found it very easy to maneuver in the tent. It's probably the best laid out tent I've ever owned and would highly recommend it. I saw concern about the durability of the material and will say that while it does feel like butterfly wings, it held up and appears to be very durable.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ultralight tent! I did a three day hike on the AT in Massachusetts at the end of the summer with this tent. My three kids were inside this tent while I was in a tarp outside the entrance. It is super light, adequately breathable and easy enough to set up and break down. The fabric seems to be made out of butterfly wings, so I would be careful not to be too rough with it. The only minor flaw I could see is the central overhead part of the tent is fairly flat and I would imagine if you got real heavy rain or moderate snow, it could sag and let rain or snow accumulate on it. A loop tab in the center of the roof could possibly fix that problem. Still love it though!
Date published: 2017-02-05
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Would this tent work well on a beach to provide shade and shelter? We have to walk with all of our gear and the weight is very appealing. I'm concerned that crushed seashells could puncture the that a valid concern?

Asked by: Wanda 77
Hey there, I would be careful about the terrain that I pitched this on. The material for this tent is 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm polyurethane & silicone, which will not be compromised through regular wear, but can get torn more easily than other non weight-saving tents on hard or rocky ground. If this tent is laid down on sharp seashells there is a chance it could be torn or punctured.
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2017-05-05
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