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MSR Skinny One Tent

MSR Skinny One Tent – Light one person tent.
At first glance the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent might appear to be similar to a number of other one person backpacking tents. But, it is the things that you can’t really see in the pictures that make the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent really shine. If you are a backpacker who finds the self in a variety of terrain where temperatures and weather can vary from day to day and camp to camp, then the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent is an ideal ultra light tent. This little guy is design to be much more versatile than some of the other backpacking tents out there.

One of the features that I really like is the fact that the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent is built with a single wall design, which eliminates weight and the need for an additional rain fly. While that is all well and good, what I really like about this feature is the ventilation system built into the roof. The top four or five inches of the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent are screened off. At each end of the top of the tent there are vents that you can open or close to lent in some extra ventilation. Better still is that there are zippers at the end of the screen that is inside the tent so that you can open and close these vents from inside the tent.

Another cool feature of the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent is how versatile its vestibule is. Many ultra light backpacking tents that have a vestibule tend to only be available if you have the rain fly attached. Since the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent is a single wall design, this isn’t the case. As a result the vestibule is designed to be used in a variety of ways. You can have a fully covered vestibule during bad weather, one with a side opening, or just have the sides setup to block wind while you cook.

The quick & dirty:

Where you can get one: $190

Why they rock:

  • Single-wall design ensures efficient weatherproof protection while saving weight and the need to attach a separate rainfly
  • End-to-end overhead mesh vent and a mesh window at foot provide optimal flow-through ventilation, even in bad weather
  • Tube-design provides generous room for 1; single vestibule area provides front door protection and gear storage space
  • Hooped ends feature a quick Fast Clip setup; Skinny One is easy to set up despite being non-freestanding
  • Light yet strong DAC Featherlite NSL poles are anodized without the use of harmful acids
  • Flow-through venting circulates air from one end of the tent to the other, minimizing condensation
  • Attention to detail shows in the taped seams, reinforced stress points, ultralight stake loops, reflective guy cords and user-friendly door toggles
  • Includes stuff sacks, stakes and guyline

Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9 out of 10

There are definitely a lot of cool features and design aspects to the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent. I am just curious to see how well the MSR Skinny One Backpacking Tent wrks under intense rain storms. It is rated as a three season tent, but that doesn’t really say how well it can handle rain and storms. If any of you have this tent and have used it in rain storms I would be interested in hearing how it holds up.

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