FWIW, I bought an MSR Elixir 3
In the past, I've hovered around the £100-mark for 2/3 person tents and been perfectly happy. This time I fancied treating myself to something a bit more pricey. I grabbed it at an end of season knockdown price, which meant settling for brown instead of the white I wanted. It's identical to the one being sold this season.
First and foremost, this tent will be one of the lightest you will ever own, knocking around 3kg all in.
It's ridiculously simple to pitch - three colour-coded poles, four pegs, throw over the flysheet. Done. It comes with a groundsheet to protect the base of the tent and can be set up without the inner for hot days away. Or, without the flysheet, you can stare up at space. Real space where aliens live.
They say it's a genuine roomy 3-person tent. They lie. Fat lies. If you are in any way human, you will like some kind of bed to lie on. So will your mate. And your mate's mate, but screw them as they'll have to lie on it outside the tent. It's three slim people squishing together - or one fat Mawsley with space to spread out and scratch the bits that need rubbing after a day's fun.
"But hey! I don't want to lob my mate's mate out. And I want somewhere to put all my gear
Pfft. Some people want the moon on a stick. You can buy the MSR "Shed" to extend the tent (for the price of a whole other tent). I got one of these when my wife wasn't looking and it adds a good space for a third person to kip or for all the kit you don't want to store in the eaves of the tent.
I'm not even going to bother listing out how much this stuff is. MSR have a reputation for seriously well-made stuff that'll perform in rank conditions and last an age. It packs up tiny too; I got the tent, the shed and all the extra pegs into one pannier with a fair bit of space left over for other stuff.
All told, if you're in the market for a lightweight, small pack size, high-quality bit of kit...
*images stolen from the internets.
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