MSR Elixir 2
lightweight, good value, great performance
First trip was the Cairngorms during a cold October trip. This is a fantastic tent. Lightweight (for the price) and performed fantastically. We didn't have rain but plant of heavy dew with absolutely no problems. Put it up in a few minutes and has loads of space. It is a real two person tent, good for two with full kit. Large mornings on both sides and being 6' I was glad I didn't have to curl up to not touch the ends. We picked on up in the sales so saved 60 quid, but I would happily buy one at full price without hesitation. Only downside is there was nowhere to easily hang a torch, but we made a plan. Love my new tent!
27 October 2014
Great product! Well designed
The tent is very easy to assemble and disassemble. great features and light weight. Enough space for two people with good size backpack. I bought on a special offer so I was very lucky!
27 October 2014
So easy to set up, roomy & sturdy
The best part about this tent is that someone has finally thought about the assembly process and improved it. No more sliding the support shafts through fabric loops - it's all done via snapping hooks. Everything is colour coded and by far the easiest assembly I've experienced.
While my tame camping expeditions didn't exactly put it through it's paces, I did have a few windy nights up in the New Mexico mountains as well as a torrential downpour...the tent was solid. It's a perfect roomy space for 1 and not unpleasant for two if you keep your kit in the covered outdoor side wings.
30 September 2014
Larger than the MSR Hubba NX, but more room
I exchanged this tent, the NX was just too small and you have to buy the foot print as an optional extra
Plus under their price pledge, I got a further discount, I used the refund to buy a Osprey Ariel 65 (I am hoping this will replace my 40 year old military bergen that has served me very well, itâs going to be a hard act to follow)
On to the MSR Elixir 2
Upon opening the bag, there is the usual inner, rain fly and pegs, but this tent does come with a foot print, but the supplied pegs arenât as good as the NX, but it doesnât matter I have my own pegs, these will do as an extra
The foot print doesnât cover the area outside of the sleeping area, so leaving bags outside might be a problem with damp/wet ground
I canât understand why MSR would make a foot print like this; it should cover the whole of the rain fly area
I laid out the foot print, then the inner sleeping area, the poles are very simple to connect with the eslasticated cables inside of them,
After that it is a very simple case of inserting them into the straps on the inner (sleeping area), then clipping it up to the poles, there are different colours at each end just to make life a little easier for novices
Throwing the rain fly can be fun if itâs windy, even a slight breeze will make it flap, its best to attach one end first then throw it over
You can use the guy lines if it does get windy for stability; it is worth doing this as you donât know what the night will bring
It is well worth noting that the inner and rain fly donât touch or it will leak in the rain, I have no idea how it will be in a real thunderstorm with wind and rain
It does seem to attract a lot of condensation on the outside in the mornings though, maybe due to the fabric or just the weather (itâs August)
Inside there is plenty of room for two people or one person with all their kit inside the tent, anyone over 6 feet might have problems though
I still have concerns about rolling up the rain fly and putting it in the same bag as the inner (sleeping area) as I can see them both ending up getting wet/damp
Putting it up for the first time took me a shade over 7 minutes, but conditions were ideal, I guess this will improve the more times it goes up, but probably longer in poor conditions
You can erect the tent just using the rain fly and foot print if the weather allows you to, but you donât have the protection from insects, BUT you can do this if itâs raining then put up the sleeping area, which I think is really handy
This tent will have to put up with everything Africa has to throw at me, wind, rain, hot, humid, bugs for 8-9 months
Iâll let you know how it does when I return
When I changed this tent from the MSR Hubba NX the staff were still very helpful and polite, even though the tent I bought back had been erected (only for the one night though) they exchanged it, no quibbles after they checked I had returned everything and nothing was missing
18 August 2014