User Review: Mountainsmith Morrison 2
Price Paid: $119
What a GREAT tent...
My first concern when I purchased this tent was the color, Citrus green?? I saw the blue tent offered by Mountainsmith, it stuck out like a turd in a punch bowl! The Citrus green actually does blend well with a green environment.
The most impressive feature to me, is the ability for one person to put this tent up in 2 minutes the first try!! The aluminum poles are sturdy and of nice quality. The tent stakes are a perfect design, small, light weight and shaped into a "V" shape with hooks at the top to catch your guy lines or tie down straps.
Zippers are of good quality as well, just think since they color coded the poles, they should have color coded the zippers to distinguish the window panels on door from the door zippers. It can be confusing to you at a 3 a.m. pit stop — when you're half awake!
Another reviewer commented on the "extra" material on the doors. I like this feature, not only do you have a window feel, it helps to regulate the temperature inside during 3-season use. It would be a nice feature if the fabric did zip all the way off for full view or for summer camping, so you can take it or leave it.
Another complaint was made about the guy lines being too high up, I have no problem with that at all, it kept the distance between the fly and tent equal for better circulation.
I tested this tent in 55 degree temps. on a clear night. The gear vestibules are very small width enough for some boots, when I stuck my pack under it, it gets wet from the condensation on the tent material. I will upload some photos to add to the other review.
As for the inside, I'm 5'6 and tested it singly, plenty of room, a hiker's palace! I love the new longer length no more head or feet touching the tent! The corner gear hammocks held my flashlight and smaller odds and ends. The top hammock was a great idea, but a little hard to use with a light installed. I used a Coleman mini lantern until I kept smacking it with my head, then switched to a round flat led saucer light w/ 24 led's, no more smacking it but hard to use gear loft.
Tent was very sturdy, excellent ventilation!!!! The two vents on each door stay open, the two vents on each side of rain fly can open or close and they do work. Between the rain fly, fabric on doors and open or closing of the vestibules you have alot of control over the inside temps. and air flow, this is a great design!
I really like this tent, it's top quality with a weight of 4lbs 12 ounces, which you can cut down a little by combining stuff into one bag. It does NOT come with a footprint. You can purchase one but my suggestion is some house wrap, like Tyvek or whatever brand you like, it's light weight easy to carry, as small as an emergency blanket. It's extremely durable and cheap!
- set up
- full length fly
- quality stakes
- small vestibules
- no footprint
UPDATE: camped out again, ended up in heavy rainfall and windy conditions. This amazing little tent held up great! A small amount of water made it inside, probably thru the vents at bottom of windows/doors. But minor!
I was quite impressed as the wind was kinda freaking me out, thought it would become air born but did a great job!! I am glad I did use a Kiwi water proofing on rainfly, it helped keep it from getting totally soaked thru. It does ok without it but much better with it!
Stakes have to be replaced- 2 bent and 1 broke, bummer! Also company says a footprint will be available in January — can't wait!