User Review: MSR Carbon Reflex 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450
i've had this tent for almost four years and have used it all over the place.
recently spent 8 night camping on the north shore of oahu. it really didn't stop raining the entire time. flash floods everywhere. roads were closed. lots of people without power because of utility poles washing away. emergency vehicles all over the place. the inside of our tent was always nice and dry.
we had a few days that had steady 30mph winds with pretty frequent gusts of over 45. tent stood like a champ. had it guyed down in every way imaginable and it was very solid.
some days the rain was just steady monsoon style all day long with no wind. just rain. and more rain. and more rain. we would take day trips to different parts of the island just to try and find areas that weren't drenched. each night when we would get back to our site and everything in the tent would be bone dry. everything under the vestibules was bone dry. no footprint.
no condensation issues whatsoever. ever.
far more liveable after 8 ultra rainy days than imagined with myself and my girlfriend - who wasn't very happy about the rain - but was being a good sport considering the situation.
the stash pockets in the tent aren't huge, but there are four of them and they hold a lot more than they look like they do.
the zipper in the tent to the doorless second vestibule is cool, but it would be cooler if it were just another door instead.
the easton poles are ridiculously light. they still look brand new & it's been camped in well over 100 nights.
i'm 6' and can easily sit up. there's lots of extra room at my head and my feet when laying down.
this is also a great solo tent. quick set up and take down. very light. lots of room for anything you'd be backpacking with.
i really can't say enough good things about this tent. i was pretty blown away at how well it handled the constant wind & rain. i've always known it was a nice tent. it's now clear that it's a great tent that has exceeded my expectations in multiple ways and has proven worth the expensive price tag.
if you're hesitant about getting a non-freestanding tent. so was i - everything will be OK.