MSR Elixir 3

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Very roomy and comfortable and light weight. Packs…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300


Very roomy and comfortable and light weight. Packs away very nicely and is very easy to set up. Is great for any weather and very sturdy.


  • Easy setup
  • Lightweight
  • Weather proof


  • The door has mesh, but it isn't s separate layer

The setup is excellent and sets up in about a minute or two. All the poles are easy to snap in and they are very sturdy so they don't end up coming undone when you move on.

The stability in the wind storm that we endured, the tent was very sturdy. It barely moves if you set it up right and is most comfortable during the storm.

The tent doesn't leak at all and is very nice to be in. The sides never leaked and it is great in the rain as long as you have the rain fly on.

The room is very good for a three-person tent. I have a dog and my dad and sister always love to come backpacking and camping with this tent.

The storage is nice because you can put it at the end of the tent or outside under the rain fly. It packs up very nicely and is very light.

Have had the tent for a while and it has been through some tough wind storms and all of the tent with all of its features are very durable and reliable. I am very satisfied with this tent and it is the best three-person tent I have owned.


Wow, that is light for a 3-person tent. Of course, I'd spread the weight out among the 3 backpackers. :) Any pictures to add?

7 months ago

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The MSR Elixir 3 is surprisingly lightweight and easy to assemble, the Elixir 3 tent is the most livable performance backpacking tent in its class and an ideal option for new or budget-conscious backpackers. The freestanding design features two doors and two vestibules, and plenty of room per person.


The 3-season MSR Elixir 3 Tent blends generous living space with light backcountry performance to create a durable, comfortable wilderness shelter for you and a couple backpacking buddies.


MSR Elixir 3 Tent with Footprint Camping with full grown adults is easy with the new MSR Elixir 3 Tent with footprint. It has enough room for 3 people and their gear. There is headroom for comfort. The design of the tent makes it spacious enough for everyone to sleep. The tent is made with solid canopy and mesh fabric for ventilation. It comes with a footprint that will keep your tent floor dry. Store your items in the large vestibules to avoid clutter. The MSR Elixir 3 Tent with Footprint will keep you warm and secure when camping.

- SunnySports

Lightweight and easy to set up, the MSR Elixir 3 is a super-livable, freestanding performance backpacking tent and an ideal choice for new or budget-conscious campers.


With all the features you expect from MSR, the freestanding Elixir 3 tent offers first-time (and long-time) backpackers an extremely livable, surprisingly lightweight backpacking tent at a great value. The tent design provides plenty of headroom and space for three full-size adults and their mats, two large doors for easy entry, and two large vestibules for storing gear. Balancing breathable mesh fabric with solid canopy fabric, the 3-season Elixir 3 tent provides ventilation, warmth and privacy, while the included footprint offers multiple setup options, including a freestanding Fast & Light(R) pitch with rainfly. Lightweight: Minimum weight is just 2.53 kg (5 lb 10 oz), or set up in Fast & Light(R) mode for 1.92 kg (4 lb 4 oz). Livable: Unique pole geometry optimizes headroom and fits two mats; adaptable rainfly allows for excellent views. Easy Access: Two large StayDry(TM) doors and two vestibules with optimized zipper orientation. Fast Setup: Freestanding system features color-coded poles, clips and webbing for fast and easy setup. Features MSR(R) Footprint included Unique pole geometry creates optimizes headroom Star-patterned skylight allows for excellent views Two large, easy-entry StayDry(TM) doors and vestibules Light gray rainfly color (neutral light) Dual rainfly vents for cross ventilation Mesh and solid canopy fabric for venting, warmth and privacy Color-coded poles, clips and webbing for easy setup Waterproof, taped-seam rainfly and bathtub-style floor Lightweight guy-outs Bar tack reinforced stress points Multiple pockets for easy organization Specifications Capacity 3 Minimum Weight 5 lbs 10 oz / 2530 g Packed Weight 6 lbs 3 oz / 3100 g Fast & Light(R) Minimum Weight w/ footprint 4 lbs 4 oz / 1920 g Vestibule Volume 18 (9 + 9) cu. ft / 510 (255 + 255) liters Floor Area 39.5 sq. ft / 3.67 sq. m Tent Volume 63 cu. ft / 1784 liters Vestibule Area 17.5 (8.75 + 8.75) sq. ft / 1.63 (.82 + .82) sq. m Body Weight 2 lbs 2 oz Frame Weight 1 lbs 10 oz / 730 g Interior Peak Height 41 in / 104 cm Rainfly Weight 2 lbs 2 oz / 872 g Packed Size 20 x 8 in / 51 x 20 cm Number of Doors 2 Freestanding yes Number of Poles 2 7000 series aluminum Number of Stakes 6 Aluminum Rainfly Fabric 68D ripstop polyester 1500mm Polyurethane & DWR Canopy Fabric 40D ripstop nylon Mesh Type 20D nylon micromesh Floor Fabric 70 taffeta nylon 3000mm Durashield polyurethane & DWR Country of Origin Made in Taiwan

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