Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $250
A great lightweight and spacious backcountry tent for two.
- Strong geometry for varied conditions
- Spacious for two
- Multiple setup configurations
I was the manager of a local gear shop in Flagstaff, Arizona (Four Season Outfitters). My girlfriend was interning in Yellowstone last summer and I decided it was about time that she had her own tent.
She had some specific stipulations that were difficult to find. However, the MSR Hoop fulfilled them and fulfilled them well! So, to start, I know most people will get all butt hurt and not look at this 2-person tent because it weighs 4lbs 8oz. That's fine.
This tent is absolutely bomber for "3" season sil nylon tent. All you ultra minimalists/sub 3lb 2 man tent people can go get something that will blow away in 20 mph winds. We've had this tent set up in the desert southwest, rainy pacific northwest, and up on Rainier. It has seen 50 mph winds, stood up to a 2 foot snowfall, and 48 hours of straight rain. Although I still wouldn't classify it as a 4-season tent, this tent is a SOLID 3+ season shelter.
It can be setup multiple ways. You can set up the Hoop free standing, non free standing, or fast pitch style with the optional foot print. Depending on the weight/conditions you expect, you can set up the tent with or without the two small poles on either end. These obviously add strength and stability (and the free standing aspect) but some weight. If you aren't concerned with that, don't pack those poles and you can set it up non free standing and save a few ounces.
I bought the footprint and have set it up fast pack style as well, just rain fly, poles, and footprint. This tent is mainly fabric versus mesh, so it keeps the breezes out and increases privacy when the fly isn't on (big for us in the Southwest). Dual doors and vestibules. Has internal pockets, both upper and lower, to stash your gear. Perfect amount of space for my girlfriend and I when out on backpacks. I wish it had a gear loft but I rigged one up myself.
If you are looking for a stout tent that can handle almost anything, look at the Hoop!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275
A little heavy but a very nice tent for two taller people, or someone like me who is tall and lets his two 55lb dogs sleep in the tent with him.
- Large for a 2P tent
- Many different setup options
- A little heavy
I have only used this tent once, but since there were no other review I decided to go ahead and post a review here and update it if needed after more uses.
In these two pictures I have it set up in my ready-for-rain mode because it was suppose to rain that night and I wanted a view until that started. The tent breathed quite well with the half rain fly, then as I was drifting off it started to rain, so I quickly pulled the rainflay over and clipped it into place.
Unfortunately in my haste and grogginess from being half awake I did not open the vents, and as a result a half hour later I woke up overheating. I realized the problem after a few minutes and opened the vents which are held open by a plastic pieces with velcro sewn into the rainfly. Once open things cooled off fairly quickly.
I have more pictures I will upload, but in these photos I did not set up the poles that make this tent freestanding, one of the three setup options along with the lightweight mode with just the poles rainfly and a footprint.
As you can see the tent is not that tall, but I am 6'4" but I had plenty of room to sit up and strectch all the way out without me or my 77" long length pad touching the ends of the tent.
As I mentioned earlier the night I used it it was suppose to rain and did rain. I am pleased to report that me, the actual tent, and the two fairly large vestibule areas stayed perfectly dry.
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Part of MSR's Experience Series, the Hoop is versatile enough to comfortably handle anything from the light snows of early fall to ultralight summer nights.
* Lightweight packability with ample space for two
* Generous floor plan to accommodate larger mattresses and extra gear
* Two extra-large doors
* Two spacious vestibules
* Gear loft
Unique pole geometry adds strength for shoulder-season adventures and optional poles can be removed for saving weight on lightweight trips.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The MSR Hoop 2-Person 3-Season Tent is easy to set up for those times when you arrive at camp as the sun starts dipping below the horizon. The Hoop has room for two 25-inch sleeping pads and gear, and you can ditch two of the poles to make the tent lighter for longer trips when weight is a concern.
MSR's new Hoop and Holler tents are designed to be versatile, lightweight and comfortable making them great for 3+ season camping trips. The Hoop 2P is ready for a light snowfall in the fall, an ultralight trip in the summer or anything in between. No comforts were sacrificed getting to this lightweight either! Two giant doors, large vestibule area and gear lofts give you a few extra features to drool over, and the large floorplan is designed around large Therm-a-Rest mattresses to accommodate taller campers and extra gear. Mesh windows and fly vents the tent well to reduce condensation, and the packable design makes it easy to carry into the backcountry. Added Space: Built to easily accommodate two large Therm-a-rest(R) mattresses- ideal for taller campers, extra gear and more. Added Protection: Stout geometry handles light snows and robust winds while fabric canopy cuts down on drafts. Excellent Ventilation: Mesh windows and fly vents minimize condensation. Packable: Packed with features and space, yet still compact enough to take anywhere. Additional Features: Taped, DuraShield(TM)-coated fly and bathtub floor, (2) generously sized doors with large vestibules, (2) overhead gear loft pockets, (2) internal mesh storage pockets. Specifications: Capacity: 2 Person Min. Weight: 4 lbs. 8 oz. Packed Weight: 5 lbs. 3 oz. Floor Area: 32 sq. ft. Vestibule Area: 18.75 sq. ft. Peak Height: 44 in. Packed Size: 18" x 7" 2 Doors Freestanding
- Mountains Plus
You'll take note of your buddy's spacious MSR Hoop as he sets up camp along the moraine lake or crag. Light and highly packable the Hoop can be carried far into the backcountry, yet is designed around large-sized mattresses for a roomy feel with plenty of modern conveniences. Unique end poles create usable width, allowing two 50-inch wide mattresses with room to spare Two large doors and two vestibules are essential for bathroom excursions and gear heavy adventures End poles can be used to create a freestanding structure or left behind to save even more weight accommodate two 25-inch wide mattresses Seam taped, Durashield(TM) coated fly and bathtub floor are ready to push seasonal boundaries Three-season materials and pole geometry handles robust robust winds and light snow Lightweight, highly packable materials Mesh windows and two prop-able fly vents offer good cross ventilation Two overhead gear loft pockets, and two internal mesh pockets offer storage options
Providing lightweight pack-ability with ample space for two, the MSR Hoop tent features two extra-large doors, two spacious vestibules, a gear loft and generous floor plan to accommodate larger mattresses and extra gear. Unique pole geometry adds strength for shoulder-season adventures and optional poles can be removed for saving weight on lightweight trips.