MSR Hoop

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


January 2011
Minimum weight 4 lb 8 oz / 2050 g
Packed weight 5 lb 7 oz / 2500 g
Seasons 3-season
Sleeping capacity 2
Doors 2
Floor length 8 ft 0 in / 240 cm
Floor width 4 ft 4 in / 130 cm
Floor area 47 sq ft / 4.4 sq m
Vestibules 2
Vestibule area 18 sq ft / 1.7 sq m
Peak height 44 in / 112 cm



A great lightweight and spacious backcountry tent…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
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!


A little heavy but a very nice tent for two taller…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
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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Manufacturer's Description

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.

Visit MSR's Hoop page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

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

- OMCgear

Free Shipping. MSR Hoop 2 Person Tent DECENT FEATURES of the MSR Hoop 2 Person Tent Added Space: Two doors, large vestibules, gear lofts and floor plans designed around large Thermo-a-Rest mattresses accommodate taller campers, extra gear and more Added Protection: Stout geometry handles light snows and robust winds while fabric canopies cut down on drafts Excellent Ventilation: Mesh windows and fly vents minimize condensation Pack able: Packed with features and space yet still easily pack able anywhere you want to go Added Versatility: Optional poles can be removed for saving weight on lightweight trips Roomy Entrance: Unique pole support creates extra large doors Spacious: Large floor plan accommodates two 64 cm (25in.)-wide mattresses and taller campers The SPECS of the MSR Hoop 2 Person Tent Capacity: 2 Person Doors: 2 Minimum Weight: 4 lbs 8 oz / 2.05 kg Packed Weight: 5 lbs 7 oz / 2.46 kg Floor Area: 2.9 square meter / 32 square feet Vestibule Area: 1.7 square meter / 18.5 square feet Tent Volume: 63 cubic feet / 1783 liter Vestibule Volume: 25 cubic feet / 708 liter Interior Peak Height: 44in. / 112 cm Packed Dimension: 18 x 7in. / 46 x 17 cm Fly: 40 D X 238T ripstop nylon 6, 1,500 mm Durashield polyurethane and silicone coated Canopy: 20 D X 330T ripstop nylon 66, 40 D X 238T ripstop nylon 6 Floor: 40 D x 238T ripstop nylon 6, 3000 mm Dura Shield polyurethane coated This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

Packed with do-all utility, the 2-person Hoop tent delivers an unlikely amount of space and protection for a tent of its weight The roomy floor plan is built to accommodate two Large-sized Therm-a-Rest mattresses with room to spare perfect for taller campers and those who just want the most livable shelter possible You'll also appreciate solid, three-plus-season protection forthose late and early season trips far into the backcountry Optional poles at either end create a freestanding structure, or can be left behind to save even more weight

- SunnySports