User Review: MSR Hoop
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!