User Review: MSR MicroZoid
Design: 2-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Easy to put up, hard to pull/keep completely tight
Price Paid: $170
At 6'1" I am way too big for this tent (my fault for even ordering it). That being said I can squeeze in and not touch the sides and ends if I lay perfectly still. My biggest beefs with this tent are:
1. It has to be pulled completely tight to have any kind of waterproofness. This is basically impossible b/c the fly is not a perfect, tight fit for the shell and will sag no matter how tight you adjust it. If you use it in a rainy area you will want tarps above and below. The only way this tent could be called 3-season is if two of them are summer.
2. The vestibule is big enough for a pair of boots and that's about it. Any other gear you have will be at least partially exposed.
3. You have to lay beside it and roll to get into it (by design). This makes it near impossible not to track mud etc. in with you.
As mentioned I never should have purchased such a small tent. At the time I wanted the lightest, simplest, most compact tent I could find without going to a bivy. If I were closer to 5' tall, and very slim, and lived in an area where it's usually dry weather maybe I'd be writing a different review. Anyone not in falling into those categories should look for something other than the MicroZoid.
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