User Review: MSR Mo Room 3P
Price Paid: $274
Unlike one reviewer on this site, I actually purchased and have used this product before reviewing…novel concept. First let me say that I have been backpacking for almost 20 years, half of that has been as a professional in different areas. I have used and tested well over 50 different types of tents, with most of the usage being trips being well over a couple weeks. MSR has been making exceptional products for decades, best known for their stoves and water treatment; they got into the tent business within the last ten years.
The MSR Mo Room is a great tent, not for everybody, but no tent is for everyone. This tent is exactly what MSR sells it as: A spacious 3 person tent with a ton of room for gear. It’s not an ultra light or an expedition or whatever else some idiot might think. It’s a great three person, three season tent. I have used it primarily on biking trips to Moab and a weeklong backpacking trip to the Olympic coast in Washington State. The Mo Room was an awesome tent for the biking trips, the vestibule can easily hold two downhill bikes, potentially tree if placed right. The interior is HUGE. Not only will it comfortably sleep three average sized dudes, but the nights when weather was bad we were able to get all five of us on the trip into the tent to play cards, and there was still room to spare.
On the backpacking trip the tent again exceeded my expectations. It rained pretty much the whole time, which we had planned on, and we stayed bone dry in the tent. I would even consider doing some early/late winter camping with this tent, we stayed very comfortable at night even when the temps dropped below 30 degrees. A bonus that we were able to store all of our muddy gear in the giant vestibule so we could still get to it and not have to leave the tent. The weight of the tent never really played an issue, sure it’s not the lightest tent I have, but any intelligent backpacker will tell you to split the weight of the tent. I weighed the tent once I returned home and dried it out, it was just under 11lbs with an additional stuff sack, that’s roughly 3 ½ lbs per person…not bad at all. The setup is very easy, one person can get it done in five minutes if they need to, but with two it’s a breeze.
I would recommend this tent to anyone looking for a solid three person, three season tent. Unless you require a four season/expedition or ultra light tent, this will do very nicely. I would hesitate on purchasing this tent for the full $500, although still worth it at that price, I would definitely look for a deal, because you should always look for a deal.
Some keys factors:
Actually holds three people comfortably