MSR Skinny One

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I was in the market for a solo tent to use when out…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: three-season, non-freestanding, single wall
Sleeps: 1
Ease of Setup: super easy
Weight: 3.5 lbs with ground cloth
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200


I was in the market for a solo tent to use when out by myself or with a party of 3, that was comfortable, relatively light, weather resistant, and reasonably priced. The Skinny One met all of my criteria.


  • Roomy
  • Venting is very good for a single wall
  • Light for its size
  • Vestibule can be set up different ways, will hold a pack and boots.


  • Small doorway
  • If gear in vestible, can't get out the door





PROS: At 5' 11" and 230 lbs this tent is more than roomy for me. It is long enough I can store things at the foot end of the tent if need be, but most fit along my sides without feeling crowded.

It is fully seam sealed, which is a plus over most tarp tents, and some single wall tents, that have to be seam sealed and re-seam sealed, and can handle moderate wind and heavy rain without so much as a drip inside.

The angled entry allows entry and exit without getting the inside wet. The vestibule will hold a pack and boots, but doesn't allow enough room for exit or entry if they are in the vestibule.

Although not as lightweight as some solos or tarp tents, it provides a ton of comfort and reliability while still saving a couple of pounds over a two man tent. I can sit up inside, but my head does rub the ceiling. The foot end is a giant mesh window when open and you can star gaze while falling asleep on nice nights. It has a full vent down the ceiling of the tent to help ventilate, which exits over the vestibule.

This thing sets up and takes down in seconds right out of the box with no practice. The single wall design is nice since you can set up or take down in the rain with out the inside of the tent getting wet.

CONS: The front entry is easy enough to get in and out, but I do prefer a side entry. This also restricts vestibule space since you have to climb in or around your gear to get in/out of the tent.

The tent condensates bad in cool or wet weather when you have to close the top vent and big window in the end. I take my camp towel in the tent with me to wipe it down in the morning. I knew this going into the purchase, as this is a frequent problem with single wall tents in general, but if vented some, it had no condensation down to 40 degree nights.

Overall, the Skinny One is a great tent, especially for the price and room it has. I would recommend this tent to those looking for light weight and comfort, but it's probably about 1 lb heavy for those seeking ultra light shelter status.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

This lightweight single wall solo backpacking tent has excellent ventilation and a surprising amount of space.

- Rocky Mountain Trail

Ultralight and ultra-roomy, the single-wall MSR Skinny One offers superefficient weatherproof protection at an impressively affordable price. This tent is perfect for extended solo trips, featuring copious amounts of space for one and a front vestibule for gear. An end-to-end overhead mesh vent and mesh window at the foot of the tent allow for superior flow-through ventilation. Hooped ends with Fast Clips make setup quick and easy.


The MSR Skinny One Tent puts a whole new spin on the solo camping thing. Basically, it doesn't have to be cramped and uncomfortable. This sub-three-pound tent provides a spacious 15sq feet of sleeping room and a large vestibule to keep your gear out of the rain as well. MSR used a single-wall SilNylon design to lower weight and decrease pack size. You also get a few extra guy-out points for better support if the weather turns out to be a bit nastier than you expected.


On Sale. Free Shipping. MSR Skinny One 1 Person Tent (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Skinny One 1 Person Tent by MSR Ultralight: Single-wall design provides super-efficient weatherproof protection. Spacious Interior: Copious amounts of space for one, plus a front vestibule for gear. Outstanding Ventilation: Innovative overhead mesh vent and a mesh window provide excellent flow-through ventilation-even in bad weather. Easy Setup: Hooped, sleeve-and-clip pole configuration makes setup fast and easy. SPECIFICATIONS: Capacity: 1 Minimum Weight: 3 lbs 3 oz / 1440 g Packaged Weight: 3 lbs 9 oz / 1610 g Floor Area: 15.5 sq. ft / 1.39 sq. m Vestibule Area: 5.28 sq. ft / 0.46 sq. m Tent Volume: 36.5 cu. ft / 1033 liters Vestibule Volume: 7 cu. ft / 198 liters Interior Peak Height: 30 in / 76 cm Packed Size: 20 x 6 in / 51 x 15 cm Freestanding: No Number of Doors: 1 Number of Poles: 2 DAC Number of Stakes: 10 Fly Fabric: 40D x 238T ripstop nylon 6 1500mm polyurethane and Silicone coated Mesh Type: 20D polyester mesh Floor Fabric: 40D x 238T ripstop nylon 6 10000mm polyurethane and DWR coated

- Moosejaw

The MSR Skinny 1 is a very light and spacious 1 person single wall tent. The single wall style reduces weight and is better venilated than some standard double wall tents. It has vents in the front and rear as well as in the top and bottom. It has a generous vestibule for storing wet or excess gear. Set up is simple with a combination of short shape defining sleeves and speedy clips. The ultralight tent material has a combination of a polyurethane coating and silicone impregnation that make the Skinny ampervious to rain. Multiple guy points secure the tent in high winds and rough weather. Sleeps 1 Main fly and floor seams are factory taped to keep you dry Full coverage RipStop sil/nylon fly is lighter than plain nylon and keeps you dry and comfortable 2 hoop design is stable, light and easy to set up Sewn in floor with incredible 10,000mm polyurethane coating will keep you dry Front storage vestibule for excess or wet gear Vestibule overhang keeps the interior of the tent dry during wet entrances or exits Sturdy and light shockcorded aluminum poles are reliable and durable DAC NSL aluminum poles are strong, durable and very fast and easy to set up Large front door provides good ventilation and is easy to use Hooped poles create a spacious and roomy interior Reflective guy points help to see the tent at night or in low light Internal pockets and gear loops make organization and stuff stashing easy All carry bags and stakes included Import.

- Campmor

MSR Skinny One


The Skinny One has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$104.97 - $199.95

The MSR Skinny One is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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