User Review: MSR StormKing
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $650
Excellent 4-season tent that is bomb proof shelter for 3-5 people. Also good summer tent with use of MSR Vista Wing or similar tarp.
- 1. Incredibly strong
- 2. Very resistant to bad weather
- 3. Very waterproof
- 4. Roomy 64 sq ft symmetrical shape
- 5. Nice vestibule
- 6. Comes with several mesh pockets and gear loft
- 1. Vestibule guyout interferes with egress
- 2. Getting poles into sleeves tough in bad weather
- 3. Too heavy for backpacking moderate to long distances
Like the other users I give it big kudos for strength. It is also a great summer tent when used with an MSR Vista Wing or similar tarp. The reason is it is really what is known as a convertible 4-season tent due to the windows that zip open to reveal the no-seem mesh for flow through ventilation.
This tent is big enough to hold cots in the summer format I just mentioned as well as in the winter format and makes a great tent for two adults and gear.
I have the pre-2008 (non orange version) and like the incredible strength of the 5 equal poles in the full pole sleeves under tension. The newest version features pole clips vs sleeves so there is a slight reduction in strength for much faster and easier setup. Probably a good idea as it can be a pain to set up the older versions in high wind.
The only reason no 5 stars is the vestibule is a little difficult to be into with the guyout line in place right over the door.