Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: just plain easy
Weight: 9.5 lb
Price Paid: US $399
Wow. This tent changed my whole idea of camping. If you carry an extra tooth brush, just in case one breaks this might be the tent for you.
I have a Moss Hooped Outland (Now MSR Sitadel). I purchased this Moss four years ago and have seriously used it once. Even though I went off to live and camp for two years plus exclusively. It was "bomb proof" and claustraphobic.
The Velo has twice the complete area and head room. The vestibule at 32 sq-ft is the same size as the tent at 33 sq-ft and lots of head room.
It turns out that at that size the vesibule is just too small. If you want to sit and read in it while it rains for two days and enjoy the vista with an MSR stove and teapot at your feet. They get wet. I had an old MHW wing, adding 1.5 lbs. to the load and up to another 40 - 50 sq-ft to my ponderosa porch and now I have home.
This tent is flexible, solid, a bit heavier, if you want it to be (use your imagination) and it's the lightest most comfortable home away from home I can imagine.
I just came back from two weeks in northern Idaho, and used this tent every day. And Used it.
I had also been considering Bibler's Ahwahnee 2, which for full four season would be better. But it was not easy to set up. You need muscles to get the poles in the mickey dickey metal things. The detailing is silly.
The Velo might pass very nicely in light duty four season, since it does seal up completely. And ventilation and access options are great for summer and even as a bug-hut.
I intend to use this tent and add some other lightweight livabilty options. This is not your ideal tent, but, for me it's the 80%-150% solution that gets used.
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Free Shipping. MSR Velo Tent (Fall 2007) OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean. The Velo Tent by MSR boasts 2 doors for easy access as well as a huge vestibule, which is large enough for 2 bikes and can be left open without compromising storm protection. Specifications: Type: All Season Capacity: 2 person Minimum Weight: 8 lbs 11 oz (3.9 kg) Packed Weight: 9 lbs 8 oz (4.3 kg) Dimensions: 7' 0in. x 4' 4in. (2.1 x 1.3 m) Interior Height: 42 in (110 cm) Floor/Vestibule Area: 33 + 32 sqft (3 + 2.9 sqm) Features: Humongous Vestibule: 2 huge side doors with vestibules for personal access and storage. Ingenious AD-Vent System: Allows maximum ventilation and protection-even in a downpour-through an adjustable door vent.
The only tent that comes with a garage. The Velo boasts 2 doors for easy access as well as a huge vestibule, which is large enough for 2 bikes and can be left open without compromising storm protection.Specifications:Capacity:2 PeopleFloor + Vestibule Area:33 + 32 ft #178; / 3 + 2.9 m #178;Interior Peak Height:42 in. / 110 cmMinimum Weight:8 lbs 11 oz/ 3.9 kgPackaged Weight:9 lbs 8 oz/ 4.3 kg
Description of MSR Velo Tent If you are looking for a superior tent with a massive front vestibule for fitting extra gear, campers or even your mountain bike, you've found the right tent. The Velo only tent that comes with a garage. The MSR Velo boasts 2 doors for easy access as well as a huge vestibule, which is large enough for 2 bikes and can be left open without compromising storm protection. The MSR Velo is a unique tent with uber extra storage space. Features:Humongous Vestibule: 2 huge side doors with vestibules for personal access and storage. Ingenious AD-Vent™ System: Allows maximum ventilation and protection—even in a downpour—through an adjustable door vent. Capacity: 2 People Floor + Vestibule Area: 33 + 32 sq. ft./3 + 2.9 sq. m Interior Peak Height: 42 in./110 cm Minimum Weight: 8 lbs. 11 oz./3.9 kg Packaged Weight: 9 lbs. 8 oz./4.3 kg
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A lightweight method to tie doors up and out of the way, DryTies are glove-friendly and easy to use. Adjustable stake loops have ladderloc buckle tensioner that is backed up by a second webbing loop. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. DAC Featherlight aluminum poles are 26% stronger and 16% lighter than other aluminum poles. Dry Guys, water-repellent zippers and zipper pulls are reflective for easy tent location at night. DryGuy guy-out system won't wick, freeze or hold water, plus it's glove-friendly and reflective so you can find tent at night. Equal-length poles and continuous poles sleeves provide easy set-up and a strong structure. Ingenious Adjustable Door Vent System allows maximum ventilation and protection, even in a downpour. MSR uses non-wicking materials throughout; these prevent water weight gain during your trip and won't transport water into the tent. Patented ZipGate lets you replace zipper slider in the field. Polyester rainfly and MicroMesh offer maximum UV-resistance, durability and tautness to keep you dry. Polyurethane-coated polyester rainfly and nylon bathtub floor provide excellent waterproofness and durability. Rainfly doors feature zipper flaps and noiseless, water-repellent zippers to keep water out. Removable gear loft, interior pockets, stow-away door pockets and utility loops keep your house organized and gear accessible. Shaped-by-nature geometry: poles double cross and attach on same side providing lots of headroom and increased usable floor space. This unique 3-season tent features 2 doors and 2 vestibules--one vestibule is big enough to hold 2 bikes, extra gear or your furry four-legged pal.