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Mountainsmith Morrison 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Mountainsmith Morrison 2 three-season tent

What a GREAT tent...

My first concern when I purchased this tent was the color, Citrus green?? I saw the blue tent offered by Mountainsmith, it stuck out like a turd in a punch bowl! The Citrus green actually does blend well with a green environment.

The most impressive feature to me, is the ability for one person to put this tent up in 2 minutes the first try!! The aluminum poles are sturdy and of nice quality. The tent stakes are a perfect design, small, light weight and shaped into a "V" shape with hooks at the top to catch your guy lines or tie down straps.

Zippers are of good quality as well, just think since they color coded the poles, they should have color coded the zippers to distinguish the window panels on door from the door zippers. It can be confusing to you at a 3 a.m. pit stop — when you're half awake!

Another reviewer commented on the "extra" material on the doors. I like this feature, not only do you have a window feel, it helps to regulate the temperature inside during 3-season use. It would be a nice feature if the fabric did zip all the way off for full view or for summer camping, so you can take it or leave it.

Another complaint was made about the guy lines being too high up, I have no problem with that at all, it kept the distance between the fly and tent equal for better circulation.

I tested this tent in 55 degree temps. on a clear night. The gear vestibules are very small width enough for some boots, when I stuck my pack under it, it gets wet from the condensation on the tent material. I will upload some photos to add to the other review.

As for the inside, I'm 5'6 and tested it singly, plenty of room, a hiker's palace! I love the new longer length no more head or feet touching the tent! The corner gear hammocks held my flashlight and smaller odds and ends. The top hammock was a great idea, but a little hard to use with a light installed. I used a Coleman mini lantern until I kept smacking it with my head, then switched to a round flat led saucer light w/ 24 led's, no more smacking it but hard to use gear loft.

Tent was very sturdy, excellent ventilation!!!! The two vents on each door stay open, the two vents on each side of rain fly can open or close and they do work. Between the rain fly, fabric on doors and open or closing of the vestibules you have alot of control over the inside temps. and air flow, this is a great design!

I really like this tent, it's top quality with a weight of 4lbs 12 ounces, which you can cut down a little by combining stuff into one bag. It does NOT come with a footprint. You can purchase one but my suggestion is some house wrap, like Tyvek or whatever brand you like, it's light weight easy to carry, as small as an emergency blanket. It's extremely durable and cheap!


  • weight
  • set up
  • size
  • full length fly
  • quality stakes


  • small vestibules
  • no footprint

UPDATE: camped out again, ended up in heavy rainfall and windy conditions. This amazing little tent held up great! A small amount of water made it inside, probably thru the vents at bottom of windows/doors. But minor!

I was quite impressed as the wind was kinda freaking me out, thought it would become air born but did a great job!! I am glad I did use a Kiwi water proofing on rainfly, it helped keep it from getting totally soaked thru. It does ok without it but much better with it!

Stakes have to be replaced- 2 bent and 1 broke, bummer! Also company says a footprint will be available in January — can't wait!

Price Paid: $119

Great lightweight backpacking tent.


  • Ease of setup
  • Dual doors/vestibule
  • Color coded pole
  • Sub 5 lbs


  • Small vestibule

The setup on this tent is exceedingly easy. The poles are color-coded and attach to the tent using clips and grommets at the end. The stakes it comes with are decent quality so there's no need to rush out and buy MSR stakes (although I'd highly recommend  to do just that).

It is a fairly stable tent but definitely no snow. It is a very waterproof tent although I'd recommend using a groundcloth with this tent.  It is a very well ventilated tent with fly vents at both ends . It is a two man tent which really means a one man tent with gear especially since it is a narrow but long tent.  It packs down shorter than Mountainsmith says, but about the same thickness. (15"X 7.5"). There is an included gear loft and pockets in two corners which work fairly well.  

The only thing keeping me from clicking 5 Stars is the bottom is thin (expected on a lightweight tent) but they don't include a footprint. Although they do sell it for $25 I have not picked it up.  

I used this on a scout trip (I am a Life, for an overnighter on the Art Loeb trail and it worked great. It was a summer trip and there some bugs but the netting kept them out. There was no rain, but a little bit of dew.  

This is a great backpacking tent at a good price (I paid $120 but they are normally $140) with solid alum. poles and great stakes. The fly works well and covers the whole tent. There is no sign of wear besides a wrinkly bottom from storage. The mosquito netting is very thin and my dad poked a hole in his tent. I like the adjustability of the doors and how wide they open(D doors on both sides).  

This is a great tent for backpacking and scouts, but only one person can really fit in it. My only gripe is the size of the vestibule. This is a great product. This is an amazing product. This is one of the best tents for one person there is. :)    

I would highly recommend this tent!!!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120 (on sale)

This tent is amazing for the price. A great 3 to 3+ season tent.


  • Roomy
  • 2 door
  • 2 vestibule


  • Condensation

If you are looking for a budget tent for any backpacking need this is the one to get.  I tested this tent in northern Georgia earlier this year. The temperatures got down to about 15 degrees over night and we got a little bit of snow. I would say that this tent could handle more snow if it needed to that why I say above that it could be a 3+ type season tent if needed. 

As far as the condensation that I experienced, It was very cold and I closed the vents on top of the tent. This may have been the reason for the condensation, I assume with the proper ventilation that the tent would not have much condensation at all.

I picked this tent because of the general size is very good for two people. It is long enough that I would never hit the ends and I am 6' tall. There is some vertical room as well, very easy to sit up in the tent. I also found that it was really nice to have the two doors and vestibules. For my buddy and I we were able to keep our gear to our respective sides and they were covered all night. That is one of the best features of the tent. 

I bought this tent for 100$ and the footprint for 15$. This is the best budget tent I have every bought.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $115 with footprint

Great two door, two vestibule tent.


  • 2 vents
  • waterproof
  • easy and fast to set up
  • come with gear loft
  • two doors
  • lots of room


  • heavy

I took this backpacking with my nephew in MI.  Amazingly easy and fast to set up.  We had a serve thunderstorm the early the second morning the tent held up awesome.  I was so comfortable and felt secure that I just put ear plugs in and feel back asleep. The fly keeps the rain (and no splash backs in the tent) and wind out. I bought it to replace my The North Face 2 man Tuolumne tent from the 70's/80's that it just to difficult to get in and out of fast.  The two vestibules and doors are what I wanted, so that I don't have to climb over someone to get out and they where great to store my pack and shoes, which also stayed dry. The day temperatures were in the upper 80's low 90's at night in the 60's.  With vents open we had no condensation in the tent. This is a great tent for the money.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $138.00

What a great tent and a great way to see the great outdoors. I will stand by this tent.


  • Good quality
  • Good price
  • Great color

Me and my dad had our eyes on a new tent and it was a contest between the REI Quarter Dome and this tent. We chose this tent and man I am not disappointed in this tent.

The setup is so easy that i am able to do it by myself in less than 5 minutes in the dark. This tent when i first got it i left it up for a day and it met the famous Idaho wind and this tent was very stable. I've never had it in a downpour but it handles the rain and wind well also is really nice when the snow flies. The condensation is not bad at all, you just need to keep your vents up.

Not going to lie but the vestubles could be a little bit bigger, they are barely big enough for my pack. The room is nice and big both me and and my dad can fit in there with loads of comfort. I will tell you many people will question the color of this tent but i will tell you I have several pictures that you can even tell there is a tent there unless you look very closely.

In my mind this is an excellent tent. Got the stamp of The Savage. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100

This is a great tent for the money... Huge interior space and lots of storage.


  • Quality Construction
  • Interior space
  • Price


  • A little heavy for a backpacking tent

You can find lighter tents, but they will also be much more expensive. This tent is under 5 pounds and quality constructed. You can find this tent new, for well under $200.

Here's my full video review of this tent:


Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (returned)
Price Paid: $158

The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

Great tent for solo usage. Kudos.


  • 2 vestibules
  • Corner pockets and gear loft storage
  • Simple, color-coded Poles to tent attachment points
  • Reflective Trip Tease where needed

First time usage was in early October, 2014, in NW Pa., Allegheny National Forest. Two nights of rain surely a test with 8 hrs and 10hrs of rain respectively. Only a few drips from the two rainfly vents. Both vents were opened during the entire two-night rainstorm.

No complaints.


Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $125

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Price MSRP: $179.95
Current Retail: $179.95
Historic Range: $107.97-$179.95
Reviewers Paid: $100.00-$158.00
Packed weight 4 lb 11 oz / 2126 g
Seasons 3-season
Sleeping capacity 2
Doors 2
Floor length 92 in / 234 cm
Floor width 56 in / 142 cm
Floor area 35.8 sq ft / 3.3 sq m
Vestibules 2
Vestibule area 13.4 sq ft / 1.2 sq m
Peak height 43 in / 110 cm
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