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MSR Access 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: MSR Access 1 four-season tent

A pretty bomber winter tent, at a nice light weight.


  • winter worthy
  • lightweight
  • easy setup
  • small footprint
  • lots of guy outs


  • doesn't come with snow stakes
  • stuff sack is too heavy
  • fly is not attached to tent

I've got several nights out in this tent and so far I'm pretty impressed. It's definitely a winter tent, very little mesh so wouldn't fare well in warmer weather. The tent is not quite full on bomber, but for most winter duties, it's going to work just fine. It handles snow loads and wind pretty well. Expect some condensation, but it's been pretty minimal for me.

You're probably not going to find a lighter one-person, double-walled winter tent. I'm 5'11", 180-ish and there is sufficient room for me and some gear—not a palace, but definitely adequate.

Setup is easy. The tent has plenty of guy out points to insure stability in wind.  It does not come with any snow stakes (and I think 6 Groundhog stakes) which you're going to want. There are 8 stake points, so you'll need a minimum of 8; I'd suggest getting 12 to take advantage of the upper guy points (the guy lines are already set up).

I'd prefer the tent had the fly attached to ease setup in windy (or rain/snow) conditions, but it goes up pretty quick so the inner isn't exposed for too long.

Probably nitpicking, but it comes with a really overbuilt stuff sack w/ compression straps and it's heavy. For a lightweight tent, you expect a lighter, more spartan stuff sack. No biggie as it easily replaced with a nylon or dcf one.

If you're looking for full on bomber/expedition tent, this isn't the one. If you're looking for a sturdy winter tent for touring in the mountains, then definitely worth looking at this one.





I've had this tent out on a several trips with a variety of conditions—windy, snowing, and one trip where the temps were below 0°.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $400

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Price MSRP: $499.95
Current Retail: $679.95
Historic Range: $289.95-$679.95
Reviewers Paid: $400.00
Minimum Weight 3 lbs / 1.37 kg
Packaged Weight 3 lbs 8 oz / 1.60 kg
Floor Dimensions 84 x 33 in / 213 x 84 cm
Floor Area 19 sq ft / 1.76 sq m
Vestibule Area 9 sq ft / 0.23 sq m
Tent Volume 32 cu ft / 906 L
Vestibule Volume 8.5 cu ft / 241 L
Interior Peak Height 40 in / 101 cm
Packed Size 18 x 6 in / 46 x 15 cm
Number of Poles 1 Easton Syclone
Number of Doors 1
Freestanding Yes
Rainfly Fabric 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm Xtreme Shield polyurethane and silicone
Canopy Fabric 20D ripstop nylon and DWR
Mesh Type 10D polyester micro-mesh
Floor Fabric 30D ripstop nylon 3000mm Xtreme Shield polyurethane and DWR
Country of Origin Imported
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