MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter

NEW MSR is debuting the Front Range Tarp Shelter in its spring 2020 tent/shelter line.

photo: MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter tarp/shelter

Out for Testing

We're testing and reviewing MSR's Front Range Tarp Shelter!

A member of Trailspace's Review Corps product-testing program is currently testing the Front Range Tarp Shelter. Stay tuned for Sean Van Cleve's in-depth review of this MSR tarp/shelter.

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MSR’s Front Range Tarp Shelter can be as versatile all year-round as its users, thanks to its light weight (1 lb 10 oz) and compact pack size. Take it on a spring ski tour or a solo backpacking trip. Use it as a group space in camp or stash it in your pack as an emergency shelter.

The Front Range Tarp Shelter fits easily in your backpack, but has 144 cubic feet of space, a peak height of 5' 4", and fits up to four people. It’s floor-less and frame-less and can be set up easily with ski or trekking poles, or with a separate accessory pole.

With a steep canopy to shed snow and water and MSR's Xtreme Shield waterproof coating, it can handle year-round conditions. Plus, the Xtreme Shield treatment lasts up to three times longer than standard waterproof tent coatings and prevents premature stickiness and has an ultra-durable seam.

"The MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter is the epitome of ultralight, simple, and spacious weather protection for adventurers that commit to multi-day alpine missions," said Terry Breaux, Shelter Category Manager at MSR. "With the Front Range Tarp Shelter, adventurers can focus on the mission at hand and forget about the weight on their backs."

For protection from bugs and more, combine the Front Range Tarp Shelter with the separate Front Range Bug/Floor Insert for a complete shelter system.

Accessories: MSR Front Range Bug/Floor Insert,


Price MSRP: $279.95
Minimum Weight .74 kg / 1 lb 10 oz
Floor Area 7.52 sq m / 81 sq ft
Livable Volume 4078 L / 144 cu ft
Interior Peak Height 1.62 m / 64 in
Fabrics 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm Xtreme Shield polyurethane and silicone


Where to Buy

The MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter is expected in stores in spring 2020.

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