Convenient, water-resistant stuff sacks include convenient assembly instructions printed right on the bag. Outdoor outfitter Mountainsmith has been designing rugged, versatile tents for more than 30 years. The new two-person, three-season Morrison tent is another solid addition to the line, and was recently recognized with the 2011 Backpacker Gear Guide "Killer Deal" and "Killer Value" awards.
Boasting more than 35 square feet of space, plenty of light, and optimal ventilation thanks to large mesh wall panels, the Morrison additionally features a bathtub floor with taped seams to keep the interior dry. A freestanding, two-pole design and color-coded fly attachment system mean you can set the tent up in minutes, and instructions are conveniently printed on the stuff sack for quick reference. Double vestibules add 14 square feet of dry storage space, while a removable canopy shelf offers an easy-access perch to stow all of those small essentials.
Freestanding three-season, two-person tent Two doors and vestibules Bathtub floor construction with taped seams Mesh wall panels for improved ventilation Detachable ceiling loft and interior mesh storage pockets Clip-pole attachment for reduced weight and improved breathability Guyout attachment points Reflective guylines with "tri-glide" cord adjustment Tent fly includes adjustable ventilation windows Color-coded SR tent and fly buckle attachment Multiple grommet pole attachment points 7000 Series aluminum alloy Yunan poles Set-up instructions printed on stuff sack Eight 6061 aluminum-reinforced V-stakes
185T polyester rainfly with 2,000-millimeter-rated polyurethane coating 190T polyester floor with 5,000-millimeter-rated polyurethane coating Breathable 185T polyester tent material 30-denier, 244T nylon storage sack YKK zippers
35 square feet of main floor space 14 square feet of total vestibule space Measures 56 by 43 by 92 inches (W x H x D) when set up Measures 7.5 by 18 inches (W x D) packed Four-pound, 11-ounce weight
Mountainsmith products include a limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
- Product Dimensions: 43 x 92 x 56 inches ; 5.2 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- Origin: China
- ASIN: B00452C2IC
- Item model number: 11-2010-12
Good Tent, Great Price
I have always had a discriminating taste for outdoor gear (paid $500+ for Moss tent in 92) and most of my buddies don’t spare the expense either. So, upon arriving I opened the tent and was still impressed by the quality of the fabric and construction. The tent has two doors and with the fly on it has two vestibules. The tent has a lot of mesh to allow for good airflow on hot nights. However, there is a layer of fabric behind the mesh on both doors. I am not sure why the included it because the fabric and zippers together probably weigh 4-8 oz. I spoke to Mountainsmith and they said the fabric was not structural and could be removed (I am considering). Overall the tent is easy to assemble and has color coded poles to speed up assembly. The tent also uses clips to attach the poles which will help airflow on warm nights. The footprint of the tent is also a whopping 56″ x 92″ compared to the Copper Spur (52×90), Quarter Dome (52 x 85) and the SD H2 (50 x 83). Other tents of comparable sized footprints made my MSR, Mountain Hardwear, North Face and Big Agnes were much heavier (+5lbs) than this tent. I expect to strictly use this as a two person tent for backpacking and splitting up the gear to ease the weight. Although heavier than some of its competitors, you cannot match the quality, size and price of this tent.
I finally had this tent out in a massive thunderstorm that blew up and dumped 1-2 inches of rain in 1 hour. I was at a shelter away from the camp when it hit. Apparently a 2-3 inch sheet flow of rain went right to the tent (I believe it based on the debris) and stayed around it for the entire hour. Everyone at camp that saw it thought there would be 2 inches of water inside. When I got back to camp and saw the debris and heard the story I knew my gear would be soaked. However, I was completely surprised and pleased to see it was bone dry. There was some splash up on the sidewalls (It seriously rained like crazy), but it did not affect the inside. I think if I had cranked down the fly a little more it would not have been a problem.
Amazingly easy to set up–colour-coding and instructions on the bag–brilliant. Seams appear well sewn and the fly covers well while keeping rain and wind out. The included guy lines would be a useful tool in extreme weather, but I found the tent very stable even in high winds.
On the negative end: The vestibule size is VERY limited I found…I would have liked to see a larger fly to increase vestibule storage area. There is one on each side of the tent (at each door) and likely enough room for a single pack on each side…but barely. Entry and exit from the tent proved difficult with the fly on…but perhaps those with a smaller stature would not experience this negative?
Overall this tent is excellent, and at the current retail price…it’s amazing. You can’t find a better tent for the money.
Light weight, Best deal going!
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 photo’s to add to the other review. As for the inside, I’m 5’6 and tested it singly, plenty of room, a hikers 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 & cheap!
full length fly
UPDATE: camped out again, ended up in heavy rainfall & 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 & 1 broke, bummer! Also company says a footprint will be available at end of January- can’t wait!
NEW UPDATE ON FOOTPRINT: Now for sale on Amazon!!
purchased the expensive Big Agnus flycreek UL2, the morrison still wins! The flycreek is much lighter but you give up too much, space, only 1 door, taped foot area, it’s in my emergency pack. The morrison is still my top go to for comfort, ease of use and overall not too heavy!
Spent 6 weeks in tent
1) Cold-The lowest temperature at night was 28 degrees. This tent sleeps approx. 15 degrees warmer then the outside temp. When I packed up the tent I was surprised how much frost was on the inside of the fly. I slept very comfortable. Yes, I packed up the tent wet and did repeatedly over my trip. By the way, this tent weights a ton when wet.
2) Rain-My first go of rain was in Washington at Olympic NP. It rained for about 3 days. The tent stayed dry but I ended up packing up and leaving because I’d never had a tent say dry for longer. The real test was at Guadalupe NP and the general area. It rained for 7 days and not just sprinkling. The first thing that started to leak were the air vents on the fly. Only about a tablespoon came in but when it’s dripping on your head it’s a little uncomfortable. For the first time, when I packed up my air mattress I notice water under it. Keep in mind this is after using it for a sold 5 weeks. It was put up and down at least 3 times a week as I moved from park to park. As far as I’m concerned, this tent is amazingly dry! Once the vents started leaking I sprayed them with a sealant otherwise nothing was used. I have not camped in the rain since I found water under my air mattress thank goodness it was dry camping after that. One last thing on rain. The fly is waterproof not the tent. If you leave open the vestibule doors and it rains you will have a wet tent. The doors are not waterproof.
3) Heat/Sand- As I mentioned above this tent sleeps about 15 degrees warmer. Now image it is 106 out. While at Zion NP I had a real problem. The first night I woke to sand everywhere in the tent. Didn’t realize they had sandstorms every night. No matter how much I closed up the tent, turned it, moved things in front of it I could not keep the sand from blowing into the tent. I’m not talking about tracking it in, I really mean it blowing in through the screen. The tent would be fine in 106 degree weather if you could remove the fly but with the sand issue that was not an option. This tent is not ideal in hot weather. If there is any chance of rain you need to make sure the vestibule doors are closed or you will get wet. Once the doors are closed the air flow is almost nonexistent. If it’s a hot dry day you can open the doors and or remove the fly and you will be fine.
4)Stakes-when I first researched this tent some individuals were concerned about the stake quality. When I first looked at them I agreed, so I purchased 4 big Coleman stakes and used the others for the rest. The stakes are great. After pulling them up and pounding them in so many times I have no issues with there durability. But wow, do they hurt when you walk into one and I walked into the ones opening the vestibule many times. Finally I started putting something where the stake was so I would quit hitting it. I tried using the Coleman stakes in the vestibule opening but they don’t operate the same. The vestibule doors need to be held tight and to the ground or else they hit against the tent and the condensation will seep through the doors. Maybe it’s just me but this tent has a lot of condensation on the inside of the fly each morning.
5) Vestibule- Nice but only good enough for a pair of boots or shoes. I would never keep my backpack in the vestibule it would be crawling with bugs by morning.
6) Wind-This tent has no wind issues. If you think there is going to be wind or rain just make sure you use all the lines and Velcro, they really do make a difference.
7) Size- I camped alone and am only a little over 5 feet. This had plenty of room for me and my stuff but that really doesn’t help anyone that might have two people.
Overall-this is the best tent I have ever owned and the best piece of equipment I had on my trip. I would buy this again in a heartbeat!
Great tent for the price
The vestibules are very small, barely enough room for a pack.
Bring a pack cover and place pack outside of tent.
Plenty of ventilation but not recommended for temps below freezing.
There is a mesh vent at the bottom of the door that cannot be blocked.
It was very cold in 20 degree weather.
Very nice tent otherwise.