The Carbon Reflex 1 is the lightest double-walled solo tent available in MSR’s range. They’ve trimmed all the fat off the 2016 model, with feather light fabric, a newly streamlined zipper free vestibule, and poles made from carbon fibre. This model is whisper light, coming in at the same weight as your average tarp, and folds down to the size of a water bottle.
Don’t be fooled by the sleekness of the structure or lightness of the fabric - the stress points of this tent have been reinforced for robustness, and the entire design offers full protection from 3-season weather.
The Carbon Reflex also has excellent air circulation and moisture control. The vestibule is roomy enough to store your pack, boots and other gear. As with all MSR products, this model is an investment. So if you’re a serious backpacker who’s looking something that’s petite, but packs a punch – the Carbon Reflex could be the one for you.
I have a Hubba and like the look of this tent for the drop in weight. The best feature for me with the Hubba is the freestanding option.
I’ve just checked with the info provided by MSR, and it says that the Carbon Reflex 1 is not a free-standing tent.
The way this tent is set up is that you lay the inner down and stake out the corners, then insert the main poles attach the clips to tension the inner, add the cross pole, and lay the rainfly over and attach it to the stakes to tension the fly, and then guy the tent out.
I hope that made sense Tanya! If you want to see how this tent comes together, it might be easier to watch a video on pitching the Carbon Reflex which MSR have done, which you can watch here.
Upon reading your question again – I think I may have misunderstood your question (if I didn’t feel free to ignore this!)
From looking closely at the images of this tent and watching the video again, there is a triangular flap on the corners, which if you look at 1:33 of the video I linked – creates tension at the corners, and give the floor of this tent a bathtub shape if that makes sense.
I hope that wasn't confusing, please let us know if you have any further queries.
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