MSR Entry 1 Tent Overview

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MSR Access 1 Winter Tent Review

The MSR Entry 1 is a freestanding, double-wall tent designed for ski touring and winter backpacking that solely weighs 3 lbs. Whereas it’s a lot hotter than a three-season tent and robust sufficient to deal with average snow hundreds, it’s supposed to be used in additional protected terrain and situations than an expedition-class mountaineering tent that weighs significantly extra. The Entry has an exoskeleon body like a lot of MSR’s different freestanding tents, with an interior tent that’s suspended from Easton carbon fiber poles after which lined with a rain fly. The tent has a facet door and vestibule that present quick access and equipment storage, together with further pre-attached guylines to anchor the tent in windy situations. The Entry 1 is one the lightest weight 4 season tents obtainable and an important possibility for self-powered winter journey.

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Specs at a Look

  • Claimed Minimal Weight: 3 lbs / 1.37 kg
  • Precise Minimal Weight (weighed minus stuff sacks and tent stakes) is 2 lb 14.5 oz
  • Claimed Packaged Weight: 3 lbs 8 oz / 1.6 kg
  • Precise Packaged Weight (weighed with all stuff sacks and tent stakes) 3 lbs 6.5 oz
  • Kind: Freestanding
  • Capability: 1 Individual
  • Doorways: 1
  • Vestibules: 1
  • Tent poles: 1 shock-corded Easton Syclone CF pole w/25 segments
  • Seam-taped: Sure
  • Rain fly: 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm Xtreme Defend polyurethane & silicone
  • Flooring: 30D ripstop nylon 3000mm Xtreme Defend™ polyurethane & DWR
  • Flooring Dimensions: 84″ x 33″ (213 x 84 cm)
  • Precise Usable Flooring Dimensions: 79″ x 32″ (201 x 81 cm)
  • Peak top: 40″

Freestanding Tents in Winter

The MSR Entry 1 is a freestanding tent that’s straightforward to arrange whereas sporting gloves, which is a winter must-have that most individuals don’t take into consideration. Freestanding tents are nice in winter as a result of you may assemble them off to the facet after which transfer them onto a tent platform you’ve stomped out along with your skis or snowshoes, as soon as it’s hardened, a course of referred to as sintering. This allows you to get out of the climate sooner and into dry garments sooner, so that you heat up and begin making dinner or melting snow for consuming water.

The MSR Access 1 is a freestanding double-wall winter tent.
The MSR Entry 1 is a freestanding double-wall winter tent.

Interior Tent

The Entry 1 (there’s additionally an Entry 2 and an Entry 3) units up as an exoskeleton-style tent the place the interior tent is clipped to a pole construction after which draped with a rainfly. The interior tent has breathable semi-solid partitions as an alternative of mesh that allow moisture out however stop snow (spring drift) from being blown beneath the rain fly and into the sleeping space. The interior tent can be quite a bit hotter than a tent with mesh partitions or a mesh roof, which is a welcome bonus in winter. Whereas this structure would possibly provide you with pause in a three-season tent because it makes the interior tent inclined to rain throughout setup, that’s a lot much less of a problem in winter when the precipitation you encounter is more likely to be snow and won’t penetrate the stable partitions of the interior tent throughout setup.

The inner tent is suspended from the carbon fiber poles.
The interior tent is suspended from the carbon fiber poles.

The interior tent has two stretch pockets that span the width of the tent on the foot and head finish, however nothing alongside the perimeters or on the door. There are quite a few dangle loops within the ceiling although the place you may droop lights or dry garments (I’m not an enormous fan of hanging candles or stoves, however these too). There may be one small mesh window within the facet door so you may get a glimpse into the facet vestibule, however the one different gentle getting into the tent is the nice and cozy glow supplied by the tent’s orange rain fly.

The inner tent is spacious with plenty of room at the ends above the feet and head.
The interior tent is spacious with loads of room on the ends above the ft and head.

The interior tent shouldn’t be cramped should you’re beneath 6′ in top, which is an actual bonus in winter when the times are quick and it’s a must to spend a very long time within the tent in your sleeping bag. However the listed dimension specs of the interior tent (84″ x 33″) are measured from the skin per trade norms and never the within (79″ x 32″) which is what we desire, that means you’ll be cramped should you’re on the taller facet.

Vertically, it’s straightforward to sit down up inside and get out and in of clothes and to placed on or take off your boots within the vestibule to keep away from bringing snow contained in the tent. There’s additionally loads of open area above your head and ft, so that you don’t must stare at a ceiling two inches above your face or fear about inner condensation switch to your sleeping bag footbox.

Carbon Fiber Poles

The lateral pole segments at the peak have bends in them which makes packing them a bit awkward.
The lateral pole segments on the peak have bends in them which makes packing them a bit awkward.

The Entry 1 comes with a single multi-segment MSR’s carbon fiber pole, which at the moment are used on a lot of their different tents and assist decrease the general tent weight. They don’t require any particular dealing with in comparison with aluminum poles, though you continue to must fastidiously seat every phase so that you don’t break up the ends. Nevertheless, when establishing the Entry 1, you’ll wish to have interaction the lateral pole segments which can be perpendicular to the lengthy facet of the tent final, after you’ve hung the interior tent from the remainder of the pole construction. In any other case, the lateral poles, that are beneath excessive rigidity, tend to come out of their guy-out factors. If that doesn’t work, do it after staking out the corners.

Whereas there is only one pole on the Entry 1, it has many segments and is a bit cumbersome to pack as a result of among the segments have bends in them and don’t fold collectively completely flat. Tent firms desire packaging their tents with one advanced pole slightly than two or extra as a result of folks misplace them or lose them. The bulkiness issue isn’t horrible with the Entry 1 pole, nevertheless it makes it extra awkward to pack inside or on the outside of my backpack.

The Access 1 has one pole with many interlocking segments and hubs.
The Entry 1 has one pole with many interlocking segments and hubs.

Whereas MSR does present a cylindrical tent bag and stuff sacks for the poles and tent stakes included with the Entry 1, I prefer to repackage my rain fly and interior tent right into a smaller stuff sack with the poles packed elsewhere as a result of it makes it a lot simpler to pack the tent in a backpack. My separate stuff sack can be waterproof for these instances once I have to pack a moist tent.

Rain Fly

The rear of the tent has a panel that increases wind resistance and enhances ventilation. I’ve staked it out here with a shovel handle.
The rear of the tent has a panel that will increase wind resistance and enhances air flow. I’ve staked it out right here with a shovel deal with.

The rain fly is draped over the exoskeleton pole construction and attaches to the identical stake-out corners because the interior tent, so that you solely must stake out the corners as soon as. Whereas the tent is freestanding, the entrance vestibule and a rear panel (which boosts air flow and wind resistance) nonetheless want the be staked out for optimum efficiency.

There are kick stand vents at the head and foot end of the tent. Note use of sticks as tent pegs.
There are kickstand vents on the head and foot finish of the tent. Observe the usage of sticks as tent pegs.

Whereas MSR consists of 8 groundhog stakes with the tent, they’re probably not optimum for winter use if you want deadmen or for much longer stakes to get a stable anchor that may freeze into place. I usually use items of substances for this goal when winter tenting, like my shovel deal with, trekking poles, or an ice axe, or I carry plastic delivery luggage to bury as deadmen as a result of they’re so light-weight. If I’m tenting beneath treeline, I’ll additionally use branches which have fallen onto the snow and break them into smaller items to make use of as tent stakes, as I’ve accomplished right here.

The vestibule is large enough to store a large pack without interfering with door access.
The vestibule is massive sufficient to retailer a big pack with out interfering with door entry.

One of many issues I significantly like in regards to the Entry 1 is the facet place of the door and vestibule. It makes moving into the tent and out a lot simpler than a tent with a entrance entrance. Whereas the vestibule isn’t big and never deep sufficient for cooking with a white fuel range, it’s large enough to retailer a big backpack whereas offering quick access to private gadgets at night time. The door can be straightforward to open at night time as a result of the underside slider terminates at your head close to the bottom and never in the midst of the vestibule, whereas the highest zipper slider might be pulled down individually to vent the highest of the tent.

The dome shaped profile is quite wind resistant when the front door is zippered shut.
The Entry 1’s dome-shaped profile is sort of wind resistant when the entrance door is zippered shut.

With regards to waterproofing, the Entry 1 is absolutely seam-taped, so it may be used with none preparation…though I do advocate working towards the pitch a number of instances prematurely of your first use. The hydrostatic head ( a measure of waterproofness beneath stress) of the ground is a full 3000 mm which is sort of excessive and whereas the rain fly hydrostatic head is just 1200 mm, it’s completely ample for winter use.


The MSR Entry 1 is a light-weight double-wall tent that’s straightforward to arrange and enjoyable to make use of for winter tenting and backpacking. Weighing simply 3 kilos (ours weighed 2 lb 14.5 oz), it’s fairly light-weight for a four-season tent with out skimping on the luxuries, climate resistance, and performance that you really want for enduring the chilly lengthy nights of winter. Being a double-wall tent, there’s a lot much less threat of inner condensation switch to your gear, whereas the material (not mesh) partitions of the interior tent stop snow from blowing in beneath the rain fly and make the tent really feel a lot hotter inside. The Entry 1 packs up small and is freestanding, which makes it very fast to arrange or take down.

Personally, I actually just like the facet door and vestibule which make sit a lot simpler to get out and in of the Entry 1 than tunnel-style tents just like the Black Diamond FirstLight 2, which has been my go-to winter backpacking tent for a few years. I feel I’m going to change to the MSR Entry 1 for winter backpacking from right here on out. It’s actually a step up when it comes to consolation and it even weighs much less.

Disclosure: MSR donated a tent for overview.

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