MSR Elixir 2 – 2-Man Backpacking Tent (Expert’s Review)

msr elixir 2 reviewAnother good tent from MSR family I’m reviewing in this blog – and if you haven’t checked my previous MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 review, feel free to read that one too!

Talking about Elixir 2, I should say, that this tent isn’t as light unlike others, but in exchange you can get a way more massive shelter.

But just before we discuss all the positive and negative sides, let’s check out the feature list of the MSR tent:


  • 2-persons, 2 vestibules, 2 doors
  • Suitable for 3 seasonal use
  • msr elixir 2 reviewFreestanding, double wall
  • Footprint included!
  • 3 years warranty from manufacturer!
  • Poles: 7000-series aluminium
  • Pole attachment performed by clips
  • Fly material: 68D polyester ripstop, PU 1500mm coating, DWR coating
  • Body material: 40D nylon ripstop, 20D nylon mesh
  • Floor: 70D nylon taffeta, PU 3000mm, DWR coating
  • Packed weight: 5lb 13oz / 2.63kg
  • Fast-pitch weight: 4lb 10oz / 2.1kg
  • Packed size: 20 x 7 in / 51 x 18 cm
  • Interior height: 40 in / 102 cm
  • Floor space: 29 sq ft / 2.7 sq m
  • Floor dimensions: 50 x 84 in / 127 x 213 cm
  • Vestibule space: 8.75 sq ft / 0.81 sq m


The first thing I noticed is that it stands really well in strong wind, even without the guy lines. This could be a perfect choice, if weight is not much of an issue to you and heading out to place where weather can be harsh.

A SMALL TIP! You can even share the load with your camper mate if you feel like. 😉

pitching the tentI was grateful to notice that this massive tent comes with a footprint. Most of the other tents in its category don’t offer it.

That means that you can only purchase it as an add-on along the initial purchase!

Luckily you don’t need to be concerned about this when vouching for Elixir 2.

I assume that you aren’t looking for a “weekend chill” in the near forest where not much source of damage to occur.

The tent has two ‘D’ shaped doors, allowing wide entry and exit on both sides, making it super convenient to the campers. The doors have large vestibules so you don’t need to worry about the boots’ odor inside the tent.

As I mentioned earlier, it has its own weight. If you are after a light tent, then this isn’t the right choice. On contrary, it is a bit more spacious than average and also more stable thus it can also stand wind and rain better.

So MSR had its own reasons to compromise and so should you, because if you have a camper mate you can share the load and enjoy your journey in the bad weather too.

msr elixir 2 tentIt isn’t only wide at the bottom, but at the head too. Therefore, the other advantage of the Elixir 2 is the ease of changing clothes.

To get a clear picture: I’m 6 ft 3 in (190 cm) tall and did change clothes and moved around without any problems (as it for a tent).

The aluminium alloys are really durable as you could assume from the tents weight.

Wise man said: Where the big man in cloud takes, he gives too.

To assemble the frame, you don’t need to think that much, thanks to the color coded rods. The 2 pieces simply connected through joints, which makes it super convenient and impossible to get bulky and tangled.

Condensation may be an issue, but it isn’t that relevant. It depends on loads of variables such as season, outside inside temperature, the physics of the campers and so forth.

backpacking tentMSR provides 6 pegs to the Elixir 2. It means you can fix the tent by its corners and the two vestibules.

To go with full protection and caution I recommend getting some spare ones to fix the guy lines.

However, you may just tie the guy lines to trees or around rocks. Thus you can improve its durability and bad weather resistance.

To sum everything up …

I believe that you can benefit from this solid, 2-person tent if you don’t mind the extra weight to be carried.

If you are thinking long term and planning to take it to extreme places, then you should get this one due to its durability and its high quality material use.

Hope I made a point, and this article will help you to find your perfect option. If you aren’t sure that this MSR Elixir tent is for you, you might check my Top 5 Best Camping Tent Review to get more knowledge!

Also, you are welcome to check this Camping Essentials Checklist before planning your next outdoor experiences! I have applied all of my camping experience to make your life easier!

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