We’ve been on the quest for a two-person tent that is lightweight, has storage space for our gear and fits easily into our packs.
We tested out Mountainsmith’s Morrison 2 person tent. At a glance, the design and set up looked pretty straight forward. We set up the tent using two color-coated, aluminum poles that clip into color-coded plastic straps. The clips are simple, just snap the pole in. We found it popped up within minutes for us. And, if you can’t recall how to set it up, the instructions are printed on the stuff sack. Why didn’t someone think of that sooner?
Two mesh doors and side mesh windows allow for plenty of light and ventilation. We find that we often have condensation issues with tents. Maybe we breathe too much. However, it was never a problem with the Mountainsmith. The multiple guy-lines cinched tight so that we could create a vapor release barrier between us and the outside. Our campsites are usually surrounded by water, and rain seems to follow us everywhere. We stayed dry, but most important, our gear stayed dry.
We don’t keep our packs the tent and so vestibule roominess is key for us. Two 7-square foot vestibules provided plenty of room for gear. We stashed two packs in one and kept the other as a place to leave our shoes and enter the tent.
The tent is made of no-see-um mesh and breathable, poly coated nylon. The rainfly covers the tent on all sides, right down to the ground. We hung out in our tent through rain storms and had no issues with water seepage. The ceiling has pop-up tent vents to let out stale air, and promote dryness.
The walls along the interior have mesh pockets and the ceiling has a gear storage loft. We keep a few sundries such as tp and headlamps in our mesh pockets. They were easy to reach at night and the stuff didn’t get buried in the heap of sleeping bags.
We wondered how we’d feel after a week and a half of togetherness in a smaller tent. There is 35 square feet of main floor space and 43 inches of height at the ceiling. We found that we were comfortable and had a little room to spare even with our bulky zero degree bags. We had enough foot space to stash extra layers of clothing and errant water bottle. During poor weather we had plenty of room to journal, snack, read maps while we waiting for the weather to turn. The ceiling height is adequate enough for changing clothes.
The Mountainsmith Morrison weighs a little over four pounds and packs down to 18″x7.5″. Perfect for a weekend hike or extended paddling trip. Overall, we feel it’s a very reliable tent that is waterproof, lightweight weight, easy to use and kind to your pocketbook.