A smidgen too late for the tent test for Trail, here’s the Carbon Reflex 1 from MSR.
The Carbon Reflex 1 is a familiar shape, and that’s because it’s kind of an evolution of the Hubba HP which older listeners might remember me enthusing about a couple of years back. It was a bit of an anomaly, a lightweight tent that was actually built for winter, so imagine how wide my grin was when the Reflex drifted onto my radar and it was the same design but something like 150g lighter. And, when you hold both tents at the same time, the Carbon Reflex is noticeably lighter.
Now, the weight savings over the Hubba HP are from obvious areas, they’re not pulling a fast one here, the inner headroom is slightly lower at 94cm, that’s still higher than almost all of the other tents I’ve seen recently, the inner is all-mesh which may or may not be an issue in winter, all-mesh is cooler but the Reflex’s tub is deep so direct draughts might not be much of a problem.
The big difference is in the top photie, Easton carbon poles. I’ve been using carbon tent poles for the past few years and haven’t had an issue, even when the guys were torn from the tent (see, doesn’t all go in the blog…) so it’s not a worry.
No more info yet, so far I’ve just checked everything’s in the package. I’ll do a proper look at it when it’s out. Assuming I get it pitched in daylight, you know me.