Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person Hiking Tent
For solo backpackers that like to get far out into the wild the weight of your tent will make a big difference in how far you get. Lightweight tents come in a range of different designs and degrees of quality. Many are expensive for that lightweight but not all. If you’re looking for a good deal, the Morrison 2 person hiking tent by Mountainsmith is one of the best lightweight tents you can get at a bargain rate. A cheap price tag though will always mean slight trade-offs in build quality and durability but if your new to camping or an infrequent one the Morrison 2 makes a great starting point.
Size and comfort
Weight: 4lb 12oz
Center Height: 43in
Base Size: 92 x 56in
Mountainsmith has gone out of their way to make the Morrison 2 as comfortable and livable as possible. Measuring 92 x 56in it’s one of the most spacious lightweight tents available. The two-door design allows for easy entry and exit for two people and plenty of ventilation when temperatures begin to spike.
The Morrison 2 has a lot less mesh than other tents we’ve reviewed which is good or bad depending on how you look at it. With the rainfly on, it’s a lot less breathable than other tents like the MSR Hubba Hubba but this also makes it warmer and more splash proof against sudden downpours. Pockets are placed at opposing ends which is great if you intend to sleep head-to-feet with your camping partner but is a bit of a pain if you wish to sleep side by side or use it on your own.
With a weight of 4lbs 12oz it’s quite heavy for a ‘lightweight’ tent which will make you more restricted in how far you can trek with it. This is its biggest fault and one you’ll have to deal with if price is your main concern.
Ease of Setup
Despite its weight, the Morrison 2 person hiking tent is one of the easiest tents to set up, all thanks to its color-coded, two-pole design and two master hooks on the top. More guy-lines would make it better for holding it down but the cord adjusters on the given lines at least allow you to tighten it with ease. It shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes to have it set up.
Dismantling for breaking camp is also just as easy as setup thanks to its color coding and two pole design. Customers were very happy with its ease of use making it great for first-timers or young campers.
Durability and Quality
This is another area that the Morrison 2 falls short in but to be fair to Mountainsmith they’ve done a good job of making it as durable and weather resistant as possible. The reason it can be sold so cheap (and kept lightweight) is because the polyurethane coating is of a thin low quality but it can still hold up well against rainstorms. Many customers reported that it held up fine against heavy rainstorms and its shape allows wind to blow over it rather than through.
So long as you’ve got it well staked down and the rainfly on tight it should hold up against anything but the most intense weather. No matter the build quality of a tent it should always be properly dried out and stored properly to prevent degradation. Take extra care with the Morrison 2 and it should last.
Camping Situations for Best Use
The Morrison 2 person hiking tent is quite heavy for a lightweight tent which will make it very restricted for trekking. The low-quality poles and lack of guy-lines make it more susceptible to strong winds so you wouldn’t want to take it into extreme conditions.
What it is great for though is summer camping when you can open both doors and let plenty of ventilation in. it’s super comfortable and just light enough that a reasonably fit camper can hike with it. If you’re planning a short camping trip it should do just fine and even if the weather does go south it’s still durable enough to outlast moderate storms.
Despite all the drawbacks mentioned the Morrison 2 has received stellar reviews from happy customers. People love it for its decent quality, comfort, ease of use and affordability. One customer mentions how a thunderstorm blew in for over an hour with 1-2 inches in rainfall. Everything inside remained bone dry with only a little splash up on the side walls. The only thing people were not happy with was the weight.
Mountainsmith has been in the outdoor industry since 1979 when it was founded by Patrick Smith, a well-known outdoorsman who wanted to develop gear that would be at home in the Rockies. They produce the full range of outdoor gear from sleeping bags to Dog packs to their tents. Mostly known for their tents they have a reputation for producing award-winning gear that has earned the praise of customers from all over the world. The Morrison 2 is just one of many tents they have produced to meet the needs of avid outdoor lovers.
Accessories to Consider
A few extra pieces of kit can make the difference between an enjoyable trip and a failure. If you’re looking to expand your gear consider these accessories to go with your Morrison 2.
Mountainsmith Tent Foot Print
No series camper should head out into the wild without a good tarp to protect their tent and ensure better protection against the elements. The Mountainsmith Tent Foot Print is just the right size to go with your Morrison 2 and ensure good protection against rain leakage and damage to your tent. It’s sized just a bit smaller than the tent floor to resist water pooling and has a fully fire retardant coating.
Osprey Ultralight Raincover
Protect yourself against sudden downpours on the trail with the Osprey Ultralight Raincover. This superlight rain cover fits over your backpack to provide protection against rainfall and can be easily folded up when not in use. Made from 40D Rip-stop nylon this makes for a lifesaver when caught out on the open trail and can also serve as a poncho when you need to take cover.
Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad
Get a better night’s sleep with the Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad. Although the Morrison is highly rated on its comfort level an extra layer can make all the difference. This pad inflates with just 10-15 breaths and weighs a mere 18.6 ounces when packed away. Built to last with 75D polyester material this pad will give you that extra bit of comfort that makes for a more enjoyable trip.
- 2 person tent
- Lifetime manufacturers guarantee
- Taped floor seams
- Interior storage mesh pockets
- No-see-um mesh panels
- Two door/ two vestibule layout
- Three session fire standing tent
- Tent fly ventilation windows
- Bathtub floor construction
- Affordable price tag
- Easy setup
- Stylish design
- Very spacious
- Heavy for a lightweight tent
- Low-quality poles and stakes
- Low vestibule doors
The Morrison 2 person hiking tent is a great deal for what you get. It may no bet as sturdy as other tents but for what you get it’s a great deal at the price it is. If you’re looking for an inexpensive tent that’s spacious while still holding up pretty well against bad weather the Morrison 2 is a great choice. If a low weight is your primary concern then you may want to go for a lighter tent like the Big Agnes Fly Creek. The Morrison 2 loses points for weight and durability but makes up for that with comfort, ease of use and a low price tag. When it comes to deciding on the best lightweight 2 man tent on a budget the Morrison 2 receives our full recommendation.