Emily Katz is stoked to be stoked outside! You can find her perma-smiling in the mountains, rivers and canyons of the West where she has over five years of guiding experience. She currently splits her time between Moab, UT, and Crested Butte, CO. In Moab she is an Instructor for Colorado Outward Bound School-Southwest Program leading multi-day backpacking, canyoneering and rafting courses. In Crested Butte she is a Ski Instructor for the Adaptive Sports Center and a Crested Butte High School Cross Country Coach.
This tent can be summed up in two words: simple comfort. The Mountainsmith Morrison has a very straightforward set up that only takes about five minutes for anyone from a beginner to those who can set up tents in the dark without a headlamp. This is a great tent for car camping, weekend adventures, but anything longer than 5 days I personally would want a lighter tent. I tested this tent in sunny, overcast, breezy (no more than 10mph), light precipitation from 25-65 degree weather.
Shape: Dome –This is your classic two-panel tent.
Dimensions: 93”x 56”x 45”- Incredibly spacious. A friend who is 6’4” joined me for a night and did not feel crunched. It says that it is a two person (a very American two person) but I would rate it at a two person and a 40lb dog, comfortably!
Interior Height: 43in—I am 5’6” and had oodles of room while sitting up
Weight: 6lbs 9oz (All contents) – This tent is not for the ounce counters. But has the option to be set up just with poles, footprint and fly which is cool.
5lbs 9oz (No footprint and stakes)
4lbs (No tent body or stakes)
Number Of Poles: 3—very straightforward which goes where and in X formation attached by clips which I have found—as opposed to sleeves tend to be more breathable
Floor Space: 36sqft—Bathtub style floor with taped floor seams (huge plus!) but definitely a tent you’ll want to shake out.
Vestibule Area: 19sqft (Total)—2 doors-enough space for my shoes and 75L backpack
Other Bells and Whistles
Interior mesh storage pockets—2 corners of storage great for water bottle or books and a removable ceiling pocket good for things you don’t want to get crunched or you can ditch it if you want less weight.
Mesh Windows—on tent body great for airflow and window action
Aluminum V Steaks—pretty standard, important to be aware of that they will bend if you put pressure on them in the wrong place
Taped Seams—This something I really appreciate because I have seen many seams blow out because of taking in and out of gear. Also nice that the rain fly has it to reinforce and potential leakage spots.
Rain Fly—Attaches via plastic buckles, which are great for ease but not my favorite for durability. Zippers are well placed, the top is high enough for ease of entry and the bottom low enough to keep out rainwater* from the tent body. There are two structured vents that seemed to help prevent condensation. Only bummer is that where the guy-out points are you need your line to be pretty long in order to keep them taught.
*please note that it only lightly rained/lightly snowed
Stuff Sack— Great size and easy to use but not made out of the strongest material. If you are a tent stuffer rather than a roller be careful putting the poles in because I ended up with a little hole.