This is a review of the Mountainsmith Morrison 2 person tent.
Outdoor outfitter Mountainsmith has been designing rugged, versatile tents for more than 30 years. Their two-person, three-season “Mountainsmith Morrison 2” tent is another solid addition to the line. Back in 2011, it was recognized with the 2011 Backpacker Gear Guide “Killer Deal” and “Killer Value” awards.
With more than 35 square feet of space, plenty of light, and optimal ventilation thanks to large mesh wall panels, the Mountainsmith Morrison 2 additionally features a bathtub floor with taped seams to keep the interior dry. A freestanding, two-pole design and color-coded fly attachment system mean you can set the tent up in minutes, and instructions are conveniently printed on the stuff sack for quick reference. Double vestibules add 14 square feet of dry storage space, while a removable canopy shelf offers an easy-access perch to stow all of those small essentials.
- Freestanding three-season, two-person tent recently recognized with 2011 Backpacker Gear Guide “Killer Deal” and “Killer Value” awards
- Bathtub floor with taped seams to keep interior dry; two-pole design and color-coded fly attachment system, with instructions printed on stuff sack for quick reference
- 185T polyester rainfly with 2,000-millimeter-rated polyurethane coating, 190T polyester floor with 5,000-millimeter-rated polyurethane coating, breathable 185T polyester tent material, and 30-denier 244T nylon storage sack
- 35 square feet of main floor space and 14 square feet of vestibule space; measures 56 by 43 by 92 inches (W x H x D) when set up and 7.5 by 18 inches (W x D) packed; four-pound, 11-ounce weight
- Includes aluminium stakes and rainfly, no footprint.
- Includes limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty
The Mountainsmith Morrison 2 is the most lightweight of the Mountainsmith line of tents, weighing 4 pounds, 12 ounces. That honestly is a bit on the heavy side for a backpacking tent, but it might be manageable.
What is impressive about this tent is the quality of the construction and materials. A lot of people have said that this tent is up there in quality, similar to Big Agnes, Sierra Designs, and Marmot type quality. The tent seems to be fairly durable and should last a long time.
The tent has two doors, which I always think is kind of unnecessary for a two person tent and it adds to the weight, but I guess that could be a nice feature for some people in case you want to get out of the tent without stepping over your partner in the middle of the night.
The tent stands up well to the rain (using the rainfly of course). One reviewer said that the tent sleeps about 15 degrees warmer than the temperature outside.
Overall, the Mountainsmith Morrison 2 person tent seems to be a good buy. It isn’t the lightest or cheapest tent, but is perhaps reasonable in both regards. The quality of the construction stands out.
Mountainsmith put together a video showing the setup for the Morrison 2, which you can watch below. The tent has the setup instructions on the bag, which is convenient.