MSR Freelite 3 tent review

Lightweight and low bulk, the Freelite 3 is perfect for bikepacking with friends

MSR Freelite 3
(Image credit: Stefan Abram)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The MSR Freelite 3 is an excellent tent for bikepacking. Lightweight and with low bulk, it has a good pack-size in its original bag – while also being able to be tucked away inside a 6L half-frame bag. When travelling as a pair, it offers a luxurious amount of space but it’s also comfortably capable of fitting a trio.

Reasons to buy
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    Low bulk

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    Stable in high winds

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    Two entrances

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    Discreet (in the Green colour option)

Reasons to avoid
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    Poles remain fairly long when fully folded

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    A little delicate

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MSR stands for “Mountain Safety Research” and the company has been manufacturing highly engineered kit for outdoor adventures since 1969. The FreeLite 3 fits into the range as MSR’s second lightest three-person tent – a little cheaper and without some of the sacrifices of the superlative Carbon Reflex 3 Featherweight tent.

We think bikepacking is most fun when done with friends. Whilst a bivvy bag might be the simplest and lightest solution for a solo ride, a three-person tent can provide a luxurious space for a pair, while also giving the option to go as a trio. Evenings are so much more pleasant when you can play card games out of the wind, rain and midges, in the shelter of a tent.

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