I just traded it in @ MSR for a Fast Stash and a fist…
2 September 2012
Summary: I just traded it in @ MSR for a Fast Stash and a fist full of stickers! Over 5 years my Missing Link devolved from my go-to summer tent to my Punk's backpacking palace / loaner to friends. Finally succumbing to internal stickiness combined with embedded sand, I embrace the memories of my backpacking evolution that the Missing Link helped to see me through.
I would have given this tent 4 stars a short time…
23 July 2011
Excerpt: I would have given this tent 4 stars a short time ago for the size-to-weight ratio along with easy of pitch. The minor problems I saw were the slight condensation and the 13 feet needed on the back side to set it up. Then I pulled it out of my controlled storage room a week ago and found pure stickiness on all the inner surfaces, so then I checked out my Hubba Hubba and found the same stickiness on the inside of that silnylon rainfly. So it looks as if MSR has a problem.
I used the tent twice and liked the design. It is…
30 August 2010
Excerpt: I used the tent twice and liked the design. It is very light and easy to setup. Problem after setting on a shelf for a year it melted. It delaminated, became very sticky and lost waterproofing. I guess its material was just too light to be usefull. If it can't sit in my climate controlled house without melting it just isn't a useful tool for me.
I bought this tent when I lived in Alaska (2002 to…
10 November 2009
Excerpt: I bought this tent when I lived in Alaska (2002 to 2009). I used it all over Alaska and found it to be relatively waterproof...sealing worked well but I backed it up anyway. It was lite but I only use it for myself. The one time I had a guest it was a tedium to make it to the bathroom if you were on the side away from the door. You have to climb over the person closest to the door.
I was impressed with this tent for the first year…
3 June 2009
Excerpt: I was impressed with this tent for the first year and a couple of uses as a backup against full huts. Light, dry, roomy. But then the walls melted and MSR don't respond. We took it out for a three week walk through central Australia and all the interior surfaces were sticky, like a post-it note. Look closely at the material with a bright light, like a full moon, and you could see thousands of pinholes where, I assume, the waterproofing has detached from the nylon.
I love it. The weight/space ratio sold me on it. The…
3 February 2007
Excerpt: I love it. The weight/space ratio sold me on it. The only problem I had was when I camped in an area where there had been a fire, it was impossible to find branches or trees to pitch it properly, so it was a little droopy one night. But the size and weight savings allow me to hike alone and camp with my large dog and gear inside the tent. No condensation problems. Worked well in cold weather, near freezing temps and I was warm in the tent.
This was my first foray into the lightweight-tent…
12 August 2006
Excerpt: This was my first foray into the lightweight-tent world. The Missing Link only weighs about three pounds and packs down to the size of a large loaf of bread (maybe two small loaves side-by-side). It's extremely easy to pitch as long as you have a suitable site for stakes (I've not tried tying it to trees and rocks, though that seems like a dicey proposition at best). With a little practice, you can pitch it in maybe three or four minutes, tops.
In the two years that I have had it--I was blown away.
8 December 2005
Excerpt: In the two years that I have had it--I was blown away. Not literally beause the Missing Link gives such protection to the wind. I used this to hike a 6-day 68-mile hike to Maccu-Piccu and it held up well to the rain, was easy to set up, and was roomy enough for two people and their gear. At $219 I was a bit taken aback because I am normally money conscious. But for this value I would suggest buying it for every serious hiker you know.
Like most tents, it excels in some areas but has some…
1 November 2005
Excerpt: Like most tents, it excels in some areas but has some weaknesses. PRO: lite weight! plenty of room, water tight. CON: condensation unless well ventilated (fully open screen, or a breeze). Siliconized nylon has a funky smell that relegates my storage to the garage. My treking poles don't extend long enough to fully utilize the tent's height.
Bought this last summer as an experiment. Was captivated…
30 January 2005
Excerpt: Bought this last summer as an experiment. Was captivated by the design and the thought of toting 3 pounds for a tent with this much head and leg room (I am 6' 5" and can sit straight up). I was concerned about having to take trekking poles on every trip so I had held off on buying this tent. One day in a gear shop they had a tent pole from a Mountain Hardwear Skyview 2 that had the last pole section bent. It was in the clearance bin for $1 and the lightbulb came on.