IR - MSR Fling tent - Christensen
- Sorry for the delay...I was overcome by events
(illness, hectic work schedule, etc.)
Finally, here is the draft of my IR for the MSR FLING
tent for your editing pleasure. I should post the
HTML version tomorrow.
I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Please pardon the Yahooisms.
2-Person Freestanding Tent
June 4, 2006
Name: Ryan L. Christensen
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Email address: bigdawgryan (at) yahoo (dot) com
City, State, Country: Idaho Falls, ID, U.S.A.
I began hiking, camping, backpacking at twelve,
continuing until 25. After a hiatus due in part to a
bad back, I resumed hiking, camping, and biking three
years ago. Now, I have teen-age sons with whom I
share my love for these sports. The past three years,
we have hiked, or camped, nearly every month, in
desert, forest, meadow, and mountain; in spring,
summer, fall, and winter; in sunshine, rain, wind, and
snow. We began backpacking together the summer of
2005. I am not an ultra-lighter; but am looking to
upgrade the quality and reduce the weight of my gear.
Fling -- Product Information:
The information below comes primarily from the MSR®
Manufacturer Mountain Safety Research, Inc.
Manufacturer website http://www.msrgear.com
Year of Manufacture 2005
Type 3 seasons, single-wall, freestanding dome
Capacity 2 people plus gear
Floor & Vestibule Area 32 sq. ft. (2.9 sq. m)
Interior Peak Height 40 in. (100 cm)
Minimum Weight 3 lbs. 6 oz. (1.5 kg)
Packaged Weight 4 lbs. (1.8 kg)
Body 1500mm polyurethane & silicone coated 30D x
246T ripstop nylon
Floor 5000mm polyurethane coated 70D 190T nylon
Warranty MSR's Double Guarantee warrants to the
original owner, the materials and workmanship of
every MSR tent. If the MSR tent has received proper
care, but fails due to a defect in manufacturing,
MSR will either repair or replace it at their
discretion. Repairs due to accident, improper care,
or negligence, where MSR is not at fault, will be
performed at a reasonable charge. MSR offers a
lifetime warranty, to the original owner, on all MSR
tent framework. If a tent pole breaks, MSR will
either repair or replace it, free, for the
lifetime of the tent.
MSRP $269.95 US -- optional footprint available for
As Received 4 lb 8 oz (2.04 kg) (out of the
box-everything inside stuff sack)
Tent Only 2 lb 11 oz (1.22 kg)
Tent Stuff Sack 1.6 oz (45.4 g)
Three Poles 20.9 oz (592.5 g)
Pole Sack 0.7 oz (19.8 g)
Eight Stakes 2.7 oz (76.5 g)
Stack Sack 0.5 oz (14.2 g)
Owner's Manual 0.5 oz (14.2 g)
Fling -- Product Description:
The Fling is a member of MSR's Fast & Light® series,
which MSR claims offers the maximum space and minimum
weight. According to MSR, the Fling is its lightest
2-person freestanding tent. In addition, MSR claims
its "Fast & Light® tents offer ultralight options
without compromising livability or durability. And
they feature all the details--from bound and
seam-taped floors to virtually unbendable Needle
stakes-of tents weighing twice as much." It also has
reflective guy-out lines, which I think is cool.
The tent arrived in a 21.25 x 5.125x 5.25 in (54 x 13
x 13.3 cm) cardboard box. Inside the box in its stuff
sack was the tent, three DAC FeatherlightTM aluminum
poles and a pole repair sleeve in their sack, eight
Needle stakes in their sack, and six separate Owner's
Manuals in English, French, German, Japanese,
Portuguese, and Spanish. The Owner's Manual includes
information on MSR Tent and Shelters, and Accessories
and Maintenance Kits, Setup Tips, Use and Care
instructions, Tent Testing information, and MSR's
Double Guarantee. However, it does not specifically
call out the Fling in any of these instructions.
Attached to the tent stuff sack was a colorful,
ten-page informational brochure in the same six
languages. A Tyvek® tag sewn just inside the opening
of the tent's stuff sack has set-up instructions
printed in English on one side and French on the
The Fling is a 3 seasons, single-wall, 2-person tent.
It is a variation of the hoop tent--the ridgepole
enables the Fling to be freestanding, similar to a
dome tent. This outline of this tent is trapezoidal
in shape. The narrower end (foot) measures 4 ft. (1.2
m) across and the wider end (head) measures 5 ft. 10
in. (1.7 m) across.
The orange tent body is made of 1500mm polyurethane
and silicone coated 30D x 246T ripstop nylon. The
red, bathtub-style, floor is made of 5000mm
polyurethane coated 70D 190T nylon. The two pole
sleeves are the same material as the floor.
There are four guy-out lines: one at the head, the
foot, and one on each side of the tent. These
guy-outs have reflective material the entire length of
There are three DAC FeatherlightTM aluminum poles.
The silver-colored foot-end pole measures
approximately 75 in (190.6 cm), the sliver colored
head-end pole measures approximately 123.25 in (313.1
cm) and the black ridgepole measures approximately
146.5 in (372.1 cm).
Each of the eight Needle stakes measures
approximately 6.25 in (15.9 cm) from point to top.
Fling -- Initial Impression:
Right out of the box, I was impressed with this tent.
Its compact size, lightweight material, and color
immediately caught my attention. I was also impressed
with the DAC FeatherlightTM aluminum poles and the
Needle stakes. They appear robust, yet lightweight.
However, I was a bit concerned as to the flooring
material's ability resist punctures from sharp
objects, such as rocks, small bushes, and pine
needles. I was also concerned about its ability to
resist abrasion from rocks, etc.
Fling -- Initial Testing:
As an initial test, I setup the Fling in my back yard.
It took me about ten minutes to set up the tent.
First, I staked the four corners. Next, put the three
poles together. These poles nearly put themselves
together. I then threaded the foot-end pole through
its sleeve and secured each end in its grommet. Next,
I threaded the head-end pole through its sleeve,
securing each end in its grommet. The sleeve material
is tackier than the material of the tent body.
Consequently, the poles tend to catch, or stick, as
they thread through the sleeves. Most of the time I
took to pitch this tent was in threading the poles
through their respective sleeve. This was a bit of a
nuisance. Had it been storming, this would have been
even more annoying.
Next, I inserted one end of the ridgepole in its
grommet at the foot-end of the tent, attached it to
the clip on the foot-end pole sleeve, the head-end
pole sleeve, and secured the head-end of the ridgepole
in its grommet. I then attached the two clips that
support the tent body to the ridgepole.
Finally, I secured the foot-end, the head-end, and the
side guy-out lines. The tensioners slid easily along
the guy-lines and remained securely where I placed
Once pitched, I unzipped the door. The zipper worked
great, did not catch at all. I climbed inside to see
how roomy the Fling actually is. Even at 6 ft. 2 in.
(1.9 m) I was able to sit up, even kneel up straight
without hitting my head on the top of the tent-at the
head-end of course. There appeared to be enough room
for two individuals my size to sleep comfortably in
the tent. However, I did not see much room for gear.
I will definitely test this with full-size sleeping
bags in the tent.
Fling -- Test Plan:
The Fling, which is new for 2006, will be my shelter
of choice on all outings during the test period. I
will test its fit, function, and durability. In my
test application, I planned to test the footprint as
well. However, the footprint did not come with the
tent, so I will not be testing the footprint during
the test period.
First, after opening for initial examination, can I
easily get the Fling back to its packed size of 20 x 6
in. (51 x 15 cm)? Can I do this repeatedly with ease?
Space is a premium, so this is important to me.
Second, is the footprint large enough for two larger
individuals to fit comfortably, sleeping without
encroaching on one another's space, or touching the
tent walls? At 6 ft 2 in, (188 cm) can I sit up
comfortably in the middle of the tent?
Third, MSR® claims the "generous floor plan sleeps two
with room for gear." My initial impression is that
there will be minimal space for gear. However, I will
see just how much gear, along with two people, the
Fling can accommodate.
The first functional consideration is ease of setup.
How easily can I setup up the Fling with its three
poles and eight ultra light Needle stakes?
Second is stability. Does the ridgepole make this
hoop tent freestanding? Does the ridgepole truly
create a more wind-resistant pitch? How well does the
Fling withstand high winds? Does it make a difference
whether pitched in rocky or in a softer-soil area?
Will the Fling withstand heavy rains and/or snowstorms
Third is weather resistance. How well does the
lightweight, silicon-treated material shed water and
snow? Does the material sag when wet? Do the taped
seams remain waterproof? Does the awning provide
adequate protection from the elements and enough room
for two to prepare food? Does this tent work well as
a three-season tent?
Fourth is ventilation. Condensation is a typical
problem with single wall tents. Does the strip of
mesh around the perimeter provide enough ventilation
to prevent condensation in the Fling? If condensation
forms, does it run down the wall and escape to the
outside via the perimeter mesh as MSR® claims it
First, do the poles maintain their shape and strength,
or do they bend during assembly and/or use over time?
Second, how well does the lightweight material resist
snagging, tearing, and punctures? How resistant to
abrasion are the awning, body, and flooring materials?
Third, do the seams remain tight, or do they come
undone over time? Are the seams waterproof and do
they remain so over time?
Fourth, does the tent come with a repair kit? If
necessary, how easily can I repair the tent?
Fifth, how soil resistant is the material? If soiled,
how easily can I clean it?
The sixth and final durability question is does the
nylon material stretch over time? If so, does this
I will address the items listed above as well as any
other pertinent issues, which may arise during the
Thanks to MSR® and BGT for the opportunity to test the
MSR® Fling tent.
Ryan L. Christensen
"Excellence is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle
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