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Pros: Lightweight, high peak height, lots of pockets.
Cons: Small vestibule and door, pole structure provides little support for side walls, heavy for its strength and comfort.
Best Uses: Casual winter camping and light duty mountain use.
The MSR Fury is an average quality two-person double wall dome tent suitable for moderate conditions winter camping and light duty climbing. It misses numerous critical features that we feel are essential to an expedition tent. For example, the tent's large sidewalls are protected by only one vertical pole; the walls blow in easily in high winds, often times hitting you in the face. The poles attach to the inner tent with clips rather than sleeves, a connection that's much less secure in high winds. We feel this tent is a poor value and suggest the REI Arete ASL 2 because it offers a comparable amount of weather resistance and costs $200 less.
Check out our complete Four Season Tent Review to compare all of the tents tested. Also consider a floorless tent—our testers' favorite type of shelter for 99% of fast and light trips—found in our Ultralight Tent Review.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Ease of Setup
The inner tent attaches to the outer tent with plastic clips. Pole sleeves are much easier and better. Some tents, like Hilleberg models, pitch from the outside first, a design that is far faster and easier in all conditions and especially in high winds.
The pole design priorities headroom over strength in high winds. It resists snow loading well, but this is not as important as resisting high winds because 99% of the time you are inside or near the tent and can manage the snow. Some other pole designs offer better performance in high winds with only three poles, such as the Hilleberg Jannu.
The tent's fabrics are unremarkably average. A far cry from the materials used on Hilleberg, Crux, and SlingFin tents.
There's lots of space to sit up, but the walls that blow in can it you in the face. In high winds we found it to bemore comfortable to sleep with our heads toward the entrance because those panels can be pulled tighter and blow in less.
The vestibule is more of a gesture than it is functional. It's tiny and hard to get in and out of compared to all other pole supported vestibules we've tested. Bust out those yoga moves!!
Ventilation is reasonably good in moderate conditions but when you dig the vestibule down and cover the gap between the ground and the outer tent, like you must in foul conditions, ventilation is poor. It's best to put the rear end into the wind because it's smaller and doesn't have the vestibule pole (which is usually the first thing to break on a tent) but when you do that the rear vent needs to be closed to prevent spindrift from entering. Other dome tents, like the Hilleberg Jannu and Hilleberg Tarra offer far superior ventilation in bad weather. Ditto with tunnel tents like the Hilkleberg Nammatj.
Using better fabrics would increase durability and reduce the onset of hydrolysis of the interior PU coating.
Without stakes or guylines the tent weighs 6 lb 2 oz. This is 1oz more than the Hilleberg Jannu, which offers a phenomenal increase in performance over the fury.
Unlike Hilleberg tents, which can be pitched in a floorless configuration, the Fury must be setup the same way every time.
Casual winter camping and light duty mountain use.
The Hilleberg Nammatj 2 retails for only $30 more!!
And the REI Arete ASL 2 costs $200 less.
Other Versions and Accessories
The MSR Twin Sisters, $300, is a bombproof two-pole pyramid tarp for multi-day winter adventures.
The Fury Footprint, $40, can provide increased protection for your Fury tent.
— Chris McNamara and Max Neale
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Most recent review: February 26, 2014
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