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Mountainsmith Morrison Evo 2 Review

This tent includes a great feature set and a spacious interior to create a model worthy of car camping luxury.
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Price:  $200 List | $169.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to set-up, lots of features, roomy
Cons:  Heavy, flappy vestibules
Manufacturer:   Mountainsmith
By Ben Applebaum-Bauch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 2, 2019
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  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Weight - 25% 6
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 5
  • Ease of Set-up - 10% 7
  • Durability - 10% 7
  • Packed Size - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Mountainsmith Morrison 2 offers outdoor comfort for days. It's a cinch to set up and we enjoyed passing time inside these spacious quarters. It offers additional features that add to its appeal. It has two large doors and great storage pockets. An included gear loft and footprint round out the package. Its heft limits its versatility and we have some questions about weather resistance but this a great tent for car camping or paddling trips. If you are ok with the weight but want a tent that is sturdy in the elements, you should check out the The North Face Stormbreak 2.


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Pros Easy to set-up, lots of features, roomyTwo side doors, easy to pitch, large trapezoidal vestibulesHeadroom, large tent doors, ventilationLightweight, easy to pitchRoomy, two doors, included footprint
Cons Heavy, flappy vestibulesDoors can be annoying, heavyHeavy, unsteady in high wind, cheap stakesSmall interior, single door and vestibuleSmaller vestibules, small pockets, no top vents
Bottom Line This tent includes a great feature set and a spacious interior to create a model worthy of car camping luxury.This basic tent is easy to set up and provides comfortable nights of camping on a budget.This spacious tent makes the most of its dimensions and offers plenty of features that will have you camping in comfort.A budget tent for those who want to minimize weight and don't mind sacrificing a fair bit of comfort.A comfortable camping tent that serves well in both the front and backcountry.
Rating Categories Mountainsmith Morrison Evo 2 REI Co-op Passage 2 The North Face Stormbreak 2 Big Agnes C Bar 2 Marmot Catalyst 2
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Specs Mountainsmith... REI Co-op Passage 2 The North Face... Big Agnes C Bar 2 Marmot Catalyst 2
Measured Packaged Weight (pounds) 5.47 5.29 5.89 3.96 5.19
Floor Area (Sq ft) 36 33.75 30.5 28 32.5
Packed Size (inches) 8 x 17 7 x 22 7 x 22 6 x 19 7 x 21
Dimensions (inches) 92 × 56 × 43 88 x 52 x 40 87 x 50 x 43 86 x (52 x 42) x 4 88 x 53 x 44
Vestibule Area (Total, Sq Ft) 19 18.75 19 7 16.2
Peak Height (inches) 45 40 43 41 44
Number of Doors 2 2 2 1 2
Number of Poles 2 2 4 2 3
Pole Diameter Not provided 8.5 mm Not provided Not provided 8.5/9 mm
Number of Pockets 4 + gear loft 4 + 2 door stuff pockets 4 3 2 + light pocket
Gear Loft Yes Yes No No No
Pole Material 7000 Series Aluminum Alloy 7001 aluminum Aluminum DAC pressfit aluminum Velocity HD aluminum 7000
Guy Points 2 4 4 7 4
Rain Fly Material 68D polyester Coated polyester taffeta 68D lightweight polyester taffeta, 1200 mm PU Polyester taffeta 68D polyester
Inner Tent Material 68D polyester Nylon/Taffeta Mesh 68D polyester taffeta, 1500 mm PU coating Polyester & mesh 40D/68D polyester
Type Freestanding Freestanding Two door, freestanding Freestanding Freestanding

Our Analysis and Test Results

This tent is an inexpensive and stealthy addition to anyone's outdoor arsenal. It has a lot of features and high livability. Though it is not a very lightweight tent for carrying on your back, we still love it for lounging.

Performance Comparison


The Mountainsmith Morrison 2 is supremely comfortable and easy to pitch. Its weight holds it back, but this tent still shines in the top half of our review.

This tent offers a spacious experience wherever it goes.
This tent offers a spacious experience wherever it goes.

Comfort


This tent has a lot to like about its interior comfort. At 92" x 56" it is the longest and widest tent in this review. Its 43" peak height is the second highest. There's just a lot of space in there. It has a two-side-door design and the doors themselves zip off almost all the way around for a real open-air feel. The orientation of the doors suggest that sleepers are meant to go head-to-toe.

There is plenty of headroom to go around in this tent.
There is plenty of headroom to go around in this tent.

There are additional storage pockets, an included gear loft, and when you are not storing the door in the side pocket, there is even more space to tuck away clothes and equipment. The vestibules are large enough for each person to store a pack and footwear.

The door can stow away in one of the side pockets  which can also be used for other items when the door is zipped.
The door can stow away in one of the side pockets, which can also be used for other items when the door is zipped.

This tent has a combination of mesh and other fabric throughout the canopy, which has its advantages and disadvantages. It is less breathable than tents with more mesh but potentially retains warmth more. We also like the look of it. The light green and gray colors can be very stealthy for tucking away in the woods.

Though it is incredibly comfortable, other top nods include the The North Face Stormbreak 2 and the REI Passage 2.

Ease of Set-up


The Morrison 2 is easy tents to set up. It has a simple two-pole design. Each pole end slides into grommets at the tent corners. A cross pole in the middle increases headroom. The fly clips in at each corner and the tent battens down with its two end guy lines and vestibule doors. We like that the guyline is already attached to the fly, however, we found that properly tensioning the single point fly was difficult (as opposed to the trapezoidal flies of the REI Passage 2 and The North Face Stormbreak 2.

The two crossing poles offer a straightforward  traditional pitch.
The two crossing poles offer a straightforward, traditional pitch.

Weather Resistance


The Morrison 2 stands up to rain relatively well but because of issues with the fly tension, it could be better. It has a burly fly and floor that withstood the moisture we encountered while testing. It would benefit from a couple more guy points to help it better withstand strong winds. Its 43-inch peak height offers a lot of headroom but can also catch some serious wind. The low running vestibules are nice a preventing splashback but there are so many ripples in the fly that precipitation still channels down in specific spots as opposed to uniformly dripping off.

Even after readjustment  the fly still has a lot of extra material we would prefer to tension out.
Even after readjustment, the fly still has a lot of extra material we would prefer to tension out.

The venting options on this tent are very nice though. In addition to proper ventilation at the top, the open doors create an excellent cross breeze and the fly door has dual zippers that can open up to keep air moving without having to unstake any part of it.

Durability


The Morrison 2 has much the same fly and floor materials as other tents. The fabrics themselves hold up, the issue is the cheaper polyurethane coating that tends to degrade over time, especially when the tent is not dried out and stored properly. Check out our Buying Advice article for more about materials. Otherwise, we think this model seems quite durable and well made. The inclusion of a footprint only helps to increase the longevity of this behemoth.

In the top right corner  the true vent is visible in addition to the open vestibule door. Both facilitate good ventilation.
In the top right corner, the true vent is visible in addition to the open vestibule door. Both facilitate good ventilation.

Weight & Packed Size


Alas, all good things must come to an end. This tent is quite a heavy package, tipping the scales at 5 pounds, 8 ounces. It is not quite as heavy as the The North Face Stormbreak 2 but it's not far off. It packs to 8" x 17" — in the middle of the group.

This stout model (middle) side-by-side with the Big Agnes C Bar (left) and Sierra Design Clip Flashlight 2 (right).
This stout model (middle) side-by-side with the Big Agnes C Bar (left) and Sierra Design Clip Flashlight 2 (right).

Best Application


We think this tent is best as a front country friend. Its weight makes it somewhat impractical for long backcountry hauls but we would love it for car camping. We took this tent on horse pack supported trips, and one of our testers wanted to take it with her on a motorcycle touring trip. If you just need a tent for even more casual use, it could be an excellent choice for backyard camping for the kids as well.

This tent also pitches in fast fly mode without the main tent body. If it's past bug season  this can be a good way to reduce weight (but you also reduce comfort).
This tent also pitches in fast fly mode without the main tent body. If it's past bug season, this can be a good way to reduce weight (but you also reduce comfort).

Value


This tent is a good deal at $200. Though it has an above-average price tag for this budget review, it is loaded with features, has a great spacious interior, and can withstand hard use for a number of years. We think that for the right car camper, this model offers great value.

Conclusion


Although it is heavy, the Mountainsmith Morrison 2 is a solid workhorse tent. You won't mind spending time in its luxurious interior. We like all the pockets and variations of its interior doors. We worry that it whips in high winds and may not withstand a punishing rainstorm.


Ben Applebaum-Bauch