MSR Habitude 4 Tent Review

MSR Habitude 4 Tent Review

MSR Habitude 4 tent is perfect for family or group outdoor activities. The MSR Habitude 4 offers the perfect combination of high interior height and lightweight design. It carries on the tradition of MSR being known for manufacturing high quality gear and comes with the promise to withstand rough and intensive use.

We put it through an in-depth review to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of this four-person, 3-season tent.

If you are looking for a large tent suitable for families or group adventures, this test/review of the MSR Habitude 4 will give you all the information you need to decide (or not) with confidence on your purchase.

The main features of the MSR Habitude 4

  • Seasonality / Number of people: 3-season tent for four people
  • Materials and coverings: polyurethane-coated Ripstop 68 denier polyester flysheet; floor in polyurethane-coated 68 denier polyester taffeta
  • Bedroom dimensions: 241 x 241 x 185cm
  • Water column and waterproofing: 10,000 mm on the ground and 1,500 mm on the roof
  • Weight: 5,720 g
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Pros

  • Good headroom
  • Quick and easy assembly and installation
  • Presence of a vestibule and plenty of storage
  • A very good choice for families
  • Excellent weather protection

Cons

  • Slightly smaller than equivalent models
  • Low indoor airflow

Construction and durability

As for the build, you get typical MSR quality. That’s to say, the MSR Habitude 4 is made from lightweight, high-quality materials with excellent fit and finish. This family tent combines with its sturdy construction, one of the best pole systems we have seen.

It sits on three high-grade aluminum pole sections, with each of the three sets of poles hub-centered, forming a large X that crosses the top to create a domed support system. Added to this are two sets of X side posts that provide side wall support as well as roof support.

As usual, MSR has made excellent choices of materials, which is worth Habitude 4 to multiply the pledges of durability. We particularly like the floor material, polyurethane-coated 68-denier polyester taffeta, which is a noticeably thick, high-strength fabric. The result is a bed that is not prone to tears and punctures.

Habitability and ease of installation

With interior dimensions of 241 x 241 x 185cm, the MSR Habitude 4 is a bit smaller than some other 4-person tents and might be a bit cramped for three average-sized adult occupants.

On the other hand, two adults and two children will feel comfortable there. This tent also offers plenty of headroom, with around 12% more headroom than similar-sized tents. Its central height of 185 cm will allow most adults to stand or move easily without crouching too much.

As for the installation of the MSR Habitude 4, one person could do it, but it can be a bit difficult. An extra person to help will make things easier.

One downside, however: it is not easy to tell the difference between the poles: it would have been more practical if the main pole of the tent had a completely different color. On the other hand, taking down the tent is really quick and easy.

Besides, other features of the MSR Habitude 4 include places where you can hang your gear inside or store different things. There are storage pockets near the door which are ideal for storing phones and keys, as well as on top for storing items such as flashlights or mini-lanterns.


Besides, this tent includes a vestibule where you can put your muddy boots, outerwear, etc. At the top of the vestibule is a small porch light, which is pretty handy: you do need to remember to buy two CR2032 batteries to get it working, though (as they’re not included).

Weather protection and ventilation

In use, the ventilation of the MSR Habitude 4 poses a small problem, in that the airflow inside seems weak. On the other hand, you benefit from excellent protection against the elements.

While many tall 4-person tents skimp on the rain fly, this MSR tent includes a full separate rain fly, effectively protecting you during downpours. Plus, its double-walled design eliminates issues like moisture buildup inside.

Verdict

If you are looking for an ideal tent for family camping trips with children, especially young children, the MSR Habitude 4 is an option we encourage you to consider. It is high and spacious enough for four occupants to feel comfortable in it. That said, this is a tent more suited to two adults and two children.

Whether you want to use it as a group or family tent, you’ll appreciate the fantastic job MSR does, especially when it comes to durability. With sturdy and quality construction, this tent is not afraid of difficult campsites or bad weather. It can support its own weight on any terrain, but in strong winds, it is always best to secure it to the ground with the included steel pegs and guy lines.

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