Why We Chose The MSR Habitude 6: Top quality design and materials, very family friendly
Let’s face it, most family camping tents look like trouble waiting to happen. We expect a fair few people reading this will have their own tales of sleepless windy nights waiting for the dreaded snap and collapse. This take on a family camper, however, called the MSR Habitude 6, should give much better peace of mind. It’s designed with the know-how of MSR’s backpacking tent experts and uses the same kinds of high-spec materials you’d find on high-spec, high performance options for the trail. It even just looks like a giant backpacking tent.
Who’s The MSR Habitutde 6 For?
The one pictured here is the 6-person design but there’s also a 4-person one as well. At £610 for the 6P these certainly don’t come cheap, so you can’t help thinking only serious family campers – those spending several weeks out there a year – are going to be tempted into this. Still, if you’ve got a two-week camping trip in Scotland planned this summer and you want everything to go smoothly, this would be a good option to invest in.
Unlike most family camping tents, this is actually light enough and packable enough to make it a realistic option to stick in a big backpack and carry for a few miles. It would also be well-suited to any canoe camping.
Four poles are involved here: two main crossing ones – as you’d see on a standard dome tent – and two shorter poles which add extra strength to the sides while also helping to prop up the ceiling at each end. These poles are all colour coded and attach to the inner via simple clips rather than pole sleeves. The flysheet is then thrown over the top and secured to the poles using Velcro tabs and hooks at the corners. The corners and sides can then all be pegged down, along with the two guy lines (only two are supplied but there are plenty of points where you can add on extras).
The footprint, which measures 7.71m2 for the internal compartment plus a further 3m2 for the porch, isn’t as large as you’d find on many family camping tents out there but there’s certainly still plenty of place to sleep six people – even if they’re all adults.