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New MSR All-Season Front Range™ Ultralight Tarp Shelter Designed with Durability in Mind

June 4, 2019

Featherlight, all-season and ultra-versatile tent designed for giant fast-and-light missions

Seattle-based Mountain Safety Research® (MSR®), the high-performance outdoor equipment brand, introduces the compact and ultralight Front Range™ Tarp Shelter, a versatile, spacious and all-season tarp shelter designed for parties of up to four. From alpine missions to spring ski traverses, the Front Range™ Tarp Shelter packs down extremely small, is ultra-simple to set up and is so light that it’s hardly noticeable in your pack.

“The MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter is the epitome of ultralight, simple, and spacious weather protection for adventurers that commit to multi-day alpine missions,” says Terry Breaux, Shelter Category Manager at MSR. “With the Front Range Tarp Shelter, adventurers can focus on the mission at hand and forget about the weight on their backs.”

The frameless and floorless Front Range™ Tarp Shelter is light enough to carry as a solo shelter, dining hall or emergency shelter, making it a great versatile option for any alpine adventure. The steep canopy easily sheds snow and water, and the 5’ 4” peak height allows four to comfortably sleep and then easily gear up the next morning. Finally, the floorless tarp lends itself to a very quick setup using ski or trekking poles, helping save on overall weight (ski straps included for easy assembly; accessory pole sold separately).

The Front Range™ also features MSR’s Xtreme Shield™ waterproof coating, an ultra-durable coating that lasts up to 3x longer than standard waterproof coatings preventing the premature stickiness the competition experiences.

MSRP: $279.95

Minimum Weight:
.74kg (1 lb 10 oz)

Floor Area:
7.52 sq m (81 sq ft)

Livable Volume:
4078L (144 cu ft)

Interior Peak Height:
1.62m (64 in)

Rainfly - 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm Xtreme Shield™ polyurethane & silicone

Front Range Insert Provides Full Protection in Wet and Buggy Terrain

The Front Range™ Bug/Floor Insert, sold separately, turns the Front Range tarp into a full-protection shelter in wet and buggy terrain. The Bug/Floor Insert features a micromesh canopy with a durable bathtub floor, a zippered door, and is easily set up with ski or trekking poles (accessory pole available for purchase). The shelter’s peak cone design keeps the fly off the mesh insert for reduced condensation.

MSRP: $249.95

Minimum Weight:
.88 kg (1 lb 15 oz)

Floor Area:
4.97 sq m (53.5 sq ft)

Livable Volume:
2350 (83 cu ft)

Interior Peak Height:
1.42m (56 in)

15D nylon micro-mesh

30D ripstop nylon 3000mm Xtreme Shield™ polyurethane and DWR

The Front Range Ultralight Tarp Shelter and Front Range Bug/Floor Insert will be on display at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, June 18-20 at booth #44031 and will become available February 2020.

About MSR® (Mountain Safety Research®)
Seattle-based MSR has been engineering standard-setting high-performance outdoor equipment since 1969. A commitment to quality manufacturing and innovation ensures customers are outfitted with the finest, most reliable gear available for outdoor adventures. MSR product lines include: stoves, fuel, cookware, water treatment and hydration systems, shelters, snowshoes, snow tools, and backcountry poles. The majority of MSR products are made in the company’s Seattle, U.S.A. and Cork, Ireland manufacturing facilities. For more information, visit