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Marmot Tungsten UL 2P

Price:

$799

Our Rating:

At a glance
The Good: Spacious and multi-pitch.
The Bad: Ground level floor seam.

Weight 1603g Area 3m2

Features: The multi-pitch Tungsten has three poles and just six pegs. There are four guylines, but they are not pre-attached. The corner poles have ‘elbows’ to help provide more vertical walls. The inner tent is fully mesh with ceiling and corner pockets. The fly is rated to 1500mm and the floor to 2000mm.

Pitching: It was simple to pitch and to get the floor crinkle-free. The clips on the inner attach to the poles and the fly has clips that hook onto fabric loops at the corners of the inner. The pegs were not strong and one bent in the hard-baked ground.

Comfort: The large floor area, 106cm ceiling height and copious mesh ensured this tent never felt cramped or claustrophobic. There’s good airflow within, but the fly has just one vent at the head which is propped open by a stiffened fabric pole which limited ventilation when the doors are closed.

In use: We enjoyed sleeping without the fly until the night cooled and we rolled it back into place. The fly attaches to the inner at the corners by hooking onto fabric loops, which were sometimes fiddly to undo or hook on, especially in the dark. There aren’t enough supplied pegs to use the guylines in foul weather and the four guylines were also not pre-attached.

The tent had good airflow with the fly doors open and we remained safely protected from sand flies behind the mesh doors. The zips were all easy to use and rarely caught on the fabric.

The clips that attach the inner to the poles are well-placed, ensuring maximum volume and ceiling height. We found it really comfortable day after day.

We didn’t use a groundsheet, but with a 2000mm floor it would be advised for camping on hard or stony ground. A ground sheet (sold separately, is said to double the floor’s waterhead rating.

The floor is not a ‘tub’ and the seam sits near ground level – which could pose a problem in very wet conditions.

Value: It’s pricey – which is what you might expect from such a spacious and livable tent. It is best suited to summer camping.

Verdict: There’s ample room inside this versatile tent to make long summer camping trips comfortable.

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