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Full protection and a thoughtful design without the burdensome weight penalty.

The Marmot Aura 2-Person 3-Season Tent's unique three-pole design and steep walls maximize usable living space so you have more room to play cards when you're waiting out a storm. Backpacks and boots stay protected under the two large vestibules, and a full mesh upper means that you'll stay well-vented and be able to enjoy panoramic views when the storm cloud passes.
  • Silicon-impregnated, polyurethane-coated floor and fly repel rain so you and your gear stay dry inside
  • Catenary Cut floor means the floor material curves up a few inches up the tent walls to reduce direct seam-to-ground contact
  • DAC aluminum poles are easy to assemble day or night and save weight without sacrificing durability or strength
  • Poles are made with DAC's Green Anodizing process, which reduces the need for hazardous chemicals and recycles water throughout the rinsing process
  • Knees configuration provides taut, near-vertical side walls to increase usable living area and prevent unwanted contact with the fly
  • Dual doors provide extra convenience, and two side vestibules let you keep your muddy boots and wet pack out of the tent yet out of the rain, too
  • Optional gear loft sold separately
  • Bare Bones fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint to save extra weight on trail (footprint sold separately)

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3 5

It's neither 2-Person or 3-Season

I chose this tent for 2 main reasons: Marmot's reputation and its light weight. It seems very durable for its weight and price, but I am disappointed by several things:
1) The walls and ceiling are entirely mesh, so I cannot consider this a 3-season tent outside of Texas. Sure, the fly will keep out rain and mild wind, but mesh has NO protection against cold air, only mosquitoes. I camp in the Rocky Mountains, so this is strictly a summer tent for me. To me, a 3 season tent will have solid walls with zippered mesh windows.
2) This is only a 2 person tent if you don't mind touching the person next to you all night. Not for homophobic campers. However, it fits one person plus gear, which is what I bought it for, so I am satisfied.
3) There is no gear loft, and the storage pocket is a joke. It may hold a wallet, that's it.
4) The vestibules are very nice, but if it rains you'd better hope it doesn't create standing water under them, or you have your gear somehow elevated off the ground. That's why I like my gear inside the tent.
5) My tent came with no instructions, and setting it up is not easy to figure out (only one pole actually supports the entire tent). I had to find a Youtube video to show me how. And there's a confusing extra tube that comes with it with no explanation. Turns out it's a repair splint for fixing a pole in the field, but I would never have known that if I didn't happen to see someone else ask that question in a comment on Youtube.
ABottom line: It's a good tent for what it is, but it's not 2-person nor 3-season, IMHO

Unanswered Question

What's the difference between this model...

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What's the difference between this model & the later 2013 model, apart from the colour sheme? On the Marmot website it says 'Now lighter weight with larger vestibule area' in refenrence to the 2013 model, whereas the specs suggest that this (older) model has the larger vestibule area overal. Can anyone clarify? Thanks, Ben

5 5

Great two person tent

This tent fits me and my girlfriend comfortable ( I am 6'2" and she is 5' 8"). It was used while hiking up clouds peak and worked fine. The pole system is a little awkward and makes it difficult for just one person to set it up. But otherwise than that the tent has worked great. But, I haven't had a chance yet to really test it in the snow or rain.

Marmot Aura Review

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Marmot Freerider Skier Emma Lande reviews the Aura 2 Person Tent - an extremely functional and versatile lightweight backpacking tent with a roomy vestibule for wet weather living.

To learn more about Emma and the Marmot Athlete Team please visit her profile page here - http://marmot.com/athletes/emma-lande

Class in the Wilderness!

Class in the Wilderness!

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Great tent! Used this start of backpack season. Went through 4 inches of snow first trip out (Sawtooth Wilderness), 35 mph sustained winds in the Rouge-Siskiyou NF. Tent never blinked. Its perfection is summer camping without the rain-fly. Its the best tent I have seen for no obstruction views. Tent is roomy, having two large adults have plenty of room. The knee system gives a lot of extra space on the interior. Rain fly makes the tent heavy. Its a jewel to pack without it.

How about 2 adults and one 75 pound Bernese...

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How about 2 adults and one 75 pound Bernese Mountain Dog? Would a 3-person be the way to go or would it be fine in this 2-person tent?

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So, basically, three people. If the dog is coming with you, get a 3P tent. You'll be grateful for the space.

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I don't think you would be very comfortable with 3 "people" in this tent. It is roomy and you can make do in a pinch, but if your dog is going to sleep in the tent with you, I would go with the 3P. If the dog is willing to sleep outside in one of the two vestibules, it could work (although the vestibules are on the smaller side.

5 5

Light weight, awesome tent

This tent works great for backpacking. Light weight and easy to set up. Only downfall is the fly does not come all the way down and gets sand in the tent in a sand storm. Other then that it is awesome!

2 5

Not pleased.

Saw some really good reviews here so I got it, but after two uses I'm pretty disappointed. As it tent it works fine, but there are just too many small, annoying design flaws that really bug me. Like:

-It has all the hassle of a 3-pole tent but without the convenience of each pole all being separate... since all three are connected by weird plastic rings set up is a pain.
-The pole design don't create much/any lateral tension so it's really hard (impossible?) to get the tent itself taut horizontally.
-The rain fly zipper snags on the material literally every time open or close it.
-There are two zippers on each side of the rain fly... why? I go to unzip the flap only to find I've just closed it again with the second zipper.
-The rain fly, especially when wet, flaps down on top of the entryway... there's no way to get in without rubbing against it and getting wet.
-The zipper on the tent door is hard/awkward to reach from outside of the tent.
- The rain fly doesn't stake out well, so the fly rests against the walls of the tent when it gets wet and prevents airflow to cycle out condensation... making the inside of the tent wet too. (Is this an issue with all Marmot tents? I got this one because of the same issue with the Nyx.)
-The footprint isn't big enough and doesn't secure to the tent itself well.


This was the last Marmot tent I'm getting.

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I have to agree with most of what Andrew says. I know I'm old-school, but the connected poles are more a hassle than a convenience. And the cords instead of metal zipper pulls are harder to use and do get snagged. I suppose the double zippers on each vestibule is to let you open just the top to create a window, or maybe to look out without opening the whole thing.

In your experience, is this really a three...

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In your experience, is this really a three season tent? I just got it and am concerned that the fly allows too much heat to escape/cold air to enter..

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I've camped in this tent in 0ºC and up to 25ºC, and I've been fine. The tent is more there to keep the elements/bugs out than to regulate temperature, just pick up a good sleeping bag and you're set!

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Marmot classifies the Aura as a 3 season tent. The reason is if you use a tent with large amounts of mesh you can get snow blowing inside during gusty conditions. If you're in a snow free area, that should not be a problem. As Thomas said, a tent doesn't provide much in the way of insulation. Hope that helps.

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Ive slept in this tent to -15F, wind, and snow.. no problems.. just dig out your hole and dont give snow straight access in.. wa la 4 season tent!

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I've been snowed on in this tent. It does not do a great job of shedding even light snow. The all mesh inside does not keep snow (or dust for that matter) out. Believe it or not, heat is generally retained and not much slips out beneath the fly since heat rises. That being said, this is not a good option for shoulder seasons with much weather predicted.

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I have the same concerns as Aimee. With solid wall tents, air is trapped between the tent wall and the fly, providing an insulating layer of air. Not so with mesh wall tents. Mesh lets the air right through, and the fly doesn't go all the way to the ground, so your sleeping bag is your ONLY protection against the cold with this tent. So you'll need a 3-season sleeping bag.

4 5

Super roomy, light & spacious-- but Is it really a "3 season" tent?

I just got this tent for Christmas, and we took it in its maiden voyage on New Years Eve in the local mountains in Southern California. Super light and easy to carry in my pack. We easily assembled it in the dark and it kept us snug as a bug in our sleeping bags... But it didn't drop below 50 degrees (ah, the lovely "winters" in L.A.!). We noticed that the fly doesn't really "seal" to the ground nor the tent..., and since the tent is essentially mesh, we were concerned if we were camping in a cold wet wind (like we did in Grass Valley, CA in Nov) if we would actually stay dry and warm -- we had a different tent at the time.... I never expected this tent to be adequate in snow (duh) but since it is a "three season tent" I'd expect it to hold up in most of California year round (Sacramento and south). Or at least retain heat and keep out wind for nights where it drops to 30. But I don't see how this tent can do this. So, I am considering exchanging/upgrading it..... If you have some cold weather experiences with this tent, please pass it along!!! I want to keep this tent, really!

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I have the exact same concerns. I camp in the Rocky Mtns, where it can get into the 30's even in summer. I bought this tent to replace a 20-year-old Eureka dome tent. That tent had solid walls (with mesh windows) and I literally lived in that tent for 6 months while I was homeless, and the temp dropped to -20 degrees at night (around 7,000 ft elevation). I cannot imagine trying that with this tent.

Did this tent replace the Zonda 2P in...

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Did this tent replace the Zonda 2P in Marmot's tent line?

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I believe this replaced the Aelos 2P. Same basic design, some improvements it seems. Looks almost identical in a lot of regards

5 5

The Bachelor Pad

I'v been using this tent for about a year now, in all sorts of conditions and I love it. Why? Because it's the bee's F-ing knees that's why. When it rained for 2 days on Vancouver island it kept me dryer than ... oh i don't know something really dry. When it super windy in South Dakota and felt like I was in a wind tunnel for 12 hours it held up just fine. It's light enough to carry backpacking and if you get a compression sack for the tent body, rain fly and footprint it packs fairly small. The tent is really easy to setup once you get the hang of it but I definitely recommend practicing in your backyard first. For sure buy the footprint too, for the extra $30 it will add a lot of life to you're tent and it allows you to set it up without the tent body which can be nice for summer time/ light weight backpacking. The tent has always felt comfortable with two people in it, and with two doors and two vestibules it is easy to get in and out of and offers plenty of space for gear. All in all this is an awesome tent.

5 5

You wont be sorry.

So I have only used this tent a handful of times but it is safe to say it is the best tent i have owned. Set up is very easy once you do it once or twice. Very sturdy. Very roomy. Very light for the size. Almost feel guilty about how good this tent is. Sleeping outside shouldn't be this luxurious :)

You wont be sorry.

Does anyone know how the Marmot Aura...

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Does anyone know how the Marmot Aura 2-Person would stack up against the Black Diamond Mesa 2-Person? I'm caught between the two, and need some help in deciding.

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Both are great, tents, and from 2 great manufacturers, maybe in these case i would go for the Marmot just because it is .2 lighter, packs smaller and the warranty is much better.

5 5

Tornado proof? Possibly

Used this tent in everything from a winter snow storm to steamy summer nights and most recently withstood a tornado producing storm. Nothing but good things to say about this tent. Light, high quality, easy to setup, and a bright disposition to start your day right! Recently kept me bone dry through 55Mph winds and torrential rain! Most others tents were being blown over and soaking wet. Was able to go surf the next morning instead of drying out my sleeping bag! The mesh is awesome and although I was originally worried about the durability it has withstood some friends in a inebriated state with sticks and high winds along with several inches of snow. Hated the price but love the quality. Would recommend a thousand times over.

5 5

Tornado proof? Possibly

Used this tent in everything from a winter snow storm to steamy summer nights and most recently withstood a tornado producing storm. Nothing but good things to say about this tent. Light, high quality, easy to setup, and a bright disposition to start your day right! Recently kept me bone dry through 55Mph winds and torrential rain! Most others tents were being blown over and soaking wet. Was able to go surf the next morning instead of drying out my sleeping bag! The mesh is awesome and although I was originally worried about the durability it has withstood some friends in a inebriated state with sticks and high winds along with several inches of snow. Hated the price but love the quality. Would recommend a thousand times over.

5 5

Actual Marmot Aura Weights

These are from my digital home scale, which is quite accurate, and precise to the gram.
Poles - 490g
Fly - 799g
Body - 737g
4 Stuff sacks - 91g (for Package, Poles, Footprint, and Stakes)
Pole Splint - 11g
I didn't weigh the included stakes, nor do I use them, they're junk

I also have a few aftermarket accessories

Marmot Footprint - 253g
6 MSR Needles - 58g (as Groundhog's don't fit in the stake tape)
4 MSR Groundhogs - 67g
50ft Kelty Triptease Guyline - 39g (the included guyline is golden 3mm nylon cord)
Marmot Gear Loft - 40g (Modded to halve weight and improve fit - see my review of it)

Leading me to these weights for different setups

3lb 6.4oz + stakes&guys "Barebones Pitch" (poles+FP+fly)
4lb 7.5oz + stakes&guys "Trail Weight" (poles+body+fly)
5lb 9.5oz "My trail weight" (poles+body+fly+FP+10stakes&splint+GL+guys+2sacks)

+ I love the tent, big enough for 2 tall guys, competitive weight, great ventilation, burly in wind, rain, hail, and quick set up.
- If I could, I would ditch the stake tape, fix the weird zipper flaps, and go for a silnylon fly instead of PU nylon.

5 5

Perfect tent

Love this tent, the vertical sides make the most of its' footprint and the mesh walls are great for sleeping under the stars. The two vestibules are plenty large enough for your packs. Someone mentioned it before in a review but I feel it's worth mentioning again.....super easy to set-up once you get the hang of it, so practice in your back-yard two or three times and you'll find the first wilderness set-up of the tent much easier.

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