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You venture into the wilderness in search of simplicity, and the three-season Marmot Earlylight 2-Person Tent provides you with an easy-to-use, effective shelter that can adapt to your various backpacking pursuits. The storm-proof fly and floor keep you and a partner sheltered from summer squalls. The included footprint becomes the tent floor when you go for the lightweight Bare Bones Setup.

  • Bare Bones fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint to save extra weight on trail (footprint included)
  • Polyurethane-coated floor and fly repel rain so you and your gear stay dry inside
  • Fully taped fly and floor seams prevent water from sneaking in through fabric joints
  • Catenary Cut floor means the floor material curves a few inches up the tent walls to reduce direct seam-to-ground contact
  • Two doors and two corresponding vestibules give you and a partner easy entry, exit, and pack storage
  • Mesh panels and a fly vent fight interior condensation to help you sleep during times of muggy weather
  • Clear window on the fly lets you check the weather and features welded seams to prevent leaking
  • DAC Featherlite poles are easy to assemble day or night and save weight without sacrificing durability or strength
  • Included gear loft holds your nightly essentials within reach
  • Reflective detailing helps you identify stealthy guy-lines at night
  • Noise-free zippers prevent waking up cranky trail partners
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Great Tent!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first time I used this tent, I set it up by myself in the dark and it was super easy and straightforward. It also was insanely windy that night and the tent didn't blow over and everything stayed together even without tying it down. I have used it a ton since then, and I love it. It is a bit large for a backpacking tent, but it works for me. It is nice and snug for a two people, so it helps to like the person you're sleeping next to. It is great for one person. I can put my backpack in the tent with me and have plenty of room. The two gear lofts are great too. I love that it has two doors as well. The tent seems really well made. I have zero complaints with it. I haven't had a problem waking up with condensation on the inside of the tent or anything like that. I woke up one night after it rained throughout the night and there was a puddle underneath the footprint and I stayed dry. Really happy with this tent.

Nice, would make a deluxe single tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Got this tent for my GF and I. It's a bit compact, but it works well and I really like how Marmot has put this thing together. Really easy to pitch, and the gear lofts/pockets are great. The footprint is a nice feature as well.

If i were to buy it again, I would probably go for the limelight 3p tent for us so that we had more wiggle room and room for our gear in-tent. Otherwise, though, can't complain.

I think this would be a dope 1 person tent.

Not made for tall people

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The tent itself is pretty cool. I purchased the pale pumpkin but have already returned it. I returned it because i thought it would be long enough for me but i was mistaken. I am 6'6". There are plenty of pockets in this tent plus a gear loft. The corner pockets are small and cannot hold much. One thing i did really like about this tent is that the ground stakes are pretty durable with a hexagon style layout. They looked like allen wrenches. One down fall of this tent is it is not square. The foot end is more narrow than at the head. I believe it is 44 inches wide at the foot. All in all a good tent. If anyone has any input on a tent for taller people I am still in the market.

sleeping happened.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This tent is extremely easy to put together with two people, I haven't tried putting it together by myself, but I am sure it will be just as easy. It rained and lightly snowed throughout the night but we stayed dry, which is all I really ask for in a tent.

Nature Mansion

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

It's a box that allows you to be inside AND outside... AT THE SAME TIME! I got my boyfriend this cool anti-weather loge for his field geology class, and he says it's a good place to put things inside of and sleep within. I'll be trying it out as soon as the snow dies down, but have no doubt that it will be very tentlike. I am a little hesitant about the side vestibules, seems very barbaric, but I'll post useful feedback after it's seen more adventures (we've only set it up in the living room so far).

First time out..

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After getting soaked with my old tent on a trip to Rossland, I decided it was time for a new tent. After researching I ended up with the Marmot Earlight. The features I wanted (2 vestibules), plus the included footprint for the price seemed to be the best deal. I took it with me to a MT bike trip in Moab. Set it up in a lovely windstorm. The poles did bend a little in the wind, but was still able to set it up by myself (pro). (Con) it blew a nice layer of sand on the bottom of the tent. It then rained all night, I stayed nice and dry... which after the prior trip was sooo nice. Overall I am happy with this tent.

Perfect 1-2 person tent

Because I like my space, I'm willing to lug the entire setup for myself on most packing trips but if you needed to you can sleep two in this tent and split carrying the weight. Set up is quick and the tent held its ground on a recent trip where gusts of wind were hitting 15-20 mph. throughout the night. At 5'9" I was able to layout comfortable with my gear inside.

Perfect 1-2 person tent

Stealth Camping in Germany

Tent worked out great!! Set it up in the rain (not the tents fault) rather quickly, went up easy, and quick. Of course had to dry the floor inside a bit before throwing the sleeping bag in due to the fly taking a second to put on during set up. No big deal though, water is water, it ultimately will win. After that slept in it in some intermittent rain, kept me nice and dry. The two vestibules were awesome and roomy for my pack!! Here's a pic of it set up next to my fire, letting my pack dry a little (next thing to buy: pack rain cover...). Love it though, can't wait to go again!!!

Stealth Camping in Germany

Quality tent...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an awesome tent for this price range. Marmot has produced a quality tent which is fairly light, easy to set up, and extremely easy to get in and out of. I have used this tent in almost every scenario and it has always preformed. This tent has seen hours of pounding rain, wind gusts of up to 30mph, and light snow. Every tent I have ever owned has leaked or buckled at some point, but this tent has yet to do either. This is a great one person tent, and an adequate two person tent. I originally bought this tent for my wife and I, and while it preformed fine, we decided to purchase the 3 person limelight. So, this is now my 1 person luxury tent, and I would purchase this tent again!

Quality tent...

Awesome tent!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great, easy to set up, easy to get in and out of tent. It packs down to a perfect size for this style/quality of tent, and it nice and light (In the Bare Bones Setup especially). I don't have much else to say about it... a tent is a tent in my book. I'm happy as long as it sets up fast and keeps me dry and out of the wind. I would agree with DJ's review, however, that this tent is "great" for one person but only "very good" for two people (unless you are looking for a more intimate camping experience...)

Tent Review--Marmot Earlylight 2 Person Tent

    I've already used the tent twice in less than a month since I've owned it. The first trip was a 4 day camping trip. The tent performed well although it did collapse once in the 40+ mph wind. I reoriented the tent so that it would be into the wind, and it worked great. The second trip was for an overnight backpacking trip. The tent is super light weight and quite easy to strap to the back of a backpack. The tent would be pretty tight for 2 people, but for myself and all of my gear it worked flawlessly. The 2 vestibules are nice too. It is nice that the tent comes with it's own footprint and gear loft. Finally, the tent has doors on both sides so it makes ingress/egress a snap.

    not proud for my purchase

      I am a fan of Marmot. I have bought many products and still happy with the quality and durability..but this one.
      i have used it for 6-7 times and the tent did not meet the quality i thought would have. These is my feedback:

      • The zippers and the main material went out of shape. I have to use the zipper with my both hands to open and close the tent.
      • Although I had anchored the tent correctly, during a windy night on the beach, dust and sand went through and as a result we couldn’t stay in the tent for a long time as we were unable to breath due to the dust. I believe the rain fly is too short
      • I thought that the footprint would be unnecessary, since I set the tent over sand, but as a result there is a hole on the ground sheet.
      • A few days ago, during a 3 hours rain at night, although rain didn’t come inside, you could feel the moisture in your hands from inside

      Great all-around tent

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      A fairly simple, well-designed tent at a great price. It's pretty easy to set up, nice space inside for a backpacking tent, and it's very sturdy and waterproof. Definitely 3+ seasons. It's really well-made, and a good value, comes with footprint and gear loft (most brands make you buy those separately.)

      My friend and I lived in it for 9 days while exploring Yellowstone and backpacking the Grand Teton Crest trail. We found it very comfy for 2 people. Having 2 doors is worth the extra couple of ounces, and the vestibules are fabulous - easy to get in and out even with all your gear under there. The tent breathes well, had minimal condensation, though in cold weather that little window does fog up. I've been through several storms in this tent, and very happy with it.

      I've been guiding wilderness trips for more than a decade, and I highly recommend this tent for beginners through very experienced folks. It's not the lightest thing on the market, but when I want to go light I take a tarp instead. This is great for trips when the weather will be nasty, or I'm taking a less experienced friend and not going far, or for car camping.

      Great all-around tent