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Go light without sacrificing comfort.
With its volume optimizing design and lightweight construction, the Marmot Force 1p 3-Season Tent won't weigh you down when you're packing light but will give you some room to relax when you're tent-bound, waiting out the storm. Extended head space maximizes the living area inside the tent, giving you room to sit up and move around. Marmot's new twin tip floor design increases the overall durability of the tent while saving overall weight.
A mesh canopy keeps the tent well ventilated throughout the night, so you don't wake up to a dank and drippy cave in the morning, while its seam taped fly and floor prevent moisture from seeping in during rain storms. Color coded clips and poles make set up a cinch, and multiple interior pockets, as well as a lampshade sleeve for a headlamp make the tent that much more cozy.
- 30D nylon ripstop with silicone/PU coating (1800mm)
- 15D No-See-Um mesh canopy
- 30D nylon ripstop sidewalls with PU coating (1800mm)
- DAC NFL poles (3)
- One door, one vestibule
- One-person sleeping capacity
- 2lb 5oz trail weight
- Bare Bones setup option
- Color coded Easy Pitch clips and poles
- Lamp shade pocket
- Multiple interior pockets
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- Q & A
Loved this tent until it BrokeUp with me
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I loved everything about this tent until the pole broke. I wish I could have the same tent but the pole length redesigned to be just a tad bit longer and it would be happily ever after.
I took mine through a 5 day (should have been 7 days) trip thru the highcountry/backcountry of Whitney. It held up great and on the last day the pole did break. I was very lucky it was the last day as were were waaaaay out there and would have had to turn it in a messed up bivy of sorts.
I hope Marmot will redesign this tent (loved the color!)....as I would buy the upgraded version again!
Mine was returned sad to say.
(photo below @ Guitar Lake)
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
It's nice to have a lightweight, free-standing 1-person tent. But it has flaws. One is the clip that attaches the two sets of poles. Another person has a photo of it in a review below; I won't post another of the same. Their clip broke their poles; I guess I'm lucky -- mine wasn't strong enough to keep the poles together. It just kept popping off. Like after 10 seconds. Again and again. My "solution" was to put on the fly (not really needed) which connects to the tent poles, and then, I staked out the fly, which held up that end of the tent.
Another issue I have is that the ends of the horizontal tent pole directly run into the fly. There is no reinforced material (at the right location) or "pocket" for the tent poles, so the fly just rubs past the ends in the wind. I'm not a tent designer, but it seems that it would abrade. The other tent pole has a fitting to attach to the fly, but not this one.
It seems both on this website and Marmot's that the reviews are pretty mixed, to be polite. I usually have a high opinion of Marmot gear; and I usually just bother to write positive reviews; but this is one item where I might consider other options.
I am a professional outdoor guide and I have had this tent for about a year now, in that year the tent has been with me in the Apostle Islands for tons of multiple day trips and now it has seen many days below the rim of the Grand Canyon. I will start with the cons first. The tent is very weird to set up the first few times, I have never had a tent were the main pole connects to the mesh of the tent and not to the grommets, there is a separate pole that does that. The once you have the tent set up with the fly on you still have velcro straps that need to be wrapped around the tent poles from under the rain fly. This tent took me about 20 minutes to set up the first 2 times I set it up. For me that is the only negative I have regarding this tent. The pros are it's very light and roomy, the large stash pocket by the door is awesome. The tent has a pocket for your headlamp on the ceiling that has a lense in it that lights up the whole tent. I have had this tent in storms and the water stayed outside. 3 days ago I was guiding on the Horseshoe Mesa (Grand Canyon) and we had sustained winds of 45+ mph my tent was just staked down, the fly was on and my tent was the only tent that stayed in place. The other tents that were staked down and tied to boulders they got destroyed. The wind tore the loops for the guidelines off the Flys and sent the tents rolling a crossed the mesa. The marmot force is strong and arrow dynamic well worth the money.
I feared for my eyes!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
OK, so I bought this Force1 (F1) tent as well as the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 (CS1) for comparison.
First off, with footprint, the CS1 is aprox 8 ozs less than the F1.
The major issue with the F1? Setting the large hoop pole? Momma mia, the bending of the pole to fit into the grommets? Yea, the tent's name describes what you have to do: FORCE the pole into the hoop. The tension force that is placed on the connections is incredible! No wonder some have reported pole breakage. Bending the pole into its hoop shape, in the back of my mind I'm thinking "Wow! This really is a TIGHT arc, I hope it's doesn't snap and shoot into my eye! And believe me, I’m a fairly laid back kind of guy, but my self preservation gene count is quite high… OK, so the hoop is in the grommet holes. Now let's set the rear and cross over poles ... Set the rear poles no problem. Connect the cross over pole to front hoop? No problem there either. But what? The pole set doesn't stay up on its own! It’s gotta be connected either to the fly, or tent body to remain erect.... Say what? Hmmm.... This adds a bit of complexity to the adding of the rainfly. At this point I didn’t even try adding the rainfly or the main body tent. The tension placed on the poles was the real deal breaker for me. Plus weighing more than the CS1 … Back in the bag and return label requested!
Now the CS1? If ever there was love between an inanimate object and a human being this is it. I mean it is so thoughtfully designed and constructed, color coded attach points, no super tension on the poles, easy set up, and light! At under 2.5 lbs including footprint, why buy those single wall, MORE expensive, needing so many guylines UL tents? And how much lighter really are they? No much at all when you add up all the things needed to keep them up.
So my advice? Protect your eyes and other parts of your body and skip this Marmot Force 1 and get the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1.
Looks like a Crustacean
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was pretty high on the Marmot Force 1P, I would have given it 5 stars right out of the gate. After spending a season with it, my excitement has dimmed a little bit.
On the whole, I think it's a great lightweight solo tent backed by Marmot, a company with top-notch customer service.
Let's start with the good stuff. The Force 1P is light at 2lbs 9oz and it's quite roomy for a solo tent. There's plenty of space at the head for a 25" sleeping pad and a little bit of gear you want close at hand. The walls are nearly vertical and the high point is 36" so sitting up is comfortable. The outslope of the headwall gives the tent a very spacious feel when laying down.
There is an opaque pocket sewn onto the ceiling, Marmot calls it the diffuser pocket, when you put a light in there, you get a lamp effect that is pretty snazzy. There is also a spacious gear pocket by the door.
The shape is weird and I like it - looks like some sort of sea creature to me. Marmot clearly favored function over form; this tent is asymmetrical and...well look at it, it's like Steve Buscemi in Fargo - funny lookin'.
The stakes are tough, we've beaten on them a lot and they aren't bent at all. They're also pretty light, can't complain about that. Marmot could have thrown a few more stakes in for guy lines but you can always tie the guys off to brush.
The green fly is awesome, love that color. I prefer gear that blends in but failing that, I at least want gear that looks cool. We spend hundreds of dollars on this stuff, I'm not buying something ugly.
Now for some of the less-savory stuff. If you read this whole page, you'll see that Todd B. makes a very good point about the colored tabs that help you position the fly - they cover up the pole grommets - why Marmot, why would you do that?
Speaking of the fly, it has little Velcro wraps that go around the poles. I really hate those. It's not a bad idea but I always think they're a pain when setting up the tent. If you don't use them, the fly doesn't sit perfectly.
I'm not wild about the door, it only has one zipper. I like having 2 zipper heads/pulls on a door, it makes for faster ingress and egress and you can position them where it's most convenient for you to find in the dark. Also, if you lose a zipper tooth or break one of the heads/pulls, you can usually make it work with the other one.
I like the frog eye vent but I wish it wasn't on the vestibule. I usually sleep with one side of the vestibule open anyway. I prefer tents with ventilation above the head where your breathing is going to produce the most condensation.
There are 3 poles. We managed to break one of them in the middle of a trip, there are more details in the posts below. The pole splint that came with the tent worked beautifully and we used it for days after the break.
The pole that broke has a plastic tab in the middle that clips it to another pole. This plastic tab is directly over a joint and prevents the pole from going together completely. After the break, we forced the plastic tab to the side to use the splint but it was difficult to do and I'd be nervous about trying it on an unbroken pole. Suffice to say, that's a weak point but I think just being aware of it should be enough to prevent future breaks.
I started the Marmot warranty process online after our trip. Just inside of a month, I received a brand new pole from Marmot. All it cost me was the $3 to ship the broken pole to them. That seems more than fair to me. Marmot stood by their product 100%.
All of my complaints about this tent are pretty minor. It's a damned good tent. It's lightweight, sexy looking, and made by a company that stands behind their products. I have no problem recommending it.
Here's a picture of the broken pole, just like Erin's.
Another design flaw of this tent
If you pitch your tent into the wind and a storm rolls in, the wind blows the fly into the tent body and rain rolls down into the foot of the tent. In the photo I'm pushing the rain fly against the tent body and you can see where the water would roll down onto the screen and into the foot of the tent.
One design flaw of the tent
The tab to color code the tent/fly/footprint covers the pole hole. It can be moved out of the way or cut off but you shouldn't have too.
It broke :(
The black hoop pole broke right at the joint on day 2 of our trip. The male (silver) part of the shock cord pole is completely snapped off inside of the female end.
As you can see, the pole splint that came with the Force 1P did a nice job holding things together.
My dad is a careful guy, I know he wasn't being rough or careless while setting up the Force 1P.
I'm going to see if Marmot will warranty the pole, I'll update you with results.
I'm digging it...
This is the Marmot Force 1P at 93 Mile Lake, MT, just off of the Idaho Centennial Trail.
....like a garden
Look at that tent! Mmmm, that green is just so damned pretty.
No fly, no problem
93 Mile Lake
Marmot Force 1P Plan and Profile Views
Marmot needs to poke their drafter with a stick, why didn't they include the width of narrow end (foot end) of the tent?
I'll measure our Force 1P and post the missing dimension when I get home.
Just a quick walk-around and a look inside the Marmot Force 1P. I'll post something more detailed once I've actually slept in it.
She's got some swerve in her curves!
Marmot has kicked symmetry to the curb to give you near-vertical walls, a spacious entry, and an out-sloped headwall. These poles curve in all the right places.
Ahhh, nice Marmot, man.
1st pitch of the new Marmot Force 1P tent. My friend's lab, Trixie, is enjoying it.
My first impression is good too, the Force was easy to pitch and it's quite spacious inside. The head wall is better than vertical, it actually slopes back.
The color - I dig it like a garden, that green is just all kinds of sexy.
Whenever we buy Marmot gear, The Big Lebowski quotes come out in force; I love that this tent is both "a private residence" and a "nice marmot," man.