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Space without weight.
No matter what your relationship is with your backpacking partner, it's nice to have a little space while sleeping in a tent, especially once morning breath sets in. With its volume optimizing design, the Marmot Force 2p 2-Person 3-Season Tent strikes a balance between light and spacious for a comfortable sleeping and hiking experience. The new twin tip floor design increases the overall durability of the tent by placing two additional DAC poles at either end. It also increases space within the tent by more efficiently utilizing head and foot areas. Dual doors and vestibules allow for easy ins and outs without having to roll over your partner in the middle of the night. Interior pockets allow you to stash small pieces of gear, and a headlamp pocket helps diffuse light within the tent for nice, homey feel once inside.
The fly of the Force 2p is made with a 30D silicone nylon ripstop fabric treated with a PU coating for additional protection from sleet and rain. A No-See-Um mesh canopy behind that keeps the bugs out when you want sleep under the stars, and a ripstop floor with PU coating makes for a solid base. An additional footprint (sold separately) can be purchased for a bare bones setup option. Color coded Easy Pitch clips and poles reduce your fumble time when setting up camp after sundown, and light reflective points make finding your tent after a moonlight hike a little bit easier.
- 30D seam taped silicone nylon ripstop fly with 1500mm PU coating
- 15D No-See-Um mesh canopy
- 40D nylon ripstop floor with 2000mm PU coating
- 4 DAC NFL poles
- Two doors/vestibules
- Two-person sleeping capacity
- 2lb 15oz trail weight
- Vented rain fly
- Coded Easy Pitch clips and poles
- Light-reflective points
- Jingle-free nylon zipper poles
- Lamp shade headlamp pocket
- Interior pockets
- Item #MAR00J2
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After a season of guiding in this tent, I have to disagree with all the glowing reviews on this page.
I've used this tent in a range of conditions in the Rocky Mountains and in the desert SW, as an outdoor professional.
The tent is light. I'll give it that.
I am 6'4", so it sleeps 1.
Here were the major issues I encountered:
- The set-up of this tent is very complex and requires perfect tensioning to prevent the droop/sag. There are clips on the poles, which keep the pole spacing at an ideal distance and maintain the tent's tension. Unfortunately those clips are garbage. They regularly pop open, requiring the user remove the fly to re-snap them. That's fun to do in a rainstorm.
Furthermore the sag--What's the big deal with a little sag? Well in this case, the lightweight fly leaks as soon as it comes in contact with the inner layer of the tent (screen). And if that happens in a storm, it leaks like a sieve. I've had this problem occur from frost (the weight of it pops the poles apart while you're sleeping and you wake up soaked), hail, and even just a plain old rain storm.
The other major problem I encountered was the poles. They are not strong enough. I had this tent set up a blustery day in Crested Butte, and the pole snapped in a wind gust which was probably around 40 mph. It snapped... And ripped that lightweight fly.
Furthermore, the return/exchange process has been incredibly laborious- Marmot sent me a defective replacement pole which didn't snap together. Then they sent me the wrong length replacement section. 2.5 months later I think we have it figured out although I have to rethread the pole's shock-cord myself.
I'm over this crappy tent.
I previously had a review on the Marmot Force 2 person tent but accidentally deleted that review. So here we go again. I've now been using the tent regularly on the Ozark Trail in Missouri for over 6 months and am very satisfied with how it has held up. Plenty of room for 2 if you don't mind getting close. I'm 6'2" and my wife is 5'9" and we have no space issues. We also share the tent with our 50 lb Lab/Catahoola who also doesn't mind sharing the space.
I ditched the stakes and guy lines that came with the tent and replaced with titanium shepherd hooks and zing it which helped cut the weight to right at 3 lbs. 2 vestibules one is really small but we stack out packs in the larger and don't have issues.
Rain fly holds up to the elements. My only complaint is that if you don't hold the fly taught when opening or closing the vestibules it will get caught in the zipper which could do some unwanted wear on the fly.
Have to say for the cost and weight it is one of the better 2 person tents you will find unless you order one from a cottage vendor made of cuben fiber (but be prepared to spend 2x the amount).
Overall we are really happy with this tent and I would recommend it to anyone interested.
Also someone had commented on my prior review asking about sleeping pad sizes. I use a Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated pad size Large and my wife uses a Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated pad size large, both 79 x 25 and have had no issues with touching the walls/mesh.
Have fun out there
Light weight glamping
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great option for a light weight tent that doesn't loose an comfort, plenty of room to sit up and move around, read a book, and more. Sleeps two people packs and a dog without feeling confined at all. Colors look great in photos. Set up is super easy even alone. Great little features- plenty of stash pockets, places to hang gear, color coding for set up, and my favorite a "lantern loft" that holds a head lap with an opaque lining that disperses light to illuminate the whole tent! Get this tent!
A joy to use
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The design of the tent is great and tension is applied in all the right places to maximize space where it's needed. I've 5'9" and was very comfortable in this tent - even with another person. Initially it seems small, but once you settle in, it's fine. I imagine it would be tricky to change with 2 people in the tent, but isn't that the case with all 2 people tents?? Sitting up I didn't touch my head and found this wider than most other 2P tents I've been in. The cherry on top is that it's fairly light and comes in a bright green.
A few things that make me dock a star are: 1) very small vestibules 2) high tension makes me concerned that the mesh/stitching junctions will fail early 3) velcro rainfly attachments (worried I'll catch mesh and tear it) 4) no see um mesh doesn't seem very resilient to begin with 5) doors are just short enough to make getting in/out a bit awkward
Other standard misgivings are that it doesn't come with a footprint and the stakes are crap.
Despite my uncertainty regarding the durability of this tent, I can't help but love it.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have used this camping on a glacier at 6K feet with 20 mph wind and hail -- held up great with minimal sway. In those conditions, I would recommend getting snow stakes to deadman the rain flap. Super easy to set up.
Plenty of room for two people (5'11) inside, and you could probably fit two 50L packs at the feet to make it really cozy if you need to . Otherwise, the vestibules pretty much only have room for hiking boots. You can fit packs in the larger vestibule, but I think it disturbs the structure of the flap/tent.
Overall: tight fit and not great for roomy/car camping trips, but perfect for long backpacking/climbing trips where you want to cut weight and just get inside and sleep.
Marmot Force 2P Plan and Profile View
The Force series narrows at the foot of the tent, it's frustrating that Marmot hasn't included the width of the foot.
When my folks go out, they both use 26" wide LuxuryLite cots. If they drink pina coladas and get caught in the rain, I don't want the corners of their cots sticking out beyond the tent fly.
We have a Force 1P and it's a kick-ass tent. I'm pretty excited about this series, Marmot really pulled out all the stops.
Light and roomy
Just got back from a 4 day trip into the western Grand Canyon and the Force 2P is my new favorite tent. For an under 3 lb tent it has tons of space due to the vertical side walls. Plenty of head room for 2 people to sit up and read during the long Feb night. Also love having 2 doors, so no crawling over your partner to get out. And the color really pops in photos. Set up is easy, just follow the instructions on the stuff sack.
Force 2P in the GC
Force 2P in the Grand Canyon
Marmot Force 2P in windy conditions
Just got back from a trip to the Grand Canyon with my new Force 2P. No rain, but plenty of February wind. The Force held up really well. Not sure of wind speeds, but it was enough to blow our cups and bowls a couple 100 feet.
Marmot Force 2p Tent: 2 Person 3 Season
What is the volume? I'm comparing this to Hubba Hubba, my all time favorite, which is 43 cu.ft.
Trying to choose a new backpacking tent. Will the 200g difference in weight be worth the compromise (if any) in space? Vestibule is a third of Hubba Hubba!
Also, is there a way to set up floor + fly, w/o the body?
I tried to find out the Volume and its really hard to tell how MSR came up with that number. What I do know, which you probably have read as well is the floor area is the same, and the Marmot Force is 1in smaller when it comes to height. Id say the only real loss is the vestibule.
Marmot calls that floor and fly without body set up the