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When conditions are bad, the Hammer's seriously good.
When winter's worst comes down upon your head with the strength of a thousand Thors, there's only one thing to do: hunker down in the Marmot Hammer 2-Person 4-Season Tent and be patient. After all, Thors tend to blow themselves out eventually. Everything should pass by pretty quickly when you're holed up in the Hammer, since even the Thors' anger is no match for the 50D Trevira polyester, ripstop nylon, and silicone and PU coatings that shelter you from the elements. Apparently, Marmot made a deal with Loki to mess with Thor, because the single-wall Hammer's also incredibly breathable, so it doesn't turn into an accidental steam room, and superlight, so you don't have to compromise your objectives because your pack's too heavy.
The Hammer has a removable vestibule (with snow flaps, naturally), so you can keep your gear dry or shave extra ounces, and has fully-taped seams to seal out even the sneakiest of moisture. Setup's easy, too, courtesy of an internal guy system and easy two-pole design (the vestibule requires one more small crosspiece), and Marmot even tossed in reflective points so you don't trip over your shelter in the dark. Add in small touches like jingle-free zippers and interior pockets, and you might decide to just stay inside, even after the sky's gone blue.
- 50D Trevira polyester canopy with PU coating
- 40D nylon ripstop walls and floor with silicone and PU coatings
- Single-wall construction with fully taped seams
- Three DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles
- One door with removable vestibule and snow flaps
- Internal guy system
- Reflective guy-out points and jingle-free zippers
- Internal pockets
- Item #MAR003D
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My job requires me to camp from April-December so this year I bought this tent for the job (100)+ days in this tent). Number one problem is the ventilation. About 6/10 nights I wake up with severe condensation with the vents and sometimes the door open. In the spring and now fall when the temps have dropped below freezing that condensation turns to ice. As another review noted this tent has no screen over the vents, thus allowing all the wonderful mosquitos in to your abode. Even if it only worked in winter it shouldn't be marketed as a four season tent, but since it cant do that either Im calling it a no-season tent. To add insult to injury Marmot has not helped me out at all and responds condensendingly such as
Impressed after a week's use
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I put this tent through a variety of conditions over a week long trip to Washington this June for its first use. As such, it was used at slightly lower elevations/temperatures/conditions than I would say it was designed for. It was also used on Ptarmigan Ridge on Mt. Rainier for 2 nights.
In general, I am happy with the performance of tent on Rainier. It was light and compact and more than enough room for 2 people. The initial setup takes some getting used to, but I can recognize the utility of just crawling inside when it's storming to finish assembling the poles. A little tricky to do while windy (took 2 people). We had a pretty windy night at 10.3k and it handled it with ease. No fresh snow to deal with on this trip though so I can't comment on that aspect.
The guyline adjustment from inside the tent is a really cool feature. With both vents and the door slightly open we didn't have any condensation issues up high. At other times on our trip it would get a little damp in the morning but that's too be expected. It was definitely acceptable.
For the cost/weight/construction I'd definitely recommend this tent to others.
Tip for the inside velcro Pt. 3
Here you can see when its done, that the pole is held tight and you have a nice tab to pull to release the velcro when you are breaking down the tent.
Tip for the inside velcro Pt. 2
Here you can see how easy it is to wrap the hook side over the pole, and there is no extra material to get in your way.
Tip for the inside velcro
inside this tent are little Velcro straps that hold the poles in place, both the hook and the fuzzy side are the same length, which makes it hard to get a good tight fit. I trimmed the hook side of the Velcro by about 3/4 on an inch. that way it wraps around the pole and just touches the other side of the tent material and then you can pull the fuzz side of the velcro over it to make a tight secure fit.
Put the Hammer down in the Mountains
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I just picked this thing up, and was very impressed upon first setting it up. It goes up easy, and if its storming hard, you can stake the corners and then climb inside and assemble the poles and set up the tent without having to open the door. Which is cool.
Its not the lightest weight "assault style" mountaineering tent, but its one of the longest at 85" and being 6'6" that was a big factor in my choosing this one (that, and the fact that I have loved my Marmot limelight tent) This thing is super comfy as a one man shelter. and not too tight with two folks in it.
I was super stoked when I first got in this, because you can tighten the guy lines on the broad side of the tent from the inside! anyone who has spent time in a tent during a storm will appreciate this. When fully Guyed out this tent is rock solid! I had some pretty good winds and the tent barley shifted, meaning I was able to sleep better and not get woken up by my tent folding under the wind and hitting me in the face.
I just took this tent up Mount Whitney and had a bit of a wet snow storm through the night and stayed quite dry inside, there was a bit of moisture where some snow had accumulated on the top of the tent, and some frost on the walls in the morning, but to be fair I did not vent it as well as I could have. I feel that in dryer snow storms there would have been no problem at all. I do wish that the top and bottom vents had screens to keep snow out, I did not open the top vent because it was on the windward side and lots of snow would have blown in.
it packs down super small and I was able to get it down to 3.4 pounds. (tent body, poles, stakes, and guy lines) if I were sharing the tent I would totally bring the vestibule but when solo-tenting its not needed.
I am really excited about this tent, and suspect many good adventures in the alpine with it.
Is the 4lb6oz weight including the vestibule and vestibule pole? Does anyone know what the weight is without the vestibule?
Would this tent be suitable for solo expeditions on Aconcagua and Cho Oyu? Would it be better to have something bigger/stronger like the EV2, or a double wall like the MSR Fury or MH Tangent? I like the Hammer for its low weight, and it seems a little bigger and more durable than the Direkt 2, Firslight, etc.
Does the door have a mesh inner panel or...
Does the door have a mesh inner panel or just the primary W/P door? The vents (it's nice there are two and they're hi-lo) look small and a mesh door would be nice for ventilation...
Hey there Seabass,
This tent does not have an inner mesh door. 4 Season expedition tents traditionally don't have a whole lot of extra ventilation since they're primarily designed for heavy duty winter camping.
Hope this information helps!
What is the vent system on this tent is...
What is the vent system on this tent is their a mesh to keep insects out if you were going to use this as an approach tent?
there is no mesh in this tent since its designed for use in cold dry conditions so there should not be a lot of insects around above 10,000 feet. there is a velcro and zippered hole in the ceiling opposite the door, and then there is another similar vent near the door on the side of the tent. you can also use the top of the door to vent since there is a bit of material that goes over the top of the door.
when you have the two vents open it vents very well.