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Share the already light load.
Traveling light is best done with a traveling companion. Aside from the conversation, it's nice to have someone to carrying half the tent; although when the tent is as light as the Marmot Pulsar 2, it really isn't even necessary. The Pulsar 2 weighs less than four pounds fully kitted out, so you can pull the old 'you carry the food, I'll carry the tent' trick and come out way ahead.
- Tough, waterproof breathable 40D nylon ripstop fly with 1800mm polyurethane coating
- 20D No-See-Um mesh canopy for cooling ventilation and bug protection
- Ultra-durable 40D nylon floor with 3000mm waterproof coating
- Lightweight DAC aluminum poles
- Single door and vestibule for light weight
- Plenty of room for 2 sleepers and a vestibule for wet, stinky gear
- Maximum weight is 3 pounds 14 ounces, so it won't weigh you down, especially if you split it up
- Bare bones setup is just fly, footprint, and poles for light weight
- Color-coded Easy Pitch clips and poles
Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I used the Marmot Pulsar 2 tent on couple multi-day backpacking trip in the Manistee National forest. I love how light and easy the tent is to setup! I have yet to use this tent in any heavy down pours, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it will hold up. I picked up the footprint for this tent and I always use it when I take it backpacking. The footprint provides great-added protection to the underside of the tent and keeps it clean and dry from the morning dew. I love the vent flap by the vestibule, provides great circulation for those warmer nights. My only complaint with the tent is the rain fly. I have notice that it does NOT have clips or a slot to secure the rain fly, by the T-bar on the top, to the poles! I find this to be a design flaw. Although it appears to be reinforced around the area were it’s supposed to be, it’s still hard to properly align the rain fly to the tent poles at this area. I’m not sure if my tents fly defective or if Marmot failed to think of this. Overall a great tent and I still recommend it to a friend.
Pricy But Worth It
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As a generally frugal person, when it came to updating my tent, prices were a tough pill to swallow. I wanted something lightweight enough that I could carry for solo trips and large enough for two person trips.
This, and BC's awesome price match guarantee (got it over $100 off) lead me to the Pulsar. Used on a two person trip in Glacier National Park. Worked well. Gave amazing views of the stars without the fly, and actually had more space that I was expecting. I'm 6'2" 140 and my dad is 5'10" 200 and we fit nicely. Although I expect the vestibule space would have been on the tight side. And it was light enough to not even notice on a solo trip to the Holy Cross Wilderness and gave more than enough room to hang out during storms.
Held up to 2 solid days of rain in HCW, even with water getting in between the footprint (doh!) so I wouldn't hesitate to go without, I'm just generally cautious when it comes to my gear. Seems durable even with the thin material, and the reversed foot box did a good job with ventilation.
In summary, would recommend to people looking for a lightweight tent for 2p and solo use, especially if you can get the price match. Although it is slightly heaver than BA tents, its cheaper and the 40D material, to me, makes it seem like it will last for years to come.