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Me, myself, and I.
- A one-person tent for solo adventures
- High-denier fabric can handle wear and tear
- Vestibule keeps your pack safe
- Lightweight design won't weigh you down much
- Fully sealed fly and floor to keep you dry
- Stuff sack is included for easy transport
- Clip attachment for easy set up and take down
- Item #MAR01AR
- Q & A
Marmot Tungsten UL 1P Tent Review
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
What a great tent! Three of us just completed an eight day tour of the High Sierras, with the final half cross-country.
This is my 7th, and likely final tent purchase in decades of backpacking. I talked extensively with Backcountry.com folks before purchasing this tent.
There were five criteria I had: 1) Lightweight. 2) Ability to sit up inside the tent. 3) Vestibule to keep pack/boots dry. 4) Easy poles, tent and rain fly setup. 5) Affordable. This Marmot met all five criteria.
With the Marmot footprint purchased separately (chuck its stuff sack), it all came in at 3 lbs 0 oz. The rain fly with vestibule worked well in blowing rain and hail, keeping the inside of the tent dry. Since I set this tent up in two raging storms, I have some initial opinions about set-up and take-down. I suggest adding guy lines to all five areas of the rain fly (corners and back) with, as you're facing zipper, red on right and green on left--you don't want that rain fly touching any of your tent's netting. Maybe even add a line to the bottom tip of the vestibule (which normally just wants a stake). Opinion about setting it up in a storm: prior to setting up, memorize where the head end (wide end) of tent is; same with rain fly and footprint. Grey pole sections at side of entrance (which you're usually facing during setup), and red/grey tabs at base only on opening side. Put down the footprint first and install/flex poles to corners of footprint. Tent down on taut footprint next. Pull tent corner grommets over footprint grommets and push pole ends through. Pull up center of tent to pole crossings and clip into crossings to secure pole crossings and tent top. Snap on the other clips (they clip well and fast). Face opening and fit rain fly with zipper for vestibule in front of you, red line on right, green on left (I wish I had used these colored lines before trip). Zip down the top of the vestibule zipper a foot and attach inside velcro around pole crossings. Lift the whole thing up and shake out some of the water from floor of tent. Lay back down and secure all six points of rain fly to pull it away from tent. If windy, stake corners of tent/footprint. I like to use big rocks for the rain fly lines. Other rain fly attachments to poles if you want/need to do them. Note the nifty vent post/velcro at top of fly..
Take-down. If wet, I yank the rain fly, and flatten tent on top of footprint. Remove/collapse poles and add stakes bag with poles in pole bag. When removing taut pole, step on grommet end you're removing pole from--that keeps the fabrics from moving away from you. At wide (head) end of tent/footprint, fold about 1/4 to 1/3 of tent up and back on itself to match poles' width. Roll up with poles in center of roll, and sweep off mud/pebbles as you roll. Starting at wide end (head) makes it easier to roll towards narrow end. Put this in tent stuff sack. Then, shake as much water as possible off rain fly, and just stuff it in to top of the same stuff sack. Pull carrying bag opening taught. Carry it with opening down (to drain water as you hike).
Final note--Marmot has a great warranty. Not like a competitor with lighter tents at almost 2x the cost with cheap zippers who charge you $50 or $75 to get zippers repaired [sooner] right in the middle of your backpacking season...
Is this tent considered free standing and does it come with the footprint?
Hey Eric, this tent is considered freestanding. It will not have an included footprint but it can be purchased desperately. If you have any specific questions about the tent feel free to reach out to me directly it is the one that I backpack with.