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Mark A.

Mark A.

Mark A.wrote a review of on May 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this tent, it has tons of room for two people for an extended camping trip. It easily fits a queen size air mattress and gives you room to stand up in the tent. We've used it several times and find it easy to put up and take down, despite its large size.
The only problem we've had with it is water that wicks through through the tie downs for the vestibule door. This water will drip into the tent forma puddle on your floor. This happened to us during a wet weekend in Virginia, and it's not fun. I sealed the tie downs with waterproofer, and we'll see if that fixes the problem.

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Mark A.

Mark A.wrote a review of on May 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

We put this tent to the test during a very rainy weekend in the Smokies. It rained all weekend, but we stayed nice and dry.
The extra poles on the tent really do keep the end walls more vertical and give you a lot more usable floor space. The vestibules aren't huge, but they have enough space to leave your shoes out to dry.
The tent is easy to put up, but I don't like the little plastic piece at the top of the tent that holds the larger poles together. We broke this piece the first time we put the tent up. Marmot sent us a replacement, but it was the wrong size. I've put up many a tent, and this thing just makes it more complicated.
The doors have four zipper pulls each, which I think is a bit excessive, but we're not using this as a backpacking tent. The vestibule doors have two zipper pulls, which worked really well for exiting and entering the tent in the rain, as you don't have to open the vestibule doors all the way to enter the vestibule. You can open the top, step in and close it back up over you very quickly and the tent stays taught.
When we finished our camping trip, I was able to take the tent down in the rain, while remaining under the rain fly. It worked surprisingly well and kept me drier than taking it down in the rain. You'll still get wet taking down the fly, but it's still an improvement.

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Mark A.

Mark A.wrote a review of on May 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My girlfriend bought this for car camping, but decided we might take it backpacking too.
It's certainly not as warm as my down mummy bag, but I was expecting that. It isn't rated to 20 degrees, after all.
It is much more comfortable to sleep in than a mummy bag. I'm a side sleeper, and this thing feels a LOT more roomy. It didn't let any drafts in along the sides and the sleeping pad stayed tucked into the pocket at the bottom of the quilt. I thought the head board was a little silly, but used it when I got cold.
The quilt packs up small in the provided stuff sack, but could get much smaller in a compression bag, so we'll try using something else if we take it backpacking.
We used this with a Klymit Double V sleeping pad, and it felt a bit cold. It was definitely the week point, I'd suggest getting the insulated version, if you're camping anywhere near 30degrees.

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