Marmot Tungsten 3P

This three-person tent boasts freestanding convenience and luxe headroom at an affordable price.
Tungsten 3P Tent
Price $259.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 4.5
Weatherproofing 4.5
Ventilation 3.5
Living Space 4.5
Durability 5
Fast-Pitch Setup
Materials 68-denier polyester (40-denier in the canopy)
Shape dome
Free Standing
Capacity 3

 

Number of Poles 0
Diameter of Poles (mm) 1
Floor Space (sq ft) 41
Layout rectangular
Length (inches) 0.5
Width (inches) 0.5
Interior Height (inches) 46
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 11
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 8
Weight 5 lbs, 15 oz

Livability

When you’re stuck in a storm, ample headroom is the difference between a miserable case of claustrophobia and a rip-roaring tent party. And although the Tungsten’s 41-square-foot floor just fits three sleeping pads, the lofty 46-inch-tall peak height—with curved poles that open up the corners and make that space more usable—means party central. Two asymmetrical vestibules (11 and 8 square feet) offer sufficient storage, but we wished for larger fly vents to help dissipate moisture. With two people and a large dog, we experienced a fair amount of condensation after a 29°F night in Idaho’s Sawtooths.

Protection

It takes a bit of finagling to tighten the fly, which sags on one side if the pitch isn’t perfectly symmetrical. But once taut, the Tungsten barely budged in 30-mph winds in New York’s Adirondacks. Fully unzipping the fly does let water drip into the tent; prevent it by stopping the zip a few inches short.

Durability

Sturdy, 68-denier polyester (40-denier in the canopy) requires no TLC, making the Tungsten ideal for family abuse.

Packability

The tradeoff for headroom and price? The Tungsten is heavy and bulky (27 by 9 inches) when packed.