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

 

Number of Poles 0
Diameter of Poles (mm) 1
Floor Space (sq ft) 41
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.