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Marmot Tungsten UL 3P

Light and Strong

Brand: Marmot Gear Reviews

Model: Tungsten UL 3P


Our take Not even a cyclone could budge this three-person Marmot fortress. Our Canadian testers weathered 50-mph wind gusts and almost 3 inches of overnight rain on Nova Scotia’s Cape Chignecto when a storm from Hurricane Matthew blew through their campsite. Setup is simple and a 20-denier polyester fly kept the pitch taut in the high winds, even when soaked (polyester doesn’t stretch when wet like nylon does, but it’s more expensive). Note: During the volatile storm, hard rain bounced off the ground and rebounded up underneath the fly, throwing some moisture onto the tent’s mesh walls.

The details The 41.5-square-foot floor is snug for three people (it’s a mansion for two), but was still adequate for our trio plus a small dog. Testers felt the near-vertical walls and 90-inch length easily compensated for the modest square footage, and the 46-inch ceiling is higher than others in this category. A vertical seam above the door creates sidewall tension, making it easy to unzip the door with one hand. Ding: Two vestibules (10.6 and 7.8 square feet) are on the small side for a trio’s gear.

Trail cred “This tent withstood a storm that downed a dozen spruce trees and caused the river to rise more than 2 feet,” says our Canadian tester. “It’s trustworthy.”

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