23rd September 2016
When it comes to being in the outdoors & photographing trips & adventures that require being away for multiple days, the first item on my list of must haves is a comfy & roomy tent. There are a few major considerations for me (other than comfort & room) when choosing a tent & seeing as I usually carry more equipment than anyone else, weight & pack size is another big factor. Also, since the days are mostly for shooting from sunrise to sunset, it’s the night time when I need to download memory cards onto the laptop & have equipment charging for the next days onslaught which is where the roomy factor plays its part… enter the Marmot Tungsten 2P tent!
So I have had this tent for a few months now & have been using it on casual weekends away, a couple of hiking trips & a 3 day long climbing trip where the rain gods really didn’t want us to have a good time, & I thought it’s about time I let you all know why I think this is easily the best 2 person tent on the market! As soon as I saw this tent, I knew it was a perfect fit for what I needed & the features that sold me are the massive amounts of internal space, small pack size, light weight, durable material, ease of use & the price!
The gang at Marmot have put some real thought in when designing this tent & what they have come up with really does make a big difference. The addition of small vertical sections at the base of the poles creates a heap more internal space without compromising anything else… it’s so simple, yet so genius! Over the past few months I have compared this tent with other 2 person tents I own/have used in the same style & while most share the same footprint size, the Tungsten 2 has more internal room by far!
Another bonus point gets award for having dual vestibules & dual entry points. This means if you’re solo, you can have one vestibule for gear with a door to access it, keeping the other side clear for entry & exit. However, if your travelling with a partner, you both have an entry & exit door for those late night toilet trips & you don’t want to crawl over each other to get out, & a space to keep your equipment right outside your door… winning!
Also, weighing in at 2.3kg, this tent isn’t going to win any awards for being super lightweight (nor is it trying to), but it isn’t too heavy for those times when you do have to carry it with you. It’s a big consideration when you have to pay something around the $700 mark just to shave 1kg off the scales. Similarly, the pack size isn’t the smallest on the market, & again, it wasn’t designed with this in mind but at the same time it is super manageable. The pack size & weight is definitely manageable on hiking trips & it isn’t going to break your back or overcrowd your pack by any means. I honestly don’t think I will find another tent at this price, at this quality & this jam-packed with features!
Tent Floor Fabric
68d Polyester Taffeta 190T 2000mm F/R
Tent Canopy Fabric
40d 100% Polyester No-See-Um Mesh F/R 68d 100% Polyester Taffeta F/R
Tent Fly Fabric
68d Polyester Taffeta 190T 1800mm F/R
Tent Vestibule Area(s)
9.8 sq ft, 0.90 sq m | 5.2 sq ft, 0.48 sq m
Tent Floor Area
32 sq ft, 3.0 sq m
41 x 54 x 88in, 104 x 137 x 224cm
Tent Pole Data
3 / DAC Press-Fit 9.0mm / Velocity 8.5mm
Tent Min Weight
(Poles, Body, Fly)4lbs 13oz (2211g)
Tent Max Weight
5lbs 4oz (2400g)
Mesh inner, fly, aluminium pole system, 8 lightweight tent pegs, reflective guy ropes & (depending on where you purchase) the matching footprint.
Set up is a breeze with the colour coded tabs on the footprint & mesh inner. Match them up before attempting to put the poles in & you won’t have an issue. The pole system can go in any direction so there’s no trouble making sure that goes on properly. Once you get the poles in all four corner slots, simply clip the plastic hooks on the inner to the poles where they most comfortably sit then slide the grey top pole into the pockets above the entry doors to pull the sides of the inner out & tight. If it’s hot out & no rain is forecast, you can simply stop here & enjoy an unobstructed night sky & cool breeze while you sleep if you so desire… otherwise, throw the fly over & marry up the red tabs in the correct corners once again & clip them to the inner. Peg out the corners & the 2 vestibules & you’re done! It’s seriously that easy to set up, even your first crack only takes a few minutes. Here’s a quick timelapse to show you how it’s done…
Colour coded tabs in the right areas make the set up a breeze
The main pole structure is made up of one continuous pole which also adds to the ease of set up
The pole clips for the inner are strategically placed to optimize internal space & are easy to clip on
The centre crossbar pole simply slips into the sewn pockets & is support by the center clip
The zipper tabs are made of corddelette to avoid any unwanted jingling of metal tabs at night
Various pitching options including inner only, fly & footprint only, or fly first during bad weather
I don’t think much more needs to be said in this department other than what I stated in the initial overview. This tent has been designed to maximize internal living space so it easily gets a 12/10 in this category. When on solo missions I easily fit all my gear inside the tent with me including a large sleeping pad, full size pillow, 50L duffel bag, camera pack, laptop bag, chargers & dry bags for dirty laundry. I am 6ft tall & there still have plenty of room at the head & foot so there is no issue there & I stay well away from the inner when sprawled out. Also, with the entry doors opening to around 250 degrees, there is heaps of room when getting in & out too!
Large opening for ease of access with easily rolled back vestibule walls & doors
As you can see, there is plenty of internal room for me & all of my gear. There is also a couple of gear pockets in the corners to stash your phone/wallet/keys etc for ease of access at night or at first light.
So far the Marmot Tungsten 2P Tent has lived up to, & exceeded my expectations. After using it on a few trips now it hasn’t once let me down & the more I use it, the easier it becomes to set up & pack down. That reminds me, another great thing I noticed is that the bag it all packs into has plenty of room so you don’t have to try squish everything down just to pack it up each time. Really saves a lot of frustration when you just want to pack up & head off! I like the fact that it is built from thicker, more robust material meaning I am going to get longer out of this tent & that it can probably take the beating that I am sure to give it over its lifetime. Marmot have really taken the cake in the tent world for the masterpiece that they have created here, it’s simple, it’s durable, it won’t break the bank & it’s seriously worth considering when you’re in the market for a new tent!
Massive thanks to Marmot Australia for their ongoing support of my photographic adventures. Their gear always makes my life easier in the great outdoors!