Marmot Aspen 2 Person Tent

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Marmot Aspen 2 Person Tent - Two will sleep comfortably in the Marmot ® Aspen 2 Person Tent. This durable tent features a lightweight aluminum pole frame as well as two built-in doors. The seam-sealed fly provides waterproof protection from the elements, while built-in netting offers ventilation free from insects.
Country Of Origin: Vietnam

Support and Cushioning:

  • Ridge pole supports both tent canopy and fly to increase interior space

Ventilation:

  • Netting provides insect-free ventilation

Weather and Wind:

  • Seam sealed fly provides waterproof protection

Features:

  • Sleeps 2
  • Lightweight aluminum poles
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Doors:2
Interior size:93" x 57" x 42"
Pack size:18" x 7"
Pack weight:5 lbs
Vestibule area:9 sq ft
Vestibules:1

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Marmot Aspen 2 Person Tent Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Super fast & easy setup w/great features

I bought this tent for a late fall Boy Scout campout and it was advertised as a 3-season tent. My son couldn't leave until after basketball practice so we got to camp well after dark and the temperature was already down into the 20s. It was our first time setting it up and it was brain-dead simple. And FAST!! Boy were we glad.

We did not read any instructions to figure it out - it was that simple. Honestly, reading instructions for this tent probably makes it harder! There is no color coding, no feeding poles through aggravating tunnels, or any of the myriad things that make setup a drag. Even the rainfly snaps on fast and easy. I do wish there was some way to not have to stake down the vestibules but that comes with the territory for vestibules.

One thing that isn't in any of these reviews is the placement of the interior equipment loops. In many tents they are positioned where they cause sagging or fabric/stitching stress. On this tent, they are all directly connected to the hooks that are used to attach the tent to the poles so the interior hooks are all very sturdy.

Most of the reviews that mention the crossbar are commenting on the perceived difficulty to attach hooks to it (what ??) or the increase to headroom. There is a definite noticeabe increase in headroom. But the thing I like about the crossbar is that it also directly improves the sturdiness of the tent and, more importantly, the sturdiness of the interior gear hooks. Most backpacking tents, and even backyard tents, have wimpy gear hooks.

The person who wrote the first long review was very negative and never even set this thing up outside of his living room! Why did he spend so much time railing on a tent that he never even setup outside or used for its intended purpose?

Who knows - and who cares - about what the different tags say the weight is. If you worry about the tiny details and the discrepancy bothers you that much then weigh it yourself and publish the actual weight for the rest of us. You probably bought the tent at the store knowing it was dang light anyway and that's what matters in the end. I picked up four other 2-man tents before buying this one and they were all smaller - but all were heavier too. It was noticeable. In fact, a fun game you can play is try to get someone different each time to help set your tent up or, better yet, put it away without saying something really positive about it. Over and over I hear about how tiny it packs and how lightweight is is and how fast it goes up/comes down.

This tent is longer, wider, and lighter than so many of the other 2-man tents. The rainfly is awesome. The setup is super easy. And each person gets their own door! Talk about a paradigm shift in backpacking and small tent camping! Doors on two sides (not ends) for much easier accessibility and two vestibules - one for each door.

I will acknowledge three problems with the design (depending on how you look at them):
One: It is NOT truly a 3-season tent. But it sure is a Great 2.5-season tent if you know what I mean. It doesn't hold enough of the heat in to be a true 3-person tent but it does okay if you zip the vestibules down - and it vents very well on hot nights.

Two: The doors are frustrating that there isn't a bottom zipper and you have to go over the door sill each time and the mesh is kind of in the way. I realize that adds to the "tub floor" design and reduces wear and stress on the fabric/seams that comes from those bottom zipper designs. It also gets that door open and out of the way for fast one-hand entry/exit if desired. Like for those middle of the night bathroom runs! But I still wish there was some way to do that without the mesh being in the way.

Three: The connectors at the ends of the poles have little ridges on them that catch in the grommets and make it a little tricky for a boy scout to disassemble the first time he tries it. However, those same ridges help keep the tent standing in the wind and make it a snap for one-person setup.

Bottom line, I love knowing I have Marmot quality and design and I love all the negatives I hear about every other tent once someone else, anyone else, helps me put up or take down my tent.
EricTheRed at Dick's Sporting Goods on 11/11/2011

Excellent Tent for the Price

We purchased this tent in 2011 for my son to use with Boy Scouts and for us to use for some father-son camping. I really am thrilled and think the tent is an extraordinary value.

We have set it up multiple times. Each time, it goes up easily and quickly, and everything works as it should. The frame offers great support and the tent seems well-made and well-fitted.

I noticed some of the other reviews question the clips on top at the crossbar; however, the directions that come with the tent were pretty clear on how to set it up. I really appreciate the extra head room provided by the crossbar, and it doesn't seem to cause any problems for the material.

The comments about the weight differential on the box vs the internal tag are correct. However, this is a very large 2-man tent, rivaling many of the 2+ tents. The minimal amount of extra weight (just a few ounces) is worth it if you want to have plenty of room to stretch out. It's actually still pretty light for all but the most strenuous uses.

The tent has a nice amount of mesh to it, so you won't burn up. The fly worked well and kept us dry and comfortable on a recent damp, cold campout. The dual vestibules with the rain fly are nice and add plenty of extra storage room.

My only real complaint with the tent is the doors. They work fine, but I wish there was a zipper across the bottom. As it is, they open in sort of a half-moon, but the bottom cannot open (so you have to crawl over the door).

My other minor complaint is the coloration of the tent itself. I like the orange color of the fly, but the tent looks a bit bland. Silly complaint, I know, but I would have preferred for them to make it more closely match the fly.

A few other random observations:
-The reflective tie straps on the fly are a very nice touch.
-The vestibule doors roll up easily and attach with well-planned straps.
-The storage pockets in the tent come in very handy.
-The stakes are a tad flimsy, but they were the same on the more expensive tents.
-The dimensions of the tent are virtually identical to the Marmot Thor 2P, so we use a footprint designed for the Thor.

Marmot makes some excellent stuff. This tent is not in their normal line, and they don't advertise it on their website because it is a special model made exclusively for Dick's Sporting Goods. While it may not be super high-end, it holds its own against tents costing over $200. In fact, I purchased ours after a day of shopping for tents in the $200 - $300 category. Then I stumbled upon this one and was doubtful it would compare well. Thankfully, I have been very pleasantly surprised.

On a recent father-son campout, we got a lot of positive feedback on the tent because it went up quickly, came down easily, packed small, and looked pretty sharp.

I'm tempted to give it a 5-star ratting, but it's not quite perfect. Really, this should be a 4.5 star review, but I don't see a way to do that.

In the end, I highly recommend the Marmot Aspen 2P Tent. It's a very nice, over-sized 2-person tent with excellent features, build quality, and portability; and it is a phenomenal value thanks to the special deal with Dick's.
Mikeheel at Dick's Sporting Goods on 10/10/2011

Marmot good name good product

I bought this tent because it had the features I desired (2 person , lots of mesh, inside loops/pockets, freestanding (sort of), and brand name.

I set this up in my living room a few times to make sure at the local campsite I would have no problems if I got there after dark.

Its very easy with the hooks and hole in tab corners. (the fly was not used in the house).

At the campsite it went up fine and the fly was easily spread and cinched down at the corners with the buckels. The vestibules were staked out and pulled tight. That 1st night it was very windy early on with a rain storm and everything was dry under the fly (tent, vestibule).
later on at the same store the foot print became available and I added that to my gear and its perfect, doesnt stick out (so no mini lakes under the floor to leak in) It also uses the same corner "holes" that the poles use for the tent so its always where it should be.

I took this tent with me to Yellowstone for back country hiking with an "all inclusive" trip. After seeing the tents provided I decided that I would use mine since I was staying later in the area anyways. This tent was as good or better than the outfitters tent that was $$$ more.
I am very happy with the tent, its design and its materials, for me it was a great buy.
Balinor at Dick's Sporting Goods on 10/10/2011

Works for me!

, I got this tent at a local store the day before a backpacking trip. I was a little concerned because I paid significantly less for this tent than all of my friends did for theirs. I figured there was a direct correlation between cost and quality of the tent...as is generally the case. However, the tent turned out to be a hit. Once we got to our campsite and started setting up, I had this thing up and ready to go in about 2 minutes. Everyone else was still piecing together their 4,5, or even 6 poles. There was significantly more room in this tent in comparison to theirs, and the pack size is similar. It seems that most people strap their tents to the bottom of their packs anyway...so an extra inch or so isn't a big deal. It rained heavily the first night we were there, and I can attest that it is definitely waterproof. The following morning I just turned the tent completely upside down so the bottom could dry, and the poles fit tightly enough that I could do this without having any of the nylon from the top of the tent touch the ground. It was ready to be packed up within a half hour. There are definitely lighter tents out there if you're an extreme minimalist...but for a weekend of hiking, this tent got the job done.
J at Dick's Sporting Goods on 05/05/2010

The Room I Need

This tent was one of the few that I could find in which I fit comfortably and don't touch one of the ends. I am 6' 3" and, even sleeping diagonal (corner to corner instead of end to end) in other tents, I still touch at least one of the corners. I can sleep end to end in this tent without touching the walls. I also love the small third pole that prevents the tent from drooping at the sides. This provides additional headroom and is especially helpful when two people are using the tent. I use this tent as a one person tent when camping with the Scout troop, or as a two person tent when backpacking with my son. I did add loops on the ends of the fly to guy it out for more ventilation in warmer weather. So far, so good and I have found the quality more than sufficient for my needs. The tent is easy to set up and take down. Unless you are expecting high winds, it can be set up with stakes at the corners and one stake for each vestibule. It can be secured in high winds using loops on the fly to guy it out. I have confidence to use this tent for any trip we will take.
bass_squared at Dick's Sporting Goods on 10/10/2010

Excellent Tent!

I purchased this tent for a weekend camping trip in southern Missouri. By no means was this a hiking trip, so I wasn't necessarily looking for a high-end backpacking tent. I went with a brand I recognized and price-point I liked. What I ended up with was a tent that withstood a decent rainstorm with strong winds, all while providing enough room for a full-size inflatable mattress. The tent was extremely easy to setup the first night, and even easier to take down on the final morning. Throughout the weekend, it did not leak water, nor did any of the condensation seep into the tent itself. The fly worked as a charm, and the poles and structure withstood the winds. The gear I had stored in the vestibules even stayed dry. The following morning, I removed the fly, dried the tent upside down, and packed up shortly thereafter. Great tent at a great price!
SC at Dick's Sporting Goods on 07/07/2010

Great value.

My wife and I bought this tent for a week-long trip to the BWCA. It was inexpensive, and I figured if it lasted the trip, and nothing more, then I'd be happy. As it turned out, we had three days of high winds and rain. The tent was astonishing. No leaks, no tears, not a single malfunction, and after a week of heavy duty service, it's in perfect shape.
I've owned tents I've paid three times as much for, and was half as impressed as I am with this Marmot. It is a phenomenal value for the price, and very easy to use. I am delighted.
Snuffy at Dick's Sporting Goods on 09/09/2011

Great tent

I picked this tent up while on a cross country trip where I would be camping multiple nights. So far Ive prob setup and taken down this tent over 7 times. Ive taken this tent on one backpacking trip. This tent for the price does the job. fits 2 people comfortably with pack outside under rain fly. I was caught in 50mph winds without the guide wires on and the tent took a beating and the poles bent slightly but held through without leaks. im sure if i used the wires the tent would have been flawless.

Great tent I love marmot.
Jrmobb at Dick's Sporting Goods on 07/07/2010

Expedient set up!

Out of the box this tent is not impressive, however when a weary backpacker has just hiked 20 miles over rough territory, and can set up this roomy, high-ceiling, waterproof tent in about three minutes, it really begins to impress. It has loops on the inside for drying clothes and is built in such a way that a breeze moves the stagnant air out of the tent while it keeps the user dry. It does not produce that "sauna effect", that many tents do. It does all the things a high-end Marmot tent would do, at about half the price.
Infantry of the Wild at Dick's Sporting Goods on 05/05/2011

Good deal

Good price for a great tent. Easy to set up , over all I like it very well.
Patiodadio at Dick's Sporting Goods on 02/02/2010

Negative Reviews:

Too good a deal to be true

I picked up this tent because the features were exactly what I wanted in a 2 person tent. It has 2 doors, 2 vestibules, lightweight construction, plenty of head room and could actually fit 2 people + some gear inside it.
It seemed like a great deal. Unfortunately it was too good to be true.
The below observations are based on what I saw after setting it up in my living room. I have NOT tested this tent in the field (I dared not).
No one paid or compensated me in any way for this review. These observations are based on my opinion alone, feel free to disagree with them or prove me wrong.

1.) The packaging box clearly states "Max. Weight 5lb 8ounces". The Marmot product card attached to the tent bag inside the box says "Max. Weight 5lb 12ounces". I'm not a physicist but I'm pretty sure that opening the box isn't supposed to add weight to the tent.
To add insult to injury The Min. weight listed on the card was more than the Max. Weight printed on the box. Is this an innocent typo or meant to mislead consumers comparing weights when looking at the boxed product in the store? You decide.
2.) The tent material is flimsy, fly netting had runs in it right out of the box.
3.) The tent bottom is made from two pieces of material stitched and taped or welded together. It seems that a seam all along the tub bottom would be asking for water to seep in.
4.) Does not come with a ground cloth (but neither do many other tents).
5.) The tent has 3 poles, 2 long ones and a short cross bar that increases the ceiling size. The cross bar puts a lot of stress on the material. The stitches looked like they were ready to pop once it was in.
6.) The two top clips on the tent are placed in a manner that makes you wonder just how they are supposed to be attached.
7.) Once constructed the tent bows/bends very easily to the touch. I don't want to know what it will do in high winds. To compensate for this the rain fly guy line connectors are attached 2/3 of the way up along the 4 corners of the tent. A freestanding tent shouldn't have to rely on guy lines that heavily for stability.
8.) The guy lines come in a different bag and assembling and attaching them is left to the consumer. This means that either they place great trust in the end user or that the lines/stakes were procured from another manufacturer and added to the tent packaging after the fact.
9.) While the guy line placement may help with stability (I haven't tested this) it means that there are no guy lines on the narrow edges of the tent. This causes the rain fly to sag onto the fly netting along both of the narrow ends. This leads to poor ventilation, condensation and potential water seepage from the rain fly into the tent where they touch. Even on some of the cheaper tents that I've owned the rain fly never touched the tent where it wasn't supposed to. This one just sags onto it even when properly tightened.
10.) This tent is NOT listed anywhere on Marmot's website. In fact, internet searches revealed very little reviews or retailers carrying it. There is also a noticeable price difference between this and other Marmot tents. It seems unlikely that a great company like Marmot would forget to stand behind a good product.
11.) The stakes are cheap and junky but that's standard fair on most tents.

My overall impression of this tent is that it was designed to have competing features with other tents of its class. without the added weight or high price tag. Unfortunately this means a compromise on quality.
If you dare to use it best of luck to you. Give it a try and prove me wrong.
Self appointed tent critic at Dick's Sporting Goods on 05/05/2010

Almost a good tent

The price is good, but the quality is lacking.
I set up this tent 4 times in my yard before deciding to return it. I truly wanted it to work for me.
The rain fly does not tighten up enough around the bottom; It touches the sides of the upper floor panel. The fly is also very loose in the vestibule area, causing it to flap in the wind. I guess if you had both vestibules packed, this would not be a problem.
The cross bar pole creates nice head room, but the tension it creates on the seams is worrisome.
I agree with the "too good to be true" review. Marmot does not promote this tent because it is inferior.
Kahn at Dick's Sporting Goods on 04/04/2011

Neutral Reviews:

not bad for the price

This tent seems to be good for the price. I have to wonder if the other reviewer actually set their tent up correctly because I've had no problems with the fly at all. I haven't had to use the strings to stabilize my tent, but I usually camp in the woods where the trees block the wind. The fly attaches with buckles and when tightened properly the fly does not touch the tent walls at all. The two pole clips on top can each be attached to one of the longer poles, but that's not how I attach them. I clip them both to the shorter pole with one on each side of where the two long poles cross. The stitching on all parts of my tent seem fine. I did not add waterproof as a pro because I ALWAYS apply seam sealer to a tent before using it. I would rather spend a few more bucks and a little time than find out too late that it wasn't sealed correctly to begin with.

I also purchased a Eureka! ground cloth seperately. This cloth is durable, yet inexpensive and fits it fine. It also fits into the stuff sack with the tent.

The tent spikes that come with it are fine. They are the cheap aluminum ones that bend when you hit a rock. That's just how these tents are though. The spikes are more weight efficient than some other spikes. You could easily buy heavier duty spikes for car camping.

It seems to me that the previous reviewer was wanting better quality without paying a quality price. That's great, but that's not how it works. You get what you pay for, and I believe this tent is a pretty good deal for the price.
Monster at Dick's Sporting Goods on 05/05/2010