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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Good price for a great tent. Easy to set up , over all I like it very well.