This Marmot Tungsten 3P tent review is about a very practical backpacking and camping tent for 2-3 people. This is a freestanding 3-season 2-layers tent with some nice features, and made of very durable materials, a truly great value for the price.
Note, there is an ultra lightweight variant of this tent launched in 2017.
Where to buy
- The best place regarding the price and shipping conditions is usually Amazon.com.
The structure of this tent is a hub x-shaped construction of the two main poles, in addition to one shorter brow pole which crosses the other two at their intersection. The purpose of the brow pole is to lift the sides up and to give more space inside the tent at the shoulder and head height. This type of construction may be seen in some other Marmot models, like in Limelight 3P.
One interesting feature of the structure are pre-bent lower sections of the two main poles. The purpose of this is to move the corners of the tent more toward the outside, giving a bit more space in the tent.
The tent is easy to setup, everything is color-coded, and the clip system is very efficient. It comes with 2 doors and 2 vestibules (of different size). Jingle-free pulls are used on the doors. The doors can be rolled sideways and fixed with a toggle to the tent body.
All materials used in Marmot Tungsten 3P tent are very durable, you will see the denier features in the specifications below. The floor is completely waterproof and seam-taped, and the same holds for the fly. The floor seams are made to be above the ground (a catenary cut), a good feature indeed.
There are 2 vents on the fly, yet another great feature of this tent. The zipper on the vestibule is with a flap so this is protected from the rain.
The two parts of the vestibule can be rolled sideways and fixed to the fly. Guy out points and toggles are on the four corners of the fly.
Similar denier properties are in the wall panels. The upper part of the body is all mesh, a good feature with respect to ventilation and breathability.
Inside the tent, you have mesh pockets on both sides of the doors, and there are attachment points above the head. You will notice 2 lampshade pockets above you as well.
With Tungsten 3P tent you get a custom made footprint, included in the package. This considerably adds to the value and durability of this tent, and it additionally protects the tent from the surface water. If you would buy the footprint separately this would cost you more than $50, you may see it here.
Here is one useful video from Marmot, about Tungsten series. You will learn that this series comes in sizes for 1, 2, 3, and 4 people. Have a look:
Technical specifications & summary of features
- Minimum weight: 5 lbs 15 oz (2693 g). This includes poles, body, and fly.
- Maximum weight: 6 lbs 5 oz (2880 g).
- Dimensions (H x W x L): 46 x 66 x 90 in (117 x 168 x 229 cm).
- Packed size: 22 x 8 in (56 x 20.3 cm).
- Floor surface: 41.3 sq ft (3.8 sq m).
- Vestibule: 10.6 sq ft (0.98 sq m) + 7.8 sq ft (0.72 sq m).
- Floor material: 68D polyester taffeta 190T 2000 mm F/R.
- Canopy: 40D 100% polyester no-see-um mesh F/R; 68D 100% polyester taffeta F/R.
- Fly: 68D polyester taffeta 190T 1800 mm F/R
- 3 poles; DAC press-fit 9.0 mm; 8.5 mm.
- Footprint included.
- Marmot volume optimizing structure provides more livable space. Sleeping zone pre-bends create vertical walls.
- Seam taped full coverage fly with vents. Seam taped floor.
- 2 doors; 2 vestibules.
- Strategic clip placement which provides larger interior volume.
- Color coded easy pitch clips, poles and fly.
- 2 lamp shade pockets.
- Mesh interior pockets.
- Jingle-free nylon zipper pulls.
Comparison with competitors
Here is a comparison table I made for you, with Marmot Tungsten 3P tent and a few other free-standing, 3-season, 3-people tents, to make your choice easier. You may read more about these tents within this site, just follow the links:
Copper Spur UL3
|Surface (sq m)||3.8||4||4.1|
Obviously, the surface per person is not the strongest feature of this tent, but the same objection holds for any other backpacking tents and in particular for those in the table. In view of the weight and the price, I believe my rate is appropriate.
- This tent is more suitable for 2 than for 3 people.
I hope this Marmot Tungsten 3P tent review has been useful. This is a good tent, a bit on the heavier side because of very durable materials used for the tent, so I would not consider this as a bad feature at all. If used by several people it can be divided among the members of the group, so the weight should not be a problem.
You might want to compare this tent with the Kelty Trail Ridge 3 with footprint, described elsewhere in the site, a new and improved version for the season 2017.
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