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Backpacking Tents

Marmot Force 3P Tent: 3-Person 3-Season


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There's no need to carry a heavyweight, bombproof shelter when the ultralight Marmot Force 3P Three-Preson Three-Season Tent keeps you just as dry and weighs a whole lot less then many other tents (under four pounds). While the mesh walls help keep weight down, they also keep air circulating, which prevents condensation from turning your tent into a drippy cave. The fully seam-taped fly also has a vent to encourage circulation even when you've battened down the hatches against the storm, along with two large vestibules to keep boots and packs from getting rained on. Pitching a tent should take just a few minutes, not half an hour, so Marmot used color-coded clips to make sure the DAC NFL aluminum poles were super easy to slip into place. They're also optimized to provide extra space for your head and feet, letting you sit up and lay down comfortably. Two D-shaped doors provide easy entrance and reduce the likelihood of trampling, and all the Force's zipper pulls are designed to reduce jingling, so a light breeze won't turn into a sleep-ruining ordeal. Inside, the Lamp Shade headlamp pocket helps provide ambient, lantern-style light to the whole tent, while the other accessory pockets keep your small gear safe and easily accessible when you're sleeping under the stars or riding the storm out.

Price : $ 468.95


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Backpacking Tents Checklist

Weight Matters! For two people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably less.
Don't Forget the Bulk. Packing a bulky tent sucks. Make sure it packs down tightly, ideally packing down to about 10x20 inches (smaller is better).
Mesh Matters. As a general rule, the more mesh, the lighter the tent. For warmer three-season use, usually, the more mesh you have, the better. Not only does the mesh save weight, but also allows for better air-flow.
Vestibules & The Rain. An often forget detail about backpacking tents are the vestibule. The vestibule provides a little canopy in front of your tent. Not needed during good weather, but absolutely needed during wet weather. Try to get one that is about 5 sq. feet large, or larger.
Speaking of Rain... Make sure the entire floor of the tent is waterproof. Most are, but if the tent says the floor is just "water resistant"...don't buy it! You'll regret it the first time your sleeping in it during the rain.
Remember the Footprint! Virtually all good backpacking tents also come with "footprints," which are essentially waterproof and tough tarps cut-out in the shape of the tent. Buy It! Not only does it enhance the tent's waterproofing, it also protects the bottom of the tent. Yes, they aren't cheap. But they are a lot cheaper than replacing the tent due to a sharp stick tearing a hole in the floor of your expensive backpacking tent!

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