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Marmot Starlight 2P 2-Person 3-Season Tent

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See the night sky, but stay protected from the elements in Marmot's Starlight 2P Two-Person Three-Season Tent. At just 2. 75 pounds, it's designed for backpacking trips where shaving weight and packing small is seriously important, but it doesn't give up durability, protection, or comfort to do it. Two DAC Featherlite NSL poles with color-coded clips mean it's super easy to set up this cylindrical-style shelter, and the low profile means it stays hidden from the wind better than a traditional cross-pole design. The back half of the tent is constructed from solid waterproof fabric, so the fly only needs to cover the upper mesh half of the tent, which saves further weight, while vents at the foot of the tent and in the fly keep air circulating even when you've battened down the hatches against foul weather. Marmot also taped all the seams to keep sneaky moisture from sogging up your shelter, included a capacious vestibule for your boots and packs, threw in a few interior pockets, and decked the the body and fly out with reflective details to keep you from tearing down your tent during a moment of midnight confusion.

Price : $ 288.95

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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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