Marmot Astral 2P
Source: warranty replacement
Best tent I have had, ever!
So I got this tent as a warranty replacement for the Marmot Swallow 2P. I'll be honest that I was biased against it only because the Swallow was such a good tent and didn't think anything could replace it.
Well, after speaking with Marmot's customer service and warranty people over and over again, watching Curly's Clips on youtube, and just generally taking a leap of faith with it, I chose this tent and took it to Malahat and China Beach in BC.
First impressions: VERY easy to set up, strong DAC poles, and VERY easy to break down and store. I opted for the footprint and gear loft in addition (sold separately) and was very pleased that during a day-long downpour in China Beach, not a drop got inside the tent even with the vent fully open.
Bug protection was nice as I'm from San Diego and we don't really have mosquitoes here but they sure did in BC and they were disappointed by the mesh of the tent body. Plenty of room for my wife and I (we're quite tall people) and the vestibules had enough room for my 110L and her 80L backpacks.
All in all I love this tent and will recommend it to anyone who wants to get a new tent that is waterproof, breathes well, and has enough room for two people.
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Marmot's Astral 3 Person Tent features: a design that is easy to set up, dual doors and vestibules.
The Marmot Astral 2P Tent has been updated for 2013 is ready to be your go-to shelter when you're out on the trail by yourself or with a cozy friend. DAC NSL dual diameter green poles with eco-friendly green anodizing Free-standing design increases habitability allowing a person to sit up Vertical wall design for additional living space Color-coded ''easy pitch'' clips and poles make for confusion-free set up Catenary cut floor is fully waterproof with taped seams lifted off the ground Bare bones setup allows the fly to be used by itself with footprint to make a lightweight, sturdy shelter Optional footprint provides extra protection under your tent or for bare bones setup Reflective guy out points
The Marmot Astral 2 tent is a great option for long backpacking or biking trips where space and weight are main considerations. It offers the protection and reliability needed for wilderness journeys. Marmot Astral 2P boasts vertical sidewalls for a spacious interior; vertical wall design also prevents water from dripping into the tent when the rainfly is open. 2 doors and 2 vestibules provide easy access and personal storage for 2 campers. Mesh canopy walls circulate air and offer exceptional views during warm, clear nights. DAC Featherlite(R) NSL hubbed polesets are super lightweight yet strong, and are annodized without the use of harmful acids; rear brow pole extends headroom. Color-coded poles and clips simplify and speed tent setup. Catenary cut floor provides a tight pitch with reduced weight; seam-taped bathtub floor maintains waterproofness. Lightweight, durable ripstop nylon rainfly has silicone and polyurethane coatings for waterproof protection and UV resistance. Inside pockets store and organize small gear inside the Marmot Astral 2 tent. As a convenient option, poles and rainfly can be set up with the footprint (sold separately) to create a lightweight shelter.
The ultralight Marmot Astral 2-Person 3-Season Tent handles well in spring and fall, but thanks to its mesh canopy and open construction, it really shines during the dog days of summer. Primarily made from No-See-Um net, the tent body provides optimal ventilation to prevent clamminess and condensation, and if the rains should come the PU-coated fly and fully taped seams have got you covered. A color-coded Easy Pitch setup and reflective guy out points mean the end of fumbling in a mess of tent parts, even when you arrive at camp after sunset.