User Review: Marmot Den 4P
Design: 3 season
Ease of Setup: easy breezy!
Price Paid: $350
We went with this tent based on the fabulous Marmot backpacking tent we have. Very disappointed! Here's what was good: best zippers ever (we've had past zipper issues with breakage), easy set up, quality materials.
Here's the bad: NO PRIVACY unless you have on the rain fly, the inverted U shaped doors were horrible. You can't partially open the door like a "D" style door to go in and out, you have to unzip the entire door, which flops to the floor (usually on the outside) so you are stepping on it, or if it is wet, it is getting wet and mudding, and you run the risk of tearing/snagging the mesh.
The doors were also mesh only, no second door to zip up for privacy or warmth. Water leaked through the bottom of the floor to get the whole side of my daughters sleeping bag wet with a plastic footprint. We have camped in cold weather with other tents (twenties and teens) and the tent has never gotten below freezing in the tent.
There is no insulation in this tent because of the huge amount of mesh, so we were at 22 degrees inside the tent. But the mesh is so fine, in the heat, a box fan placed outside the door did not blow any air in the tent at all, we had to put the fan in the tent. (we normally don't have the luxury of electricity when we camp, but it was very hot in this one without the fan inside).
The front large vestibule of the fly is poorly designed. The angle is such when it is raining/wet and you try and zip the fly down,you can't reach the end with out getting wet, and I'm 5'7". The angle was also so tight that it was extremely cramped with two people in the vestibule, and the back area was very small, no gear storage there.
We had really high hopes because of the Marmot quality, but this tent was nothing but frustrating and COLD! Bottom line- we are returning this tent!