Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $125
Bought this used for an upcoming trip to Philmont Scout Ranch...used on several "trial" hikes...works great.
- Ease of setup
- light weight
- appears to be discontinued????
This has the easiest setup...quickly goes up in about 3 minutes by yourself...slightly quicker with 2 people. Last setup in the dark with only a flashlight.
Design: 3 season free standing 2 door
Ease of Setup: medium
Price Paid: $280 on sale
This is a prelim review based on one set up in my backyard. I'll follow thru with another review after it has a half doz knarley nights. Lotsa floor space after 10 years in a nutshell. The "Knee poles" add alot and were one of the reasons for purchase i.e. the bottom 24" of the walls are almost vertical, which makes the already generous floorspace feel even more so. The nutshell had that feel as well for about 18". Great pockets and lots and lots of them. A webbed (I will call) sock holder for airing those smelly things, far from my nose, is welcome. Having a webbing pocket high on the inside for getting things that you have to get to quick from outside the tent is a nice touch...you can retrieve things easily from the outside while standing up! It has 3 webbed loops on the ceiling for hanging candletype lanterns, 2 to the front, one towards the back that are off center so you don't have to bang your head on them coming and going. Seems to have much bigger D doors than my son's REI Half dome making entry/egress and general gaping a tad easier. I measured 44" at the ceiling right over head and about 80" in length. On the con side it has the irritating new practice of fixing the Hypno foot print on the pole end grommet straps (ala REI half dome) rather than to the tent (ala nutshell) where the front two attachments are falling off as you attempt to fix the rear two. I finally just zip tied the tent and the footprint ends together and that problem is solved. The door sill is a tad high (6") which could be good or bad depending. Its pricey but I bagged it on the REI div 20% off deal and used my div check so it was FREE (kinda sorta).
This thing has the typical Marmot fit and finish and excellent size/weight. Colors are cheerful and not as "bright" as shown on the web site.
Design: Three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: intuative
Weight: 5lbs. 14oz.
Price Paid: $270 w/ground sheet
I used this tent in the Tetons for four days in mid June '04 and in the U.P. of Michigan for five days in late August '04. There was plenty of rain on both trips and the tent never leaked a drop. My only complaint, albeit small, would be that during one particularly soaking downpour I had the head of the tent facing into the wind which resulted in rain blowing up under the fly and soaking the inside wall of the tent. This was not a major inconveniece because there was no pooling of water...only the side wall got wet.
Other than this, I have been completely happy with its performance. I think the vestibules are best suited to the smaller size of ultralight packs. I carried a Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone and my girlfriend an Arc'teryx Bora 65. Each vestibule covered our respective packs, boots, and a few other small items. My scale weighed the Hypno in at just under six pounds for the tent, fly, and poles.
One other positive comment I would like to add is that it was very stable in mountain winds and bluff side winds which at times seemed almost gale force! I would recommend guying it out in these conditions. Other design high points worth noting are: roomy interior space for two, excellent interior storage, typical high quality Marmot construction (built to last a long time), and fast and easy set-up/take-down.
One final thought I would like to pass on is that I select gear based on company reputation and how the company stands behind its products. In my opinion, Marmot is as good as it gets!
Design: 3-4n seasons depending on the hiker/ free-standing dome
Ease of Setup: less than 5 minutes
Weight: 5+ but worth it
Price Paid: $180
Let's see. First time I took it out I tore the stitching while staking it it out! I called mMrmot and bitched and they covered the shipping and fixed my tent for free. Since then I've literally put the tent through hell. I love it. Although it is a bit heavier than I'd like at night when I pitch it up I'm always happy to see that I'll be sleeping in a nice tent and during the summer the open roof makes for a great view of the night sky. If only it weighed about 3 lbs. I'd be completely satisfied.
Design: three+ season freestanding double door
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 6.75 pounds (8 pounds with footprint)
Price Paid: $350
I absolutely love this tent! It is very easy to setup, and very strong, too. Lots of room on the floor for extras like books, clothes, water, etc. and plenty of headroom at BOTH ends of the tent.
The biggest downside is the total weight. I weighed the tent, fly, footprint, poles, and stakes, and it was almost 8 pounds. That's a far cry from the recent trend of ultra-light gear. As always, weight is a tradeoff for comfort and ease of use.
Design: Three pole, three season
Ease of Setup: see #2 above
Weight: not super light but acceptable for two persons splitting the weight.
Price Paid: $249
I'd rate it 4.5 stars if I could but I can't. Why not a 5?
1. Opening the doors or fly in the rain or on a dewy morning results in getting wet.
2. Orienting the head and foot of the tent with the rain fly in the dark is difficult.
Otherwise it's a completely dependable, quality piece of gear.
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 7ish with footprint
Price Paid: $280
This is the followup to my first initial review. It is a great roomy tent and has had plenty of rain and high winds and I have no complaints. Well thought out and typical Marmot fit and finish. Nice vestibules and works well "gaping" out the doors while boiling that first cup o joe.
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