User Review: Marmot Twilight 2P
Price Paid: $250
This tent is a backcountry luxury. It has two fairly large vestibules (10.5 square feet each) to store large packs and boots, and there is plenty of room for two inside. I have slept comfortably inside at 6'1" with another person who was 5'10". One night we got two people and one 68 pound dog inside – doable, but certainly not recommended. The tent body has a fair amount of mesh:
and the fly has two lightweight sewn-in "posts" on top that can be erected on a strip of velcro to address ventilation issues. This tent breathes fairly well, and I haven't had much condensation, even on colder nights.
Another great feature is that there are two doors and two mesh inner pockets for stashing things. The hub pole system is a little tricky to do with only one person, but using the color coded grommets and pole tips, the only thing you will need to work on is technique. I also really like the large clips that hold the tent body to the poles, as they are quite simple to snap on and off.
Everywhere that I have seen this tent for sale has included a free gear loft and ground cloth. The gear loft is a definite bonus. For some people the ground cloth is a bonus – I still carry mine. The tent has kept me dry in several nights of rain, one of which was quite hard (1800mm coating on the fly).
One small complaint that I have is that it is basically impossible to fully zip the vestibules either open or closed while remaining fully in the tent. The degree at which the vestibule slopes would just require very long arms to be able to zip it all the way:
That said, all the stake-out points on the ground cloth have buckles that snap to the fly and tension very easily, and you could leave the tent body at home to shed some weight, which is something this tent does have a lot of. At 5 lbs. 9 oz., a lot of backpackers will simply not consider it. If you don't mind packing the extra weight for a little extra space, then this is a great tent for you!
I did not count the weight of this tent as a negative in the review, since it is a specification that is easy to obtain beforehand, and thus nobody should be surprised at it's weight or size in the pack if they do decide to purchase.