Marmot Zonda 2P
Design: three-season ultralight
Ease of Setup: Pretty simple, even in the dark
Weight: a little over 3 lb
Price Paid: $200 online
The Marmot Zonda 2P tent is my first ultralight so i really do not have anything to compare it with, but I'll try my best!
To start off, the tent with the rain fly on looks great aesthetically. The two tone orange is really nice. As for the zippers, the tent door on the side zips perfectly with no fabric to get caught on. However, the rain fly zipper occasionally gets caught up in itself, especially when you are zipping it up from the inside.
I also had trouble finding a way to keep the door of the rain fly open when i wanted to ventilate the tent. Not too big of an issue for me, especially since the fly gives you an extra 3 feet of space outside the tent protected from the weather, and enough room to sit up without hitting your head or feeling cramped.
I've been using the tent in cold weather and I noticed that the temp inside is at least 5 to 10 degrees warmer than it is outside. I've used it down to 25 degrees and stayed perfectly comfortable and dry in my sleeping bag.
I would recommend this tent to anyone who wants a good sized protective and comfortable 1 person tent with plenty of room for you and all your gear.
Design: Three season "hubba hubba" alternative
Ease of Setup: beyond easy
Weight: Round 3lbs or less
Price Paid: $240
This tent is a great choice for someone that wants an ultralight tent and a little extra room. The Zonda is by no means a "2 man" unless you are camping with the lady or someone you don't mind being close to.
I just got back from a weekend trip with this tent and found that it was a wonderful choice due to its weight, easy setup,and wonderful ventilation. It didn't rain while I was on the trip but the tent looks like it would be quite water tight for the exception of the low sidewalls. I can see water coming in the tent if you are on dirt or some other kind of hard surface other then grass. There doesn't seem to be enough fabric on the sidewalls to prevent water from splashing off the ground and into the tent via the mesh.
That's the only reason I gave it 4.5 stars and other then that the Zonda served me quite well. Good headroom and solid, lightweight construction are a plus but I think another door and vestibule would also be a plus, but of course you are going to add weight.
Design: three-season, "two person"
Ease of Setup: sets up in minutes, easily
Weight: 4 pounds, poles fold to ~15 inches
Price Paid: $208 on sale at REI
Highly recommended for those who need a light weight, packable tent that keeps the weather and condensation outside. Because I'm 5'11" and need my space, I use it solo and it's perfect.
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Marmot created the Zonda 2-Person 3-Season Tent for backpackers who want a lightweight design but don't want to sacrifice their comfort in camp. Though it weighs only 4lb 8oz, the Zonda Tent increases usable floor space with steep walls and includes a 9sq foot vestibule for dry storage. Pole clips make this double-wall Marmot tent quick and easy to pitch. A unique pole design makes the walls steep enough that you can sit up nearly anywhere in the Zonda Tent, so moving around inside won't be such a hassle.
- Backcountry Outlet
The Marmot Zonda 2 tent easily sleeps 2 ultralight backpackers. The innovative DAC aluminum frame is a hubbed pole design that creates more usable space because it has nearly vertical walls. It features 1 door with an attached storage vestibule. The full coverage RipStop SilNylon fly is lightweight and offers complete weather protection. The all mesh body attaches with easy to use clips and provides great ventilation and the opportunity to stargaze on nice night. The Catenary Cut Bathtub floor is taut, tight and wraps up the sides to keep you dry and secure in the worst weather. This versatile addition to the Marmot tent line is light enough for 1 but roomy enough for 2. Sleeps 2 Main fly and floor seams are factory taped to keep you dry Full coverage RipStop sil/nylon fly is lighter than plain nylon and keeps you dry and comfortable Freestanding design is stable and easy to set up Bathtub floor wraps up the sides and keeps you dry Vestibule overhang keeps the interior of the tent dry during wet entrances or exits Sturdy and light shockcorded aluminum poles are reliable and durable DAC NSL aluminum poles and Hub Design consolidates poles, lightens the tent and is very fast and easy to set up 1 side entry door Side storage vestibule for excess or wet gear Vertical sidewalls created by the 'Knees Pole System' increases interior user space Large mesh panels are great for ventilation and stargazing Sta-Put pole attachment system locks poles in place until you want them to come loose Optional Gear Loft available Bare Bones Weight = 3 lbs 5 oz - Save weight, leave the body home - works with OPTIONAL nylon footprint Color coded fast set up Adjustable corner Stake Tape loops for easy tensioning of the tent body Body to pole attachment is with the ultralight clips - clips speed assembly and allow more airflow under the fly Reflective guy points help to see the tent at night or in low light Noiseless jingle free zipper pulls are quiet on windy nights Internal pockets and gear loops make organization and stuff stashing easy All carry bags and stakes included Import.
The Marmot Zonda 2 Tent weighs in at under 4 lbs, has over 31 sq ft and includes a 7 sq ft vestibule. Wow! If you're looking for the lightest and roomiest tent around, then the Zonda is your choice. An innovative pole design in the lightweight Zonda creates maximum living space in a two-person backpacking tent, while a fly with a vestibule makes life easy in wet weather. If you want 2 doors and more vestibule space, checkout the Marmot Aura.
The Zonda Tent by Marmot is a super lightweight 2 person tent that has a low weight and plenty of room for those fastpacking weekend trips. The Zonda has the Knees Pole System that helps to creates maximum living space in a two-person backpacking tent, while a fly with a vestibule makes life easy in wet weather.