The Marmot Zonda 2P tent is my first ultralight so…
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.
This tent is a great choice for someone that wants…
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.
Highly recommended for those who need a light 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.