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Marmot Tungsten UL 1P

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Marmot Tungsten UL 1P three-season tent

A great lightweight solo tent.


  • Lightweight
  • Packs small
  • Freestanding
  • Relatively low cost
  • Poly fly stays taut


  • Storage sack is too large
  • No guy line loops at tent's lower ends


Tungsten Ul 1

I own numerous solo tents, I keep going lighter and smaller, and this tent is great. It weighs a little over 2 1/2 lbs, and packs down very small. I carry its parts seperately, and compress the body and fly into a Sea to Summit ultra-sil compression sack.

Sea to Summit Traveller 50 degree bag, poles, Tungsten Ul 1, stakes, Nemo Tensor pad

The tent has a bathtub floor, and completely mesh upper. It has a vent, a headlamp lampshade pocket, and mesh storage pockets. The vestibule (8.75 sq ft) holds a pack and other gear next to a D shaped door. The poles are pre-bent on the tent's front side to add living space, and the poles and tent body are color coded for easy set-up in the dark using a headlamp. The interior height is 38 inches. I am 6'1" and can sit up, and change clothing in the tent with no problems.

4 1/2 lb summer kit

To cut weight, I always upgrade to MSR stakes. I carry Mini-Groundhogs for the tent body, and Groundhogs for the guy lines. I carry nine stakes. I made guy lines out of Paracord Planet 1.8 mm reflective cord and Zephyr guy line tensioners. I carry 5 guy lines. The tent's only design flaw is the lack of guy line loops at the tent's ends, which can cause condensation to wet the tent's mesh ends in heavy rain, but that shouldn't be a problem for anyone 6'2" or under. 

I added a footprint. The materials are delicate, and the weight is minimal. 

Overall, the Tungsten Ul 1 is about the least expensive ultra-light solo tent on the market. It's freestanding and packs down very small. 


I have solo backpacked over 100 nights since 2015.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250

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Price MSRP: $319.00
Current Retail: $239.25-$349.00
Historic Range: $207.20-$349.00
Reviewers Paid: $250.00
Packed Weight 2 lbs 9.5 oz / 1176 g
Minimum Weight 2 lbs 2 oz / 970 g
Packed Size 20.5 x 6.5 in / 52 x 16 cm
Vestibule Area 8.5 sq ft / 0.8 sq m
Number of Poles 3
Number of Vestibules 1
Main Canopy Fabric 15d 100% Nylon No-See-Um Mesh F/R
Floor Fabric 20D 410T NY SIL/PU1200mm, FR
Fly Fabric 20d 100% Polyester Ripstop, Sil/PU 1200mm F/R
Pole Material DAC NFL / Pressfit Prebends
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