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Historic Range: $138.95-$139.95
Still going strong.
- Less is best, little to go wrong
- Fabric reasonably easy to repair
- "Porch" area a boon
- Can't limbo dance like I used to. Touch the fly if you're a restless sleeper.
Good secondhand buy, if you can find one. Had mine from new.
Source: bought it new
Quick to pitch, light, strong, quality build....Buy one!!
- Lack of headroom
Quick to pitch, room enough for me and the dog (who thought he'd won the loto when I pitched it in the Lakes, this summer). I added more lightweight pegs, as someone else mentioned, and this makes pitching easier. All in all a great little tent—light, strong, quality build....Buy one !!
I've (ab)used the Mountain Marathon the last three years in a range of conditions, ranging from cycling trips on Australia's east coast to full-blown Norwegian mountain winter use. Used it as a two-person tent on many trips, even on a week-long hike. E.g., at a squeeze it fits me (1.81m) and my brother (1.95m). Pitched it fly-only at fair-weather occasions. Though with both winter and two-person use you are definitely in the low comfort zone.
What you get in return is very low weight and small packing volume. The tent holds-up well in strong wind and tolerates a fair amount of rain.
Naturally, with two condensation becomes an issue, as there's little space between you and the fly. The wedge shaped rear-end means it's a bit of a hassle to retrieve the stuff you throw into the far corner. Getting dressed in the tent is a bit of a challenge, with its low ceiling. The vestibule provides enough space for two 50l packs and shoes.
Overall the design is well thought-out, e.g., reflecting guy-lines, colour coded poles and glow-in-the-dark zippers.
If you're a minimalist this is good value for your cash!
Design: three-season tunnel
Ease of Setup: easy for one person
This tent is very small but ideal if you want something light and a good shelter from strong winds. When it was set up quite poorly one night it was still extremely sturdy in strong winds up in the mountain. At a squeeze two people can be fitted in, but with one person there is more than enough room for a large rucksack and the rest of your gear. Also when I had left out my water bottle over night it had leaked on the groundsheet and it had dried very fast.
Design: tunnel non-freestanding tent
Ease of Setup: very fast and does not fly about in strong winds. and only two pegs to set the inner up on it's own
Weight: 3lbs min/ 3lbs pack weight
Price Paid: £160