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The North Face Mountain Marathon

rated 4.0 of 5 stars

The Mountain Marathon has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best three-season tents for 2020.

photo: The North Face Mountain Marathon three-season tent

Specs

Price Historic Range: $138.95-$139.95

Reviews

4 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   4
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Still going strong.

Pros

  • Less is best, little to go wrong
  • Fabric reasonably easy to repair
  • "Porch" area a boon

Cons

  • 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

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Stewart!


1 month ago

Quick to pitch, light, strong, quality build....Buy one!!

Pros

  • Light

Cons

  • 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
Sleeps: 2
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
Sleeps: 1
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

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