The ultralight Marmot Force 1P backpacking tent offers surprising roominess for a solo tent and easy set-up. With a good balance of weight, weather and bug protection, the freestanding Force 1P is a perfect trail companion.
Innovative and ultra lightweight, the Marmot Force One Person Tent is perfect for any back packer who is looking for an ultra lightweight one person tent that is going to offer complete coverage and protection in the back country at a really low weight.
This tent is very innovative. And the first thing that stood out to me was the construction of the poles. So you have got three different poles here. There is a hub design with this pole as well. And the stand out feature here its his ridge pole right here, this long green pole sticks out on the edge and offers a lot of livability inside the tent. So when you are inside the tent you actually have more room above your head than you do down at your feet or down on the floor of the tent. So if you are one person and you need to be ... spend a lot of time inside the tent, it is going to offer a lot of room. And then this pole right here, it is perpendicular to the ridge pole, this brings the side walls of the tent up to be very vertical. So as opposed to an A frame style tent or a dome style, this pole here is going to give you a more boxy feel inside the tent and it doesn’t add a lot of weight to the tent. It still keeps the weight down. But definitely livability and ultra light weight feel is the main story behind this tent.
As with any ultra lightweight tent you have got very lightweight materials. And in the floor here you have got complete water proof protection. It is a 40 D nylon. So you do have durability there. They also keep the weight down with that light weight, ultra light weight material. And it is a bathtub style floor, so you have that protection coming up a little bit around the edges.
To keep the weight down here you have a really breathable mostly mesh upper part of the tent and, again, keeps the weight down. But one thing I want to point out here is you have a cantenary cut with the bottom of this tent so that seam that is in the corner, it brings the seam up off of the ground so you don’t have to worry about any water seeping though that seam which is a smaller feature, but it makes a really big difference when you are camping in this tent.
I do want to mention that even though it is ultra lightweight, I see on the stitch lines and the attachment points here with each of the poles and everything that it looks very, very durable. So they take a lot of care to make the stitch lines durable while also keeping the weight down.
I mentioned the livability and how much space you have inside for such a light weight tent. So starting with this big D shaped zipper you have got easy access in and out of the tent. So it is a one person tent. You have got one door right on the side. You can see how big that opens. There is a nice toggle here so you can tie back the door. And the foot print here of the tent is 85 inches long by 40 inches wide. So that is a lot of space for an ultra light back packing tent. Most ultra light one person tents aren’t as wide as this one. You have got a full 40 inches. And so, you know, big open D shaped door. You have got pockets in here for organization, a nice big pocket right here on the side. You have a diffuser pocket right here on the top right above your head. So you can put a headlamp in there and have a nice diffused light.
There are little gear attachment points here on the tent as well. So you can hang stuff if you need to. But just to show the livability here inside, most sleeping pads are about 20 inches wide. So you have got a lot of room inside the tent and the big story here with this pole design is that you have a lot of room here right above your head. So, as I said, if you need to spend time in the tent, you definitely have enough space and you are not going to feel very claustrophobic.
Before we put the rain fly on I just want to talk about the color coded construction that Marmot uses. It is a really smart idea and a smart design. Basically to orient the rain fly the correct way every time, what I normally do is just look for this little red tab that is on two of the corners and basically you find that red tab, you match it up with a red tab on the tent body and it is really easy to orient the rain fly the right way every time.
I do want to mention while I have the rain fly here in my hand, with the ultra light feel of this tent and, you know, I can just tell that this rain fly is very, very light weight. It is packable. It packs down to be really small, but it is completely water proof and it is completely seam taped. So you are going to be completely protected with this rain fly.
We have got the rain fly set up on the tent. And, as you can see, this is a full coverage rain fly, meaning that it covers all sides and all corners of the tent most of the way down to the ground. You do have fully water proof, fully seam taped material here and it is durable, yet very light weight. So it is a 30 D nylon rip stop fabric.
You do have some ventilation with the rain fly. So right here I have got this flap here, this vent kind of battened down. If it is raining really hard and you need that coverage you can have that down, but you can actually access this from the inside if you need to vent. You just open that up and have a nice vent there.
This zipper in the front opens up really wide and you can see a toggle point right on that side. You can open up the zipper and roll back the door if you need to, but with this one door, one vestibule in the front. Definitely gives you enough room to store your gear for one back packer or camper.
I have got one side of the vestibule rolled back here just to see how that rolls back. So you get a good cross ventilation with this tent. You can roll back this side of the vestibule as well so you have a toggle point here. The other side of this tent, even though there is no vestibule and no door to open, you can stake out the part of the rain fly on the other side so that you have a really good cross ventilation.
There are reflective guy out points on here so you can find your tent at night if you are using a headlamp. And there are extra guy out points on this tent. So if you are in, you know, really high wind or something like that, you can set up your tent and really batten everything down.
Marmot doesn't give all of the necessary stakes and guy out lines for every single guy out point on this tent, but they certainly give enough that you can pitch the tent really well. I am a big fan of this ultra light tent.
With the lightweight, but durable materials here, with the very interesting and innovative pole design where you get a lot of interior space for a very low weight, makes it a great companion for backpacking, camping, through hiking and it is just a really great ultra lightweight one person tent.
It is the Marmot Force One Person Tent.