The ultralight Marmot Force 2P backpacking tent offers roominess for two occupants and easy set-up. With a good balance of weight, weather and bug protection, the freestanding Force 2P is a great trail companion.
Ultra lightweight, spacious and easy to set up, the Marmot Force Two Person Tent is perfect for one or two backpackers that are looking for an ultra light, compact option in a free standing, very easy to set up tent. We are going to take a look at all the features and talk about what makes the Marmot Force so special.
This is a free standing design. And you have got a really interesting pole construction here. So Marmot uses a little bit different configuration than I have seen on typical free standing tents. They have got a big pole on either side of the tent. So you have really nice space at the head and at your feet. So these round poles right here are going to bring that interior space up and kind of out of your way. So, as opposed to like an A frame style tent where you don’t have a lot of room up here in your head, as you are sitting up in the tent, this offers a lot of space at your head and at your feet. In addition to that, they have a really big brow pole that goes out past the ends of the tent and so that just gives more space around your head and around your feet. So as you are laying in your tent, if you have your feet up, they are not going to be hitting the side walls and bringing that condensation into the tent.
This pole right here, perpendicular to the brow pole, brings the side wall here up a lot more vertical. So you have more of a box shape with his tent. So just a lot of livability inside the tent for an ultra light back packing tent. And a special thing about this pitch construction, if you purchase a footprint separately it does... a footprint is not included here, but you can use a fast pitch or a lightweight pitch set up where you just use the footprint staked out on to the ground instead of the poles and the rain fly and leave the tent body behind.
The fabrics here on the tent are very lightweight, but also durable. On the floor it is a 30 D waterproof fabric. And you have got durability there, but also very lightweight. Up here sort of a bathtub style floor, so you have a little bit of protection that comes up into the tent body. And with that there is a cantenary cut, so they bring this seam up off of the ground. So that is intentional. You want that seam up off the ground so it doesn’t bring water in, but it is seam taped.
This is a 30 D nylon rip stop fabric, so durable, durable fabric there. And then here in the tent body just very light weight mesh. This keeps the weight of the tent down as well. This offers a lot of breathability in warmer conditions.
The poles themselves are DAC NLF aluminum poles. They are very lightweight. Since they are aluminum they are durable as well. They pack down to be pretty small, so this also is a pretty small pack size for the tent.
There are two doors, one on either side. So you have the convenience of entering and exiting from the other side. And on tents like this, I usually use one door as kind of a back door and a front door as the entry and exit doors. So really convenient there. They are really wide D shaped doors. And you can roll back both doors with a really easy toggle.
The space inside this tent, like I said earlier, is very spacious. So a lot of room up here at the head. With this long pole that reaches out all the way past the end of the tent, past the end of the tent at your foot as well, you have got lots of interior space here. So for an ultra light weight tent, for two back packers, I can definitely see two people comfortably fitting in this tent with your standard 20 inch wide sleeping pads.
There are pockets and organization inside the tent. Both campers or both backpackers have a pocket right on either side. There is a nice little diffusion pocket right up here, so if you put a headlamp in there, you get a nice diffused light. With this pocket here there are attachment points on the inside where you can hang gear. And, all in all just a lot of space inside the tent, convenience with those two doors as well.
I put the rain fly on the tent and the material here is 30 D nylon rip stop. It is very light-weight, but also durable with that rip stop. And this is technically what I would consider the back door. The vestibule back here is a little bit smaller than the vestibule on the other side, but you have the convenience of two vestibules. As I talked about before, kind of a back door to store your gear and a front door to enter and exit. The other side vestibule does have a little ventilation. So you can open that up from the inside. It is really convenient. And both sides will roll back. So I have this side rolled back just to show the ventilation here. You can roll back the other side. So if you have a nice sunny day like today, you can roll back all four sides of the vestibule and have really good ventilation with this breathable mesh.
The are two plastic clips on the inside of the rain fly and they match up with the pole ends of the brow pole that goes along the top of the tent. So it clips on there really easily. And Marmot uses a little red tap, so that you can orient the rain fly the right time every time. And it is really easy. What I do when I have the rain fly I find those two red ends, those two red pieces and I match them up with the red tabs on the tent. So the rain fly is not symmetrical. So the red tabs are on the front side of the tent and they match up with the front side of the tent body.
The zipper on the rain fly has a nice storm flap in front of the zipper. So protects from rain and wind. The other side of the vestibule does have a vent. So you have got a lot of breathability, a lot of ventilation there. And since you can roll back both sides, on a nice sunny day like this you can roll back both sides of the rain fly and have a lot of cross ventilation.
When you set up the rain fly there is really convenient clips. And what I normally do is I put the rain fly on top of the tent and I find the Velcro tabs on the inside and I attach those first and that way you can have a good set up and then I attach all the clips. But the clips in general here are really simple and stream lined and they are easy to use. They are also very light weight.
You also have a reflective guy out points on this tent. So it is really easy to find it at night if you are using a flashlight. And there are lots of guy out points on the tent. And Mar-mot doesn’t include stakes and guy out lines for every single one of those points, but they give you enough to stake out the tent really well. So if you are in some windy weather and you know you are going to have some nasty weather, I might suggest getting a couple of extra stakes and a couple of extra guy out lines if you know you are going to want to use all of them.
With the innovative pole structure that gives a lot of livability inside the tent, the light weight, but very durable materials, this is a perfect back packing tent for your next adventure. It is the Marmot Force Two Person Tent.