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Marmot Alpinist 2P Tent

Video by Backcountry Edge
Single wall construction, taped seams and a strong pole structure make the Marmot Alpinist 2P tent an excellent option for mountaineering trips or backpacking in snowy, windy conditions.

Marmot Alpinist 2P Tent Video

We're looking at Marmot's Alpinist 2P tent. This is a tent that is designed for mountaineering. It is a single wall tent as well. It is completely waterproof, single wall, breathable fabrics. You'll notice it has 3 poles, which is about as minimal as you can get and still have a pole structure that's going to be sturdy enough for high wind situations and potential heavy snowfall sitting on top of the tent. So one of the things that make this tent stand out as a mountaineering tent is that Marmot is using a clip system here that has a double clip and you'll see this on each point where the tent clips into the pole. And this makes it all the more stronger that connection point that the pole has with the tent. Once again for withstanding high winds and heavy snowfall. Another stand-out feature here is that Marmot uses their knees system. You can see there's a slight bend to the pole right here. You have a piece of metal hardware anchored into this piece of strap webbing and this piece of strap webbing that's running at the bottom of the tent is also going out to the same point. So here you've got some structure into the pole, that triangular shape that's being built here is just giving that all the more strength to it and being able to anchor that out to one point. So it's going to be excellent for those high wind situations or deep snowfalls where there's going to be a lot of stress put on the tent poles and you need something that's going to be able to withstand those conditions. Three sides of the Alpinist 2P, both of the sides and the back have this bomber anchor point on the side here. This is a strength-weighted piece of webbing. It's got a loop sewn in it here so you can anchor that off with a piece of cord to whatever is available to you and this is just crazy reinforced. This material is very durable; it's a high Denier that they're using here. So it's really designed to hold this tight here and put up with really strong gusts of wind. Another nice feature is this wing or this awning that covers the side of the top of the tent here. It runs up to the roof. There is a vent system in here that we're going to take a look at once we get inside the tent. But this does a great job of keeping that ventilation system protected from snow and moisture that may want to get into the tent as well as helps the tent kind of shed snowfall off of the top of the tent. So on the front of the tent here you do have a vestibule. It's not a huge amount of space. The idea with this tent is to make it super durable for winter weather and be able to store some items out here that are going to be out of the wind and potentially getting buried under deep snow. So you could fit a pack or a pair of boots or some climbing tools in here, but it's not meant to store a couple of backpacks and a couple of pairs of boots. You can anchor this door back here. There are toggle points to hold it half open or half closed or you can open it the entire way. So Marmot puts a good sized door on the Alpinist 2P. It's pretty much the whole front of the tent. So it's suitable for somebody who's got a lot of winter outwear or bulky layers or two people getting out of the tent. You've got about as much space as you can get here and still keep the tent at a minimum size and weight. The door here is an interesting design as well. It's a big D-shape, so you can see it closes up here from the top to the bottom. A nice feature for bad weather, when you have the vestibule down and the snow and wind are blowing. You've got an optional piece on the bottom of the door here that unzips, you can roll it back and there are toggles to hold it up. So you're allowing ventilation to move just through the bottom half of this door and not the top half. So if you've open the vestibule up and wind and snow is coming in, it's going to hit here this part and keep most of that from coming into the tent while you try to get in and out. It's also a great way to get air flow moving through the tent so you don't have a lot of condensation building up. So features inside the Alpinist 2P on either side you've got a couple of little hanging pockets here so you can put some small items up here. And that vent that we looked at on the outside with that wing overhanging it, you've got a zippered mesh panel and here's a zippered panel of that single wall material here. You can kind of tuck it down. This is me putting my hand outside the tent underneath that wing. And if you need to you can just close that mesh panel up and reduce that airflow a little bit and help monitor that condensation inside the tent. You've also got sewn in loops in all four corners here for attaching a gear loft or for hanging other items like a headlamp or items you want to dry. So just to give you a sense of the space inside the Alpinist 2P, it is meant for two people. And you can definitely fit two, standard 20-inch wide sleeping pads inside this tent. I would say that it's good for anybody who's up to 6' or 6' 2”. Over that, you're definitely going to be cramped on length here. Keep in mind, this is a shelter that's designed for extremely harsh, cold wet weather conditions. It's not a tent for 3-season camping. It's not even a tent to do general winter camping in most places. It's designed to pack up as small and be as lightweight as they can get it and be able to withstand those conditions. So you're not going to get a lot of room in it. But it is pretty roomy and you can see here, I can actually sit up and my head's not touching the ceiling. I've still got about six inches and I've still got arm space on the side. But it would be a little cramped with two people in it. I did mention earlier that Marmot uses a waterproof breathable fabric. This is a proprietary Membrain fabric and it is also mixed with their Assult fabric, so it's really burly and really durable. You can see here this single-wall construction of it where there aren't any mesh panels where you're going to get air moving through except for those zip removable panels that we looked at earlier in the ceiling. All the seams are fully taped and factory sealed, so it's ready to go right from purchase you can take it out and go ahead and test it in those nasty weather conditions.