The freestanding Marmot Eclipse 3P backpacking tent offers affordable weather protection at just under 5 pounds.
Marmot Eclipse 3P Backpacking Tent Video
This is the Marmot Eclipse 3P. It is a three season tent. It has a single door and a single vestibule and, as you can see, it has got a lot of mesh built into the body of the tent so it is going to be very comfortable and offer a lot of great ventilation for hot summer back packing or camping.
So I am sitting inside the Eclipse 3P and, as you can see, there is plenty of space. There is at least a foot of space above my head to the top of the tent. A couple of people could fit in here. You have got lots of head room, lots of space to move around.
Marmot gives you two small storage pockets up here at the front so you can stow small items there and there are pads at the roof if you wanted to clip in a gear loft and stow items up there. You have got the option to do it.
So the minimum weight on this tent is four pounds six ounces which is a pretty light weight design for a tent that will fit three people. This is going to be a plenty roomy tent for two people and you could definitely fit three people in there. There 20 inch wide standard sleeping pads are going to fit side to side here. You have got a little bit wider measurement in the width of the tent at the end with the door than at the foot box, but very little. So overall it is almost a full rectangle. So three people definitely have room to get their heads at this end and their feet at this end.
Marmot has put a lot of really interesting design into the pole structure and how it attach-es to the body of the tent. So we are going to take a look at some of those details.
So at first glance this looks like your typical pole design. I mean, Marmot is using DAC feather light NSL poles. They are aluminum. They are light weight, really easy to set up. And they are using the standard clip structure that you see to connect the body of the tent to the poles.
This tent consists of two poles, although it looks to be a lot more. You have one large hub pole which is this gray pole that runs to the back of the tent. And then this orange pole that we are looking at here is actually the second pole of the pole design.
A real unique feature is going to be this here, this little hub mounts on that orange pole on either side of the front of the tent that the gray poles are going to connect into. And then you have got a metal hub here with a strap and a clip system here. This creates a lot of really great head room at the front of the tent. You can see it is just kind of this flat sec-tion of the top here that is going across the tent. So it really opens up the sides of the tent, opens up the ceiling of the tent. Three people could probably sit in there and sit up without their heads brushing into the tent, but it doesn’t include a whole lot of extra poles or brow poles that would offer more weight to the tent.
So Marmot has got a really interesting design structure that has lightened up the tent it-self, but you are still getting a lot of great space inside of it.
So now we are looking at the toe end of the tent and this is the second unique feature that Marmot has incorporated is their reverse foot box design. You can see normally the tent would come down to the ground at whatever point this pole structure allowed and you would stake it out. What they have done is they have put a mounted point here. It is basically a ball joint on the end of this pole that connects into this tab here with this little grommet. And what it does is it pulls that back end of the tent out away from the tent and up off the ground. So it really opens up the foot design of the tent. Three people are going to be able to sleep in there. Their feet are not going to be brushing the sides of the tent. Any condensation or moisture that happens to get in there will not be pressed up against your sleeping bag and making your bag wet. So this really opens up the space inside in a really unique way that I have not seen before. I think it is a really unique design to, again, offer more space inside the tent without adding the weight of poles and stakes.
We will take a look at the point where the fly and the tent body connect to the stake. This is color coded so you can see you have got a red tab on the corner of the fly here, a red tab on the body of the tent. There is your traditional grommet that the pole anchors into. And then Marmot has kind of just, you know, tweaked it for weight. You have got cord-age here. It is a loop and then at the end of this adjustable buckle there is a pretty severely cranked hook that is going to hook on to do. And you can make adjustments here to apply tension to the fly. And there... the other part of that cord runs out the rest of the way and connects to your stake like it... you would expect it to.
This is the Eclipse 3P with the fly on it. As you can see you have got a large vestibule at that one front door. Plenty of room to store packs, boots and trekking poles for a couple of people. You have got a real nice fly that comes all the way back up here and you can see with that pole structure design that you do have a bit of a drip free door, so if it is raining, you are not going to get much water inside the tent while the door is open. They do have a nice vent built in here and it is accessible from inside the tent and if you are out and you are in bad weather, this is a pretty easy Velcro system to take apart, fold that down and close it up. And then you are just relying on that ventilation coming in from under the fly. But if it is warmer or dryer and you really want to get some air flow, espe-cially in warm weather, it is a nice option. And that pole design we looked at earlier, you can see here is that flat edge. You have got tons of space between the tent body and the fly here. So you have really good air flow. It is going to be able to move through there. It really keeps the condensation down inside the tent and keeps it comfortable in hot weath-er.
If you do get into bad weather Marmot does have some guide out points placed at various points around this tent. They also have reflective piping on it so it is easier to find your tent in the dark. Nice thing that matches up with these and all is the inside. So underside of the fly from those guide points, you have got Velcro tabs that are designed to wrap around your poles. Not only does this keep the fly kind of taut and in place on the pole structure itself, but it is the fact that it matches up with those guide lines on the other side means that if you are in bad winds and you have got these lines guide out, they are really anchored to points on the poles where they are going to offer the best support and structure.