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Marmot Pulsar 2P Backpacking Tent

Video by Backcountry Edge
The Marmot Pulsar 2P backpacking tent is an ideal choice for backpackers looking for a high-performance shelter at less than 3 pounds.

Marmot Pulsar 2P Backpacking Tent Video

We are taking a look at the Marmot Pulsar 2P. This is a three season tent and it is defi-nitely designed to be a light weight shelter. So it is going to appeal to folks that are look-ing for a tent for themselves and they want a little bit of extra space, or two people that are doing either a through hike or some sort of a fast ultra light back packing where they really just need that shelter for weather protection and they don't really intend to spend a lot of comfortable time hanging out in the tent. So let me give you a view at the actual size of this tent. You can see it is a pretty narrow design. At this end that I am standing out, it is cut a little bit wider than the end that is closest to you and there is room for two 20 inch wide standard sleeping pads. They may overlap at the foot box. I haven’t actually put pads in there and checked it out, but it looks pretty narrow to me. Again, as I said, this is really designed to be a light weight shelter for two people. If you are going by yourself, it is going to be a great solo shelter. There is going to be plenty of space in there for you and your gear. You can see the body of the tent is con-structed almost completely out of mesh. So it is going to be fantastic in hot weather, hu-mid weather. You are going to get a lot of air flow. We will throw the fly on later. You will take a look at that and see that you have great air flow moving through the tent. So it is really going to keep it comfortable even in warmer weather. Marmot uses aluminum deck NSL dual diameter poles on this tent. Dual diameter means that the diameter of the pole itself is changing from perhaps the end to the middle to the end. What that does is it gives you a little bit more strength in the pole, but it also gives you a lighter weight pole as well. Anyway, these guys are aluminum. They are light weight. They are great. They are going to hold up well. As you can see, Marmot is using a hub design system here. You have got a hub here. You have got one at the top and one at the other end so it is kind of like one pole that goes together and there is a second pole. So this is a two pole tent design. I also want to point out a new design from Marmot here. This is the reverse foot box. You can see the way this brow pole for the main tent comes down and kind of anchors in here to the edge. And it is pulling out that narrower end of the tent. What this does is it really opens up some space in there so there is definitely room for two people to get their feet down there without bumping up the wall of the tent. And if there happens to be condensation and dripping you don’t get that moisture that is like seeping over the toe box of your sleeping bag. So it is really going to help move airflow through there as well as give you that extra space for your feet. So here is where I just want to give you a closer look at the other end of the tent on that pole design. I said it was a two pole structure. You can see here there is the second pole. It is still a hub design. It kind of connects in there, but it gives you an option to break the tent poles down and have them fold up a little bit smaller than having one big pole that you have to deal with. Hanging out inside the poles are 2P. You can see does have a nice bit of head room here. I am sitting up straight. I have got another four or five inches above my head. This reverse foot box design really does open up the inside of the tent here. There is quite a bit of room that you normally wouldn’t expect with this sort of a set up in a tent. You do have some pocketing storage, one here on this side, one on the other side. And, like I said, it is meant to be a small tent. It is really just like a great, light weight, weather proof shelter. So with this design you do have the walls of the tent kind of angling in for folks that are in here. You are not going to be able to sit up, you know, that mesh is going to be in the way, but in the center of the tent there is plenty of room. It is actually a great design with a door the way the door comes all the way up to that edge. It is pretty easy to climb in and out of, you know. I don’t really have to squat or do any sort of a weird roll, that sort of design. We are going to throw the fly on here in a minute, but I did want to point out it is a one door tent. So I have got this one large D shaped door here with a nice tie back point. On the other side of the tent there is a zipper. It is about a foot long. It gives me access out-side of the tent on the back side. So when we throw the fly on you will see there is a little bit of space there and you could stow items outside of the tent that are going to be pro-tected by the rain fly, but you are still going to have access to them from inside the tent through the zippered door. So here is the Pulsar 2P with the fly on it. Some other unique design concepts from Mar-mot about attaching that fly to the tent that we will take a look at, but this gives you a view of the front door of the tent and the vestibule area here. You have got some space back in there. Definitely enough room to throw two pairs of boots or a pack. Once you zip this down it comes to the point over here. You are going to have room for another pack. So two people can definitely in the tent and two people’s gear can definitely fit under this vestibule. Let’s walk around and take a look at the back vestibule quick. So here is a look at the back side vestibule. And if you don’t live in Pennsylvania where there are rocks everywhere you will probably be able do a better job staking this out than we did and get a nice clean stake out job. I am going to open this up and give you guys a view. As you can see, once you stake this out nice and clean there is a lot of decent space there. And, again, here is the zipper on the inside of the tent that you can use to access that space. So it is kind of a nice design without having to add a second door and all of the weight of the second full vestibule. So Marmot was able to keep the weight of the tent down, but you still have that extra storage space and accessing it from inside the tent is a really nice feature. So this is the end of the tent with that reverse foot box design. And Marmot has done a great job of tailoring the fly here. You can see it comes all the way to the ground. I like that. You know, if you have got rain coming down, once you pitch this tight it is going to create a nice seal and water is not going to be able to like bounce up there and get in there during heavy rain storm. The connecting point here is a little different because you just have that kind of like that ball and joint hub that is hanging out by itself. There is a black clip system that kind of flips over that. And then the rest of that fly in there just kind of hangs down there by itself. And we will take a look at the connection point here. It is a little bit different, another weight saving feature from Marmot. Here is your strap. It is adjustable at the edge of the fly. And you have got this really look like nice tight curved clip system. Instead of having metal hardware that is kind of heavy or harder to pack up, just to save a little bit of weight, Marmot has included like an extra tab of cordage here along with the cord. That is kind of hard to see that with the snow here. Along with the cord that you stake the whole tent itself out with. So when you anchor that out your pole goes into a standard grommet and then you have got the fly that just kind of clips in with that into that cord and you can cinch it down and make it tight or just however you need it to fit. So it is kind of an ultra light set up design. A high quality here, though, even though they are using a cord. I mean, everything here is light weight, adjustable and very durable as well. So for extra weather features Marmot has four guide out points on this tent. You have got one on each end and one at each of the points of the brow pole here on the top. They have got reflective material on them to help you find your tent in the dark. But it just gives you another option there if you really want to anchor this tent down if you are com-ing into some bad weather. And here on the door there is an adjustable vent system here. You can see it is popped up so you are able to get a lot of nice air flow we talked about that earlier coming in through that vent and moving through that mesh body of the tent. And there is just kind of a rod system here with Velcro so you can flatten it out and Velcro that vent shut if you do get into some bad weather and you really want to keep rain or wind from blowing water up inside the tent. You have got that option. It is accessible from inside the tent as well. So it is not something you need to get outside of your tent to do. So that is the Pulsar 2P from Marmot. It weighs in at about three and a half pounds. It is an excellent weight for two people, obviously, if you want to squish in there, it is going to be good weather tight shelter. For one person it is going to be a great tent with tons of space and it is still a great weight to carry.