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What is the consensus on Marmot tents? I found an used Aspen 2 locally for $50.

Looks like its a little roomier than the Kelty tents I was asking about (tent materials thread) and has aluminum poles.
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My first tent was a Marmot. Worked fine. I still have it but has been relegated to a loaner tent mostly

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I have a Marmot Equinox tent.  I use it along with my Baker tent when Elk hunting, but its too heavy for backpacking.
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In general, the quality is good and I would rate them above Kelty normally. Of course, each tent should be taken on it's own merits.

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The Marmot Aspen 2 is made ony for Dick's Sporting Goods. Here are the specs, obtained directly from Marmot:

Minimum weight (tent, fly, and poles): 5 lbs
Packed weight (tent, fly, poles, stakes, bag): 5 lbs 12 oz.

FABRICS & COATING:
Fly  68 D  1500 mm
Floor 70D 1500 mm

This is a fairly heavy tent for backpacking, but not outrageously so. It's a weight you might expect at this price. The fly and floor fabrics weights are okay; the coatings could be better but 1500 mm is okay.

REVIEWS: http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3998000

Are you talking about this one at Craigslist? http://dayton.craigslist.org/spo/3294385497.html It's definitely worth $50.

I agree that Marmot should be a step above Kelty in quality, although Kelty is fine for a beginner's tent.
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My Marmot leaked.  Took a full tube of seam sealer to get me through a wet PNW evening.  I'm not particularly impressed with either their tents or their packs.  However, the Driclimb windshirt is sick.
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I think this is a matter of Marmot having a range of tents that will appeal to a range of users with different requirements in price and performance.  In other words, it may be difficult to generalize on Marmot tents.

In this case, you probably get what you pay for.


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Are you talking about this one at Craigslist? http://dayton.craigslist.org/spo/3294385497.html It's definitely worth $50.

I agree that Marmot should be a step above Kelty in quality, although Kelty is fine for a beginner's tent.

Yup, that's the one!

My brother is going to look at it for me.
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If it's got a PU fly (it likely does) check to see that it neither smells like vomit nor is peeling like a shedding reptile. Check the mesh for holes and so forth, and that it has all the poles.

if the PU is intact, coolio.


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Yup, that's the one!

My brother is going to look at it for me.

You can't go wrong at that price. You can upgrade it later when you can afford it but it should work fine for a starter tent.
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What is a PU fly?
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What is a PU fly?

Polyurethane-coated nylon, which is the most likely fabric in the range of tents you're looking at.  Improper storage or very old age makes the polyurethane get sticky and  come off, usually accompanied by a strong odor.
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