Marmot Aspen 2 Person Tent
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Two will sleep comfortably in the Marmot® Aspen 2 Person Tent. This durable tent features a lightweight aluminum pole frame as well as two built-in doors. The seam-sealed fly provides waterproof protection from the elements, while built-in netting offers ventilation free from insects.
- Sleeps 2
- Ridge pole supports both tent canopy and fly to increase interior space
- Seam sealed fly provides waterproof protection
- Netting provides insect-free ventilation
- Lightweight aluminum poles
- Doors: 2
- Vestibules: 1
- Interior size: 93" x 57" x 42"
- Vestibule area: 9 sq ft
- Pack weight: 5 lbs
- Pack size: 18" x 7"
Country of Origin: United StatesWeb ID: 3998000
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 54 reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by MesaGuy Good Inexpensive Tent, but a lot of compromises to hit price point. The design on this tent is nice, but it is an inexpensive tent that has a lot of compromises to hit the price point. Marmot has a nice design, this is basically a watered down version of the Limelight 2P. Limelight 2P comes with gear loft, footprint, better poles (DAC press-fit), and a more waterproof floor (3000m), the Aspen has none of those things, but the tent body is patterned on the Limelight. The Aspen 2P tent has Aluminum poles, but they are not DAC hard anodized poles, so they will be more subject to stress cracking, so this tent is not going to last as long as more expensive tents with better poles such as Easton, DAC, DAC pressfit, DAC DA17,DAC featherlight, etc. poles. Poles are not DAC press-fit, so the weight is a bit heavier on this tent as well. It is less waterproofed. The fly is a 1800mm hydrostatic pressure raring, and so is the floor with a 1800mm PU water proofing level. Better tents have 2000mm or 3000mm coatings on the floor. 1800mm is a little light for floor waterproofing. If using a footprint, I would make sure to either get the one specifically designed for this tent, or else take care that NONE of substitute footprint, or tarp based footprint sticks outside of the tent footprint boundary, because if water gets trapped between tent and footprint, it will come through this floor with only a 1800mm PU coating. Setup your fly so it is an inch narrower all around than the tent, not an inch or two wider. 2 doors is great. The end (narrower) of the tent fly needed guy points to make sure that the fly doesn't sag. To compensate, make sure the corners are taught in the staking, and use the fly guy lines and set them to pull out towards the door faces more than you would naturally do, this keeps the cross poles taught, can helps keep the fly from sagging. All mesh sides is going to be cooler/colder. than even the Limelight. That is nice in the summer, and not so nice in rainy/colder weather. At a low price, this tent is a good bargain. If you want a few-times a year backpack tent, at a middle-high weight, with above average roominess, this tent is a good buy. Certainly lighter, for more money, or strong, for more money, or more waterproof, again more money, tents are out there. For mostly summer backpacking, this tent is likely going to be fine, if you handle the footprint situation properly, and you do not get water saturated ground, you will be fine in this tent. But heavy rain, or saturated ground, water will probably come through the floor. June 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Outsider Outstanding Tent I just came back from my first adventure with this tent. It performed beyond expectations for numerous reasons. First, it fits great in my backpack. I have to take it apart and store the poles separately from the tent but it works much better that way. Secondly, it pitches fast and easy. Thirdly, it stayed warm. My 8 year old daughter and I slept in 30 deg temp. It was windy yet the tent and rainfly stayed tight through approximately 25 -30 mph windgust as a cold front moved in. Fourth, it had no condensation on the inside when we woke up. Its just a great tent. I love having it. It makes my trips that much more enjoyable and I didnt have to spend $400. March 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Moto camper All that + chips I needed a 3 season, 2P tent to camp from a motorcycle (solo, the 2p is just for comfort). Here's my spec: 1. Long enough to stretch out in (I'm 6'4"), and fit my Aerobed PacMat. 2. 2 entries/ 2 vestibules (one for rain entry, one for moto gear storage) 3. Expectation of quality, usability, durability, etc. - a "real" tent. 4. Metal poles 5. Expectation of rain-worthiness (good fly coverage, tub floor, taped seams, etc.). 6. Affordable price. That's a pretty tall order. What DOESN'T matter to me: 1. A few ounces of weight; a few cm of packed-down size - I'm not carrying this on my back. I read the reviews here and ended up with the Marmot Aspen 2 from Dick's and I couldn't be more pleased. I've used this tent on a half-dozen or so trips now, altho I've lucked out and haven't faced heavy rain (yet) in this tent. To my thinking, it's every bit of a much more more expensive Marmot, or Kelty, Mountain Hardware, etc. It HAS all the features I was looking for - the metal poles, the full rain-fly coverage, vestibules, tub floor, etc. It's made out of sil-nylon; the seams are all taped/ welded; the hardware (clips, zippers, etc.) seams to be all "standard" stuff. A tent is a bunch of material sewn together - I'm just not seeing the accusations of lower quality or "shortcuts" on this tent. If you are an obsessive hiker chopping tooth brush handles off, this probably isn't the tent for you. Go spend 3x more to save a few ounces and some pack space. That's your spec. If you're car camping, moto camping, or a less intense/more $-challenged hiker, there's nothing here to not like, IMO, and there's no basis I can see for calling it "cheap," or "compromising." July 3, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by KTM690 Go-to Summer-time tent I am a little obsessive when it comes to tents. I own more tents than a person should. REI, Big Agnes, Kelty, Mountain Smith, Marmot, Sierra Designs. This is one of my favorite tents, though. The one thing I wish it had was top vents on the rainfly, but other than that, this tent is spacious, the easiest tent in the world to setup, not too heavy for my motorcycle camping and just fun, comfortable and well-made for the money. The tent body has a lot of mesh while the bathtub solid material comes up only a few inches (maybe six inches???). This makes it a very airy tent that does great on the hottest days of summer, allowing the maximum breeze to hit you. On cooler windy days, however, I find it is a little too much exposure. If there is a lot of wind, it easily gets under the rainfly, past the low bathtub solid material and into your tent. Again, if it's hot, this is the best-case scenario, but if it's cold, it can wear you down if you didn't pack a hearty enough sleeping bag. After using other tents, I have come to prefer the simplest pole system, and this seems to be it for the space. If you camp a lot, like I do, and you go on long trips where you have to setup and breakdown every day for multiple days, then you begin to see the advantage of this kind of tent's simplicity. Space to weight ratio, durability and simplicity it is difficult to find any tent in this price range (or even more expensive) that can compete with the Marmot Aspen. It will accommodate two people, but if I were taking two, I'd probably opt for the Aspen 3. However, with 57 inches of width, it is probably the single most spacious 2P tent on the market. 93 inches of length? Gotta love it! As a one person tent, with room to spare, you can opt to bring gear in or keep it in either vestibule. Two doors another big plus. Highly recommend this tent and should give it 5 stars, but I am probably the most severe critic of tents you will find for my requirements. To me, there is no 5 star tent out there because 5/5 means perfect. But if 5 stars means "excellent" like it does here, then it gets 5 stars.. It is an excellent summer-time tent. Solid, and ready to take on the elements. Not the lightest, but highly affordable and efficient if you don't need to count grams. December 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EricTheRed Super fast & easy setup w/great features I bought this tent for a late fall Boy Scout campout and it was advertised as a 3-season tent. My son couldn't leave until after basketball practice so we got to camp well after dark and the temperature was already down into the 20s. It was our first time setting it up and it was brain-dead simple. And FAST!! Boy were we glad. We did not read any instructions to figure it out - it was that simple. Honestly, reading instructions for this tent probably makes it harder! There is no color coding, no feeding poles through aggravating tunnels, or any of the myriad things that make setup a drag. Even the rainfly snaps on fast and easy. I do wish there was some way to not have to stake down the vestibules but that comes with the territory for vestibules. One thing that isn't in any of these reviews is the placement of the interior equipment loops. In many tents they are positioned where they cause sagging or fabric/stitching stress. On this tent, they are all directly connected to the hooks that are used to attach the tent to the poles so the interior hooks are all very sturdy. Most of the reviews that mention the crossbar are commenting on the perceived difficulty to attach hooks to it (what ??) or the increase to headroom. There is a definite noticeabe increase in headroom. But the thing I like about the crossbar is that it also directly improves the sturdiness of the tent and, more importantly, the sturdiness of the interior gear hooks. Most backpacking tents, and even backyard tents, have wimpy gear hooks. The person who wrote the first long review was very negative and never even set this thing up outside of his living room! Why did he spend so much time railing on a tent that he never even setup outside or used for its intended purpose? Who knows - and who cares - about what the different tags say the weight is. If you worry about the tiny details and the discrepancy bothers you that much then weigh it yourself and publish the actual weight for the rest of us. You probably bought the tent at the store knowing it was dang light anyway and that's what matters in the end. I picked up four other 2-man tents before buying this one and they were all smaller - but all were heavier too. It was noticeable. In fact, a fun game you can play is try to get someone different each time to help set your tent up or, better yet, put it away without saying something really positive about it. Over and over I hear about how tiny it packs and how lightweight is is and how fast it goes up/comes down. This tent is longer, wider, and lighter than so many of the other 2-man tents. The rainfly is awesome. The setup is super easy. And each person gets their own door! Talk about a paradigm shift in backpacking and small tent camping! Doors on two sides (not ends) for much easier accessibility and two vestibules - one for each door. I will acknowledge three problems with the design (depending on how you look at them): One: It is NOT truly a 3-season tent. But it sure is a Great 2.5-season tent if you know what I mean. It doesn't hold enough of the heat in to be a true 3-person tent but it does okay if you zip the vestibules down - and it vents very well on hot nights. Two: The doors are frustrating that there isn't a bottom zipper and you have to go over the door sill each time and the mesh is kind of in the way. I realize that adds to the "tub floor" design and reduces wear and stress on the fabric/seams that comes from those bottom zipper designs. It also gets that door open and out of the way for fast one-hand entry/exit if desired. Like for those middle of the night bathroom runs! But I still wish there was some way to do that without the mesh being in the way. Three: The connectors at the ends of the poles have little ridges on them that catch in the grommets and make it a little tricky for a boy scout to disassemble the first time he tries it. However, those same ridges help keep the tent standing in the wind and make it a snap for one-person setup. Bottom line, I love knowing I have Marmot quality and design and I love all the negatives I hear about every other tent once someone else, anyone else, helps me put up or take down my tent. November 18, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mikeheel Excellent Tent for the Price We purchased this tent in 2011 for my son to use with Boy Scouts and for us to use for some father-son camping. I really am thrilled and think the tent is an extraordinary value. We have set it up multiple times. Each time, it goes up easily and quickly, and everything works as it should. The frame offers great support and the tent seems well-made and well-fitted. I noticed some of the other reviews question the clips on top at the crossbar; however, the directions that come with the tent were pretty clear on how to set it up. I really appreciate the extra head room provided by the crossbar, and it doesn't seem to cause any problems for the material. The comments about the weight differential on the box vs the internal tag are correct. However, this is a very large 2-man tent, rivaling many of the 2+ tents. The minimal amount of extra weight (just a few ounces) is worth it if you want to have plenty of room to stretch out. It's actually still pretty light for all but the most strenuous uses. The tent has a nice amount of mesh to it, so you won't burn up. The fly worked well and kept us dry and comfortable on a recent damp, cold campout. The dual vestibules with the rain fly are nice and add plenty of extra storage room. My only real complaint with the tent is the doors. They work fine, but I wish there was a zipper across the bottom. As it is, they open in sort of a half-moon, but the bottom cannot open (so you have to crawl over the door). My other minor complaint is the coloration of the tent itself. I like the orange color of the fly, but the tent looks a bit bland. Silly complaint, I know, but I would have preferred for them to make it more closely match the fly. A few other random observations: -The reflective tie straps on the fly are a very nice touch. -The vestibule doors roll up easily and attach with well-planned straps. -The storage pockets in the tent come in very handy. -The stakes are a tad flimsy, but they were the same on the more expensive tents. -The dimensions of the tent are virtually identical to the Marmot Thor 2P, so we use a footprint designed for the Thor. Marmot makes some excellent stuff. This tent is not in their normal line, and they don't advertise it on their website because it is a special model made exclusively for Dick's Sporting Goods. While it may not be super high-end, it holds its own against tents costing over $200. In fact, I purchased ours after a day of shopping for tents in the $200 - $300 category. Then I stumbled upon this one and was doubtful it would compare well. Thankfully, I have been very pleasantly surprised. On a recent father-son campout, we got a lot of positive feedback on the tent because it went up quickly, came down easily, packed small, and looked pretty sharp. I'm tempted to give it a 5-star ratting, but it's not quite perfect. Really, this should be a 4.5 star review, but I don't see a way to do that. In the end, I highly recommend the Marmot Aspen 2P Tent. It's a very nice, over-sized 2-person tent with excellent features, build quality, and portability; and it is a phenomenal value thanks to the special deal with Dick's. October 24, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Camping once a month 5 Star for this price Range I started researching tents when my son bridged over to Boy Scouts and I realized that I would be camping with them monthly. Most of our trips are near our vehicles but we do go on a few backpacking trips so, I wanted a decent quality tent that would not break the bank or be extremely heavy. I actually bought the Eureka Apex2 tent for 99.00 and absolutely loved it except for the fact that it was a little short (I'm 6'2). I like the extra features such as the gear loft and the material that zipped up over the windows. So, I exchanged it for the Marmot in hopes that the extra three inches would be worth the extra 30.00. I have to admit that I was shocked when I set the Marmot up. There was no comparison when it come to the interior room in this tent. The cross bar on the top of the tent really makes the tent feel more open and spacious. I am extremely happy that I exchanged the Eureka for this one. And it is about a pound lighter. October 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lucasmpt Excellent tent! I have used this tent on several backpacking trips, one of which included a night of 70 mph gusts and two inches of snow. I am happy to say the tent held up great. It is very spacious for a two person tent and packs light. Condensation has not been a problem and it breathes very well. I recommend making a footprint from tyvek and upgrading the stakes. October 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Monster not bad for the price This tent seems to be good for the price. I have to wonder if the other reviewer actually set their tent up correctly because I've had no problems with the fly at all. I haven't had to use the strings to stabilize my tent, but I usually camp in the woods where the trees block the wind. The fly attaches with buckles and when tightened properly the fly does not touch the tent walls at all. The two pole clips on top can each be attached to one of the longer poles, but that's not how I attach them. I clip them both to the shorter pole with one on each side of where the two long poles cross. The stitching on all parts of my tent seem fine. I did not add waterproof as a pro because I ALWAYS apply seam sealer to a tent before using it. I would rather spend a few more bucks and a little time than find out too late that it wasn't sealed correctly to begin with. I also purchased a Eureka! ground cloth seperately. This cloth is durable, yet inexpensive and fits it fine. It also fits into the stuff sack with the tent. The tent spikes that come with it are fine. They are the cheap aluminum ones that bend when you hit a rock. That's just how these tents are though. The spikes are more weight efficient than some other spikes. You could easily buy heavier duty spikes for car camping. It seems to me that the previous reviewer was wanting better quality without paying a quality price. That's great, but that's not how it works. You get what you pay for, and I believe this tent is a pretty good deal for the price. May 22, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cali Girl at Heart Great product at a great price I used this tent for the first time on a backpacking to Yonah Mountain. The tent is very light and was easy to connect to my backpack. The set up was extremely quick and easy. The tent was spacious enough to accommodate me and my 18 year old daughter - we are both 5'8" and I weigh about 190 lbs. We even had enough room to fit our backpacks inside the tent. I looked around the campsite and noticed that out tent seemed slightly roomier when compared to other 2-person tents. It rained throughout the night and there were no signs of leakage. Overall, I am very satisfied with this product. June 26, 2012