The Marmot Alpinist 2 is a solid and dependable tent that is more a fare amount more versatile and livable than most single wall tents we tested. The Alpinist proved quite adaptable for a range of conditions and worked as well as almost any other tent we tested for three season camping. The DAC Featherlite NSL Green poles and a strong three-layer ePTFE membrane fabric are high quality. The shelter has average ventilation, a small vestibule, but a noticeably more spacious interior than most single wall tents we tested and sports two functional pockets.
Though it excels in creating a comfortable space, we feel the Alpinist lacks as much strength and durability found in many other single wall tents when it came to the most severe storms. Guy points along the corners, stronger pole clips, and ditching the awnings would make the tent significantly more storm-worthy.
While it isn't quite as bomber as some of the other single wall tents we tested its fabric breathed near the best among single wall shelters and its livability was top notch especially considering its weight.