Marmot Tungsten 4 Review
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Marmot Tungsten 4
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|Pros||Lightweight, can be pitched solo, footprint included||Spacious, great layout, durable, very family friendly, high value||Tall interior, large built-in vestibule, quality materials||Spacious, easy to pitch, great views, inexpensive||Simple, quick to set up, lightweight|
|Cons||Not enough storage, no guyline stakes||Not the easiest to pitch, odd bag||Silly rainfly, fabric isn’t super breathable, carry bag too small||Fiberglass poles, small pockets, lack of ventilation with the rainfly on||Cheap poles, bad door zippers, small footprint|
|Bottom Line||A super simple, light, and open tent that is easy to pack and easy to store||This tent has one of the best uses of space we have ever seen, a great choice for families or campers with lots of gear||A simple, quality tent that has more features and room than any other at this price point||Wherever this tent falls short in quality, it makes up for it in size, features, and overall value||A classic lightweight 4-person dome tent that gives a little extra headroom and has a few nice features|
|Rating Categories||Marmot Tungsten 4||The North Face Wawo...||REI Co-op Skyward 4||Kelty Wireless 6||Kelty Tallboy 4|
|Space and Comfort (35%)|
|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Family Friendliness (15%)|
|Specs||Marmot Tungsten 4||The North Face Wawo...||REI Co-op Skyward 4||Kelty Wireless 6||Kelty Tallboy 4|
|Weight||7.9 lbs||21.9 lbs||11.0 lbs||17.2 lbs||11.0 lbs|
|Max Inside Height||4' 4"||6' 4"||6' 6"||6' 4"||5' 10"|
|Floor Dimensions||7' 9" x 6' 10"||10' x 8'||8' 4" x 7' 3"||9' 10" x 8' 10"||7' 1" x 8'|
|Floor Area||52.7 sq ft||86.1 sq ft||60 sq ft||86.9 sq ft||57 sq ft|
|Windows||Mesh top||Mesh top||1||Mesh top||Mesh top|
|Number of Doors||2||1||1||2||1|
|Vestibule Area (total)||36.6 sq ft||44.7 sq ft||19.5 sq ft||28 sq ft||N/A|
|Packed Size||24.8" x 8.3"||10" x 32"||9.8" x 27.5"||27" x 8" x 8"||24" x 7" x 10"|
|Floor Materials||100% Polyester taffeta||150D polyester||150D Polyester||68D poly 1800mm||68D Poly 1200mm|
|Main Tent Materials||100% Polyester, Ripstop||75D polyester||75D polyester||68D poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh||68D Poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh|
|Rainfly Materials||100% Polyester, Ripstop||75D polyester||75D polyester||68D poly 1200mm||68D Poly 1200mm|
|Number of Poles||3||4||7||3||3|
|Pole Material||Aluminum||DAC MX aluminum||Aluminum||Fiberglass||Fiberglass|
|Extras||Footprint included, color coded clips, poles, and fly||Dual exits in vestibule, 3 pockets on back door||Pole-repair sleeve||Pole pockets for easy setup||Lightweight|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Marmot Tungsten 4 performed well in our review thanks to the easy setup, quality materials, and lightweight design. With 100% polyester and ripstop materials, aluminum poles, and an included footprint, this tent will handle whatever you throw at it. The fully open top and sides allow for great warm weather options, and the white tint on the mesh provides an additional layer of privacy without compromising views. The ability to pitch this tent alone and the comparatively lightweight package make it very versatile both for a family and a solo camper.
Space and Comfort
The Tungsten 4 has a 52.7 square foot main living space and a large 36.6 square foot vestibule providing ample comfort for both beds and gear. The full mesh top and sides make for great warm-weather options, and the dual vents allow for good airflow when the fly is on. But with a max height of only 4' 4", plan on changing clothes being a little difficult, and while there are six pockets throughout, they are pretty small.
The white mesh is a nice change from the typical black, as it provides an additional layer of privacy that is surprisingly good. We also found the vestibule to be large enough for a chair or maybe a kiddo's personal space — both work.
As with most well-built tents that sit lower to the ground, weather isn't too much of a concern here. The poles and connections are all high-quality aluminum, and the stakes are well-made and bite into the ground. Unfortunately, Marmot felt like only including enough stakes for the tent and rainfly and didn't include enough to fasten down the guylines. We would recommend bringing four extra stakes so you don't find your tent in the trees should a big gust come through.
The pole system on the Tungsten 4 is very well thought out. Typically hub setups have plastic parts and are cumbersome to set up. But this system is simple, light, and 100% aluminum. Even the connectors for the side poles are made from machined aluminum. The result is a super light structure that can handle a beating.
Ease of Use
Thanks again to the pole system, this tent went up for us in 4:48 minutes and came down in half that. The oversized carry bag means you can be a little lazy in your rolling without worrying about everything fitting back inside. Loading and unloading this tent is also a breeze, weighing, as it weighs in at less than 8 pounds. At that weight, we could see this tent making it on a few short backpacking trips as well.
Color-coded poles and clips add to the ease of use of this tent as well as the hub pole that provides the ability to pitch alone. Needless to say, Marmot nailed ease of use with the Tungsten 4. We can't emphasize enough how great it is to have a 4-person tent that is 7. 9 pounds and a packed size of only 24.8" x 8.3". This tent weighs less than most people's luggage.
This is a smaller, lower, 4-person tent. Packing two adults, some kids, and some dogs will be snug. Should the weather cause everyone to be in the tent for an extended period, this will not add to the joy. Realistically, you can fit three singles or a twin air mattress in here with enough room for some storage — any more is going to be a bit much for this tent. The large size of the vestibule does help, especially if your dogs (or kids) are good at sleeping on the dirt. We were able to fit a small chair and table, but things were snug.
From the stakes to the bag, the poles to the snaps, everything used on the Tungsten 4 is quality. Even the clever door tie-downs are high-end. Aluminum poles, an included footprint, smooth zippers, great stakes, and robust materials show that there wasn't a corner cut when designing this tent.
Should You Buy the Marmot Tungsten 4?
If you value quality and ease of use over size, the Tungsten 4 is an amazing choice. The materials mixed with a simple and intuitive setup put it above many. Then add that all this comes in a super lightweight package, and you have the most versatile 4-person tent in our lineup.
What Other Camping Tents Should You Consider?
If you want to get a little more height without compromising on quality, give the MSR Habitude 4 a look. If you are looking to get even smaller and lighter, you could also consider the Mountain Hardwear Mineral King.
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