Review: Marmot Nutshell [ 2-man, 3-season tent ]

Review: Marmot Nutshell [ 2-man, 3-season tent ]
Product Description
Habitability: Unique pole sleeve and clip combo for: Optimal headroom ~ 3 Pole self-supporting structure with stake out vestibule ~ Large D door for easy access ~ Large netting ceiling panels for maximum ventilation and star gazing ~ Jingle-free nylon zipper pulls; promotes undisturbed sleep ~ Pleasing colors even on dreary days

Retail: $299



Reviewed by: ed v, a Backpacker from rockford, IL, usa
Date Reviewed: 6/23/2002 7:11:15 PM
 

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great tent, with two reservations. firstly, i have problems with the fly touching the tent on opposite sides of the tent. this impairs the ventilation of the tent. i tried Sierra Designs Grip Clips (4 for $10 at campmor) with fairly good success. the other problem is condensation. fortunately, because of the mesh roof, it is on the fly rather than the tent body and i keep fairly dry. however, where the fly touches, i have a slight drip. i get a mild condensation whenever it dews or rains. it is noticibly worse with 2 people in the tent. if you vent well, it is still fairly manageable.

this is still a really good tent, though. it has plenty of guy line attachments, which is nice. in thunderstorms where everyone elses tent around me (i was at a summer camp) got blown away and soaked, this tent stayed perfectly high and dry. it has a quick set up, which is really nice. the door design is excellent, too. it is designed so it cannot drag in the dirt. i love it. the floor is the best of any tent i have seen. i have never been soaked yet in it. i like the burrito stuff sack, too. it is very convinient and compresses the tent, groundsheet, and accesories well. one quibble- i have yet to figure out how to use it as a gear loft. will someone email me and explain?

i have used this tent quite a bit as a one person tent. it works quite well if you are willing to carry it. i have used it as a two person tent a bit, and it is small, but quite livable. might have problems stowing gear, though. the vestibule is small, but large enough for boots and a little more gear. not really a big drawback. i actually like the sizes of the tent, now. overall, this is a great dual use tent of excellent marmot quality which i would definitely consider in the unending quest for the perfect tent.

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  Reviewed by: Lip Smacker, a Backpacker from Washington, DC
Date Reviewed: 7/17/2001 12:37:59 PM
 
 

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OK, here's a "practical experience" review, glean what you'd like from it:

A friend and I were in the smokies for a week. now we all know about smoky summers, right? ... if it isn't raining, then it's about to. our trip was no exception. with all of the humidity and rain (sometimes darn heavy)
not a drop of H2O made its way into the tent. there was some LIGHT condesation against one wall due to a sagging (tent-touching) fly in the area, but that was easily corrected by putting the fly on a bit better, nothing a homo sapien couldn't figure out. there wasn't much wind during the week, so ventilation was a no-go with the tent, but still no fly condensation and no "is this a tent or an oven?" heat buildup. with a nice breeze at least, this tent should be plenty comfortable in hot & humid conditions. As for space: solo --> palace (gear inside); pair --> nice, just be shorter than 6' and friendly (gear inside/outside, figure out the logistics). I wish the vestibule was bigger, this is my ONLY complaint.

so, in a nutshell (could this pun possibly be resisted?), i would say that this is a good tent for the money, great if you can get it on sale (I got it for $199 @ rei-outlet). A solid performer that was a backpacker mag 1996 editors choice award winner.

Customer Service:
no, but I hear that it is awesome.
 

 
  Reviewed by: dan leaverton, a Backpacker from kentfield, ca, usa
Date Reviewed: 2/10/2001 9:56:07 PM
 
 

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I purchased this tent because it was just about the lightest freestanding tent available. I use it primarily for solo bicycle touring where every ounce counts. The tent is just long enough for me at 6'1" and will comfortably hold all the gear that I don't want to leave outside. For two people the tent is cramped as elbows are always touching. To Marmot's credit I have used the tent over 100 days and it is in perfect condition! It sets up in 3 minutes and packs as quickly. It is stable in foul weather but needs to be properly staked to keep the fly from touching the tent. The see through mesh top makes a clear night the best part of the day.

Customer Service:
All Marmot experiences have been positive.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Louie Escober, a Backpacker from Berkeley, CA USA
Date Reviewed: 2/2/2001 4:25:19 PM
 
 

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Good tent. Really great for a solo traveler. Not too heavy, and it vents fairly well. The mesh roof is great for star watching. There were a few problems, however. The fly is seam sealed, but I noticed leaks coming from where the velcro tabs are attached to the fly. A bit of seam sealer fixed that. I also noticed that the fly doesn't go all the way to the ground, so you do get splash up on to the sides of the tent. Not really a big deal.

Customer Service:
No problems with the tent, so no reason to check with customer service - which is the best customer service of all.

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  Reviewed by: Lori, a Backpacker from Colorado
Date Reviewed: 12/29/2000 1:54:29 PM
 
 

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This is a great tent for a solo backpacker. It is also a two-man tent, and I have used it alone and with a friend. This past summer camped at the boulder field with a friend on Long's peak and the small design helped us stay warm, and gave us just enough room for our gear. Any backpacker knows every ounce counts, and this tent is a great lightweight! It withstood the winds (it has many loops for tie downs) and rain well, and packs up small enough for any lady (or man :)-) to climb solo to the top of any 14er!!!!

Customer Service:
I will buy more Marmot gear!!! I recommend this tent to solo backpackers for the lightweight design, or any backpacker who watches their weight.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Steve, a Backpacker from TN, US
Date Reviewed: 9/24/2000
 
 

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A very good tent for general backpacking use. I use it for myself, and am able to store whatever gear I want to inside. I would not consider this to be a 2 man tent, unless the users are small in size or very friendly.

Customer Service:
Marmot rocks!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Chris Kellas, a Climber from Banff, AB, Canada
Date Reviewed: 9/4/2000
 
 

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Just went to a sale where this unit was 30% off. It would be a very comfortable enclosure, but I am amazed that anyone would consider this ""Lighweight"". Similarily, I don't understand other reviewers that call it a one person tent. They must spend too much time in the city. Any mountaineer would consider this much space a palace for two. Nice, but just too heavy for us.

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  Reviewed by: Patrick, a Backpacker from Dayton
Date Reviewed: 8/23/2000
 
 

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The Nutshell is a great 3 season, one and a half person tent. Marmot claims that the nutshell is a 2 person tent...maybe two small children. In reality it is a one man tent with enough room for a pack or a medium sized dog. The tent weighs next to nothing and is exceptionally strong considering its weight and three pole design. Last year I was camping in Western South Dakota during what seemed like a week of non-stop driving rain and wind. The tent stood up well, no leaks or other problems. This is a great tent for those who want something larger than a bilvy sack but less than a traditional two man tent.

Customer Service:
Customer service is great. Last year during the 4th of July, the roof of my tent was damaged by sparks from a firework. I sent the tent back to Marmot, they repaired the top for a small charge and got it back to in just over a week. The repair was like new, and they even threw in about 2 yards of accessory cord.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Stephen Younge, a Climber from Seattle, Wa, USA
Date Reviewed: 7/7/2000
 
 

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This is a great lightweight tent. I have used it in rain, snow, heavy winds, fair weather, and hot weather. The tent weighs about 5 lbs packed. The construction is very solid and if properly guyed out, it barely shudders in even very strong winds. I am impressed with this tents ability to shed snow and wind. If the tent isn't guyed out, it is fairly flimsy. It ventilates extremely well. The tent comes in a special 'burrito' stuff sack (which I don't use) and comes with a lot of repair material. The only thing I don't like about this tent is the small vestibule, which opens directly above the door. However, in a tent that is this light, a small vestibule is to be expected.

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When shopping for this tent, I looked at the Mtn. Hardwear Thru-Hiker, the Sierra Designs Orion, and the North Face Slickrock. I chose the Nutshell because it was light, had more headroom than the Thru-Hiker, more ventilation and brighter colors than the Orion, and a full coverage rainfly (unlike the Slickrock).
 

 
  Reviewed by: Staffan Ostrom, a Backpacker from Sweden
Date Reviewed: 4/27/2000
 
 

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The Nutshell is a nicely designed tent for a man or a pair. It is though sensitive to strong wind (shatters) and rain (canopy and fly are too close). The vestibule is too small for storing gear. It has mainly been used for kayaking.

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