I spent a month in this tent, and it never let me down. It is unbelievably
solid, shedding high winds, snow pack, and rain with ease. The bathtub floor,
fully-taped seams, and double-lined zippers keep all unwanted moisture out
of the tent. This tent does not leak, period.
There's ample internal storage, and the stuff sack turns into a huge, dual-pocket,
storage bag. The otional gear loft, in addition to drying socks, adds even
more rigidity, which I didn't think was possible the first time I set it up.
That first field setup was done in the rain, at night, and took me all of
15 minutes. It only gets easier, and Marmot designed it that way. The locking
pole ends, velcro and quick-clip attached rainfly, reflective tie-outs, and
adjustable grounding straps make this the easiest 4-season tent I've ever
had the pleasure (yes, pleasure) of setting up in adverse conditions.
So what's not to like? I only have a couple of gripes, and they didn't affect
my decision to get this tent. The floor is beautiful, but frighteningly thin.
It's still completely water-proof, but I was very nervous until I bought
the ground sheet for protecting the underside and made a blanket for the
inside. My only other possible complaint is the size of the vestibule, which
almost allows for the storage of gear and the passing of a human, but not
both. Creative gear stacking is required to get out of the front of this
tent without tripping over your pack straps.
The Burrito sack is strong and light, and squishes this marvelous tent down
to less than 2ft x 1ft x .5ft. A weight of 10lbs may be more than some people
can handle for a tent, but I climb well knowing I'll sleep well.
I spent an hour on the phone with Marmot trying to decide which tent to
buy. Their staff was exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable about their
products. I haven't received this level of service from a consumer products
company in a long time. I have not had to have this tent repaired or replaced,
but a Lifetime Warranty and a friendly staff are probably good indications
of what to expect should the unimagineable occur.
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I've owned and used an assortment of Moss, SD, and TNF tents. This is my
I have found the Sanctum very easy to set up and take down. Although
the poles tend to catch in a couple spots when threading, a little practice
has virtually alleviated that problem. It is very roomy and I particularly
like the number of stow pockets. It is a true 4-season performer, having
kept me warm on mountaineering trips and dry on numerous rainy NW outings.
The only complaint I have is with the size of the vestibule, an important
consideration on mountaineering trips with lots of gear. The North Face
products seem to have an edge here, although at $100+ difference in price,
I will suffer a little.