For the money, I could not find another tent that combines the strength,
stability, size, and weight as well as the Marmot Zenith. Plenty of room
for 2, very rare in a 2 man backpacking tent. I have used it on 2 trips
so far, both pretty rainy, and I stayed bone dry each night (total of 8 nights).
I haven't experienced truly horrible weather, but I have no doubt that it
could handle a lot. It is under 6 pounds and 200 dollars and has an extra
browpole. I was ready to give it an absolutely glowing review, but have
found a couple of disappointments. First, I wish Marmot provided 2 more
stakes, there aren't enough to stake down the fly. Second, the zipper on
the vestibule doesn't slide as well as I'd like. This is not a problem,
simply an inconvenience that I wish wasn't there. And third, on my last
night out, one of my poles bent. It wasn't bad and didn't create a problem
when I set it up, but I was really surprised that it would bend from routine
use so early on. I know that Marmot does not make the poles, and their literature
assures that the poles are among the best. However, I have to be skeptical.
Regardless of these disappointments, I still have to recommend this tent
to anybody who has the same priorities as me, space, cost, stability, and
weight. It is not the absolute best at any of the four of these characteristics,
but it combines them far better than any other tent on the market.