We review the Marmot Force UL 2 Person Tent.
MODEL: Force UL 2P
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2016
PRODUCT TYPE: Ultralight 3-season 2-person tent
SIZE: 2 person
INTENDED USE: Fast and light. For mountaineers, climbers, and backpackers who want good protection at a low weight and small pack size.
PUBLISHED WEIGHT: 1320 GRAMS (Max tent weight) 1100 GRAMS (Min. tent weight; POLES, BODY, FLY ONLY)
REVIEWED WEIGHT: 1207 Grams (included pole bag, poles, tent, fly, pegs)
DIMENSIONS PACKED: Poles & Pegs: 45CM by 6 CM (in bag). Body and Fly: 30CMx20CMx6CM (flattened in a drybag) (or roughly the size of a cantaloupe, 17CM DIAMETER) SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN A GUIDES TARP
DIMENSIONS SETUP: tent floor area is 2.6 sq.meters; 97 cm wide (at narrowest) x 127cm wide (max width) x 214 cm long.
An ideal choice for adventurers who view time and light weight are precious commodities. For its size the Force UL 2P Tent feels incredibly roomy with a zone construction and extended head and foot space. Easy to set up, this freestanding tent has two doors. The main door with the vestibule is larger. The second door has a boot sized vestibule and the exit through the fly is slightly shorter
SIGNIFICANT FEATURES: Two doors, design does not require guy lines for set up, light weight, easy setup, colour-coded clips, jingle-free nylon zipper pulls, stable and quiet in the wind.
TEST LOCATIONS: Window Lake (2000m asl), Alberta, Canada; Mt. King George (2200m asl), BC, Canada, Ribbon Falls (2000m asl), Alberta Canada.
TEST CONDITIONS: Full summer to fall conditions. Winds to 60kph, plus rain and snow.
WHAT WE LIKED BEST:
Carrying it. So light. No hesitation to bring it. Even for solo trips.
Sleeping in it. Very quiet and stable. Well ventilated; no condensation.
Easy setup. It stuffs well; no need for folding.
The tent was very stable and quiet in higher wind. The fly didn't contact the body of the tent, it kept things quiet and comfortable. Even camped in upper sub-alpine zone at moraines on Mt King George in 60 Km/h winds, guy lines still were not needed. Surprisingly not drafty even though the body of the tent is all mesh. Light weight and packable size.
It is light enough for solo use, and at only a few hundred grams more than a bivi sack, it allows you to keep all your gear inside; big plus on a multi-day.
NOTES & RECOMMENDATIONS: Use a ground sheet. We used a generic 2 person ground sheet. 200 Grams
FIT NOTES: Better for two slimmer people or cozy partners. Max pad width is 2x50cm.
AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Only criticism is lack of retaining pockets for cross pole. The pole tends to slide toward the fly's door zipper.
DOWNSIDES: Peer jealousy and questions! Not truly freestanding, corners need to be pegged down for proper set-up.
DURABILITY: Unknown. So far no indication of accelerated wear.
RECOMMENDED USE: Fast and light mountaineering. 3 season below alpine. Anywhere you are willing to trade weight for money.
The Marmot Force UL tent was provided to Mountain Moxie by Live Out There Calgary. However, this has not influenced our opinion on the tent. All gear, regardless of its source undergoes the same level of testing.