Marmot Earlylight 2P

Product Review

May 13th, 2012, 12:52pm

Upgrading is the norm when it comes to outdoor activities and refining your abilities and needs.  Recently, my tent needed an upgrade.  Tired of long setups, wet mornings, and confined space, I researched for a new replacement.  As always, I searched for the perfect backpacker's choice as kayakers and backpackers share the same goals... Go small, go light, and go quality.  A tent with plenty of room for a 1 to 2 person excursion yet light weight, compact ( in terms of pack size), and easy on my wallet.  The result?  The Marmot Earlylight 2P (2P stands for: 2 person tent).

A perfect tent for the intermittent camper that doesn't want to compromise quality and features yet not spend the money as a dedicated camper.

With two vestibules and doors, easy access and storage for two sleepers.  Furthermore, the space inside is legit!  It truly is for two sleepers of the average size.  Each sleeper can enter/exit the tent through their own vestibule/door and not disturb the other sleeper.

Plenty of ventilation netting to avoid condensation over those morning of waking up like a "wet knight".

It fits easily in my oblong stern hatch along one snug side of the skeg division inside the hatch.  Weighing under 6lbs, easy to counterbalance the other side of the skeg with other camping needs.

For such a low cost, a great deal of thought and engineering is put in the design.

  • easy belt-like clips for joining the canopy and footprint mat to the tent (similar to what you find on your backpacks).
  • color coded red tabs indicating the alignment side of the tent (no need to guess orientation!).
  • pockets throughout the interior.
  • sealed seams throughout stitching plus crossbox stitching on all main tabs.
  • quiet snag-free zippers.  Achieved by using simple rope pullring loops on all zipper heads rather than the metal tabs.  Surely saves weight too.
  • air-vents supported by velcro fastened support rods (sewn into place)


Setup couldn't be easier.  In five minutes, you can beat a rainfall if you feel the warning.  Plenty of storage space.  Comes with a hanging gear loft and a footprint tarp.  All packs nicely in a 7x18 inch pack without frustration of strict packing order.  From the outside, it looks like a dwarf of a tent but I find it quite roomy inside. 

Check out these specs:

Min Wt 4 lbs 12 oz
Pkg Wt 5 lbs 5 oz
Dimensions 7'4"x4'6"
Area (Sq. Ft.) 30 + 9 vest + 9 vest
Int Height 3'3"
Pack Size 18"x7"
No. of Poles 2 + 1 spreader pole
Pole Size 9mm
Pole Material DAC PressFit 7001 aluminum
No. of Doors 2
Hooded Fly no
No. of Windows 2
Gear Loft included
Floor Material 70D Nylon 3000mm coating
Fly Material 68D RipStop Polyester 1800mm coating
Wall Material 20D No-See-Um mesh/68D 210T RipStop polyester
Roof Material 20D No-See-Um mesh/68D 210T RipStop polyester
Netting 20D No-See-Um mesh
Color See Drop Down Menu for Colors
Style dome
Activities backpacking, biking, canoeing
Use 3.5 season - spring, summer, fall, cold weather - no snow
Special Features 2 Vestibules, free footprint, free gear loft



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