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Alpinist

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Alpinist

Manufacturer: Marmot

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Page By: Brad Marshall

Created/Edited: Feb 28, 2007 / Feb 28, 2007

Object ID: 2730

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Product Description

The Marmot Alpinist is an extreme mountaineering tent

From REI:
"The Alpinist offers bombproof protection during extreme mountaineering outings. Knee-pole design creates a steeper sidewall for inside spaciousness; provides more volume around you while you are lying down. DAC FeatherliteĀ® SL poles offer a very high strength-to-weight ratio, plus they slide in and out of pole sleeves more easily. Combination pole sleeve and clip system combines advantages of both and allows swift setup even in high winds. Bathtub floor--all perimeter floor seams are up and off the ground for superior waterproof protection. Seam-sealed, waterproof polyester rainfly has buckle attachments for fast installation; adjustable airflow vent helps control interior climate. Large D-shaped doors provide easy entry and exit--no need to crawl over your tent mate! Stuff sacks, stakes, repair fabric, pole repair sleeve, guy cord and sliders and buckle included. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only."

Product Info

Materials:
Fly Fabric: 40d HT Polyester Assault MemBrain
Floor Fabric: 70d Nylon 5000mm
Pole: DAC FeatherLite SL 9.0

Number of Poles: 3
Min. Weight (US/Metric): 4 lb 15 oz / 2.09 kg
Max. Weight (US/Metric): 5 lb 8 oz / 2.26 kg
Number of People: 2
Dimensions (US/Metric): 88" x 50" x 42" / 223 x 127 x 106
Floor Sq/Ft Sq/m: 30/2.7
Vestibule Sq/Ft Sq/m: 8/0.7
Pack Size (US/Metric): 8" x 20" / 20 x 51
Features:
DAC Featherlite SL poles
Knees pole system
Window Weld
Storm Pitch
Adjustable air flow ventilator
Superior pole structure

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Brad MarshallAlpinist

Hasn't voted

My wife and I used a 2006 model Marmot Alpinist on Aconcagua this year. For such a big climb the tent did surprisingly well considering it's small size. At 5 pounds we enjoyed it's light weight and the single wall design meant only having to set up one thing. The only drawback was the reinforcing straps permanently attached to the poles which we cut off to make it easier to slide the poles through the pole sleeves. However, the permanently attached metal loops on the poles still made it difficult to slide the poles through the material. After talking to the Marmot group I've since found out they have removed the straps from this year's model and replaced the pole sleeves with external clips which should make set-up easier.
Posted Feb 28, 2007 2:08 am

rickfordAlpnist 2P

Voted 5/5

I have the newer version the tent (the one with pole-clips instead of sleeves).

I used this tent throughout Patagonia (Torres del Paine and around El Chalten) as well as on Aconcagua (up to 17,500 ft). In Patagonia, I experienced frequent downpours and strong winds. The tent performed very well.

While camping in El Chalten, I awoke to about 40-50 mph wind one morning. Many other tents were destroyed- but the Alpinist hardly budged (and didn't make much noise either!). I even left the tent and walked in to town to have lunch. The wind was so powerful that, while in the resturant, one could easily see the roof seperating from the inner-support beams by about an inch or two. I remember thinking... "If the wind tears the roof off of this place, I can always go back to my tent..."

Condensation was never a problem and the tent never leaked from outside precipitation.

Over all, the tent benefits from a very simple but effective design. This allows for a super-quick set up and striking. The craftmanship is impressive as well. The points of attachment for the guylines are so well constructed that they look like gun-ports in an armored car.

The tent is much cheaper than the competition as well. I bought mine brand new for $420.00 USD. I don't think one can find a better value for a single-wall mountaineering tent.

I strongly recommend this tent. 5/5!
Posted Mar 22, 2008 12:42 pm

freespiritAlpinist

Hasn't voted

I have the older model with sleeves and it is a pain in the butt to get the poles in and out the sleeves because of the clips. I am going to cut the clips and the metal loops. I dont know how that will affect strength. The tent is bomber. I wish I had the newer version with pole clips. I would buy the new design. I dont think their is a 2 person single wall moutain tent that is as good as this one.
Posted Apr 23, 2008 12:36 pm

HotfeetGreat two person tent.

Voted 5/5

I have used the newer version a ton. I love the tent. Very very tough tent. 5 stars.
Posted Nov 18, 2012 12:43 am

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