Mountain Marathon


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Mountain Marathon
Manufacturer The North Face
Page By William Jenkinson
Page Type Jan 21, 2003 / Jul 11, 2008
Object ID 628
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Weighing in at barely three pounds, the ultra light Mountain Marathon is a user-friendly tent for the well-equipped minimalist and weight sensitive soloist. It's engineered for versatility so you can pitch it with the fly and canopy, only the canopy or with the fly and footprint (footprint sold separately). While other one-person tents can be a challenge to pitch alone, the color-coded Mountain Marathon can be pitched with a minimum of two stakes--an important consideration when you're exhausted after a long day on the trail or at high altitude.

Fly: 40-denier, 225T polyester ripstop fabric coated with 1,500 mm. polyurethane

Floor: 70-denier, 210T nylon taffeta coated with 2,000 mm. polyurethane

No-see-um mesh canopy

Two DAC Featherlite aluminum poles

Twisted front pole design allows for near-vertical door configuration for easier exits and entries

Four V-shaped 7075-T6 lightweight aluminum stakes and stake stuffsack included

Minimal stake point design--pitch it with only two stake points and excellent stability!

Color-coded, staggered pole sleeves for better durability in windy conditions

Reflective guy line loops and guy lines for better visibility at night

Glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls

Internal pockets

Can be pitched with just the fly and poles with footprint (not included) for minimalist adventures

Compression stuff sack dimensions: 18 in. x 5 in. (46 cm. x 13 cm.)

Area: 24 sq. ft. + 5 sq. ft. vestibule (2.2 sq. m. + .5 sq. m.)

Weight: 3 lbs. 5 oz. (1.5 kg.)


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William Jenkinson - Jan 21, 2003 7:27 am - Voted 5/5

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Call it a tent or a bivy but it is a great product from TNF. Packs small, is very light, easy to pitch with continuous pole sleeves and with a little care in placement this tent can take a good hammering from a gale force wind blowing in of the Alantic despite having only two poles!

Alpinist - Sep 12, 2004 10:57 pm - Voted 2/5

No thanks
On the plus side, this tent:

- Provides good protection from weather and insects

- Is lightweight,

- Has good floor space and elbow room,

- Has a very nice vestibule area.

On the negative side, the MM:

- Is not free standing,

- Has no vertical space (can't sit up),

- Is extremely difficult to get in and out of.

I borrowed this tent from a friend for a 5-day trip in the Wind River Range because I was interested in buying it. I wouldn't use it again if he gave it to me for free... My quest for the perfect solo tent continues.

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