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Object Title: Nutshell

Manufacturer: Marmot

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Page By: mrolph

Created/Edited: Jun 14, 2002 / Jun 14, 2002

Object ID: 386

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This is a reasonably light, free-standing, double wall, two person tent. Asymetric design provides good peak height and maximizes useable floor space. Primary use: 3 season backpacking.

Marmot Marketing Hype:

-75 denier high tenacity, ripstop polyester fly fabric increases tear strength and won't stretch like nylon

- 70 denier ripstop nylon canopy has exceptional tear strength

- 70 denier nylon, seam taped bathtub floor all floor seams are up and off the ground for maximum protection against leakage

- DAC poles have great strength to weight ratio

- Reinforced and back tacked stress points for increased durability

- Silicon treated zippers help prevent icing in severe cold

- Guyline tensioners to stabilize the tent

- Seam taped fly for maximum waterproof protection

Locking pole tips for easy one person setup

- Door and window ties with cinch toggles can be secured with mittens on

- Light reflective points to find your tent at night

- Inside pockets to keep gear off the floor

- Burrito stuff sack holds your tent, fly, poles and field repair kit, converts to hanging pocket

- Pole sleeve-clip combo for optimal headroom, increased stability and easy setup

- Buckle fly attachement for quick and easy use

- Vestibule for additional storage

- Fly Vent adjustable flap for ventilation


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mrolphUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I used this tent for 4 years of Sierra backpacking without problems.

- Free standing.
- Excellent Ventilation. The upper 2/3 of the tent is no-see-um netting.
- Reasonable weight for a two person free standing tent.
- Comfortable: Although only 30 sq feet, the near vertical walls make most of the floor space useable.

- Marginal in the wind. I used it on Shasta once and guyed it out with four lines (also in a prepared site with 3 foot high rock walls). The wind was a steady 30 knots all night with occasional heavy gusts. My Nutshell survived but I don't think it would take much more wind. The tall narrow profile catches the wind.

I still use my Nutshell for basecamping and car camping. For most backcountry trips, I've switched to a bivy sack to save weight.

Note: The latest version of the Nutshell seems to have quite a bit less no-see-um netting than my 5 year old version. I don't know how this will affect the ventilation and strenght of the tent.
Posted Jun 14, 2002 12:56 pm

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