Expert Review: Marmot Tungsten 3P Tent

This review is my honest opinion of the tent, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.

The Marmot Tungsten 3P tent set up in some grass.

Camping in West Glacier, MT. All photos courtesy of Allison K.

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About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the tent, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2022.

My take

The Marmot Tungsten 3P is a solid, affordable tent option for getting into backpacking, and is well-suited for car-camping adventures as well. It keeps me dry (and thus, warm), secure, and sleeping well on all my adventures.

About the tent I own

  • Product Model: 2022 Marmot Tungsten 3P Tent
  • Size: 3 person

About me

  • Height: 5’5”
  • Weight: 145 lbs
  • Experience: 11 years of camping/backpacking

Test conditions

  • When I bought the tent: May 2022
  • Days tested: 8 days
  • Number of occupants: 2–3
  • Pack: Osprey Aura 65
  • Sleeping pad: Klymit Static V Insulated
  • Sleeping bag: Nemo Disco 15 Women’s Regular
  • Total pack weight: 45 lbs (with gear)
  • Used for: Car camping, backpacking
  • Where I’ve used it: Clearwater National Forest, ID; Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, Lolo National Forest, MT
  • Seasons I’ve used it in: Spring, summer

How it performs

Breakdown Speed
5/5
Durability
5/5
Interior Space
5/5
Lightweight
4/5
Packability
4/5
Setup Ease
5/5
Versatility
5/5
Weather Resistance
5/5

What I was looking for

I was ready to upgrade my tent to something slightly more roomy in the summer of 2022, and I wanted the same tent in a larger version. I was using the Tungsten 2P for years as a solo backpacking/car-camping tent. As I now share a tent with my partner, we wanted more interior room when in the mountains and at car-camping sites. I still wanted something for backpacking that was affordable, durable, and waterproof.

Why I chose this gear

The Marmot Tungsten was one of the most affordable options I could find in a backpacking-worthy tent that was still tough enough for car camping and tons of use. I wanted a relatively lightweight tent with good waterproofing, pockets, two vestibules, and the footprint included. I did consider some other lightweight tent options, but those were double the price, so I couldn’t justify it just to shed a couple pounds. I ultimately chose the Tungsten for the features and quality at that price point.

The Marmot Tungsten 3P tent set up in some grass.

Nice and dry in my tent in West Glacier, MT

What I love about it

  • Ease of setup: This tent takes about 2–5 minutes to set up depending on the weather. I have done it in as little as two minutes if caught in inclement weather. Most times it takes me 3–4 minutes, and that’s not trying to break any speed setup records. It could not be easier.
  • Breakdown speed: This tent generally takes 1–2 minutes to break down. It’s pretty easy to repack—just make sure to get those tent poles in first!
  • Performance in rain: This tent is bombproof in the rain! I’ve been rained, hailed, and snowed on in the Tungsten and have stayed dry the entire time. The rain fly and footprint don’t allow any moisture to get through, and the material dries pretty quick so I can pack up the tent nice and dry.
  • Performance in snow: This tent does well in snow as far as moisture repellence. It is only a three-season tent, so is not insulated against the colder temperatures and elements, but with the right sleeping bag/pad, I can stay warm enough to sleep comfortably on the occasional colder-weather trip. I have always been plenty warm in this tent during snow storms!
  • Performance in heat: This tent is made from a very breathable material, so it facilitates easy air circulation. It is not insulated to keep heat out or in, but it performs exactly as it should.
  • Performance in desert areas with no trees: I have only used this tent in the desert once, and it performed really well. The rain fly keeps the sun out more than if I wasn’t using it and allows me to sleep until a regular waking hour.
  • Performance in wooded areas with lots of trees: I primarily use this tent in the forest with lots of trees and shade. This is my favorite terrain to camp in. It does extremely well in forested areas; the waterproof footprint and rain fly keep dew and moisture off the inhabitant.
  • Performance when camping with a partner or group: This tent is roomy enough to sleep three comfortably with room for extra gear inside. It has two vestibules and two doors so each person has their own entry. I like to sleep two in here for even more space.
  • Special features: I love the side pockets on each side (two on each side = four total). The clip installed in the tent ceiling is the perfect place to hang my headlamp or a lantern at night. The zippers don’t snag and are perfectly placed to get in and out easily.
  • Stability: This tent has stayed upright in the wind and all the elements I’ve camped in. The integrated tent pole design stretches the tent material exactly where it needs to in order to improve stability. It comes with stakes, paracord tie downs, etc., to keep it as secure as possible.
  • Durability: This tent is incredibly durable. It does not come with a repair kit, but the material is strong, yet lightweight, and would not tear easily. I’ve owned the 2P for many years and it has stayed in near-perfect shape after many trips; I anticipate the 3P doing the same. So far, I have not had any rips, tears, or seam separation. This tent could withstand snags from trees and bushes with no issues.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Weight: This tent is about middle-of-the-road for weight (5–6 lbs). It’s not ultralight but also not terribly heavy. It’s a reasonable amount of weight to carry if I am sharing the tent with another person (split the carry load between two packs). I’m definitely satisfied with the weight vs. features ratio.
  • Performance in wind: This tent does flap around with very high winds, but I do not know a tent that would be any different. When staked down properly though, it stays upright in the wind. The poles are strong enough to withstand large gusts.
  • Other: The only thing I can think of to add to this tent would be glow-in-the-dark zippers to find them more easily in the dark.

Favorite moment with this gear

This is the first tent my partner and I have shared together, so it has immediately been special to us. We recently went on a trip to a remote alpine lake and had a wonderful day. We ran into no other people and enjoyed watching a meteor shower and so many bright stars through the tent ceiling as we drifted off to sleep; we decided to leave the rain fly off since it was a perfect summer day with no chance of rain. This tent is always our comfort at the end of a perfect day in the mountains.

Value for the money vs. other options

This tent is absolutely worth every penny. It is truly waterproof and does not require any upkeep. The tent poles are strong and lightweight and I can’t imagine how I would bend or break one. Cheaper options won’t give me the high quality or features that this tent will, and more expensive options might be overkill considering the comprehensive features this tent has to offer.

Final verdict

The Marmot Tungsten 3P tent is one of THE best outdoor gear investments I’ve made. Owning the 2P model for years, I know this 3P will stay in amazing shape through many years of use and adventures. Make the same investment I did and get ready for years of comfort and durability in the great outdoors!

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Camping & Hiking Expert Allison K.
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