The Marmot Tungsten 4P tent is the largest offered in the Tungsten series. For a family or group of 3-4 people, this tent is perfect for backpacking. It boasts a large living space and head room through its pre-bent pole design. Most other tent walls angle inward starting from the floor to reach the peak of the tent, which reduces the living area. The Tungsten series has resolved that issue by bending the poles such that they go straight up, then angle toward the peak. Doors and vestibules on both ends of the tent permit easy access and provide a vast amount of storage. These features and others provide a balance of comfort and function in this 3-season backpacking tent.
The Marmot Tungsten 4P tent weighs 8 pounds 0 ounces (minus stakes). The footprint that comes with the tent is 11 ounces. For a 4-person tent, this is a good backpacking choice for those looking for a lightweight tent and still want a two-door, two-vestibule, large living space, and dual vents on the fly for a comfortable sleep without condensation buildup. The Tungsten 4p delivers all of these features.
The Tungsten 4P has a floor dimension of 93 X 82 inches, making sleeping comfortable in whichever direction you decide to lay. This tent maximizes room through its pre-bent poles, creating nearly vertical walls and more living space. This design also increases the head space with a peak height of 52 inches, which is useful when changing clothes or packing up your gear and just adds to your overall comfort.
The Marmot Tungsten 4P floor is fully seem-taped and made with waterproof polyester fabric to protect you from the weather outside. Pockets are found in all four corners, allowing you to easily store your small gear. Two lamp pockets on the ceiling provide a place to put your headlamp and help diffuse the light throughout the tent.
The Tungsten 4P has outstanding ventilation. The mesh venting on the upper part of the walls and ceiling allows for plenty of airflow. The gap between the walls and outer cover promotes breathability. When the vents, located on each side of the tent fly, are opened, this helps even further to reduce condensation buildup on the interior of the tent. The vent can be accessed from the inside or outside. On one side of the tent, solid material goes up to a little over halfway the wall and tapers down to the other side of the front and back of the tent. This helps to increase privacy and serves to block any cool breezes coming in from that side. The interior tent doors have convenient, two-way, jingle-free zippers. Also, if you decide to leave the fly off, the mesh canopy is transparent enough for gazing at the stars.
The Tungsten 4P provides a durable, completely waterproof, full-coverage fly, that offers excellent protection from the rain and wind. The fly fabric is 68-denier polyester taffeta. The color-coated fly easily snaps in place on each of the four corners of the tent. The vestibule is staked with two stakes at the reinforced straps on each flap bottom. Since this is a free-standing tent, you really only need stakes for the vestibules. Staking the other parts of the tent is not necessary. The two vestibules provide a large area for storing backpacks, shoes, and other gear. Like the interior doors, the exterior tent doors have convenient, two-way, jingle-free zippers. Also, you can open up the top of the door and leave the bottom closed. Since the zipper is recessed, the storm flap will not allow light rain to enter. Two vents, one on each side of the tent, can be accessed from the inside or outside, allowing for increased ventilation even when it’s raining. A custom-fit footprint comes with the tent to provide additional protection from sharp objects and water on the ground.
Setup and Take Down
Setup of the Tungsten 4P is very easy and can quickly be done by one person. The color-coded corners make setup especially simple with Easy Pitch clips for the fly. Just match the two red tabs of the inner tent Jake’s feet to the two red corners of the fly, clip it in, and cinch it up. The lightweight but durable aluminum main poles are all connected as one piece and swivel like helicopter propellers. The pole ends have grooved pegs that easily fit into the grommets on each corner. The grooves help keep the pole in place while you set the opposite corner. The poles and tent clips are color-coded as well – yellow tent wall clips fasten to the main yellow poles and the green clips fasten to the shorter green horizontal cross poles. Once the tent is set up, the freestanding design allows you to pick up the tent and move it around as desired. The included footprint can be used, if needed. Take down is also easy and fast. Just take up the vestibule stakes and corner stakes if used. Then, remove the poles, unhook the tent clips, and breakdown the poles. The tent can then be folded to the width of the bag and rolled up with the pole bag and fly inside. It compresses very well and will easily fit back into its bag.
Testing this Tent
My wife and I hiked the first section of the Appalachian trail (Amicalola Falls to Neel Gap) over 3 nights and 4 days. The first night we stayed at the Springer Mountain shelter in our Marmot Tungsten 4P tent. The night started out nice, but the weather got worse as the night progressed. I have been camping many times over the years, but this was some of the worst rain and wind I have ever experienced while camping. I kept expecting there to be a few leaks here and there, but we didn’t have any. The tent stood up well another night on top of Sassafras mountain with very high winds. That night, we staked down the four corners and the vestibules. There was plenty of room for the two of us. We kept our backpacks on one side under the vestibule and our shoes and sandals on the other side under the other vestibule. Setup and take down was easy and fast. The tent is a little bulky when packed up, but it easily fits into its bag, unlike many tents that will barely fit back into their bags after you take them out for the first time. Overall, this tent performed very well.
It has performed well in heavy rain and high winds. Even during the rain, there was no condensation buildup inside the tent. It is easy to setup and easy to breakdown and put up. The only negative I have for this tent is when the tent is bagged up, it is a little bulky, but I guess you have to expect that with any 4-person tent. For this size tent, it is relatively lightweight. If you are looking for an affordable, well made, lightweight, 3-season backpacking tent, the Marmot Tungsten 4P is a great choice.
Specifications (Per the Manufacturer)
- Seasons: 3
- Capacity: 4
- Number of doors: 2
- Number of vestibules: 2
- Minimum weight: 7 lb 14.5 oz / 3590 g
- Maximum weight: 8 lb 11 oz / 3960 g
- Floor area: 53 sq ft / 4.9 sq m
- Vestibule area: Front – 11 sq ft, Back – 7.8 sq ft
- Length: 93 in / 236 cm
- Width: 82 in / 208 cm
- Height: 52 in / 132 cm
- Packed diameter: 9 in / 22.9 cm
- Packed Length: 24 in / 61.0 cm
Disclosure: This tent was purchased by the author using his own funds.