Another new tent, this Marmot Fortress 2P is intended (by me) for “front country” use – a.k.a. car camping. I’ve used a Marmot Early Light 2P for several years in this role. It was my first backpacking tent but I quickly realized it was way too big and heavy for that. The Early Light’s fatal flaw is that it has 2 transparent windows in the fly. After 7 years the adhesive failed and the windows started detaching and leaking. I reglued them but have no confidence it will hold so I think it’s time to retire that one.
The Fortress 2P package includes 12 stakes, 6 line tensioners, 6 guy lines, 1 pole splice, and no footprint. The advertised package weight is 5 lbs 5.5 oz but I measure it at 1 lb heavier. The tent has a vestibule on each side but one is slightly smaller. The full-fabric canopy with 3 zippered ventilation panels is probably a great thing in cold windy conditions but may be stifling in an Arkansas summer with little or no breeze. We’ll see.
The product was purchased with my own money. I have no material connection with any companies, products or services mentioned in this post.