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Marmot Asgard

Review by planetFear
Monday 27th July 2009

 

The Asgard 3-P from Marmot


Marmot is a relatively new player in  the 4 season / expedition tent sector, and judging by the performance of the Asgard, the brand is positioning itself as a potential leader in this notoriously difficult market. PlanetFear have been using the 3-person version of the Asgard in a variety of UK conditions from mild to wild, and we have been consistently impressed by the design and functionality of this tent.

The first thing of note about this tent is the speed and extreme ease with which it can be put up and taken down, which is an uncommon attribute in the expedition-tent sector. The Asgard 3-p uses a simple and effective configuration of 4 main poles, with a separate pole that acts as a hoop for the porch area, making the entrance very spacious. In bad weather this is extremely useful, since cooking can easily be done in the porch area. The fly sheet simply clips to the feet of the inner tent, and can be attached by two people in about ten seconds. The footprint (an external groundsheet from Marmot which attaches to the pole ends) is a useful addition for damp British conditions, and will prolong the life of the tent.

The purpose-built footprint groundsheet for the Asgard

In high winds and rain, the Asgard feels as resilient to the elements as any mountain tent planetFear have used. With the guy lines pegged out, there is virtuallty no noise at all from the flysheet even in gale force winds, which indicates optimal design in this area. Marmot have used a pair of foam pads to separate the inner from the flysheet on either side, which means condensation never forms on the inner tent. Another very clever feature is the way in which the tent's storage bag can be clipped to the roof of the inner tent creating an extra storage space. This final touch finishes off a flawless design which planetFear have the utmost confidence in, and which fully lives up to Marmot's claim that the "Asgard is specifically designed for the worst wet and windy conditions found in Europe. The extremely strong geodesic design offers exceptional strength and stability during the worst mountain conditions."

Side view of the Asgard in its alternative orange colour scheme

At a UK RRP of £480, this tent certainly isn't cheap; but neither are its main competitors (such as TNF's VE 25 and Mountain Hardwear's Trango 3) either. In summary, the Asgard is an outstanding mountain tent which could be taken anywhere in the world with complete confidence in its ability to keep out the elements. 


Technical Specifications:

Fly Fabric: 40D Nylon Ripstop, Silicon/PU , 5.000 mm, (fully taped)
Floor Fabric: 70D Nylon (210T), PU , 10.000 mm, (fully taped)
Canopy Fabric: 40D Polyester Ripstop, uncoated, B/R
Shelf Weight: 5,75 kg
Dimension: 90/190 x 130 + 250 + 50 x 140 cm
Floor Area: 180/220 x 250 x 130 cm
Packed Size: 65 x 18 x 22 cm
Poles: DAC Featherlite NSL ø 9.9

Features:

    * Extreme storm construction base camp geodesic
    * Optional expedition fly w/snowflaps
    * Optional second pole-set capability for increased stability
    * Poled bad weather front vestibule with two doors
    * reardoor, Weather protected inner front door
    * Front and rear adjustable air flow vents
    * 2-in-1 Guy system
    * Bathtub groundsheet, Optional footprint
    * DAC NSL Poles
    * Burrito bag


The PlanetFear Star Rating Explained:

* A poor product with design and functionality problems. Not recommended. 

** An average product. Recommended only for its low cost or as a back-up item.

*** A good product. Certainly worth considering, although better products may be available at the same price

**** An excellent product and among the best available in its category. Highly recommended.

***** An outstanding product defining the cutting edge of outdoor technology and design. You won't find a better one! 

 

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