Review: Marmot Screech [ 2-man, 3-4 season tent ]

Review: Marmot Screech [ 2-man, 3-4 season tent ]
Retail: $340, MBstores.com is offering this tent for only $239.95. (Limit time offer, expire soon.)

Product Description
Habitability: Unique pole sleeve and clip combo for: Optimal headroom ~~ 3 Pole self-supporting structure with stake out vestibule ~~ Vestibule for additional storage ~~ Two way Vestibule converts to awning ~~ 4 way door for ease of access ~~ CT venting system for removing condensation ~~ Jingle-free nylon zipper pulls; promotes undisturbed sleep ~~ Pleasing colors even on dreary days.

Retail: $340


Reviewed by: Steve Peralta, a Backpacker from Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: 5/4/2002 1:02:52 AM
 
 

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I couldn't believe it when I saw this tent sitting on teh clearance rack at REI. Brand new, never used. I needed a lightweight tent for backpacking (I also own a Moss Titan) and thsi fit the bill. My second suprise came when I used it. I Love This Tent! I is roomy, stable, quick to pitch, well ventilated, and not deppressing on rainy days. It is worth every penny at full price, a rediculous value at what I paid. I highly reccommend this tent.

Customer Service:
Marmot has always been incredible for me.

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  Reviewed by: Jeff, a Backpacker from Park City
Date Reviewed: 4/3/2002 8:23:25 PM
 
 

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Great tent. To combat that last worthess review I thought I'd pipe up. You just can't beat Marmot quality. A great company with a lot of nice gear.
The Screech is no exception.
I'm not that mad about the color combo but it isn't a fashion show.

Customer Service:
None needed.

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  Reviewed by: peter thomas, a Car Camper from new orleans, louisiana
Date Reviewed: 12/27/2001 11:42:05 AM
 
 

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This was a great tent for our first date. It really got us through a tough spot. we just couldn't resist.


yep yep yep
 

 
  Reviewed by: Roger Studner, a Backpacker from San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/17/2001 7:24:47 AM
 
 

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I have to say that after having used a large variety of tents in my life, this Marmot Screech is the best hands down. Having double doors, both of which are very large, makes it easy to get in and out of the tent without waking up a companion. As well, the tent setup is very quick and easy, and I've been able to put the tent up in a couple minutes in very dark cold conditions (getting stuck is no fun!).

I'm about 6'3, and i've never encounted any issues with the length of the tent at all. THere are a number of internal pockets which are great for storing light anywhere matches etc.

Overall i'd say this is the best gift I've ever received =)
 

 
  Reviewed by: Daniel, a Backpacker from Washington DC, (also London, Montreal)
Date Reviewed: 8/21/2001 1:39:32 PM
 
 

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This was my first real tent purhase, so I checked out a lot of review websites to make sure I would be happy with my purchase. I went with the Marmot Screech, and am very happy with the outcome. I'm a tall guy (6'3"), and anyone looking at the specs can see this tent has a fairly roomy interior. Yeah, a true expedition backpacker would scoff at the need to sit up in a tent, but if you are big and need the extra space, the extra pound of weight is well worth it. The tent is a breeze to set up, and is the easiest tent to pack that I have ever seen thanks to Marmot's burrito bag.

The tent performed well: I was in the Rockies where it was fairly windy, but the tent didn't sway or move at all. I have not yet tested it in the rain, but aside from the problems already mentioned in the previous review I expect no problems. I usally hike/camp in the summer, and the huge mesh roof is well suited to my needs, as the air flow keeps the interior very cool.

Other pros: large vestibule, plethora of interior pockets, extra vent at rear of tent, colour is not hideous to the eye(!), front door flap is huge if needed (opens up entire side of tent, allowing easy access)
Other cons: zip on fly sheet can become caught if only one hand is used. Didn't damage the tent, but took a couple minutes to un-jam. Marmot's lack of instructional guidance: it's easy to figure out the basics, though.

Bottom line: if you're looking for a well made tent that will stand up to the elements, and you mainly hike spring to autumn, this is a great choice.

Customer Service:
I called up while shopping around for tents and had a conversation with the salesman. He had used the tent and was able to help me decide on wether it was the right tent for me. Best of all, he didn't try and sell the tent to me. No problems wiht the tent as yet, but the lifetime guarentee should keep me happy.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Steebs, a Backpacker from Loma Linda, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: 4/1/2001 5:23:49 PM
 
 

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What an awesome tent! I have been pleased with every aspect of this innovative, efficient, and quality piece of equipment. For the very popular and competitive market segment of a 3 season, 2 person backpacking tent, this (in my humble opinion) is the best tent out there-and when figuring into the equation that I got it for $229 at one of Yahoo shopping's stores, its a tremendous value as well. The quality comes through in the construction and innovative touches, like the 3 equal poles, numerous pockets, handy burrito bag, gear loft (optional, but very convinient), and really neat vent-this is a cool tent. Plus the color is just a cool scheme.
The very first time using this tent was in the Grand Canyon in March. Perfect weather for a 3 season tent right? Well, the first night, we got dumped with 4 inches of wet snow, with temps dipping in the low 20's! The tent did such an excellent job of keeping us safe, that we didn't have a clue that there was any snow around us untill we got up. The tent kept us warm, because outside temperature felt dramatically colder. We had some problems with venting and moisture accumulation, but that was hardly a problem with the tent's design-the snow accumulated so much that it sealed off the space under the vestibule for the air to flow. The vent helped this problem a lot.
After that experience, I have been a faithful fan of Marmot and my Screech tent. I compared this tent to all the other comparable 3 season, 2 man tents from North Face, Sierra Designs, etc. The quality was noticibly better, but the price was steep. However, once doing a bit of internet searching, I was totally knocked out by the $229 price I found online. Like I said at the begining, an awesome tent!

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  Reviewed by: David Oliver, a Backpacker from Chicago, IL
Date Reviewed: 1/31/2001 11:27:12 AM
 
 

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This is a great tent design with excellent quality. The tent is spacious, easy to setup and overall a great tent. The only downside is that it is a little heavy.

I like the small touches, including the top vent, extra pockets, double door.

Before buying this tent, I reviewed several in it's range. I was looking for a tent that would comfortable house 2 and gear, withstand 3 + seasons of use, have a large vestibule, and be of the utmost quality. This one won over Moss, Mountain Hardwear, and Sierra Designs.

I haven't experienced any big downpours, but agreeing with all of the reviewers, seam sealing is a must.

I got the tent from rei for only $199 which really made it that much more attractive.

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  Reviewed by: Chris, a Backpacker from Norman, OK
Date Reviewed: 10/20/2000
 
 

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This is a great tent. My wife kept warm and dry in this tent with my daughter while I suffered with my son in a no-name leaking tent during our first outing with this tent in an Oklahoma Thunderstorm. I agree about the snagging but would also seam seal around the six contact points where the poles go in. Use only ""seam grip"" for this. It was nice that all three poles are the same length so setup is easy. A downside is that the owners manual is for all marmot tents and does not have any special instructions for this tent such as setting it up with the rainfly only or any special use of the vestibule which it is supposed to have.

Customer Service:
I told them about my concern and they were going to mail me a manual but I never heard back from them.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Robert Byrd, a Backpacker from Fayetteville, PA
Date Reviewed: 10/6/2000
 
 

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This Marmot tent is another great design by a wonderfull company. I was very pleased with all the neat little features they added. The stuff sack turns into a gear loft. The Vestibule has many great uses. Very roomy inside for a two person tent, Ive even had three in it before. Plenty of storage pockets all around the inside to give you the max. floor space, and keep everything organized. Very nice buy!:)

Customer Service:
Marmot has a great customer service to back up all their products. If you dont like somthing send it back, its that simple.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeremy Gottfried, a Backpacker from Sewanee, TN USA
Date Reviewed: 9/12/2000
 
 

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I like the tent. I have only used it twice since I got it, but it set up quickly and easily. Once it was guyed out it was bomb proof and easily withstood a windy night on a bluff. Definitely use a groundcloth, because the thin bottom will be easily punctured, but that is the same with any tent. it was very roomy, and offered a multitude of ventilation options.

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  Reviewed by: Bill D, a Backpacker from San Francisco, CA USA
Date Reviewed: 9/8/2000
 
 

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This is a great tent. The first time my girlfreind and I used it we got poured on. The tent kept us and our gear safe and dry. When we did realize we had to bail due to hte weather, it packed up fast and neat. Plenty roomy for the two of us, our gear and our dog.

Customer Service:
I would reiterate Johns review earlier. Used seam seal around the velcro closures on the fly. the leak a bit in the heavy rains. Since I did that, no problems period.
 

 
  Reviewed by: John, a Backpacker from Kalamazoo MI USA
Date Reviewed: 6/1/2000
 
 

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I just got back from a week long trip to North Manitou Island where my Marmot Screech received it's first outing. The weather the first few days was horrible 35 mph winds and torrential rain. The screech barely even flinched under these conditions. Inside it remained stable, relatively dry and roomy enough for four guys to hang out while waiting for the storm to pass. Overall excellent quality. Especially nice touches are the large vestibule, easton aluminum poles and the tight fitting rain fly. The tent door works like a charm and ventilation is awsome!! Two down points however. Even though the fly is factory taped you will still need to seam seal the points just above the yellow velcro closures that allow the tent to be set up with only the poles and ground sheet. We had a problem with those five spots occasionally letting a couple drops through. Also the vestibule requires 2 hand s to open and close, it snags very easily. Other than that the tent was awsome, great job Marmot!!!

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