The Marmot Pulsar 1P offers an incredible amount of space for one person. It is pitched inner-first with the pole assembly clipping to the inner, over which the flysheet is draped. This is all very easily achieved, with ladder-lock adjusters and colour-coded tape making the task even simpler. The structure only needs a couple of pegs to keep it on the ground but you can use extra pegs and guys for even more stability if needed. The outer door features twin zip pulls, meaning the top or bottom can be opened, and this gives access to a huge porch, which is 80cm wide. If that isn’t enough for your gear (and honestly it should be) there is a second porch on the back that can be accessed via a zip from the inner. The inner tent itself has masses of room as it’s 107cm wide and 91cm tall, and that headroom doesn’t drop rapidly. In fact two people can sit up inside the Marmot Pulsar 1P. The inner is mostly mesh and the fly doesn’t reach the ground, so like some other tents this isn’t my favourite option in rain or cold weather. But in calmer conditions that inner space is a luxury that will be welcomed during extended trips. The price is excellent for all that space but the drawback for backpacking is the weight of 1623g.
Flysheet fabric 40d silicone and PU-coated ripstop nylon
Inner fabric 20d mesh
Groundsheet fabric 40d-coated nylon
Poles DAC Featherlite shock-corded alloy
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 220x107x91cm
Packed size 15x49cm
The price and inner space are outstanding, but the Marmot Pulsar 1P is quite a heavy tent and, dare I suggest it, there is too much space for one person?
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine July 2014