Gear Review: Marmot Ajax 3 Tent

While I’m somewhat of an advanced beginner when it comes to backpacking, I have to say that I do have my preferences when it comes to gear. I don’t even own this tent, but I’ve borrowed it once or twice from a friend of mine. It has become my FAVORITE bargain 3 person backpacking tent ever!!

The tent

The best thing about the Ajax 3 is that it’s truly a 3 person tent – it’s not a 2 person tent masquerading as a 3 person tent (yes, I do put a lot of my gear outside of my tent when I go backpacking, I’m not that high-maintenance).  It has a very simple 2/3 pole set up for the main body of the tent, but the best part about it is that it has a cross-bar brow pole on the top to pull the sides of the tent by the doors up and out. Sitting up in this tent and hanging out with other folks is totally feasible. I never felt claustrophobic or squished at any time. Its spacious headroom coupled with the two very big doors on either side of the tent means that if the person sitting “b!tch” in the center of the tent needs to get out in the middle of the night to pee, it’s not that big of a deal.

Botchers Gap camp: Camille wakes up in the middle

Plus, how could you not LOVE the wrap-around mesh on this tent!? Perfect for stargazing on warm or cool nights. When it gets a little cold, I just put the fly half-on and leave the side covering the tent door wide open so I can still fall asleep looking at the stars. That blue and orange is FTW too!

The only drawback is that it’s not the lightest tent if you’re trying to be an ultra-lighter. At 6 lbs. 2 oz., you could find a much lighter backpacking tent, but it probably won’t be as spacious or as comfortable at this price. Plus if there’s 3 of you camping, that just means that each of you carry about 2 lbs. in your packs.

More on the specs:

  • Seasons: 3
  • Capacity: 3
  • Weight: 6 lb. 2 oz.
  • Pack size: 23×7-1/2″
  • Peak height: 46″
  • Floor dimensions: 93×66″
  • Floor area: 42 sq.ft.
  • Tent floor material: Nylon
  • Number of doors: 2
  • Number of vestibules: 2
  • Vestibule area: 19 sq.ft.
  • Number of poles: 3
  • Tent pole material: DAC® aluminum
  • Tent wall material: Polyester
  • Rain fly material: Polyester
  • Stakes: Aluminum

Disclaimer: I am NOT endorsed or supported by Sierra Trading Post (my favorite online camping outlet) but THIS TENT IS ON SALE NOW!! GET YERS!

An idyllic place to post up our tent – by Sykes Hot Springs in Big Sur’s Ventana Wilderness. Check out the extra long tarp below our tent that serves as our front porch.

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5 thoughts on “Gear Review: Marmot Ajax 3 Tent

  1. Janet says:

    I use one that’s very similar (2 doors, bathtub floor, mesh) but it’s a 2-person tent. It’s the Quarter Dome T2 by REI. It’s the best tent I’ve had so far.

    • Yes, the Quarter Dome tent is really nice! How do you like the doors? The only problem that i had with it was the price (the Marmot Ajax is on sale for about $140 right now, I know that the Quarter dome is on sale at REI for about $260). Of course, there’s always the REI used gear sales, if anyone ever gives those up 🙂

      • Janet says:

        Love the double doors. This is the first tent I’ve had with double doors. Ours is a couple of years old now and we got it on sale, but don’t remember the price we paid.

  2. Isaac says:

    I have the same tent… any idea what the red tube that comes in the steak bag is for?

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