Marmot Swallow Tent Review
Marmot Swallow Review: 2 & 3P Camping Tent

A Marmot Swallow Tent is luxury on a mountain. Read our Marmot Swallow review & learn how spacious, Marmot Swallow 3P & 2P tents convert to battle any weather

The Marmot Swallow is a versatile tent that successfully battles any bad weather you might encounter.

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The Marmot Swallow 3P Tent

In almost any kind of weather, under most conditions, and converted to suit your every need, both the Marmot Swallow 3P & 2P are miracle workers.

Unfortunately, this tent has been discontinued. We will keep the review up for historical purposes, but recommend checking out these 3 season tents instead.

With plenty of elbow room on the inside, and superb protection from the elements on the outside, you may find yourself too comfy to leave your tent when the day's begun.

Not quite as lightweight (7 lbs 10 oz packaged) as other Marmot 2-person tents (like the Marmot Alpinist tent), the Swallow is still very portable and small.

But the best reason to consider the Marmot Swallow over its competitors is its extraordinary adaptability.

Whether you're sleeping the cold, in the rain, or in the humid heat, the Marmot Swallow tent can be converted to suit your needs.

Marmot is known for high quality in design and performance, and the Swallow is a winning example of just why that's true.

Marmot Swallow Tent Review

This shelter is a great product for every kind of camping enthusiast (from beginner to fanatic). A few of the Marmot Swallow tent's greatest benefits include:

  • Temperature Control- Keep warm or stay cool with the Marmot Swallow

  • Versatility - It's a convertible tent that adapts to your needs.

  • Ultra Quick Assembly- No fuss, no mess, just shelter.

As flexible as it is, though, it's important to bear in mind that the Marmot Swallow tent is a 3-season tent. Though wonderful in summer, perfect in spring, and suitable for the fall, this tent is not capable of handling winter conditions.

That aside, the Marmot Swallow 3P & 2P tent allows you a lot of control over the interior temperature. It will keep you toasty warm during cold nights, while nice and cool in summer afternoons.

Marmot Swallow 2P Tent Specifications

  • Area: 37 square feet
  • Height: 3 ft 6 in
  • Floor Size: 7'8" x 5'6"?
  • Weight: 7 lbs 2 oz (packaged weight: 7 lbs 10 oz)
  • Pack Size: 8 by 20 inches
  • Number of Windows:
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Seasons: 4
  • Pole Material: Featherlite Aluminum (DAC)
  • Vestibule Area: 10 sq ft.

Marmot Swallow Review: Advantages

Did we mention this tent was versatile? Here's how...

An improved rainfly on this model of Marmot tents keeps you warm and dry during those cold nights.

And a large ceiling vent can be opened during warm weather to give you the breeze you need, as well as a view of the stars in the night sky.

The large front door can be rearranged to form two smaller doors, the vestibule can be reformed to create a spacious dining area under an awning, and the top of the Swallow can be opened for nighttime stargazing or simply feeling the breeze on a warm summer night.

Yeah, it's versatile.

Here are the Marmot Swallow tent's best features:

  • Convertibility - Make the tent work for you in any situation

  • Snappy Set-Up- Get the Marmot up and working for you in a heartbeat with its super simple assembly.

  • Stay Warm/Cool- Whatever the weather, let the Swallow keep you comfortable.

As with other Marmot tents, the Marmot Swallow tent is a virtual snap to assemble.

There's no need to get frustrated with feeding poles through sleeves. With clip technology, just clip the pole in and pitch the Swallow in less time than it takes to pack and unpack.

Marmot Swallow Review: Disadvantages

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As compared to other backpacking tents, the Marmot Swallow 2P is quite heavy (7 lbs 10 oz).

While it certainly isn't too heavy to take along the trails, it does tend to drag you down a bit.

If the versatility factor doesn't matter much to you, you may want to look for a lighter shelter (like the Marmot Limelight Tent) if you plan on carrying it with you.

Another unfortunate disadvantage seems to be in the design of the Swallow's zippers.

Not everyone who uses this tent has had this problem, but there are a few consumers who've had their zippers get stuck, fail, or flat out break during a trip.

Whether this is a widespread problem of zipper design or one focused to a small group of campers is unclear. But it's certainly something to be wary about.

Marmot Swallow Tent: Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:

  • Convertible
  • Easy assembly
  • Great fly design
  • Ventilation
Consumers don't like:

  • Zipper construction
  • Too heavy


The Marmot Swallow 2P and 3P Tent is an amazingly versatile backpacking tent that can shift its shape according to your needs.

Its high quality design and excellent performance makes this shelter one of the best from a company who consistently makes the top tents in the business.

Bottom line:For the quality you're getting, the price tag ($240 from some retailers) is an easy pill to swallow.

If you don't mind the extra weight, then you may just find a perfect match with the Marmot Swallow 2P tent.

Otherwise, be sure to check out the Marmot Limelight and Marmot Alpinist tents.

Where to Get It

Like we mentioned, the Marmot Swallow is no longer made.

But here's a link to the historical page on

And here are some other backpacking tents you can buy at REI.

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