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About Marmot Ajax 3 Tent - 3-Person, 3-Season

Closeouts. Dependable and easy to set up, Marmot's Ajax 3 tent minimizes weight by keeping things simple yet highly functional. Mesh panels provide optimal ventilation and a Catenary Cut floor lifts seams off the ground for full waterproof protection in nasty weather.


Specs about Marmot Ajax 3 Tent - 3-Person, 3-Season

  • Seasons: 3-Season
  • Capacity: 3-Person
  • Packed weight: 6 lb. 2 oz.
  • Pack size: 23x7-1/2"
  • Peak height: 46"
  • Floor dimensions: 93x66"
  • 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
  • Stuff sack: Yes
  • Recommended use: Backpacking
  • Made in China
  • Prop 65: This product contains a chemical or substance known to the state of California to potentially cause reproductive harm
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  • Cannot ship to Australia
  • Cannot ship to New Zealand


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4.637931 5 Overall Rating: 4.6 Based on 174 reviews

Most Helpful 5-Star Review

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Craig in the mtns from mtns of PA on Sunday, June 17, 2012
Used the tent this weekend for the first time. Very easy to set-up. Very packable for an adventure motorcycle. Weather was good, so I don't know about ability in the rain, but all of the tent seams appear to be of high quality.

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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Clinger from SE Louisiana. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    I am in south Louisiana so I needed a well vented semi compact tent for car / four wheeler camping and possible use for canoe camping on rocky beaches in Arkansas i.e. I was not weight concerned. I use hammocks most of the time. I have been running a small 2 man seira design for twenty plus years but I have to drink too much now to make a wimpy pad comfortable so I wanted something to fit a mattress. REI has a nice 6 inch air mattress with dims to match this tent footprint and with the mesh upper I was in. I have only set this up in the house but I am pleased. Slept in it twice in the den with my son and it looks like everything is in order. Quick setup. Free standing. Big vests on both sides. Daddy likes. Highly recommend.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Mike Sikora from Ohio on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    So far we have set the tent up twice inside the house. Real easy for a beginning camper like me!
    Can't wait to take it outside to try it!
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by SeaShell from California on Thursday, November 10, 2016
    Ordered this tent based on a recommendation of a coworker. Our last tent ended up leaking in a storm and we just had it. Needed something that could handle water. We haven't taken this tent out yet, but based on other reviews, I have good faith. The other day we did a test run on putting the tent together, it's very easy to set up. Spacious on the inside. We picked the 3 person tent only because we like extra room to place our luggage in.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by grandmak from California on Monday, October 31, 2016
    I have not used this tent although I did set it up to check it and found it reasonably easy to put up alone. It will be roomy for 2 people and possible for three people. It does not come with a ground cloth but I will purchase a 6'x8' tarp. One should always use a tarp under a tent, both to keep it clean and to avoid punctures. Remember to tuck it so that any rain runs off and not under, and to use a trowel to dig a trench if heavy rain is expected. I found the poles and the stakes in the package, plus an emergency pole repair sleeve and some line to stake the tent in high winds. My one complaint is that there are tie-offs for the rain fly only on one side, whereas one might not want to use the vestibule in really nice weather. I plan to add an extra tie-off. There are doors on both sides of the tent, which I like. So far I am happy with the tent.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Shawn from Colorado on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    One of the easiest tents I've ever set up and can easily be done with one person. Only used once so far, but we are very happy with the purchase. It doesn't come with a footprint; however, those can be purchased easily after-market.

Question & Answer

Questions about this product? Get answers from community and staff experts.

    • No, most tents have "bathtub floors" where the seams rise off the ground to protect the floor from water. The measurements listed on tents are frequently seam to seam. This is the case with this tent, as it's not really 63" across unless the bathtub floor were laid flat. I measured, and I forget what it was exactly, but the ground width is less than 63.
      That said, it's a super roomy two person tent and a pretty great deal. (Wide and long sleeping mats are generally 25" wide, more standard backcountry mats are 20" wide. Extra extra extra wide mats are 30" wide, so you would easily be able to fit two of any of these in the tent, and there is ample vestibule room for packs and gear, as well as room inside the tent for gear/clothing making a mess etc.)
      Answered on 9/4/2016 1:22:03 PM by Hike bike cook from Seattle
    • I use this as a 1 person camp tent and wouldn't call it "roomy". You might also want to note that you have to really bend over to get in and out with the extra vestibule in front of you. I have the tent packed up presently but will be using it in a few weeks to go camping. I really enjoy it but wish I had paid more attention to the height inside and the opening for getting in and out. I do enjoy it and wouldn't have any other tent right now. I use a single air mattress that fits inside with not much room for other stuff. You might want to rethink using it as a roomy 2 person tent, unless we are talking about a different model tent.
      Answered on 9/4/2016 5:27:31 PM by Happy Camper from Florida
    • I don't have the tent handy to measure the dimensions, but like you, I bought this tent intending it to be a roomy 2 person tent. I used it several times this past summer (me at 6'4" with my son who is 5'9") and it did suffice. We kept out backpacks outside under the vestibules. I was impressed with the tent but don't have much experience. I was hoping it might fit a third person too next year (another one of my boys who might be around 5' then), but it might be too snug. We'll see.
      Answered on 9/4/2016 8:10:20 PM by Bunkman from Montana
    • I measured about the same - 86" x 63". I would consider it roomy. Have only used it for 2 people so far on several backpacking and several camping trips and have had plenty of room to set up bedrolls and store our stuff/backpacks inside with us. Will be using it for 3 people at the end of the month.
      Answered on 9/7/2016 8:08:11 PM by MM from Wisconsin
    • the "bathtub" floor is solid, but, as in the picture, the whole tent upper is mosquito netting. It comes with a waterproof rain fly. If the weather is nice, its absolutely super to sleep without the rain fly and see the stars. We love ours.
      Answered on 11/3/2015 2:06:20 PM by Hike bike cook from PNW
    • Not the entire tent. Id say it's 90% mosquito netting, that's really durible and flexible - to a certain extent ..obv. the bottom is a different material. Which is also strong and durible. Slept in snow in Yosemite a few weeks ago (north dome) and it was great.
      Answered on 11/3/2015 2:55:38 PM by Jose C from CALIFORNIA
    • It is true to the picture. The entire top portion is a mosquito netting and the bottom is a waterproof solid material. Then there is the rain fly. I hope this answers your question.
      Answered on 11/7/2015 4:21:53 AM by VMS from Iceland
    • Yes, it is!
      Answered on 11/10/2015 9:16:21 PM by The Outddors Girl from Upper Peninsla of Michigan
    • Never seen a marmot tent with 4 pockets. My advice is to buy a gear loft from Marmot. 30 dollars probably lower. It will give you more storage. Regarding the bent pole; that is how it is made so don't panic. All good.

      Small tents like this one are designed for backpacking so the pockets are situated head to toe sleep. Like I said before gear loft will give you extra space.
      Answered on 8/15/2014 12:07:48 PM by MattV from Tahoe
    • Regarding the pole that goes door-to-door, it was manufactured bent to allow it to be placed above the peak of the other two corner-to-corner poles. If it was straight it would put too much pressure on the attachment points.

      Regarding the pockets, my tent also only has two pockets. When I looked at the picture on the STP listing, I only see two pockets on the tent. Based on the zipper placement, I don't think that 2 other similarly placed pockets would fit.
      Answered on 8/15/2014 12:27:29 PM by Traveling Light from Northern California
    • There are two pockets mate... recommend looking for a gear loft if you'd like more storage options. The short pole is bent by design. Hope this helps!
      Answered on 8/15/2014 11:54:08 PM by Nick from Hawaii
    • Thank you all for answering my questions. It's great to know that it's not factory defect!
      Answered on 8/16/2014 12:40:34 AM by Bike to work from California
    • I have purchased three of these tents, and all were manufactured a bit differently from the others. All function extremely well in the field. The ridge pole that supports the rainfly is slightly arced in oder to support an arc in the fly. This stretches the material taunt and avoids having rainwater pool up on the tent's top.
      Answered on 8/16/2014 4:06:21 PM by California Geographer from California
    • I, too, bought this tent and am VERY satisfied with it. Mine also only has two pockets. I didn't notice whether the STP picture or description noted four pockets. Four pockets in a tent would be highly unusual, however. I don't think I've ever seen one with four! As to the top, short pole.... it does have a very slight curve to it. that's meant to be. It should not be "very bent"; just modestly curved. All STP items are new as far as I know. I just rteturned from a 2 -1/2 week kayak trip along the wilderness coast of NW Vancouver Island using this tent and found it perfect in every regard. I hope you'll enjoy yours as much.
      Answered on 8/31/2014 5:29:02 PM by Sadie in Seattle from Seattle, WA
    • I have a Marmot Titan 3 tent (the Ajax 3's predecessor, which was made with the exact same floorplan/configuration, and also previously available through STP). It DOES have FOUR pockets -- one on each side of the door, on both sides of the tent. A nice, convenient, but not critical, feature. And, yes...the current photo of the Ajax 3 on the STP website (as of July '16) appears to show four pockets, as well...
      Answered on 7/11/2016 12:12:02 AM by jw from Montana
    • The small plastic pieces with three holes are to tension your guy lines, see this video for how to use them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrIcfsyTJXg. If one of your poles breaks, you can repair it with the thing that looks like a straw, just slide it over the break and duck tape it in place. It's a temporary fix until you can get a replacement pole.
      Answered on 3/12/2014 4:26:22 PM by Shane from Alabama
    • The "straw" is to temporarily repair a broken tent pole. The sleeve slides over the broken part of the pole and is taped in place. MSR makes these sleeves; check out their site for a more detailed explanation for their use. The four plastic pieces are the tent line tensioners. When the line is properly laced through them you can tighten the tent line and these will hold it in place (I find it easier just to tie a slip knot in the line). To see how to use them enter tent line (or guy line) tensioner in the You Tube search bar, or some outdoor equipment sites have videos showing how to use them, as well.
      Answered on 3/12/2014 4:29:03 PM by Camp Hawaii from Hawaii
    • Plastic pieces – This is to be attached to the guy line that is supplied with the tent, instead of typing knot when attaching the guy line to the peg, use the plastic piece to lengthen or tighten the guy line .
      Metal tube - If the tent pole breaks, this tube can be used to join the broken poles, that is why the diameter is bigger than the diameter of the pole. Have to probably use tape as well.

      Definition: guy-line - A rope used to secure tents and keep them from blowing away. Guy-lines are typically tied to fastener rings on the outside tent walls and anchored to the ground with a tent stake. This also keeps the tent walls taut so that they don't flap in the wind.

      Hope the above information helps.

      Answered on 3/12/2014 11:31:23 PM by Jessica Yee from Singapore

About Marmot

Conceived in a university dorm room by a pair of climbing buddies, Marmot Mountain Works first opened its doors in the spring of 1974 in Grand Junction, Colorado. At the time, the base of operations was a 100-year-old stone building. That same year, the first Marmot down jacket was produced specifically for an action flick called “The Eiger Sanction,” starring legendary actor Clint Eastwood. In the four decades since, Marmot has continued to engineer reliable gear that exceeds the expectations of outdoor athletes. Today, Marmot tents, backpacks, outerwear, clothing and Marmot sleeping bags are still pushing the limits in the planet’s most challenging conditions, from the summits of the world’s highest mountains to the deepest river basins.