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Rated5out of5bySiliconmechanicfromLoving this tent!We took a weekend camping expedition to Raven Rock State Park. Temps were in the low 20's. I expected to be a bit cold but I was pleasantly surprised to be 20 to 30 degrees warmer inside this little gem. Woke up to ice on the rainfly, and minimal condensation. I have also used this tent in normal temps er 70ish and was comfortable. A bit pricey for the size BUT you wont be complaining about the quality and comfort.
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated5out of5byBKowalskifromStayed dry in unexpected rainstormUsed this tent for the first time recently, in the Adirondacks the week of Thanksgiving 2013, on the way to attempted summiting of Marcy. Overnight, a serious warm front came through turning snow to rain. It poured all night long, a heavy, wind driven rain. The temp was probably in the mid 30s overnight, and we got a modest amount of condensation. Otherwise, the tent performed like a champ and completely sealed off the elements, I don't think we got a drop of water that came in from the outside. Very pleased. My tent mate was amazed with the performance. We did not go to the summit the next morning because a third member of our party, in his own one man tent (a different brand) got pretty wet overnight and we were thus in no position to go above treeline in those conditions with temps starting to fall. I was interested to see how the tent would perform in very cold conditions, that will have to wait a little, but so far - great!
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated4out of5byagingtrekkerfromStorm TestedRecently (Sept 2013) did the Northern Loop variation of the Wonderland Trail. On the second evening, a ranger told us there was a National Weather Service storm warning for Mt. Rainier with up to 4 inches of rain possible. Turned out, this was one of the worst storms to hit Washington in years. The next evening, while we were camped at Dick Creek Camp, the storm hit. Thunder and lighting for hours, accompanied by the most intense rain storm I've ever experienced. At one point, there was, literally, 3 to 4 inches of water under my tent. The tent floor was floating because the ground could not absorb the rain water at the rate it was falling. There were no leaks, either in the fly or the floor of the tent.
By the next morning, much of the water had been dissipated, but there was still about 1/2 inch of water under the tent. Still no leaks! This is my go-to tent for extreme conditions. And compared to comparable tents, the price is right.
Date published: 2013-09-15
Rated4out of5byEricGio87fromPretty Good....I received this tent as a birthday present. The first time I used it I ended up leaving the rain fly out to dry in the afternoon as it collected decent condensation on the underside overnight.
When I got back to camp the following evening, much to my suprise, the velcro clips that were used to hold the fly onto the poles had fallen off. Instead of being sewn INTO the rainfly, they are sewn onto a patch which they GLUE onto the fly. The glue, when exposed to prolon sunrays, melts, and they fall off.
I went back to REI and showed them. They said all the flys were like that. I got a second tent and went camping the following week. I didn't leave it out in the sun and had no problems with the velcro's. Hopefully I'll remember not to leave it in the sun again and pray it doesn't happen a second time.
Other than that I love the tent.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated4out of5byKoryd78fromGood QualityThis is a great tent. It works perfect in AK as our summers aren't overly hot and it provides extra warmth in the winter. I usually use this tent with my younger son, so I can't say how this would perform with two adults. It has been a great tent for us with only a few complaints: the fly is not fully seam-sealed. The "wings" over the vents aren't sealed and I woke up one morning to see a steady drip splashing on my sons sleeping bag. It is easily remedied, but I suggest doing it right away. My other complaint is I wish the vestibule was a little roomier, it may be too small for gear for two adults.
Other than that it is great. We have had no problems with condensation due to the multiple venting options. It has stood up to strong winds well and other than the afore mentioned seam issue, has not leaked. Great tent for the price.
Date published: 2013-07-21
Rated5out of5byantares68fromGet It - You Won't Regret ItThis is my first product review. I don't write them, but I read a lot of them. This tent has been so good that I just had to go ahead and post a review to let others know about it.
I have had it since 2008 (which is close to the time the model came out). I have camped with it numerous times and it has held up extremely well. No rips or tears, no seams coming undone, zippers all continue to work perfectly. It is comfortable as a 1-person tent, but there is room for 2 people (they should be prepared to do some snuggling - lol). You can't stand in this tent but it's roomy enough to sit very comfortably with plenty of head space if you are in the 6' range.
I have read some people talk about condensation issues and I have had some mild experiences with that, too. However, I learned how to properly use the zippered vents and door and since then have not experienced problems with condensation (plus it's pretty dry in CO). There are several mesh pockets on the walls inside and there are hooks to hang stuff-sacks or other hangable items. One of the points that has impressed me so much about this tent is the sturdy design. On my most recent camping trip 3rd weekend of May, 2013 we experienced high winds (we were right at 9800 ft on the CO Front Range). Temps during the day got up to the mid-70's and at night dropped to low-30's. My buddy's dept-store-type tent kept deforming and pulling up from the ground and trying to take flight. My tent (fully staked-down including the rain fly) never moved. I could hear the wind, and sometimes I heard just a little bit of material flapping but the poles never moved and no drafts were encountered inside. It rained on us the first night, also. I was bone-dry inside.
The one caution I would give a buyer considering this tent is that it doesn't come with enough stakes to completely stake-out the rainfly. The rainfly helps mitigate condensation issues and provides a bit of shade from the sun so that sunlight isn't beating straight down on the tent material. If the fly isn't completely staked out and it rains, the fly can settle against the walls of the tent and trap moisture which would potentially cause a mildew issue if the tent is packed wet. Staking the rain fly out fully helps prevent this (not to mention makes the tent stay more stable in high winds). I had read on another user's post about the "red anodized aluminum tent stakes" from MSR that are available individually and I got a few - I highly recommend them. They are longer than the supplied stakes and just a bit more robust - although I can also say I haven't had any problems with the supplied stakes, there just aren't quite enough of them. You will need an extra 3 or 4 stakes to hold the fly down fully and have a spare.
The vestibule on this tent is created by the rain fly. It is roomy enough for your boots and a small day-pack, but with my larger multi-day backpack, I have to pull that inside the tent with me. Two people plus their multi-day backpacks and gear would probably be pretty cozy (read "tight fit").
I have used this tent as a 3-season tent very happily. I am not sure it would be so great in heavy snow - the material is a bit thin for that. However, it does handle a light snowfall just fine. The design keeps the roof quite sturdy. For my needs, I personally feel like this tent was worth every penny and I won't need to replace it for years and years.
Date published: 2013-05-23
Rated4out of5byDennisDfromApril Brooks Range trip Arete ASL 3Just returned from a 4-day trip north of Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range. Temperatures ranged from -10F to 10F at night. Unusually heavy snow for this time of year accompanied by typical winds.
This review is for the Arete 3 which appears to be discontinued and I was the sole occupant of the tent for the trip. Regarding the size of the tent, it would have been cozy with two people and gear. For me and my gear it was quite comfortable.
Over a day and a half of the trip were spent pinned down by a ground blizzard with near white-out conditions. Winds were estimated to be 25-30 mph continuous with gusts of 40-45mph. The vestibule was partially drifted in and some snow was blown through the vents. Significant snow accumulated around the tent fly bottom.
The tent was comfortable and stable for the duration of the trip. I wished I had prepared the tent for the quick pitch as it was zero F with wind when the tent was erected and the fly-to-tent velcro fasteners were not attached. This didn't present a problem but with heavier winds it could have been. Small stakes were packed in snow that was allowed to harden and then the guy lines were tightened later. The tent was stable with this arrangement but all the guys were used.
Ventilation was adequate for the conditions.
Overall this was a most satisfactory tent for the conditions. Again, please note this review is for an Arete ASL 3 and is being placed here as a reference for the design.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated4out of5byFatherSon campingfromTook on a Nor' EasterMy favorite tent. Light enough to go everywhere, strong enough to go almost anywhere (I haven't gone above tree line). The 2P is a palace for 1P and cozy for 2 (put your head by the entrance). The Vestibule is small, but it's a backpacking tent. It handles 2P fine if you don't bring the kitchen sink. Pitching is fast and the speed pitch takes much practice to get right (don't try1st time in the woods in a downpour). Ventilation, I would like more options, but have used successfully in all conditions. IMPORTANT- stake out properly and completely - venting is fine. Remember, Nylon stretches in the cold, so the more you over tighten the guy lines, the more it will sag in the early am, condensation will result- get the tension right! Love the pockets- need one added along short foot wall to make a total home run. Vestibule door could use a mesh- these 2 comments are nitpicking. Now, remember the storm in early 2013 in NE/USA (Nemo)- See pics below. Even in 13" it didn't collapse. I don't think I could have done better for twice the price.
Date published: 2013-04-17
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