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REI Arete ASL 2 Tent

The REI Arete ASL (All Season Light) 2 tent fills the gap between the limited seasonality of ultralight tents and the robustness of 4-season tents. See details

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The REI Arete ASL (All Season Light) 2 tent fills the gap between the limited seasonality of ultralight tents and the robustness of 4-season tents.

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The REI Arete ASL (All Season Light) 2 tent fills the gap between the limited seasonality of ultralight tents and the robustness of 4-season tents.

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The REI Arete ASL (All Season Light) 2 tent fills the gap between the limited seasonality of ultralight tents and the robustness of 4-season tents.

  • High-strength pole architecture, lightweight materials, fully sealable interior and roomy floor plan combine to create a low-weight, weather-worthy tent
  • 3-pole extended dome structure is designed for strength; compact footprint and single front vestibule are ideal for setups in tight spots
  • Asymmetrical shape keeps the weight low while allowing an efficient use of interior space; it provides nice roominess around the shoulder area
  • Large, multidiameter DAC Featherlight® NSL Combi poles increase interior volume and structural stability
  • Dual AirLift rainfly vents channel wind to increase tent's strength; fully adjustable, these ceiling vents create cross-flow ventilation that mitigates condensation
  • Dead End pole sleeves and color coding facilitate a quick setup
  • Speed-pitching option allows tent and fly to be semi-permanently attached for a quick setup that protects the canopy from precipitation
  • Arete can be used in a variety of seasons and climates: inner tent is fully closeable, with zippered panels that cover the mesh doors and vents
  • Hybrid floor combines sealed seams and bathtub curves to create a waterproof, taut floor; tautness enhances door-zipper operation and maximizes volume at end walls
  • Vestibule overhangs tent door so rain stays outside
  • Multiple storage options include corner pockets, roof pockets and hang loops; use the door pocket to hold door out of the way or for storage
  • Siliconized 30-denier ripstop nylon fly is lightweight, highly water repellent and tear resistant
  • No-wick welded construction ensures that moisture won't sneak through susceptible areas, such as guy-out points, pole wraps and zippers
  • Comes with guylines and tighteners, stakes, pole and stake bags, pole repair tube, and tapered, easy-to-fill compression stuff sack


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REI Arete ASL 2 Tent Specs
Best use
3 - 4-season
5 lbs. 5 oz.
2.41 kilograms
Not applicable
5 lbs. 14 oz.
6 x 20 inches
88 x 60 inches
224 x 152 centimeters
32.5 square feet
9.1 square feet
40 inches
102 centimeters
1 door
3 + 1 vent
Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL
9.6/9.0 millimeters
Ripstop nylon/mesh
Coated nylon taffeta
Coated ripstop nylon
Freestanding tent
Sleeping capacity
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REI Arete ASL 2 Tent

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REI Arete ASL 2 Tent is rated 4.3077 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Took on a Nor' Easter My 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: 2014-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Storm Tested Recently (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: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get It - You Won't Regret It This 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: 2014-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from April Brooks Range trip Arete ASL 3 Just 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: 2014-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great design; Brilliant stuff sack I go solo backpacking in Ontario and Quebec. I occasionally go winter camping. In the past I have tried 3-season tents, a 4-season bivy and tarp camping with mixed results. I read the reviews on the arete and in my last trip to the US, took the plunge. [note: Canada customs allows up to $400 in goods to be brought back duty-free if one stays at least 72 hours]. Got the chance to try out the tent in a trip in November. The temperature was ok for late fall. Ranged from -10C to +1C w/o windchill; some freezing rain, about 2-4 cm of snow and gusts of wind up to 30kph on one night. My experience was positive - pretty much on one measure - how much time it takes me to break camp in the morning? This has always been an issue with me. When the fingers are numb and I am losing heat through the soles, the last thing I want is to stand around folding stuff. Just wretched man. The guy who designed their stuff sack is a genius. All the other features like the poles with the rounded end, the extra velcro tabs for the fly, the bar at the top are all nice... but that stuff sack is a winner. If I was to find some downsides, I'd say there was condensation build up inside although I had the vents open, and the zipper on the fly has a rather tight route at the peak so needs some coaxing. I'd also have liked to see the side pouches inside the tent to be placed one on either end of the tent (I like sleeping with the feet towards the door, so would be nice to stick stuff like my glasses and matches near my head). But these are small points. I'd most def recommend this to a friend.
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great 3.5 Season I used this as I traveled from Montana down through Wyoming to Boulder Co on a mix of a driving and hiking trip for a week. It held up fine in the 20 degree nights; keeping heat in well to me. Wasn't sure how high wind speeds were but it held up fine in what I guess may have topped 40 mph winds. The vestibule is small but easy to work around regardless. Also held up fine in the sandy beach areas around some of the lakes and reservoirs we camped around. Dirt and sand are very easy to remove and the tent is easy cleanup after the trip. All and all, a good all-around tent for the regular backpacker or car camper.
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Midway Tent This was my first all-season tent and for the price, it holds up great. I got it as a Christmas present and have been using it ever since. The tent is a lot roomier vertically than I expected, and the little pockets are nice. I'm looking at storage lofts to use the tent space to its fullest, as the Arete only has mesh sidepockets. I'd advise setting up the tent a few times in your backyard or in your house before trekking off into the wild--the poles can be a pain the get into the grommets without practice. The design definitely makes up for that flaw with the main poles only needing two grommets instead of the usual four (makes solo setup much easier). The semi-permanent fly attachment is handy for extra-cold temperatures (my last hiking trip, the temperatures got down to -25ºF) is very nice, though I have to detach the four front rip and stick attachments in order to get the front arch pole into place. Solo, it is a little difficult getting the tent set up quickly, but with two people the tent is up in five minutes. I always dig out a hole in the snow when it's deep enough to give my tent that much more protection, and the Arete is great in that the floor material extends partway up the sides of the tent so no moisture gets in. My boyfriend and I can both comfortably sleep in this tent with our dog and gear packed in, and the vestibule is big enough for our packs and boots. With all of us, the roof vents are very necessary and I strongly suggest sleeping with heads closest to the door. Very ideal for cold Alaskan winters, but a tent with more ventilation is a better idea for warmer climates. The weight of the tent is also a plus, as other four-season tents can be up to ten pounds in weight and this one rivals at a packed weight of five pounds fourteen ounces. Split up the tent and you hardly notice it's there. Overalll, the tent is an asset rather than a hassle. I'm thinking of upgrading in a few years, but the Arete allows for much more seasonal tenting flexibility than I would have assumed from its price. Definitely happy with its performance.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Quality This 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: 2014-03-26

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