Rated4out of5byTheAussiefromGood gear for the right priceBought as a replacement to my aging previous tent, we use a camper trailer for family outings this is for hikes and climbing trips with just the kids.
Very well made tent with good ventilation and solid construction. Going by the spec I was expecting it to be a little wider, the size is given at its widest point and it tapers sharply at the feet, it is palacial for one, comfortable for two, but you would struggle to fit 3 adult humans in it - it's marketed as a 3 1/2 season tent, it should also probably be marketed as a 2 1/2 person tent.
The only other thing of note was a significant amount of condensation on the inside of the fly in the morning, however the inside of the tent was perfectly dry. This is a demonstration of excellent tent ventilation and that the fly is properly waterproof which is a good thing, but expect to have to dry the inside of the fly every morning.
Date published: 2012-11-22
Rated4out of5byalgyfromHigh quality tent.Bought this tent to replace an REI Quarter Dome T3. That tent was nice and light, and probably great for summer camping in good conditions, but in 35 mph winds it could just not hold up, with dirt and dust swirling around inside and the sides bowing in badly and severely bending the poles. The ASL 3 however, in the exact same or worse conditions, was outstanding. Held up to very high winds with little flexing, and no gusts or dust swirling around inside. A great tent if you need something robust, but don't want to lug around something very heavy (and very expensive) like a North Face Mountain tent.
My only complaint is that the door flap tends to collapse on the ground when unzipping, and collects dirt on the inside when it is wet with condensation, due to an awkward zipper design. No big deal, just have to be extra careful when opening it.
Build quality is excellent.
Date published: 2012-11-17
Rated5out of5byjlaufromMy go to mountaineering and camping tentI am somewhat of a tent monger. I love buying and owning tents for all types of situations. Since I've gotten the ASL 3 I rarely use any of my other tents unless I'm going on a major family car camping excursion and need something huge. That said this is what I love about the tent.
I have taken this tent on Rainier 3 times. Twice in storms with very stiff winds. The tent held up with under high winds very well despite being fully broadside to the breeze that I figured gusted up to 60 mph at times. Its been through heavy snows where I've had to get up two or three times a night and shovel myself out and mixes of snow followed by freezing rain. The tent has performed admirably in all conditions with nary a leak. I leave my fly attached at all times so all I need to do is slide in the main poles to set it up, with the right methods for setting up this is even accomplishable with the above mentioned high winds.
It's spec'd as a three person tent and it will indeed hold three people. Not super comfortably, but it's plenty wide at the shoulders that three adult 6'+ males could in fact sleep shoulder to shoulder without being on top of each other. I like it better when its just two people with packs along the outer edge. The vestibule is spacious enough to store some gear and cook, and the way the fly door is situated its easy to crack the top for ventilation while still providing cover from the elements.
I don't have too much of a problem with condensation, but it's a mountaineering style tent with no mesh so yes there is some on cold nights without a breeze. So far in the 40 or so nights I've spent in this tent in all 4 seasons and elevations up to 11000' I have not yet encountered a problem. It's not a true mountaineering tent, so I don't expect it to perform as such. Granted it does a very good job on everything I've put it through in the mountains. It's a good all around performer that straddles multiple needs well. My tent at least is well constructed and I've had zero quality issues. It's unbeatable at the price REI has it going for. Not only would I recommed this tent I already do so with most people I meet and talk to about tents.
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated5out of5byDIGITY777fromLOVE ITEASY TO USE AND WELL MADE
Date published: 2012-09-29
Rated2out of5byladyfromHope You Like Baths!We went backpacking in the cascades with this tent. Thought it was a great deal and great weight vs size value. We knew it was small but we didn't realize it would be so cramped with 3 people. An unpredicted storm hit and it was VERY windy with pouring rain. We had out tent set up when the drizzle started.
Note: we've used many tents in the past in storms and know how to set up a tent.
We tried to go inside for shelter but it was very, very cramped for the 3 of us. Clearly this tent was designed with sleeping only in mind. It was so horrible outside that we had to sit in there. The tent had a ton of noise and we were freezing from the wind that seemed to go right through it. That was the least of our worries though. Twenty minutes into the storm we started to feel water dropping onto us.
It was raining through the rain fly! When the storm stopped we tried to dry out the tent and went to sleep that night. It rained a little bit overnight (nothing like the storm) and we woke up in puddles.
How this is even labeled as a 3 season tent I do not know. What I do know is that the water proofing failed on me and when the weather got bad, this three person tent could not comfortably accommodate 3 people who were merely trying to play cards in a storm.
Date published: 2012-09-27
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