Alps Mountaineering Aries 2 Person Dome Tent Review

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Alps Mountaineering's Aries 2 With the Fly Open
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  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Model: Aries
  • Sleeping Capacity: 2 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • MSRP: $229.99
  • Current Price: $153.48 info_outline
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  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Type: Aries
  • Sleeping Capacity: 2 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • MSRP: $229.99
  • Current Price: $153.48 info_outline
  • You Save $76.51 (33%)
  • Available in: Other Sizes
  • ** Affiliate disclosure **

Aries 2 Pictures and Videos

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The Aries With the Fly Off

The Alps Mountaineering Aries 2 With the Fly Off
Fly Closed on the Aries 2

Fly Closed the Aries 2

A video about the Aries 2 tent.

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  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Orange, Brown Red
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: 0
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Zippers: #8
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, Yes
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Yes, Yes
  • Footprint: Not Included, Available Separately
  • Aries 2 floor saver
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Materials and Extras

  • Inner Walls: Mesh
  • Full Fly: 75D 185T Polyester
    Fly Waterproof Ratings: 1500 mm
  • Floor Materials: 75D 185T Poly Taffeta
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 3000 mm
  • Pole Material: 7000 Series Aluminum
  • Number Of Poles: 3
  • Pole Dimensions: 8.5mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: 7075 Aluminum
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  • Floor Area: 32 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 6 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 5 Lbs 15 Oz
    Trail Weight: 5 Lbs. 3 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 6 x 20 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area: 17.00 sq. ft.
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Easy assembly with pole clips that quickly snap over the tent poles

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

Great Value for the price compared to a lot more expensive tents. It holds up well in the rain. Easy to assemble. Enough space for a couple. After three years, it is still going strong.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

Not the easiest of tents to set up. Quite heavy for two-person tent. A little on the small side for two people.

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The Aries 2 has two doors and a maximum center height of 3' 6 which is a little bit smaller than the average height of the 189 various 2 person tents we have looked at. With 32 square feet of space inside, it is significantly smaller than some other 2-person tents, and it would be quite tight for you and, another camper during the 3-seasons this tent is suggested for. Smaller tents like this one are an excellent choice for campers who prefer spending plenty of time outside exploring the great outdoors.

Some of the great points about dome tents are, that they are for, the most part lightweight, making them simple to carry around. In nearly all cases, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are usually, freestanding and very easy to set up. In calm weather, you can do without securing the tent with stakes and ropes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are the most commonly seen of all the various sorts of tents you will find when camping. They tend to fair better in bad weather than other types, allowing rain to roll off the sloped walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat roofs, resulting in the water pooling on the roof. The most straightforward dome tent should have a square floor, sloped walls two or more poles which converge in the middle of the roof. Due to the way they are made, it is usually thought of that they are ideal for up to a maximum of 6 campers.

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  1. Freestanding. The Aries can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not even have to be staked down in most cases. But in case of strong winds, it is always best to secure it to the floor with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibules. Having two vestibules. Offers you somewhere to store shoes and other items that can get dirty, muddy, this is a big plus.
  3. Has Gear Loft. It is nice to see Alps adding a gear loft in the interior to store some of your things.
  4. More than one door. With 2 doors, it is simpler to get in and out of the tent, in the middle of the night if needed.
  5. Durable, water-resistant floor. The floor material is 75D 185T poly taffeta, which is a substantially thick and high-strength fabric. Meaning the base is not prone to rips and punctures. Also, the material has a 3000 mm waterproofing rating, which is very good for most circumstances.
  6. Breathable. The Aries's interior uses a mesh fabric on the inside of the tent, and this helps maximize the flow of air. With the extra ventilation, and this tent is great for use in the summer.
  7. The rainfly completely covers the tent body. The rainfly covers the whole body of the tent from the top to the bottom and has a waterproof rating of 1500mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy rain.
  8. Plenty of Positive Reviews The Aries 2 has Tons of great Reviews
  9. Impressive Ratings The Aries 2 has some of the best ratings of all the tents on
  10. Other sizes are available. Alps has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  11. Low price. It is a great purchase for a 2 person dome tent that provides this much space. Not many tents available on the market give this level of quality for only $153.48 info_outline


  1. Not spacious. With a floor area of 32 square feet, the Aries 2 is smaller than quite a few of the 189 other 2 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 9% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative thing for some people.
  3. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one sold separately designed for the Aries 2 footprint Even though the floor may be made of 75D 185T poly taffeta, it is still better to protect it further with a footprint, especially on rough terrain.
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have heaps of qualities to rave about. The sloping walls do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.
  5. Storage Space. because of the size of the tent, one cannot store a lot of stuff inside..


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Our Ratings: 4.9 STARS

Alps's Aries 2 tent is good for backpacking, here are a couple of other cool things not mentioned above which, we found and liked, while reviewing the model: Unique pole system allows for ample internal room, Extra guy-outs on fly to stabilize tent in bad weather and Factory-sealed fly and floor seams provide best weather protection.

With exceptional ratings, a few reviews and a minimum headroom of 3' and 32 square feet of space for sleeping, this tent is like your very own miniature studio. This will allow you to enjoy some really enjoyable time in the outdoors. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can read through above.

If you came to this website looking for recommendations on this particular tent, our view is, it would make for an excellent acquisition. If you just happened to land on this page while browsing for a brand new tent having never heard of this brand or this model previously, it is possibly a good thing to look at some other similar tents also.

Value for money: When contemplating value for money, this tent is unquestionably more competitive than the normal cost of all the two hundred and sixty-nine, two-person tents we have looked at, this itself does not make it excellent value for money. One should also take into account other things in-depth, as we do for every tent.

When we calculate the score of a tent, we regard plenty of conditions, searching for points where the tent could exceed other similar tents and where it is lacking. In this case, with a total rating of 4.9 and the price knowledge above, we can notice that with a ticket price of $153.48 info_outline Alps's Aries 2 is a fantastic deal and very cheap in comparison with comparable tents.

The overall score shows that the quality and capacity the tent gives you were not in any way skimped on to finish up with a price well under the average price for similar tents. It is also worth thinking about the fact that it is reduced by 33% from the manufactures MSRP. It could make an awesome choice for most campers looking for an appropriate three-season backpacking tent to camp with, that should serve you well for years to come.

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Other Sizes and Variations of the Alps Mountaineering Aries Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area Price * Discounted

Alps Mountaineering Aries 2
Aries 2

3' 6"32 sq ft $153.48info_outline(33%)

Alps Mountaineering Aries 3
Aries 3

4' 2"49 sq ft $183.48info_outline(29%)
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