Alps Mountaineering Aries 3 Person Dome Tent Review

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  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Model: Aries
  • Sleeping Capacity: 3 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Bicycle & Motorbike Camping
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • MSRP: $259.99
  • Current Price: $183.48 info_outline
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  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Type: Aries
  • Sleeping Capacity: 3 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Bicycle & Motorbike Camping
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • MSRP: $259.99
  • Current Price: $183.48 info_outline
  • You Save $76.51 (29%)
  • Available in: Other Sizes
  • ** Affiliate disclosure **

Aries 3 Pictures and Videos

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The Aries With the Fly Off

The Alps Mountaineering Aries 3 With the Fly Off
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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 3 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: 9.5mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: 7075 Aluminum
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  • Floor Area: 49 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 4 foot. 2 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 7 Lbs 4 Oz
    Trail Weight: 6 Lbs. 7 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 7 x 20 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area: 17.50 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

The Aries 3 sets up in minutes. After many days of use, users loved the ventilation in the tent. The color-coordinated corner straps are much appreciated. As the tent has two vestibules, it is great for storing gear. It is an excellent tent for kayaking and canoe trips.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

Some people complain that the tent does not do well in the rain. On the small side for three people. Quite heavy compared to the other three-person tents.

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The Aries 3 has two doors and a peak center height of 4' 2 which is a little bit less than the average height of the 125 other 3 person tents we have studied. With 49 square feet of room inside, it is a tiny bit larger than some other 3-person tents, and it should accommodate you and, up to two other campers during the 3-seasons this tent is recommended for. Smaller tents similar to this one often make an excellent choice for campers who welcome spending heaps of hours outside the tent exploring.

A few of the great points about dome tents are, that they are for, the most part light, making them easy to carry around. In nearly all cases, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very straightforward to set up. In good weather, you could do without securing the tent with stakes and ropes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are without a doubt the most common of all the other types of tents you will see when camping. They tend to do better in storms than other types, allowing water to roll off the slanted walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat roofs, allowing the rain to pool on the roof. The simplest dome tent will have a square footprint, sloped sides two or more poles which cross in the middle of the roof. Due to the way they are made, it is generally considered that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 people.

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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 ground with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibules. Having two vestibules. Affords you a place to store shoes and other items that can get dirty, muddy, this is a big plus.
  3. Has Gear Loft. It is good 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 downpours.
  8. Lots of Positive Reviews The Aries 3 has Plenty of fantastic Reviews
  9. Fantastic Ratings The Aries 3 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 deal for a 3 person dome tent that provides this much space. Not many tents available on the market give this level of quality for only $183.48 info_outline


  1. Lacking in Headroom. With 5% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative thing for some people.
  2. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one sold separately specifically for the Aries 3 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.
  3. A tad heavy for backpacking. Even though the Aries 3, looks like a small tent, it is not probably the best choice for backpacking as it weighs 7 pounds. This is quite a lot more than many other backpacking tents
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have lots of attributes to be positive about. The sloping walls do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.


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Our Ratings: 5.0 STARS

Alps's Aries 3 tent is great for bicycle & motorbike camping, here are a few other cool things not noted above which, were noticed 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 excellent ratings, tons of reviews and headroom of 4' and 49 square feet of space for sleeping, this tent is like your own little apartment. It will enable you together with 2 other friends to enjoy some really enjoyable moments enjoying nature. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can read through above.

If you came to this page looking for an endorsement about this specific tent, our view is, it will make for an awesome acquisition. If you simply happened to land on this page while looking for a new tent having never heard of this manufacture or this tent model before, it is probably a good idea to look at some more similar tents.

Value for money: When contemplating value for your money, this tent is unquestionably more competitive than the standard cost of all the one hundred and seventy-nine, three-person tents we have studied, this itself does not make it awesome value for money. We also need to take into account other things in detail, as we do with every tent.

When we measure the ratings of a single tent, we regard plenty of data points, searching for areas where the tent could shine against other similar tents and where it is lacking. On this occasion, with a total score of 5.0 and the price statistics above, It is simple to view that with a price of $183.48 info_outline Alps's Aries 3 is a perfect purchase and very cheap when compared with comparable tents.

The ratings show that the quality and dimensions the tent gives you were not in any way compromised to arrive at a price tag unquestionably below the standard price for comparable tents. It is also worth noting it is reduced by 29% from the manufactures suggested price. It will make a fantastic choice for nearly all people searching for an appropriate three-season dome tent to go camping in, 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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