Alps Mountaineering Aries 3 Person Dome Tent Review

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Alps Mountaineering's Aries 3 With the Fly Open
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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
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $259.99
  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Model: Aries
  • Sleeping Capacity: 3 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Bicycle & Motorbike Camping
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $259.99

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The Aries With the Fly Off

Alps Mountaineering Aries 3 With the Fly Off
Fly Closed on the Aries 3

Fly Closed Aries 3

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Features


  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Orange, Brown Red
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: None
  • 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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Dimensions


  • 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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SPECS AND CONFIGURATIONS

The Aries 3 has two doors and a maximum center height of 4' 2, which is a little bit smaller than the average height of the 139 different 3 person tents we have examined With 49 square feet of space 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 whole of the 3-seasons, this tent is suggested for use in, smaller tents like this one can generally make a superb choice for people who welcome spending plenty of time outside the tent exploring.

Some of the cool things about dome tents are, that they are generally speaking not too heavy, making them easy to carry around. In most all cases, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are usually, freestanding and very straightforward to set up. In calm weather, you can do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are without a doubt the most commonly seen of all the different types of tents you will see when camping. They tend to fair better in storms than other types, allowing water to roll off the sloped walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, allowing the rain to pool on the roof. The most straightforward dome tent should have a square footprint, slanted sides two or more poles which cross in the center of the roof. Because of their construction, it is generally considered that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 campers.

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PROS

  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. Affords you somewhere to store shoes and other items that can get dirty, muddy, this is a huge plus.
  3. Has Gear Loft. It is nice to see Alps Mountaineering 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 tears 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 warmer months.
  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. Lots of Positive Reviews The Aries 3 has Plenty of great Reviews
  9. Impressive Ratings The Aries 3 has some of the best ratings of all the tents on optimumtents.com
  10. Other sizes are available. Alps Mountaineering has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  11. Low price. It is a great buy for a 3 person dome tent providing this much room. Not a lot of tents available on the market provide this level of quality for only $169.99 info_outline

CONS

  1. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one available separately designed for the Aries 3 footprint Even though the floor may be made of 75D 185T poly taffeta, it is still best to protect it further with a footprint, especially on rough terrain.
  2. A tad heavy for backpacking. Even though the Aries 3, looks like a small tent, it is not ideal for backpacking as it weighs 7 pounds. This is quite a lot more than many other backpacking tents
  3. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have heaps of things to be positive about. The sloping sides do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.

CONCLUSION

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Our Ratings: 5.0 STARS

Alps Mountaineering's Aries 3 tent is really good for bicycle & motorbike camping. Here are a couple of other things not already mentioned above which, were noticed and liked, while researching 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 awesome ratings, lots of reviews and a peak height of 4' and 49 square feet of area to sleep, this tent is like your own small flat. It enables you and up to 2 other people to share some real quality time camping together. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can look at above.

If you found this website looking for an endorsement on this specific tent, our view is, it should make for an awesome acquisition. If you just happened to arrive on this website while browsing for a new tent having never heard of this brand or this tent model before, it is probably a good thing to look at a few more similar tents.

Value for money: In so much as value for money, this tent is unquestionably more competitive than the standard cost of all the one hundred and ninety-three, three-person tents we have looked at, all alone this does not make it excellent value for money. We also need to take a look at other areas in detail, as we do with every tent.

When we tally up the overall score of a single tent, we examine a good deal of data points, looking for areas where the tent could outdo other near-identical tents and where it is lacking. On this occasion, with an overall score of 5.0 and the price info above, It is simple to notice that with a price of $169.99 info_outline The Aries 3 is an exceptional buy and incredibly cheap when compared with similar tents.

The overall score shows that the build and dimensions the tent gives you were not in any way compromised to get a price unquestionably beneath the normal price for comparable tents. It is also worth thinking about the fact that it is marked down by 35% from the manufactures MSRP. It could make a very good choice for most people looking for a comfortable three-season dome tent to go camping with, that will serve you well for years to come.

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