Alps Mountaineering Chaos 1 Person Dome Tent Review

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Alps Mountaineering's Chaos 1 With the Fly Open

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Alps Mountaineering Chaos 1 With the Fly Off
Fly Closed on the Chaos 1

Fly Closed the Chaos 1

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

  • Inner Walls: Polyester Taffeta/no-see-um 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: 2
  • Pole Dimensions: 8.5mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: 7075 Aluminum
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  • Floor Area: 22 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 0 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 4 Lbs 13 Oz
    Trail Weight: 4 Lbs. 4 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 6 x 20 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area: 17.00 sq. ft.
    (2 x 8.5 sq. ft.)
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Shockcorded continuous pole system makes setup easy.

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

It is not an ultralight backpacking tent, but it is not too heavy. Easy to fold it up after use. I was also surprised by the fact that the rainfly, poles, stakes, and everything fit into the backpack. Space also is more than enough for one person.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

Moderately breathable during warm weather. It's not best to use during high wind or adverse weather. The rain fly seemed to absorb some water during heavy rain. However, it wasn't that of a big deal since it didn't drip on me, and I stayed dry.

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The Chaos 1 has one door and a peak center height of 3' 0 which is a little bit smaller than the average height of the 60 other 1 person tents we have looked at. With 22 square feet of space inside, it is a lot smaller than some other 1-person tents, and it would be quite tight for you during the 3-seasons this tent is approved for. Smaller tents similar to this one often make a superb choice for campers that welcome spending loads of hours outside of the tent enjoying the fresh air.

A few of the fantastic things about dome tents are, that they are for, the most part light, making them simple to carry around. In nearly all instances, 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 guy lines and stakes, not that this is recommended.

Dome tents are without a doubt the most commonly seen of all the other types of tents you will find when camping. They tend to fair better in storms than other types, allowing rain to easily slide off the slanted walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat roofs, allowing the rain to pool on the roof. The most basic dome tent will have a rectangular floor, sloped walls two or more poles which converge in the middle of the roof. Due to the way they are made, it is typically considered that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 people.

Beneath you can find a list of the tent's pros and cons.

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  1. Freestanding. The Chaos can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not need 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. Offers you somewhere to store shoes and other things that can get dirty, muddy, this is a huge 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. 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 pretty good for most circumstances.
  5. Breathable. The Chaos'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.
  6. The rainfly completely covers the tent body. The rainfly covers the entire 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.
  7. Other sizes are available. Alps has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  8. Low price. It is a great buy for a 1 person dome tent providing this much room. Not many tents available on the market give this level of quality for only $149.95 info_outline


  1. Not spacious. With a floor area of 22 square feet, the Chaos 1 is smaller than quite a few of the 60 other 1 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 factor for some campers.
  3. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one sold separately designed for the Chaos 1 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 many attributes to be positive about. The sloping sides 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 gear inside..


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Our Ratings: 4.3 STARS

Alps's Chaos 1 tent is good for backpacking. Here are a couple of other cool things not mentioned above which, were noticed and liked, while reviewing the model: Extra guy-outs on fly to stabilize tent in bad weather, Extra large #8 zippers on doors and vestibules and The poles are all shock corded together as one continuous system. .

With favorable ratings, and a peak height of 3' and 22 square feet of space to enjoy, this tent is like your own miniature studio. This will enable you to enjoy some delightful time hanging out with nature. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can check out above.

If you came to this website looking for an endorsement on this actual tent, we think, it should make for a great acquisition. If you just happened to arrive on this page while browsing for a brand new tent having not heard of this manufacture or this tent model previously, it is perhaps a good thing to look at a few other comparable tents.

Value for money: In so much as value for your money, this tent is a lot more competitive than the average cost of all the ninety-eight, one-person tents we have looked at, this alone does not make it good value for money. One should also look at other things in detail, as we do with every tent.

When we tally up the score of a tent, we reflect upon a lot of things, looking for areas where the tent could exceed other very similar tents and where it is coming up short. On this occasion, with an overall score of 4.3 and the price details above, It is simple to notice that with a ticket price of $149.95 info_outline Alps's Chaos 1 is a good bargain and astonishingly cheap when compared with similar tents.

The overall score shows that the build and size the tent provides were not skimped on to finish up with a price unquestionably below the average price for comparable tents. It is also worth thinking about the fact that it is reduced by 32% from the manufactures suggested retail price. It will make a remarkable choice for nearly all campers searching for a comfy three-season backpacking tent to camp in, that will serve you well for years to come.

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Other Sizes and Variations of the Alps Mountaineering Chaos Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area Price * Discounted

Alps Mountaineering Chaos 1
Chaos 1

3' 0"22 sq ft $149.95info_outline(32%)

Alps Mountaineering Chaos 2
Chaos 2

3' 4"33 sq ft $183.48info_outline(27%)

Alps Mountaineering Chaos 3
Chaos 3

3' 5"41 sq ft $203.48info_outline(27%)
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