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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  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Model: Chaos
  • Sleeping Capacity: 1 Person
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $219.99
  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Model: Chaos
  • Sleeping Capacity: 1 Person
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $219.99
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The Chaos With the Fly Off

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

Fly Closed Chaos 1

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Features


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


  • 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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SPECS AND CONFIGURATIONS

The Chaos 1 has one door and a peak center height of 3' 0, which is a tiny bit smaller than the average height of the 68 various 1 person tents we have studied. With 22 square feet of room inside, it is a tiny bit smaller than some other 1-person tents, and it could be a little cramped for you during the whole of the 3-seasons, this tent is recommended for use in, smaller tents like this one are a superb choice for campers that like spending lots of hours outside of their tent exploring.

Many of the cool points about dome tents are, that they are generally speaking lightweight, making them easy to carry around. In nearly all instances, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are usually, freestanding and very simple to set up. In good weather, you can do without securing the tent with stakes and ropes, not that this is recommended.

Dome tents are the most common of all the various types of tents you will find when camping. They tend to do better in bad weather than other types, allowing water to easily slide off the slanted sides, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, resulting in the water pooling on the roof. The simplest dome tent will have a square floor, slanted sides a couple of poles which cross in the middle of the roof. Because of their construction, it is generally thought of that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 people.

Below you can see an account of the tent's strongest and weakest points.

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PROS

  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 floor 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 big 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. 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.
  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 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.
  7. Available in other sizes. Alps Mountaineering has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  8. Low price. It is a great purchase for a 1 person dome tent that provides this much space. Not a lot of tents available on the market give this level of quality for only $149.95 info_outline

CONS

  1. Not spacious. With a floor area of 22 square feet, the Chaos 1 is smaller than quite a lot of the 68 other 1 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 8% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative thing for some campers.
  3. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one available separately specifically for the Chaos 1 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.
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have many attributes to rave about. The sloping sides do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.

CONCLUSION

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Our Ratings: 4.3 STARS

Alps Mountaineering's Chaos 1 tent is perfect for backpacking. There are a couple of other things not already mentioned above which, we found 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 great ratings, and a minimum headroom of 3' and 22 square feet of space to enjoy, this tent is like your very own miniature home away from home. It enables you to enjoy some real quality time camping. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can read through above.

If you came to this page looking for suggestions about this specific tent, we think, it would make for a great purchase. If you just happened to arrive on this website while looking for a brand new tent having not heard of this manufacture or this model before, it is perhaps a good idea to check out some other similar tents also.

Value for money: In terms of value for money, this tent is a lot cheaper than the usual price of all the one hundred and six, one-person tents we have looked at, this alone by itself does not make it good value for money. We also need to think about other things in-depth, as we do for each tent.

When we tally up the ratings of an individual tent, we examine tons of data points, looking for areas where the tent could outdo other similar tents and where it is lacking. In this case, with an overall score of 4.3 and the price info above, one can see that with a ticket price of $149.95 info_outline The Chaos 1 is a good buy and incredibly cheap in comparison with comparable tents.

The ratings show that the build and space the tent provides were not skimped on to finish up with a price unquestionably under the normal price for similar tents. It is also worth noting it is discounted by 32% from the manufactures MSRP. It will make an excellent choice for nearly all people looking for an appropriate three-season backpacking tent to camp with, that will serve you well for years to come.

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COMPARE WITH OTHER SIMILAR TENTS

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Other Sizes and Variations of the Alps Mountaineering Chaos Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area

Alps Mountaineering Chaos 1
Chaos 1

3' 0"22 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Chaos 2
Chaos 2

3' 4"33 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Chaos 3
Chaos 3

3' 5"41 sq ft
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