Alps Mountaineering Chaos 2 Person Dome Tent Review

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Alps Mountaineering's Chaos 2 With the Fly Open

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The Chaos With the Fly Off

Alps Mountaineering Chaos 2 With the Fly Off
Fly Closed on the Chaos 2

Fly Closed the Chaos 2

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Features


  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Orange, Brown
  • 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
  • Chaos 2 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: 33 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 4 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 5 Lbs 15 Oz
    Trail Weight: 5 Lbs. 7 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 6.5 x 22 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 to the fact that the rainfly, poles, stakes, and everything fit into the backpack. Space also is more than enough. You can have 2-3 people on it plus your gears or a medium to large dog.


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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 2 has two doors and a maximum center height of 3' 4 which is 11 inches smaller than the average height of the 189 other 2 person tents we have looked at. With 33 square feet of space inside, it is a little bit smaller than some other 2-person tents, and it could be a little tight for you and, another camper throughout the 3-seasons this tent is suggested for. Smaller tents like this one make a great choice for campers who appreciate spending plenty of time outside their tent getting some air.

Some of the fantastic points about dome tents are, that they are for, the most part not too heavy, making them easy to carry. In near all instances, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very simple to set up. In good weather, you could do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are without a doubt the most common of all the different sorts of tents you will see when camping. They tend to fair better in storms than other types, allowing rain to roll off the sloped walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, allowing the rain to pool on the top. The simplest dome tent should have a rectangular floor, slanted walls a couple of poles which converge in the middle of the roof. Due to their construction, it is generally considered that they are ideal for up to a maximum of 6 campers.

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PROS

  1. Freestanding. The Chaos 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 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 easier 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 pretty good for most circumstances.
  6. 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 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 downpours.
  8. Tons of Positive Reviews The Chaos 2 has Lots of excellent Reviews
  9. Great Ratings The Chaos 2 has some of the best ratings of all the tents on optimumtents.com
  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 room. Not a lot of tents available on the market give this level of quality for only $183.48 info_outline

CONS

  1. Not roomy. With a floor area of 33 square feet, the Chaos 2 is smaller than quite a lot of the 189 other 2 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 11% 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 available separately designed for the Chaos 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 many things 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 much stuff inside..

CONCLUSION

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Our Ratings: 4.7 STARS

Alps's Chaos 2 tent is suitable for backpacking. There are a few 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 excellent ratings, lots of reviews and a minimum headroom of 3' and 33 square feet of space to play with, this tent is like your own little studio. This enables you to spend some delightful moments exploring the great outdoors. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can study above.

If you came to this page looking for suggestions about this particular tent, we think, it will make for an awesome acquisition. If you just happened to land on this page while looking for a brand new tent having not heard of this brand or this tent model previously, it is possibly a good thing to check out a few other comparable tents also.

Value for money: When considering value for your money, this tent is significantly more competitive than the usual cost of all the two hundred and sixty-eight, two-person tents we have taken a look at, all alone this does not make it excellent value for money. One should also think about other things in-depth, as we do for each tent.

When we determine the score of a single tent, we scrutinize tons of data points, searching for areas where the tent could beat out other comparable tents and where it is coming up short. In this case, with a total rating of 4.7 and the price conclusions above, one can spot that with a ticket price of $183.48 info_outline Alps's Chaos 2 is an awesome bargain and astonishingly priced when compared with similar tents.

Its ratings show that the quality and size the tent offers were not in any way skimped on to arrive at a price tag well under the standard price for comparable tents. It is also worth noting it is discounted by 27% from the manufactures MSRP. It will make an awesome choice for most campers 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

ALPS MOUNTAINEERING TENTS || BACKPACKING TENTS || DOME TENTS

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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