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A room for two with a view at every angle.
Feel the summer breeze in your hair and never miss a glimpse of pristine scenery in the ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Tent. With primarily mesh walls and roof, you won't miss a thing and you'll optimize your every moment in the outdoors. The durable, strong, yet lightweight fly and floor will come to your rescue when the storm hits. Two doors and vestibules keep this two-person, three-season shelter traffic-free and roomy, so you can have a view and room to enjoy it.
- Durable 75D 185T polyester fly with UV protection and taffeta floor with 3000mm coating resist the weather for bomber three-season protection and comfort
- Factory-sealed seams on floor and fly keep damp leaks and chilly drafts from sneaking in
- Strong, durable 7000-series aluminum poles give lightweight, sound structure to your home-away-from-home
- Two doors with extra-large zippers and vestibules prevent traffic jams and provide plenty of protective gear storage
- Sleeps two in a rectangle comfortably
- Mostly mesh walls and roof keep the air flowing and fresh and let you fall asleep gazing at stars and vistas
- Pole clips make assembly quick and easy; 7075 aluminum stakes and guy ropes anchor your backcountry home
- Weatherproof fly buckles on for maximum security and adjustability
- Mesh storage pocket and gear loft hold and organize gadgets and goodies
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Where is the Aries 2 made?
Where is the Aries 2 made?
Rural east central Missouri. They've been around since 1993.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My girlfriend and I purchased this tent in April 2013 with the intent to use it back country camping.
Just last weekend we were caught in a severe thunderstorm in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, and hid in the tent until it passed us over. The tent stayed almost entirely leak free, a couple small leaks where the fly has velcro to add some strength by attaching to the poles (they're not necessary for set-up). These leaks could and will easily be solved with some seam sealant from MEC when I head to Calgary this weekend.
Other than that, the tent is light and incredibly roomy. Easily enough room for two people comfortable with each other and a dog. If the two man is this size, I'd even consider going to a one man for less weight next time.
After the thunderstorm passed last weekend we were able to lay in the tent with the fly off and watch the lightening in the distance and the stars above us, which is the best part about the tent being almost entirely mesh!
For a footprint, I had a hard time finding an ALPS one, so I got the foortprint for MEC's Twin Peaks tent, and it fits perfectly.
Love this tent!!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this tent for a steal off S&C, used it for multiple days of car camping. First time it was just me and the pup, plenty of room for gear and the dog bed. Second time I brought my roommate and the pup and still there was plenty of room. She has a large REI basecamp mattress while I use a Thermarest Prolite, and even side by side they allowed for about 3-4 inches on either side. We are both of average height 5'4" and there was about a foot of space at the bottom of the tent. The tent itself is about 75% mesh which makes for a nice bug tent when out in hot weather and you want to take a nap. However, at night we threw the rainfly on and it still stayed rather nice- not too stuffy and not too cold. Having two doors is awesome , so no one has to climb over the other to get out, especially in the middle of the night. Plenty of gear space if you need it in the vestibule. Comes with a gear locker to place in ceiling of tent for headlamps, meds, phones, and there are mesh pockets in each corner of the tent. The crossbar across the top really helps to make you feel like you're not in a tent but in a giant cave, one can easily sit up without hitting their head on the tent ceiling. Only downfall is the mesh seems a bit thin and there's already a hole from the dog, guess it's to be expected.
PROs: lightweight (5lbs for 2 people?), airy, roomy, mesh screens for hot summer camping, afternoon naps away from bugs, stargazing on your back in your tent, double door access, large vestibule space
CONs: mesh doesn't really seem too durable and it makes up most of the tent body.
Overall, VERY VERY pleased with the purchase.