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Whether you're flying solo and want a roomy home or are bringing along some friends to enjoy a night under the stars, the ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Tent is all the tent you need and then some. Made with a continuous-pole design for added stability, the freestanding backpacking tent is storm-ready and eager to help you push your limits.

  • Mesh walls allow for maximum ventilation and temperature regulation in muggy weather
  • Factory sealed fly and floor seams prevent water from sneaking in
  • Generously sized #8 zippers on doors and vestibules make for easy entry and exit
  • Extra Guy-outs on fly help stabilize the Chaos in bad weather
  • Two vestibules, interior mesh storage pockets, and a gear loft allow for ample gear storage
  • Two doors mean nobody is trapped when nature calls in the middle of the night
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All around 3 season tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far I used this tent in Moab and Capitol Reef.
Set-up is easy! I set up the tent in the wind and the rain by myself and didn't have any problems. It was an easy set-up. I barely used the instructions. The poles come together easy and they snap onto the tent well. Took 15 minutes the first time, under 10 minutes the next time.
The tent also withstands weather well! Went through rain and wind. As long as the tent is fully staked out with the guidelines the tent withstanads both wind and rain no problem. I did have sand blow in the tent. That is because the rainfly stakes out past the tent quite a ways and the wind picked up it blew in sand. It was not a big deal to me, any tent is going to git some kind of dirt inside. It was not a problem while I was sleeping. The sand just sort of crept in.
I would say the tent would comfortably sleep 2 with gear, maybe 3 small people. I only ever intend to use it as a 2 person tent.
The one down-side I see is how low the tent is. You can comfortably sit up and move around. However, getting into the tent you have to stoop pretty low, and if the rainfly is staked out the entrance is narrow and you feel like the tent is birthing you. I didn't see it as a problem because I wasn't going in and out of the tent a lot, but some people might.
Sidenote: I also bought the floor-saver for this tent as well. Backcountry doesn't sell the floor-saver (Weird, I know!) The best price was on Amazon. I don't know if it makes a huge difference in protecting the tent, but I prefer to try to keep gear going as long as possible.

Awesome tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My wife and I bought this tent last year for backpacking. We wanted something light enough to bring in the backcountry but also something we could fit the two of us, our gear, and our 50 lb lab in for car camping. We've now used it for both and we love this tent. Just got back from 4 days in the boundary waters and we had severe storms 2 nights and it kept us warm and dry as well as our gear. We kept our packs and shoes in the vestibules (one one each side) and I was sure they got soaked after several hours of heavy rain...nope...bone dry. It's just enough room for 2 people and backpacking gear, setup is very fast and easy, and it held up in severe rain and wind.

Amazing in the Badlands!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this tent back in May since my boyfriend and I like to camp. We first took it to Niagara Falls as a trial run to see how to set it up and everything before we got into more serious things.

Then I went on a trip to the Badlands in South Dakota for two weeks. This was to be the ultimate test for this tent. The weather varied wildly from almost 100 degree heat, to pouring rain, to one of the worst storms I have every seen. During the storm we had 60-80 mph wind and rain was going sideways, our group was told to be in a safe location so I just watched as this tent took the beating of a lifetime. After the storm was over two people had poles broken in their tents, and a third person's tent literally blew away and could not be found. The only thing that I didn't care much for was due to the extreme wind the poles are now slightly bent from the force. I can still use it and it works just fine, I just thought I would put that in there. Another person in my group had the two person version of the tent and his held up just as well as mine. I am so pleased with how this tent handled the harsh weather that I can't wait to take it on many more trips. The one pole design is also easy to set up for one person. Also, the folks at Backcountry did an amazing job with the speedy shipping and even a few samples of other things which were much appreciated. I honestly can't say enough good this about this tent and this company! Thanks again!

Amazing in the Badlands!

My Go-To Tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own 4 tents and this is by far my favorite. Sure its not the lightest, biggest, etc. but it can handle anything I've thrown at it so far (and I'm not easy on my gear). My favorite part has to be the single pole system which makes setup and take down an absolute breeze. Each time I have used this tent, it has rained and I am happy to report that we stayed dry, without question, even in torrential downpours. For a 3 man, its pretty roomy, then again I'm only 5'5" so I suppose its all relative. The gearloft is another neat feature to keep items handy like flashlights and keys, plus there are a bunch of pockets placed around the tent and large vestibule space for packs. Weight is average (I also own the footprint which I would recommend getting), but not terrible. Honestly I don't even notice the extra pound or so in difference from this and my 2-man. Bottom line, awesome tent.



Update (July): Over the summer, I brought this tent on a camping roadtrip to South Dakota where we encountered the worst hail storm I have ever been in. In one hour it dropped almost 2 inches of rain and an inch of hail. The Chaos 3 not only stayed standing, but remained dry inside(I attribute a good majority of its dryness due to the footprint). Still can't believe how awesome this tent is!

My Go-To Tent

Durable, easy, spacious tent!

Fantastic tent. Got a deal on S&C. I've used it in multiple national parks in Utah, Arizona, and Wyoming. One continuous pole makes set up very easy, even for 1 person. Gear loft is pretty nifty. 2 vestibules are great too. "3 person" tent is a great size for 2 people + 1 dog and some gear. I've yet to backpack with it or see how it holds up in rain, but the reviews sound like it will be no problemo. The only inconvenience is that Backcountry does not sell the footprint, so I found a similar sized Big Agnes tent and bought its footprint, which actually matches this tent perfectly. It's a great setup, definitely thumbs up.

Durable, easy, spacious tent!

Solid engineering

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have beat this tent up in the year that I have owned it. It has been in the rain, mud, snow, ice, and extreme heat, and it has protected me from all of it. I'm not a particularly sound sleeper while camping, but the spaciousness inside of this tent has made that a thing of the past. I bought the footprint as well and can not say enough good things about this tent. The vents in the sides are excellent for hot summer nights, the seams let in no amount of water in a torrential downpour, and it truly lives up to its 3 season rating. It is light and easy to set up in the dark due to its continuous pole set up (seriously this tent only has 1 pole, so you can't lose any poles in a quick tear-down before a storm hits). The gear loft is also perfect for headlamps for late-night bathroom runs.



If you are looking for a tent and are in between this one, and another one, pick this one. You won't be disappointed.

great tent, built to last

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this tent for 3 years now and it continues to perform wonderfully. All the seams are sealed so no water comes in. The fly extends all the way to the ground to prevent rain and drafts coming in. The dual vestibules is a great feature because I can have my junk on my side and my buddy or wife can have his/her junk on his/her side. The doors open easily 1 handed. The fly has 2 vents that line up with the doors to allow for some airflow.



When split between two people, it is very trail light and provides more than enough room. It comes with a little hammock thing that hangs from the top on the inside for stuff like a lantern or flashlight to illuminate the entire tent.

What is the difference between 75D 185T polyester and 68D polyester ripstop? How do I tell which is more durable?

The D following those numbers is referring to the polyesters denier. Denier is a unit of measurement that applies to a materials thickness, so the higher the denier, the thicker, heavier, and more durable a fabric, and vice versa for the lower the denier. Hope this helps to clarify it a bit.

Unanswered Question

Went to look for the Big Agnes Lone Spring Series Footprint that was mentioned below but Backcountry doesn't seem to stock it. Any recommendations on another compatible one?

where is it made?

where is it made?