cwgrl911 wrote a review of ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season on April 1, 2013
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.