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Highlands 3 Tent
The Alps Mountaineering Highlands 3 Tent provides 4-season protection so you and your buddies can explore the world year-round. The taffeta fly and floor have PU coatings for weather-resistance, and the walls have no-see-um mesh windows to bring in the breezes on warm summer evenings. Alps Mountaineering connected each aluminum pole with a weatherproof shock cord in order to help the tent stand strong against windy weather.
The Highland also provides plenty of space for you and your fellow campers because we all know that heading into cold and miserable environments is far more fun with friends. With nearly four feet of head space, two doors, mesh storage pockets for keys and headlamps, and two large vestibules for all your gear, you won't feel cramped when your weather window is still days away. Alps Mountaineering also included a gear loft, aluminum stakes, guy lines, and repair swatches for your convenience.
- 4-season tent for mid-winter epics in the backcountry
- Double-wall design grants more space for gear in vestibules
- Zippered mesh vents close for protection from the elements
- Pole clips snap easily for fast setup in terrible conditions
- Shockcord in tent poles withstand severe weather
- Extra-large zippers are easy to open and close with gloves
- Gear loft helps you stay organized on gear-heavy expeditions
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- Q & A
Best 4-Season Tent for the Money
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
We used this tent for 2 nights at Olympic National Park through a pacific coast hurricane, and below freezing nights in exposed mountains in New Mexico. While the winds were mostly buffered by the trees at our campsite in Olympic, we experienced non-stop torrential downpours for both days and nights. This tent far exceeded my expectations, and kept us dry at all times--Even with the topside rainfly vents wide open! Even better: The ventilation was still good enough to keep condensation off the inner tent walls even though we experienced 100% humidity. In all honesty, this tent outperformed our much more expensive MSR tent through the rain. While it performed well throughout the rain and wind, the complexity of the rainfly poles and the bag they make you pack the tent in are just *barely* large enough. Add a wet tent, and it makes disassembly and packing more difficult than it needs to be.
Large front and rear vestibules offer plenty of space
Reasonably high quality materials (Would've liked to see ripstop fabric, but the price point is good enough to overlook this)
Vents can be opened for closed from the inside of the tent, including the rainfly vents
Comes with nice Y-stakes.
Comes with enough guy line for all major points of reenforcement.
The rainfly is unnecessarily cumbersome to pitch. You must thread the poles underneath the rainfly first, then install the rainfly. In theory, this sounds like it's not the end of the world, but if you had to pitch this tent in high winds, or in the rain, I can assure you, this factor will be a MAJOR thorn in your side. Since the poles are pre-bent, this adds an additional factor to the complexity of the tent.
I feel as though the pole structure isn't strong enough for really strong winds. It definitely could've used some diagonal poles that stretch from corner to corner cross-wise, as the large sides between the poles catch the wind a little too well, and bow in a little too much. HOWEVER, if you properly guy this tent out with the included lines, the structure is immensely improved. I added 4 extra guyout points along the bottom of the tent (between the poles) to add to the structural rigidity (there are pre-sewn loops for this). You'll need to provide your own cord to do this though.
Some final thoughts: The fabric is polyester, so everything stays taut. No sag. However, its not a ripstop fabric. The inside is cavernous. If you're a tall person, and don't want your feet or head to touch the tent, this tent is for you.
Overall, despite some shortcomings, this tent still outperforms many high end tents for a fraction of the price. 5-stars, and highly recommended.
What is the difference of this tent alps mountaineering highlands 3 vs the tasmanian 3 model or is this the same?
I contacted Alps Mountaineering directly and asked them this question. Their response is that the Highlands 3 and the Tasmanian 3 are identical tents. They just change the name and colors for certain retailers.