User Review: ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: About $125 from REI Outlet
Overall a great tent that take a lot of abuse. Heavy for backpacking so split it up!
- easy setup
I really didn't know what to expect since I didn't have any experience with ALPS products and the price was incredibly low. I was fully prepared to send it back but was so impressed with the quality and how easy it set up, I figured I had a great deal.
On its first trip out, we had no choice but to pitch it on a ridgeline. Sustained winds of 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph, rain and hail, so I didn't sleep a wink waiting for a pole to snap or the fly to shred. Talk about bomb proof - it still looked brand new the next day.
The hub and pole design make putting it up a piece of cake. Being able to set up the tent under the fly in the rain is a beautiful thing too!
Being a bit claustrophobic, I bought this tent for 2 average sized adults. Way more space (and weight) than necessary so I've downsized for backpacking, but it's easily in the top 5 3-man tents I've come across for car camping or short haul base camping. Two doors and huge dual vestibules are a big bonus - one I miss with my smaller tent with its single door and vestibule.
The only negative is the weight, especially if you're using it for 2 people on a long haul. It definitely helps to split it up but it's still more than most folks want to pack.