Exped Aries Mesh
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 250 euro
Fairly light, very hard wearing, easy to set up tent that can easily withstand all the rain and wind that the weather can throw at it.
- Hard wearing
- Inner connected to outer tent so fast setup
- A lot of room
- No condensation at all
- Snow or rain puddle will build up on roof
- Needs guy lines for a taut pitch
This tent weighs 2,5 kilos. Has a lot of room for two people and their gear and is loaded with features.
The tent never let me down (Alps, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, etc). Takes wind beatings without a sigh and I never felt a drop of rain or a mist inside.
Because the inner is built with a lot of mesh, the tent doesn't have condensation issues at all. But because of this, it will feel cooler in shoulder seasons or in winter. I've taken it out in the winter in mild snow conditions and it has also performed perfectly in a snow storm in tierra del fuego (more wind than snow fortunately).
I would not take it out if I would expect a lot of snow, because of the long flat roof. Here snow and rain can build up. Also for a really taut pitch you will need to use the guylines. But if set up properly, you will have yourself a roomy castle for only 2,5 kg.
And the set up is easy, just put the two small poles through the nylon tubes, put in a few stakes and voila. You can do it on your own in 3 minutes. And because you set up inner and outer together in one go, the inside of the tent will not get wet if you set it up in a downpour.
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The Exped Aries Mesh is perfect for backpacking, mountaineering, or spring ski touring. This 3-season tent provides complete 2-person protection at just 5 pounds. The robust design is inherited from proven expedition tents, yet lightweight components make it a welcome addition to your pack. The polyurethane-coated rainfly shelters you from all forms of precipitation, while the no-see-um mesh canopy keeps air moving to prevent condensation.
The Exped Aries Mesh 2-person tent features a mesh canopy for outstanding ventilation and a waterproof fly for complete cover when weather worsens.
- Mountain Gear
On Sale. Free Shipping. Exped Aries Mesh Tent DECENT FEATURES of the Exped Aries Mesh Tent Quick and easy to pitch thanks to color coded poles that glide into matched, continuous sleeves and easy to use adjustable tension pockets Storm proof: Very few stakes are needed for setup. Numerous pre-mounted guylines are attached and packed in in.Cord Stuffsacksin.. Guyline loops attached to the pole sleeve keep Aries taut and secure, even in the roughest weather Large, adjustable door: tucks away into a side pocket; opens to a variety of positions for ventilation; or use poles and guylines for covered protection. A side wing can also be used as an entrance Easy handling day or night, zippers have color coded, reflective and glow-in-the-dark pulls that can be easily operated with one hand Multi-Use: Canopy is easily unhooked and pushed back for extra floor space. It separates easily for use as a lightweight bug shelter. Rainfly offers basic shelter when reduced weight is needed The SPECS Weight Minimum: 4.85 lbs / 2.2 kg LightPackers: 4.1 lbs / 1.88 kg Fly, poles and footprint (sold separately) UltraLight Packers: 3.5 lbs / 1.58 kg; fly, poles Packaged: 5.9 lbs / 2.67 kg Area: Floor: 35 ft2 / 3.25 m2 Vestibule: 16 ft2 / 1.5 m2 Materials: Rainfly: PU-coated, flame retardant, UV-resistant, ripstop polyester, Canopy: UV-resistant, flame retardant ripstop polyester Floor: PU-coated, taffeta nylon Poles: DAC Press-Fit 9 mm TH72M aircraft grade aluminium Packed Size: 17in. x 5.5in. / 42 x 14 cm Setup Time: 2 minutes
Voted best Tough and Light Tent- Backpacker Magazine's Gear of the Year Awards 2009Perfect for backpacking, mountaineering, or spring ski touring, this 3-season tent provides complete 2-person protection at 5 pounds. The robust design is inherited from proven expedition tents, yet lightweight components make it a welcome addition to your pack. The polyurethane-coated rainfly shelters you from all forms of precipitation, while the no-see-um mesh canopy keeps air moving to prevent condensation.
- Altrec Outdoors