Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $539
A true freestanding, 4-season tent with exoskeleton and tons of vestibule storage.
- Exoskeleton - interior stays dry setting in rain
- Mirror image doors/vestibules
- Slightly heavy
and sold me on this tent which I have owned for a year and a half.
It resides on my motorcycle while travelling around North America.
Setup: as fast as you can imagine — usually around 2 minutes with a little practice. I have only ever guyed it once in Southern California with high winds. I've never used a peg in it. Three poles all color coded and numbered makes it a no brainer. The inner tent remains attached to the fly so it always stays dry.
Stability — truly freestanding and pegs would make not difference to the tautness os the tent. Tested many times over in high winds. It was born in Switzerland.
I've been in many thunderstorms including Oklahoma in tornado alley and never a drop of moisture inside. The ventilation is superb with the 2 huge doors featuring mesh outer and fabric inner panels. Great cross ventilation even in humid, low wind areas. The bathtub floor keeps potential flooding out.
Headroom is phenomenal even with the included attic. There is huge vestibule storage at 23 sq ft - split equally between both sides so 2 people have their own personal storage space. There are storage nets on all four corners. Sometimes I forget which end of the tent I'm using for the entrance...
I like the way Exped has their packing system. The pole bag is divided into 3 separate areas for poles, pegs and extra lines. The tent bag opens from the bottom allowing the tent to drop in rather than fighting to slide the tent in and out. Well thought out as the rest of the tent.
So far I have used this tent over 30 nights all over North America in wind, rain, fog, heat and cold. It's met all my expectations and looks like new to this day.
I can't wait to get this home into the snow and get its full potential out.
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The Exped Orion Tent offers maximum space as a tunnel tent in a fully freestanding design! Double doors and large vestibules add comfort, storage space and great ventilation. Orion is an outstanding expedition tent in four season conditions.
Built to weather the storm at any altitude, the Exped Orion Tent features Exped's proven exoskeleton design so poles slide through the rainfly for taut structural integrity that stays intact in blustery breezes. The freestanding architecture of the Orion Tent makes it excellent for backpacking and climbing in wide open spaces where trees and other natural cover aren't readily available. Like other Exped tents, the Orion features a large-size and a medium-size vestibule for separating skis and climbing gear from essential equipment like boots, backpacks and cooking supplies. Because the vestibule pole extends to the ground, the vestibule content is better protected from spindrift in gusty conditions--a feature not always available on tents with tarp-style vestibule areas. When you compare the 29 cubic feet of space and weight to other models, the Orion doesn't stand out as a lightweight design among two-person, four-season tent designs. That's because the Orion's advantage is in the freestanding structural integrity. If weight is a concern, you can pitch the Orion's rainfly or canopy separately during the summer months.
- Altrec Outdoors
Free Shipping. Exped Orion Tent (Fall 2006) Venture into mountainous regions and extreme latitudes with the sturdy, freestanding expedition worthy Orion Tent by Exped. The two-sided, polyurethane-coated ripstop polyester rainfly offers a high resistance to tears and UV light and has strategically placed windows to promote airflow in stifling, snowbound conditions. The exoskeleton design allows this tent to be pitched with the rainfly covering the canopy. This feature prevents the canopy from getting wet during set up and allows easier set up in difficult conditions. Composed of ripstop polyester, the canopy is breathable and lightweight. All or part of the canopy can be detached from the exoskeleton and pushed aside to form an open, sheltered area for cooking, sorting gear, or playing cards. Twin doors with separate vestibules allow easy entry and exit for both occupants. The vestibules extend to the ground on both sides to cover equipment and keep wind out; one offers a small loft for drying wet gear. 9 mm DAC Featherlite SL poles stay rigid through most conditions and offer excellent rebound in extreme weather. The tent canopy is suspended from the pole structure, allowing the rainfly to be set up alone as a lightweight shelter or the canopy to be pitched individually on mild nights. Weight: Min: 7.2 lb./3.3 kg Pkgd: 8.3 lb./3.8 kg Orion Footprint Weight: 13.1 oz./370 g Area: Floor: 29 ft2/2.7 m2 Vestibule: 25 ft2/2.3 m2 Size: 2 Person Features: Polyurethane-coated ripstop polyester rainfly Ripstop polyester canopy with no-see-um netting backed doors DAC Featherlite SL poles: 9 mm Tent canopy suspended from poles Polyurethane-coated, taffeta nylon floor One large and one medium vestibule; medium vestibule has small loft for wet gear; double entry Pole sleeves are concealed beneath rainfly Vestibule pole extends to ground on both sides Sliding pole tension pocket for easy and quick set-up Rainfly or canopy can be erected separately Totally freestanding design