Mountain Hardwear Alcove 3 GT
Design: Free Standing with Alcove
Ease of Setup: Can it be any easier? Very simple.
Weight: 9 lbs 10 oz
Price Paid: $325
We got this tent at a great price from Hilton's Tent City www.hiltonstentcity.com and used it in the BWCA. We almost bought the Haven 3 because of the weight, but the Alcove was preferred because of size and so much mesh (we do warmer weather camping, and with the fly it stays plent warm).
Only thing that stops me from giving 5 stars is the weight. For canoe camping it's perfect, though, and I love the space. It has a large alcove, and it is very tall inside, and with the extra backside pole it's very comfortable for us and our 90 lb Doberman Pinscher we take with us.
I highly recommend this tent. We also compared it to the Hammerhead 3 and REI Taj 3. We did a ton of research and this tent was definitely the best one for us.
Ease of Setup: difficult at night
Price Paid: $239
I have read the other review of this tent and I don't think it is the most intuitive tent to set up. I have been hiking for years and had several high end tents. The two poles that give the tent the large vestibules are different sizes and the holes that they attach can be confusing, especially at night.
I also don't like attaching the front fly the the pole using the velcro tabs. Once you have the fly attached don't worry about the rain, it hasn't leaked a drop. The tent ventilates well with no fly, but still provides adequate privacy.
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Simple, spacious and free-standing, the Alcove 3 GT from Mountain Hardwear features a large vestibule to store your gear, cook or deal with wet, muddy gear. Water-repellent protection and strong enough to hold up to season after season of abuse, the Alcove provides you with a little nook of your own comfort.
- Mountain Gear
Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Alcove 3 GT Tent (Fall 2007) FREE FOOTPRINT! For a short time only, purchase this tent, add the super cool Footprint (look to the right to see a photo) to your cart and it's yours for free!The easy to pitch Alcove 3 Tent by Mountain Hardwear is an elegant, roomy backpacking / camping tent for three. Two Atlas 7001 poles in an offset arrangement create a vertical entry, increase usable vestibule space and create a dry entry for bad weather. The Alcove 3 adds a rear door and additional vestibule space. Guaranteed watertight construction. Superlight option: pitch with fly and Pitch Light footprint to shave pounds. Footprint sold separately. Capacity: 3 Minimum Weight: 9.17 lb / 4.16 kg Floor Area: 51.99 sq ft / 4.83 sq m Vestibule Area: 23.68 sq ft / 2.20 sq m 2nd Vestibule Area: 7.53 sq ft / 0.70 sq m Number of doors: 2 Number of poles: 3 Vestibule Poles Number of vestibules: 2 Floor fabric: All Mountain 3000 Nylon Body fabric: All Mountain 70D Nylon Body fabric: No-See-Um Netting Exterior height: 4.30 ft / 131.00 cm Interior height: 4.07 ft / 124.00 cm Tension sleeves: 0 Packed diameter: 7.48 in / 19.00 cm Packed length: 20.08 in / 51.00 cm Type: e Season Pitch Light Weight: 2.73 kg Features: Guaranteed watertight construction with fully taped fly, taped perimeter seam, welded corners and welded guy clip anchors. Rain room tested with 1200 of rain in 24 hours Atlas 7001 pole system is strong, lightweight, durable, resistant to corrosion and dents, and easy to service by hand in the field Pitch Light configuration allows user to set up a super-light shelter using only the tent fly, poles and footprint (sold separately) 2-pole wedge design is lightweight and roomy Reflective guy-out loops, starter points and zipper pulls for easy set-up at night Enormous dry-entry vestibule with aluminum full vestibule pole provides a view and extra light Option to roll back fly sheet for extra ventilation and light Two mesh top vents and one rear window vent provide ample ventilation
The Mountain Hardwear Alcove provides three backpackers a simple, roomy, freestanding nook of comfort. Two doors with a generously sized front vestibule and smaller rear vestibule offer convenience and plenty of storage room. Offset pole design creates a vertical main door that increases usable front vestibule space and facilitates a dry entry/exit to and from the tent. Atlas 7001 aluminum poles use Atlas connectors for corrosion- and dent-resistance; they're completely field serviceable, too. Equipped with Atlas Floating pole connectors, poles flex with less stress at the joints, weigh less with more strength and can be fixed without tools. Gated Power Clips at pole intersections increase structural strength. Taped, full-coverage polyester rainfly maintains a taut pitch even when wet. Welded, non-yellowing, non-clouding SVX film window adds light and an outside view. Inverted double rainfly zippers permit easy ventilation and feature laminated flaps for added water resistance. Lightweight narrow webbing rainfly attachment system is adjustable, will not freeze or collect snow, and is repairable in the field. Ripstop nylon canopy with no-see-um mesh door and body panels maintain ventilation to prevent interior condensation. Large mesh pockets and webbing hang loops keep things organized inside. Durable nylon taffeta floor uses polyurethane coating for waterproofness; all seams are taped. Perimeter seams form waterproof tub-style floor that is up off the ground and under the rainfly for extra weather protection. Large stake out loops accept both skis and snow pickets. Bar-tacked stress points add strength and durability; bias-bound zippers allow ease of use and extended zipper life. Specially designed Super-light buckles use narrow webbing, adding to weight savings. Comes with stuff sacks, aluminum stakes and owner's manual.
The easy to pitch Alcove 2 and 3 are elegant, roomy backpacking / camping tents for two or three. Two Atlas 7001 poles in an offset arrangement create a vertical entry, increase usable vestibule space and create a dry entry for bad weather. The Alcove 3 adds a rear door and additional vestibule space. Guaranteed watertight construction. Superlight option: pitch with fly and Pitch Light footprint to shave pounds. Footprint sold separately.
- Altrec Outdoors