User Review: REI Arete ASL 2 Tent
Price Paid: $224 shipping incl
Used several trips in mountains of SE. Nice tight tent. Had some strong gusts and some sideways rain and it was good to go. I stayed dry and the tent did very well at shedding 40 mph gusts.
Water did come in the upper vents from the sideways rain, but it was negligible. The nylon guy outs on the front vestibule loosened during the night, but it was a real rocker of a storm.
The zippers take two hands to operate because the fabric is not sewn just right, but I got in on sale so I'm okay with the less than perfect quality.
The floor is thin — use a ground sheet. I use an SOL two person emergency blanket on the inside of the floor (perfect fit) and a sheet of tyvek under the floor.
The body stays taut — it's actually difficult to get the poles in the sleeves. The fly is pretty tight and adequate guy outs.
Setup is easy. The fly-on feature works, but it's difficult. The velcro on the sleeves that matches to velcro on the fly can get pretty noisy when the tent is getting whipped all night by big winds. Humidity was not an issue.
It's dry, it works, listed weight is accurate — until you add enough stakes to use all the guy outs. I'd buy it again for $224 because it is a lot of tent for the weight.