REI Arete ASL 3 Tent
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450
We used it for two weeks in Alaska and the Yukon. It did just fine, although we got lucky with no bad storms. Did shed the light rains well though.
- Easy to put up and down
- Thin ground floor
- Small for even a three-man
This tent is easy to put up and take down. The ground floor is thin. We did use a ground cover, and probably always will.
We had a couple cold nights and made the mistake of closing the ceiling vents and the door screen all the way. This tent is so tight that there was a lot of condensation inside from our breathing.
This tent is on the small side. Two people and packs is about all.
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The REI Arete ASL (All Season Light) 3 tent fills the gap between the limited seasonality of ultralight tents and the robustness of 4-season tents. High-strength pole architecture, lightweight materials, fully sealable interior and roomy floor plan combine to create a low-weight, weather-worthy tent. 3-pole extended dome structure is designed for strength; compact footprint and single front vestibule are ideal for setups in tight spots. Asymmetrical shape keeps the weigt low while allowing an efficient use of interior space; it provides nice roominess around the shoulder area. Large, multidiameter DAC Featherlight(R) NSL Combi poles increase interior volume and structural stability. Dual AirLift rainfly vents channel wind to increase tent's strength; fully adjustable, these ceiling vents create cross-flow ventilation that mitigates condensation. Dead End pole sleeves and color coding facilitate a quick setup. Speed-pitching option allows tent and fly to be semi-permanently attached for a quick setup that protects the canopy from precipitation. Arete can be used in a variety of seasons and climates: inner tent is fully closeable, with zippered panels that cover the mesh doors and vents. Hybrid floor combines sealed seams and bathtub curves to create a waterproof, taut floor; tautness enhances door-zipper operation and maximizes volume at end walls. Vestibule overhangs tent door so rain stays outside. Multiple storage options include corner pockets, roof pockets and hang loops; use the door pocket to hold door out of the way or for storage. Siliconized 30-denier ripstop nylon fly is lightweight, highly water repellent and tear resistant. No-wick welded construction ensures that moisture won't sneak through susceptible areas, such as guy-out points, pole wraps and zippers.