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ALPS Mountaineering Orion 4

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Orion 4 has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best three-season tents for 2023.

photo: ALPS Mountaineering Orion 4 three-season tent

We wanted a waterproof, lightweight (but durable) tent that is easy for kids to set up, but not so costly that I would be afraid for kids to set up. We needed adequate vestibules for muddy boots. We found all that we needed with this high quality tent.

Our first trip out was with a group of friends, and it rained buckets, even for the Pacific Northwest! Some of our friends' tents leaked so badly that they threw them away at the park, never wanting to see them again. Our Orion 4, however, had no rain inside at all. The rainfly held up in the worst 24 hours of rain I have ever seen. (mild wind, can't comment on wind resistance)

The tent does not come with ropes for the rainfly's sides, you will need 2 pieces of 3 ft rope and stakes for those so the rainfly stays off the tent. There are loops, just no rope or stakes. After adding those ropes, the fly had no contact with the tent.

Sleeps: 4
Ease of Setup: a ten-year-old can do it.
Weight: 9 lb, 7 oz
Price Paid: $149.93

Having done nothing but backwoods camping and always paid $300+ for a technical tent, I needed a roomy 4 person tent for state park camping. I was so leery buying such a cheap tent but I thought's only for a weekend trip to a state park in a campground.
Boy was I ever surprised with this tent.

Setup was quick and easy. All seams were taped (much to my surprise) and the tent was very taut. On day 3 of our trip, we were hit with a monsoon type storm that lasted about 6 hours. I believe we may have had 5 drops of water in our tent at the end of the day. I was truly impressed with the way the tent held up in the rain and 30+mph winds.

Needless to say our other friends' tents all leaked and they ended up leaving a day early. Don't be fooled by the cheap price of this tent. It's definitely a great tent.

Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Could do it blindfolded
Weight: 7 lbs

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