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REI Arete ASL 2
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Price $399.00 at REI$589.95 at Amazon
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Pros Lightweight for a double wall tent, inexpensive, easy set-up, interior fabric handles condensation well, longer-than-average dimensions make this a better option for taller peopleBomber, great durability, compact footprint, lighter than average weight, fantastic overall balance of strength, weight, and livability, best two pole model to get rained or stormed on in, ample guy pointsStormworthy, highly resistant to snow loading, pitches quick from outside, great ventilation, multiple setup configurationsVersatile, lightweight, double wall design works far better in rain than single wall models, handles condensation well, big vestibules, easy to pitchIncluded removable vestibule, ventilation system, innovative anchor point, robust, external poles clips are quick and easy to set up
Cons Vestibule is tiny, fine for most four-season applications but one of the least bomber 3-pole designs in our review, only one doorPoor ventilation, slightly tricky setup, insufficient guylines includedZippers are small and slightly harder to grab, less headroom than other modelsIsn't as strong as other 4-season models, offers a good but not excellent packed sizeHeavy, ventilation system is sweet but the canopy fabric itself is not as breathable as other models, okay internal dimensions, average price
Bottom Line While not the highest all-around performer, it is hard to beat for the price while still offering enough storm-protection to more than suit most people's needs.An excellent all-around option, this tent strikes a great balance of weight, strength, packed size, and stormworthiness.When you know you're in for crummy weather and want the best of the best, choose this tent.Offers a tremendous amount of versatility and the ability to keep its inhabitants dry.A versatile and solid option an optional removable vestibule.
Rating Categories REI Arete ASL 2 Black Diamond Eldorado Hilleberg Jannu MSR Access 2 Nemo Tenshi
Weight (27%)
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Weather Storm Resistance (25%)
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Livability (18%)
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6
Ease Of Set Up (10%)
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Durability (10%)
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Versatility (10%)
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Specs REI Arete ASL 2 Black Diamond... Hilleberg Jannu MSR Access 2 Nemo Tenshi
Minimum Weight (only tent & poles) 5.31 lbs 4.5 lbs 6.17 lbs 3.80 lbs 3.9 lbs (no vestibule)
Floor Dimensions (inches) 88" x 60 in. 87" x 51 in. 93" x 57 in. 84 x 50 in. 85.1 x 48.1in
Peak Height (inches) 40 in. 43 in. 40 in. 42 in. 42.6 in
Measured Weight (tent, stakes, guylines, pole bag) 5.87 lbs 4.9 lbs 6.87 lbs 4.1 lbs 5.88 lbs
Type Double Wall Single Wall Double Wall Double Wall Single Wall
Packed Size (inches) 6" x 20 in. 7" x 19 in. 6" x 20 in. 18 x 6 in 16.2 x 9.1in
Floor Area (sq ft.) 32.5 sq. ft. 31 sq. ft. 34.5 sq. ft. 29 sq ft. 28.4 sq ft
Vestibule Area (sq ft.) 9.1 sq. ft. 9 sq. ft. (optional) 13 sq. ft. 17.5 sq. ft. 10.5 sq ft
Space-Weight Ratio (inches) 0.35 in. 0.38 in. 0.31 in.
Number of Doors 1 1 1 2 1
Number of Poles 4 2 3 2 3
Pole Diameter (mm) 9 mm 8 mm 9 mm 9.3 8.84 mm
Number of Pockets Side: 2 Ceiling: 0 Side: 4 Ceiling: 0 Side: 4 Ceiling: 0 Side: 2 Ceiling: 0 Side: 2 Ceiling: 1
Pole Material DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum Easton Aluminum 7075-E9 DAC Featherlite NSL Green Easton Syclone aluminum DAC Featherlite
Rainfly Fabric Coated ripstop nylon 3 layer ToddTex Kerlon 1200 20D nylon ripstop
Floor Fabric Coated nylon taffeta Unknown 70D PU coated nylon 30D nylon ripstop 40D OSMO waterproof/breathable nylon ripstop
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