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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Exped Orion III Tent

Three-person space at a weight comparable to many two-person winter tents; that's the Orion III.

by: Casey Lyons

Fullerton
Fullerton

Exped Orion III
Three-person space at a weight comparable to many two-person winter tents—that’s the Orion III. The palatial 37.7-square-foot interior provides plenty of livability for three people and their gear (store gear inside or in two 13.4-square-foot vestibules), and cathedral ceilings (51 inches at the peak) make it easy to sit up or step over your buddy if you’re sleeping in the middle. The Orion III’s pitch is easy for two people—and, since the poles slip directly into sleeves on the fly and the tent body hangs inside, there’s no chance of bad weather reaching the tent interior as you set up. The aerodynamic design uses a full-length ridgepole and two hoop-style poles to create a shape that withstood 30-mph winds in Colorado. Drawbacks: In wet snow, the Orion III requires regular clearing. With 4 inches of heavy spring snow, one tester reported the walls bowed in several inches and the hoop poles were starting to bend. $729; 7 lbs. 6 oz.; exped.com



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