ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Tent

This tent offers great storm protection, maximum ventilation, and packs small.
Aries 2 Tent - 2-Person 3-Season
Price $249.00


Overall Rating 4.1 / 5
Ease of Setup 1 / 5
Weatherproofing 1 / 5
Ventilation 4.7 / 5
Living Space 4.6 / 5
Durability 3 / 5
Free Standing
Capacity 2


Number of Poles 0
Diameter of Poles (mm) 1
Floor Space (sq ft) 0.5
Length (inches) 32.5
Width (inches) 0.5
Interior Height (inches) 0.5
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 8.5
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 8.5
Weight 5 lbs


4.6 Six guy-out points, a taut pitch, and sharply angled, wind-shedding fly walls meant no flapping in 20-mph sustained winds during a stormy night in Greenbrier State Park, Maryland.


4.6 Two 8.5-square-foot vestibules and good headroom throughout (42 inches at the peak)compensate for the 31.5-square-foot tapered floor plan, which is adequate for two average-size people.


4.7 “The nearly full-mesh canopy let us escape the bugs but still enjoy the campfire from afar,” said one tester after a warm lakeside night near California’s Lake Tahoe. All this mesh meant no condensation buildup, even on cool and humid Maryland mornings.


3.0 Gripe: One tester noticed a few snags in the 20-denier mesh canopy, which has a visibly looser weave than its competitors. In our controlled abrasion test, the mesh sustained a large hole.

Overall Score


$249; 5 lbs.

The Scale: 1=save your money - 5=perfect gear.

*Overall score is not an average of others scores; It's a gut-level assessment of performance and value.