ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Tent
The Extreme is a free standing aluminum pole tent, with a configuration that is extremely strong and sturdy. The 3-pole design gives you more "framework" to combat mother nature when she decides to send you a little stronger storm than normal. Assembly is easy with pole clips that quickly snap over the tent poles. The polyester fly and oxford floor are urethane coated, with factory sealed seams for maximum weatherproofness. A door on each side of the tent makes getting in and out of the tent easy. You also get two large vestibules that you can use for extra gear storage. The vestibules also serve as automatic guy-out points when the weather gets a little nasty. The fly buckles to the tent, offering a much more secure attachment when compared to elastic cord. Mesh roof vents increase ventilation and improve star gazing.
• Free Standing 3 Pole Design with 7000 Series Aluminum Poles
• Easy Assembly with Pole Clips that quickly snap over the tent poles
• 75D 185T Polyester Fly resists UV damage and stays taut
• Factory Sealed Fly & Floor Seams gives best weather protection
• 210D 110T Nylon Oxford Floor with 1500mm Coating
• Extra Large #10 Zippers on Doors and Vestibules
• Easy entry with 2 Doors (both with zippered mesh windows)
• 2 Vestibules for gear storage and extra weather protection
• Weatherproof Fly Buckles On for maximum adjustability and protection
• Multiple Fly Vents increase ventilation
Base Size: 6'8 x 8'
Center Height: 4'2
Vestibule Depth: 36"
Tent Area: 48 sq. ft.
Vestibule Area: 36 sq. ft.
Tent & Fly Weight: 6 lb. 12 oz.
Total Weight: 7 lb. 8 oz.
Packed Size: 7.5" x 24"
Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm
Use Rating: 3 Season
From Dennis Brune, Owner: I started ALPS Mountaineering, a small company located in rural east central Missouri, with the mission of "providing more gear for more people". We offer performance oriented packs, tents, sleeping bags, furniture & air pads. All of our products are Âconsumer designedÂ for comfortable enjoyable trips that have tough, durable construction for a lifetime of use, and while the products are great, the prices are even better. I have been working in the outdoor industry since 1978 in a variety of design, sales, and marketing positions. A lot of my prior outdoor experience came from running the Kelty brand, which also marketed packs, tents, and sleeping bags. In 1994, Brian, the oldest of our 3 children, was about to enter middle school, so I left Kelty because I wanted to have a more flexible schedule to allow me to be more involved in my familyÂs activities.
As our business has grown, so has our need for good, qualified staff members. We started filling those needs in 2003 when Brian graduated from college with his degree in marketing. While my intention never was to Âonly hire friends and familyÂ, I continued the trend by next hiring my wife, LaRayne. When Adam, our second son, graduated in May of 2006, also with a degree in marketing, we also hired him. In the summer of 2006 we needed even more sales and marketing help, so we next hired our daughter-in-law, Sarah Beth. Our youngest child, Sarah Kristin, graduated from Mizzou in May of 2009 with her degree in communication, and we also said to her, Âcome on board!Â As IÂve happily and very proudly told several people, weÂve Âredefined the family businessÂ. Of course we have plenty of Ânon-BruneÂ employees Â Debbie, Karen, Phil, Sean, Laurie, Zach, Tracy, Jeff, Doug, Spencer Â and we consider them to be part of our extended Âbusiness familyÂ. While we believe in making exceptional products, we also think itÂs equally important to have outstanding employees Â and I can say that weÂre doing a great job of both.
Regarding our products, the challenge we have is to convince you that we can deliver products that offer great designs, are loaded with plenty of features, are made with excellent quality Â AND are also affordable. In our current economic situation, itÂs extra important to evaluate all of our purchases. We think if you do your ÂhomeworkÂ and fairly compare our products to those of our competitors, youÂll see we can offer you the best true value.
I originally thought I was ordering the extreme 3 outfitter tent instead of the regular extreme 3. I will give camping gear outlet credit, though. When I contacted them about the mistake, they quickly resolved the issue to my satisfaction. I am pleased with my tent, seems very well made. It isn't too heavy or bulky to pack, sets up easy and is pretty stable in the wind. I really like the 3 pole design and the outside clips. I recommend purchasing a footprint (or use tyvek like I did).
Great tent for winter camping. The vestibule in back is large enough to cover an entire Jet-Sled (it can slide right out without unzipping anything). I keep the bottom 2 feet of the front vestibule zipped at all times. It's easy to unzip the top part of the vestibule, step into it, crouch, zip it up over your head, and then zip open the tent. I think the #10 zippers and better floor on this Outfitter model is worth the weight. I like how loops on the corners of the optional foot print can allow it to easily connect to the tent and fly.
Great tent. I used it last weekend on a backpacking/survival trip in the Hualapais east of Kingman, AZ. My only complaint -- and it's not a deal-breaker -- is that when the fly is in place, the zipper to open the door panel is a long, and I mean very long, reach. You have to get on your knees outside the main tent (still inside the fly), and it's still a long reach to that zipper in the corner. That said, the tent is very well made. Zippers are good -- #10 -- and the material is high quality. We didn't have much weather that weekend, so I can't comment on the tent's ability to withstand high wind and heavy rain. I will say this about 2-person, 3-person and 4-person ratings: they assume you'll sleep stacked like sardines next to each other. I got the 3-person Extreme Outfitter, with the idea that my wife and I would have room to keep our packs in the tent at night. With the slope of the tent walls, there is just enough room for two people in this tent, with a small amount of extra room by the feet. With all that in mind, I would recommend this as an excellent tent for two. It's a little heavy for backpacking, but then again we're not ultralight packers. On a survival trip, we pack heavy. We're discrete about what we pack, but we carry a lot, from cookware and light tools, to firearms and ammo.
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