Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: Alps Mountaineering Tasmanian 3

When it's 22 degrees outside, this is bullshit. 
Right now, an Alps Mountaineering Tasmanian 3 tent is drying in my basement.  I just got back from a 3 day (night) trip in the backcountry.  Here's my review. 

Price (with footprint) delivered to my door:  $261.89
Why price with footprint and delivery?  Because that's the real world price. 

Retailer: REI
You can also find this tent at Amazon and other online retailers.  

Intended Use:
Bicycle camping
Car and Motorcycle camping

Roomy, lots of space even for my 6'2" frame
Heavy duty materials
Quality construction
Lots of pockets
Large vestibule

Difficult to pitch and pack rain fly
Poorly designed poles

I really wanted to love this tent.  It was my first 4 season tent and I was excited to try it out in cold weather.   

I appreciated the length and width of this tent and it's robust construction. It seems to be very well built.  I also learned that the four season designation mostly means tougher materials and better ventilation controls. Although the heavier weight was a concern, using a BOB Ibex or a motorized ovehicle to haul gear negated this factor. 

Sadly, after two nights of camping at 9400' in Colorado during September, I'm returning it. Here's why: The pole tips are badly designed. They easily pull out, both in-sleeve and while fastened to the footprint/tent. This makes it difficult to install or remove the poles into the rain fly sleeves.  

In the comfort of my living room - no big deal. When it's 22 degrees and you're struggling to keep your fingers from going numb, it sucks. Big time. Stopping to pull your gloves off to re-insert the pole tips for the 5th or 6th time is annoying. It's also aggravating when the poles get stuck in the too tight rain fly sleeves. 

Did I mention it was 22 degrees outside?  Not fun.  Especially when you're trying to get camp packed and rolling quickly so you can get back to town for a client meeting. 

Hey Alps!  Are you reading this?  I wanted to love your tent.  You need to redesign the rain fly and pole tips. This would have been a high quality purchase otherwise. At the price, you'll find it hard to find a better deal on a large four season tent.

About the author:  I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast and have spent countless nights in tents in the wilderness.  I hike, ski, ride mountain bikes and motorcycles, run, and love all things outdoors.  Unlike many of the other reviews you'll read online, I didn't receive any compensation or freebies for this review, sadly. I make my living helping people make smarter real estate decisions

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