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ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Person Aluminum Pole Backpacker Tent (5-Feet 6-Inch x 7-Feet 6-Inch)

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About the Product

  • Freestanding 3 person tent with tough polyester taffeta walls
  • Easy to assemble design with shock corded aluminum poles and secure tent clips
  • Multi pass urethane coating on fly and floor for maximum weather protection
  • 2 Doors for easy entry and exit, 2 vestibules for gear storage
  • 41-Square Feet of sleeping space, weighs 6-Pound 4-Ounces

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Product Description

Product Description

Alps Chaos Tent. Strong, Lightweight, Weather - proof, Roomy! Packs light and tight, and goes up in a flash! Once you're inside, you're protected from seeping water and bad weather by the thick poly walls and floor that come factory-sealed. Roomy, too... helps prevent going "stir-crazy" in bad weather. Nice features: Free-standing pole system with 7000 series aluminum poles; Easy assembly with clips that quickly snap over tent poles; 2 vestibules for extra gear storage; Factory-sealed fly and floor for top-notch weather protection; Full-coverage fly offers maximum protection; Mesh roof vents improve ventilation; 2-door entry; Extra-large #8 zipper on doors and vestibules; Includes mesh storage pocket, gear loft, aluminum stakes, guy ropes.; The technical stuff: 75D / 185T polyester taffeta floor with 2000 mm coating for strength; 75D / 185T polyester fly resists UV damage and stays taut; Base size: 5'6" x 7'6" (3-man); Center height: 3'8" (3-man); Vestibule area: 22 sq. ft. (3-man); Total weight: 6 lbs., 4 ozs. (3-man).; Order Now! Alps Chaos 3-person Tent

The Chaos three-person backpacking tent is lightweight and weatherproof, making it ideal for trail hikes in the fall, summer, and spring. The freestanding Chaos is easy to assemble, with lightweight, shock-corded aluminum poles and secure tent clips that work together in a single continuous system. As a result, you don't have to waste time setting up the tent when you could be kicking back at the campfire. The tent's body is made of lightweight but strong polyester taffeta fabrics, with a multi-pass urethane coating on the full-coverage fly and floor providing maximum weather protection. And to further protect the tent's interior from moisture, the Chaos includes factory seals on the seams and floor and secure fly buckles. The design helps the tent resist rainy, windy weather conditions.

The tent also offers two doors for easy entry and exit during midnight bathroom trips, along with two vestibules for gear storage. And users will love the mesh roof vents and pair of windows (integrated within the doors), which increase ventilation on hot, muggy nights. Other features include extra-large #8 zippers that make it a breeze to open and close the doors, extra guy-outs on the fly for added stability in bad weather, and mesh storage pockets and a gear loft for storing smaller items. Outfitted with a tent bag for transport, the Chaos also comes in a two-person version.


  • Wall material: 75D, 185T polyester taffeta
  • Floor material: 75D, 185T polyester taffeta, 2,000mm multi-pass urethane coating
  • Fly material: 75D, 185T polyester taffeta, 1,500mm multi-pass urethane coating
  • Mesh: Nylon no-see-um mesh, 40D
  • Frame: 8.5 mm, 7,000 series aluminum
  • Base size: 5 feet by 7 feet 6 inches
  • Center height: 3 feet 8 inches
  • Vestibule depth: 35 inches
  • Tent area: 41 square feet
  • Vestibule area: 22 square feet
  • Tent and fly weight: 5 pounds 15 ounces
  • Total weight: 6 pounds 4 ounces
  • Packed size: 7 by 24 inches
  • Pole diameter: 11 mm
  • Use rating: 3 season
  • Included with tent: Rain fly, aluminum poles, pole bag, stake bag, aluminum stakes, guy ropes, repair swatches, gear loft, mesh storage pocket, and tent bag

About ALPS Mountaineering
Based in rural east central Missouri, ALPS Mountaineering sells performance-oriented packs, tents, sleeping bags, furniture, and air pads. All ALPS products are "consumer designed" to encourage comfortable, enjoyable trips, and are built to withstand a lifetime of use. The company uses only quality raw materials assembled at the best factories in the world, and tests all its products with avid outdoorsmen, such as people rafting the Grand Canyon, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or day hiking their favorite local trail.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 24 x 7 inches ; 7.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0036R8K10
  • Item model number: 5352019
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Harper on September 27, 2010
This tent was everything i hoped it would be. i did not intend to test it out the way i did on it's first outing... I read the reviews and even set up several tents in a local store before deciding on the catalyst 3 (Chaos 3) tent from ALPS. i took it out on an over night backpacking trip this weekend and man did i test it out. the downpour started at about 2am and it did not let up until i was home on my couch at 12 in the afternoon. my wife and i were dry and warm the entire night and in the morning i took the tent down inside of the dry safety of the rain fly and the footprint, I did not get wet until i had to take down the rain-fly! however by that time i had packed EVERYTHING else and only had to deal with the fly and footprint. i would say that this tent was the single best piece of equipment i have bought for my wife, dog and i to go backpacking with yet. it sets up in under 5 minutes including staking it out and weighs only 5-6 pounds which i think is fine for a 3 person tent that KEEPS YOU DRY regardless of the storm outside. we got over 1.5 inches in a few hours and this might as well have been a boat at some points during the night. the tent dries quick once you get it hung-up in your garage and feels roomy inside with a 30lbs dog my 5'7" wife and a 6'2" me together with her 65L pack and my 80L pack.

Muddy boots never went inside due to the good sized vestibules that housed our boots dry and out of the rain all night and head lights kept up in the gear loft meant that we never wondered where to find a light.

If you are looking for a mid-light weight 3 person tent for 2 (3 people in this tent would be VERY cozy....) then you should buy this immediately if one person carries the poles and footprint and the other the tent and the fly the divided weight is really great. and for the size, comfort and Especially the rainproof performance, this tent cannot be beat.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Stam on June 11, 2011
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I recently took a trip to the Boundary Waters up past Ely, MN for a few days and bought this tent to replace my old one. This review will be to the point, so here we go:


My gripe with this tent as well as with all other tents is that they always list size wrong. Im 6'00 200 lbs and this "three man" tent is only big enough for two adults. I'm sure whoever reads this review as well as all other avid campers know about this common problem the different companies make. With only a NeoAir matress and a cheap foam mattress my friend brought with, I don't know where the third person would go. That's all the gear we had in the tent, so this is the only reason I gave the tent a 4/5.


There are two poles that come with the tent. The main pole has two three way connectors attached to them which makes set-up a snap. The second pole is what goes across the tent width-wise which makes the tent wider. To set up the tent just set up the poles the way you'd do any other tent, insert the ends into the grommets and then just connect the plasic hooks to the poles. The clips are a great improvement rather than the traditional sleeves many other cheaper tents use and you dont really have to bend the poles to fit right. Set up was literally a snap (bad pun I know).

The rain fly that comes with the tent makes use of plastic clips which can be tightened rather than having, say, a bungee cord stretched taught. I like the clips better because its just easier for me in my opinion.


As stated before the sizes all tent manufactoring companies use is not accurate at all, but this three man tent had enough room for two adults.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James H. Crawford on April 4, 2011
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I researched and purchased this Chaos 3 tent for my son who is in scouts. I looked for an "easy set up/take down tent", required it be "lightweight yet durable", a "small footprint" for carrying in a backpack, and could "accommodate two with gear". This tent easily meets or exceeds all requirements.
Set up and take down was less than 10 minutes at most, fastest in his camp with twelve tents from various makers. The carrying bag does not require "tight rolling and stuffing" as many do. It has a full fly for privacy and rain protection. The medium height profile handled 40-50mph winds on our second day of camp, staying tight and stable unlike the taller dome tents in camp, yet we only had the stakes holding it. It has two rain-fly vent windows with Velcro posts to adjust ventilation, a bonus I did not read in the description.
This is about the largest tent you would want to carry on a hike...other brands and larger sizes quickly reach 7 - 10 lbs or more.
A tarp or bottom sheet is always recommended, I prefer a slightly oversize tarp to allow a walk-in area in front of one door (this tent has two, which is very convenient when one camper needs to make a late night visit to the latrine).
I've owned five tents over the years and this one is the best designed I have purchased, in fact, I just bought a second Chaos 3 for myself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By fizzacyst on December 3, 2010
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Folks lets face it, you can drop a lot of coin on a tent especially when you want to save weight. Since buying this we've slept in it two nights in very cold weather and are very happy with the purchase.

The Chaos 3 represents an excellent compromise between price, weight, size, and quality.

Setup is a complete no-brainer. The one-piece support rod is pretty large and unwieldy, but once you've got one corner inserted there's nothing to it. My 10-year-old can do it himself after only one practice round in the living room.

This is not an ultralight tent, but again a wise middle ground between light enough to carry and solid materials & workmanship. You likely don't want active toddlers and pets running in and out of it, but with care I can see this lasting a long time. Zippers are large and feel well-made -- a key difference between an Alps product and the big box store offerings. The size is quite comfortable for 3 young'uns or two adults, with the vestibules created by the fly outside either door sheltering your gear.

The design has quite a lot of mesh, but with 2 fabric walls and the fly giving as much buttoning-up as you like, I believe you can use this in nearly any kind of weather short of blizzards and hurricanes.

Highly recommended.
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