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Greyson Howard
(Greyhound) - M

Locale: Sierra Nevada
REI Arete ASL 2 thoughts? on 11/25/2009 22:56:29 MST Print View

Hello,

I recently started the thread asking about floorless shelter technique, as the Golite pyramid shelters on sale at REI offered an affordable entry into winter camping for me.
After that helpful discussion, I decided to look at more traditional 4 season tents for comparison, and have only really come up with one option that I'd consider affordable; the REI Arete ASL 2.
So I'm back, looking for more advice, impatiently waiting for snow.

Thanks

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
REI ARETE on 12/11/2009 17:23:38 MST Print View

I took a look at the ARETE online. Seems to be a good winter tent with the 3rd crossing pole in front making the structure very stable in the manner TNF's Tadpole does. This is important B/C winter winds rip longer and stronger than summer winds.

The vestibule looks large enough to cook in IF you can dig out a place for your legs in deeper snow and place the stove to your left on a snow platfom.

Personally I'm waiting for the TarpTent Scarp 2 winter fly (lower fly) version to come out but that may not be until spring.

Greyson Howard
(Greyhound) - M

Locale: Sierra Nevada
Re: REI ARETE on 12/11/2009 23:42:04 MST Print View

Thanks, I went for it while on sale for less than $200, and I'll give it a try soon.

Christopher Chupka
(FatTexan) - M

Locale: NTX
ASL on 10/12/2011 17:18:30 MDT Print View

How did the ASL ArĂȘte work out for you? I'm looking at getting on with the fall REI coupon.