Ordos 3lightweight back packing tent
Ultra-lightweight 2-3 person inner pitch first tent, DAC poles, weighing 1.6 kg
Ordos 3 lightweight back packing tent
Camping as a threesome has its advantages, and not just when playing cards in the evening! One of the biggest weight saving benefits is reducing the weight per person of your shelter. Ordos 3's low weight, small pack size and spacious feel make it an accomodating home. Close to 500 g per person, this lightweight backpacking tent offers a neat alternative to a bivvy bag, 3 isn't always a crowd!
Updated for 2016: greater Hydrostatic Head, more guy points, less mesh and updated footprint for optional tarp-tent functionality. Read more.
Those of you who enjoy far-flung adventures on foot, bikepacking or motorcycle touring will know that conditions are not always optimum for a soothing night’s sleep. That is all part of the fun, right? So, whilst you are trailblazing through the wilderness, having a scrupulously constructed tent will give you the most restful night possible.
The colour coded tabs on Ordos 3 will allow you to set up with speed and without strait. The bathtub floor protects from soggy pitches and the incorporated mesh sections give great ventilation whilst keeping bugs at bay. Storage is taken care of with four mesh pockets and tabs sewn into the roof mean you can hang a torch, dry your socks or rig up a simple gear loft.
Ordos 3 is also an excellent choice for 2 people looking for a little more liveable space than you will find in the Ordos 2. The increase in weight is minimal but the extra space is almost indulgent for this class of tent! Ordos 3 perfectly fits 2 wide sleeping mats at 60 cm each. The ridgeline creates a spine along the tent, opening up the space inside to give a spacious feel with enough room for 3 people to sit comfortably. The back of the tent is less tapered than Ordos 2 and so making the space wider and squarer. The 120 cm x 86 cm vestibule (with integrated ventilation channel) is the ideal size for storing muddy boots and bags.
The optional footprint adds additional protection to your groundsheet or you can ditch the inner and use it along with your outer as a tarp tent.
- Single door and vestibule
- Factory-taped seams using waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOCs)
- Pre-Attached rear guy line for field ready performance
- Additional reflective guy points for stability and visibility
- Durable YKK® zippered door with snag-guard, Velcro® & snap closures
- High internal gear loops for clothes lines and hanging items
- DAC Featherlite (R) NSL pole system with press fit connectors, lightweight hubs and eco-friendly anodizing
- DAC TH72M Aluminum poles
- Single hub design for quick and easy setup
- No-See-Um Mesh body keeps the smallest bugs out and lets the air flow
- Fly features ultra-light ripstop nylon with a PU 3000 mm waterproof coating
- PU 3000 mm waterproof polyurethane-coated nylon bathtub style floor
- Color-coded webbing on tent body and fly for easy setup
- Lightweight tent bag
- Pitchable with 6 pegs, but we supply it with 14
Total weight: 1595 g
Flysheet: 500 g
Inner: 500 g
Poles: 435 g
Pegs: 92 g
Guylines: 34 g
Tent bag: 19 g
Pole bag: 9 g
Peg bag: 6 g
Outer: 100% Nylon ripstop 15/D x 15D/186T x 154T PU3000 mm
Inner mesh: 10D polyester No-See-Um
Inner panels: 15D Nylon R/S
Floor: 20D Nylon R/S 3000 mm PU/Sil
Poles: DAC TH72M-6 Aluminum
Pegs: DAC TH72M-6 Aluminum J-Stake
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Travels with my Ordos 3
In 2015 my wife and I travelled to Romania with a dozen Explorer Scouts to work in a children's home - our chosen home for the two weeks we were there was an Ordos 3. We used it for various training trips wild camping in the UK before taking it to Romania - whilst there is was also used for a trip in the Carpathian Mountains.
We then used it again in 2016 when we spent 4 weeks backpacking again around Romania including a high camp at the foot of Mt Negoiu where it stayed up when all other tents were blown down - yes, the tent was way out of its depth (we should have had a mountain one) but it performed admirably.
It is roomy, light and easy to pitch - oh yes, I have used on two mountain marathons as well.
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I bought the Ordos 3 due to it's excellent size to weight ratio and was not disappointed when it arrived. The tent is easy to pitch but you will need to buy more pegs if you want to use all the supplied additional guy lines.
We have only used the tent once to date and herein lies the cautionary tale. The tent was pitched carefully in a Cairgorm breeze and when my wife got inside she noticed two 'runs' in the mesh of the inner tent and a number of other potential runs. These will inevitably soon become tears.
I contacted Alpkit about this problem and they told me that other customers have reported the same issue. They do not believe that the 'runs' are due to a manufacturing problem and that the inner must have been snagged in use. I would dispute this.
I was not expecting the Ordos 3 to be as bombproof as my trusty Macpac Minaret due to it's use of lightweight materials but didn't expect it to show so much wear after one pitching.
In summary if you buy an Ordos 3 do expect it to be light and spacious but treat the flimsy inner with extreme care or it will not last long without tearing.
Alpkit have suggested using sealant to stop the runs becoming worse but take no responsibility for the problem described.
Lots of nice extra features
I bought the Ordos 3 as a bigger 2-man option over my Wild Country Zephyros 2 (which has just enough size for me). It's still almost as light, but has headroom and a proper porch! I've used it twice so far, and very happy. The clip-in fixings are robust and easy to use, and I like the way that the groundsheet corners are colourcoded orange for the porch end. Pegs are robust, strong and light as well.
It's performed well so far... looking forward to using it more!
Excellent value tent
First and foremost we bought this as a spacious wild camping tent for two people in favourable spring to autumn weather. The space for the weight of the tent is excellent, I am 6ft1 and there is plenty of length whilst sleeping. Head height is also excellent, and there is loads of room for two inside, however it may be a tad cramped if three were spending a lot of time inside. However there genuinely would be room for three adults to sleep in relative comfort.
Pitching is easy although it is inner first; however it is quick to put up and put the flysheet on, so would only be an issue in very heavy rain. It is also very easy to get a nice taught pitch.
We have used the Ordos 3 for around three months now, spending around 20 nights in it. This has inevitably (& nearly always!) included rainy nights, the tent has always stood up well to persistent rain and there are no issues with the waterproofness of the outer. The bathtub floor has a fairly low waterproof rating and does get slightly damp when the ground is wet, this has been easily remedied by using a footprint.
As mentioned previously, this was bought as a fair weather tent, and we were fully aware when buying it that we were not paying for a bombproof 4 season tent, even so far as one of the Alpkit guys telling us that its not good in windy conditions (one of the many great aspects of alpkit - their down right honesty!) however we have used it twice in very windy conditions - once just off the summit of Glaramara and once on a campsite on the far North West coast of Scotland. Gusts when in Scotland were forecast overnight 40-50mph (and they felt like it), the campsite had around 15 tents camping when we went to bed, and when we woke up at around 7:30am only two tents had survived; a Terra Nova Voyager and our Ordos 3. The Ordos stood up very well to the wind - it did move about a bit, and the wind was hiting it side on so the centre pole was moving slightly, but only when there was a particularly strong gust. I wouldn't want to use it in anything stronger than those winds, but for a tent that was sold as 'not been good at all in wind', it stood up brilliantly to strong winds. We even heard the couple who were camping next to us comment "look at that tent, its not even moving" (it was, just not as significantly as theirs!)
One addition that would benefit the tent massively would be an additional guy point in the centre of both side walls, the side walls do have a tendency, owing to the large surface area, to be blown against the inner in wind conditions. You can mess about with the pitch, and adjust the guylines to limit this happening, but two additional guylines would eliminate the problem entirely.
Another issue is condensation; the only vent is located above the door and is relatively small, and the inner is mesh, so condensation does build up within the tent fairly quickly.
Space within the porch isn't brilliant, but given the internal space of the tent there is plenty of room for stuff within the tent, so its not proven an issue.
So far this has proved to be a very good lightweight two person tent, and provides excellent value for money, and a fantastic weight to space ratio. With the addition of a vent at the end of the tent and two additional guylines this would be a fantastic three season tent, but for the price you really can't go wrong. Another example of why Alpkit is great.