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Exped Outer Space III Tent

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Outer Space II and III are shape-shifting, multi-mode, take-anywhere tents for 2 or 3 people, respectively. Their most prominent feature, a giant, pole-supported front vestibule shelters 3 people in camp chairs, a lightweight table and backpacks – and that’s with the inner tent in place at the back of the fly area. Outer Space is designed to allow occupants to relax in a covered space in any weather, while leaving sleeping gear untouched and untrammeled inside the sleeping canopy. Everything needed during a day in camp can be stored in this front porch area, out of the wind, rain and sun. Other items, not needed at the moment, can be placed in the smaller rear vestibule. But perhaps even more importantly, Outer Space can quickly and easily adapt to the changing environment and needs of occupants. This is where these tents go the extra step and deliver options for comfort beyond standard tent designs.

Because the architecture of Outer Space is built around an exostructure™ pole configuration (poles attached to the fly), strength and wind stability are substantially increased; guylines originate from the structure. And because the inner tent remains connected to the fly when stowed, it is completely dry during set-up in the rain. The fly can easily be set up on its own, with the inner tent removed altogether or pushed into a corner at the back of the fly area, creating a very large hangout space (Party Mode™). When combined with a footprint, the fly-only option can shelter multiple people, reducing its per-person weight substantially. This rapid shifting of tent components leads to many different set-up configurations, which we refer to as modes. The key modes for Outer Space are Porch Mode™, Party Mode™, Breeze-way Mode™ and Living-Room Mode™. Click on the "modes" tab to the right for more detail. 

Outer Space is an excellent choice for families, allowing everyone enough covered space when the weather keeps them from playing in the meadow or on the beach. It is big enough for use as a car-camping tent, but light and compact for backpacking. We designed it for comfort and that’s exactly what it delivers.




  • Exostructure poles (poles on outside of fly) maximize strength and ease/speed of setup

  • Inner tent can remain attached to fly when stowed, greatly shortening the teardown time in camp

  • Fly can easily be set up on its own, without the inner tent, or combined with a footprint for lightweight trips

  • Steep vestibule and inner tent walls maximize headroom and volume, increasing livability in all setup configurations

  • Pole segments are unified into a continuous, shockcorded array for rapid setup

  • Strong and light micro-hubs strengthen the pole intersections and eliminate wear of the fly at these critical points

  • Rectangular floor plan accommodates single as well as Duo sleeping mats and ensures efficient use of space

  • 2 U-shaped, horizontally-oriented doors allow smooth, one-handed operation and doors can be secured to the side and out of the way when fully opened

  • Each of the 2 vestibule doors are equipped with a small prop-pole at upper end for ventilation

  • 2 convenient pockets at the inner tent's head end provide storage for small items; a small, overhead pocket secures a headlamp and diffuses the beam

  • Floor is 68-denier PU coated taffeta polyester, 5,000mm water column rating for waterproofing even when knelt upon; seams are fully factory taped and waterproof

  • SwissPiranha tent pegs offer excellent holding power at very low weight and bulk; flat, low-profile head reduces risk of injury and tent fabric damage

  • Multiple interior loops are provided for adding overhead clothes lines

  • Rainfly, canopy and floor are OEKO-TEX® 100 certified, which mean the products have been tested for harmful substances and shown to meet rigorous human ecology criteria


Capacity: 2-Person Dimensions: 84.6 × 51.2 × 43.3 in

Canopy area: 30.1 ft²
Vestibule area: 39.8 ft²
Min. weight: 5.8 lb
Max. weight: 6.3 lb
Packed size: 21.7 × 8.3 × 0.4 in
Season: 3-season
Construction: Exoskeleton


Capacity: 2- to 3-person
Dimensions: 84.6 × 51.2 × 55.1 in 
Canopy area: 34.4 ft² 
Vestibule Area: 40.9 ft² 
Min. Weight: 6.8 lb 
Max. Weight: 7.3 lb 
Packed size: 22 × 9.1 × 0.4 in 
Season: 3-season 
Construction: Exoskeleton


Rainfly: 68 D taffeta polyester, PU coated, factory seam taped 3,000 mm water column
Floor: 68 D taff eta polyester, PU coated, factory seam taped 5,000 mm water column
Poles: 9 mm 7001 Aluminum


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