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Climbers 3 Person Tent

2019 climbing magazine editors choice award
ultralight 3 person tent for climbers

All Warmlite tents are 4 season tents. Editors Choice in Climbing Magazine in 2019!

Seam Sealing

A seam sealing kit is included in the purchase of all Warmlite tents. However, we also offer a seam sealing service, it is an additional cost.

Aerodynamic Elliptical Arc Design

Lightest, waterproof, most storm resistant tents you can find in the world. Featuring an aerodynamic design to reduce wind load stress to the tent. Warmlite tents resist 95 mph winds and with the inside wind stabilizers, up to 160 mph winds. Tested on Everest, the Arctic Circle, the Antarctic, and more. Also a 4 season tent!

Two feet shorter than our standard three-person tent. Perfect for climbers who need a smaller footprint.

Comes with wind stabilizers because climbers need it. If you are not going to use in wind conditions that are over 95 mph ask to have it built without the wind stabilizers and save a few ounces.

Fast and easy setup with two permanently curved poles which slip easily into full length sleeves. Tent can be fully setup in just minutes even in strong winds! Try that with other tents! Only requires 3 stakes.

Adjustable Vent system for FULL control of warmth and humidity. High vent lets out humid air while Low vents let in heavier dry air. This “chimney effect” assures excellent venting even in still air, when other vent schemes fail.

Three Person Tent

Size number conservatively indicates number of people who can comfortably sleep inside with all their gear. Keeping gear dry and warm.


Tents are made out of silicone-coated ripstop nylon. They come in a variety of colors, you can specify different colors for the top, liner, and the ends. We can send you fabric samples upon request so you can see the exact colors.

Choose from Single-Wall or Double-Wall Construction (Double-Wall highly recommended). Double-wall construction reduces condensation inside the tent.

All materials are produced in United States, all Warmlite gear is handmade in the United States.

Thoughts about Color Choice:
  • Dark Colors – Tend to blend in more with typical landscapes, but are easier to find in the snow.
  • Light Colors – brighter and easier to find in the dark, easier to find in the summer against dark lush surroundings, can blend in with lighter landscapes.


Sizes & Weight

Three Sizes 2, 3, or 5: for wide variety of needs and uses.  Size number conservatively indicates number of people who can comfortably sleep inside with all their gear.

There is a Warmlite tent for one person or for two to six (5R will fit six). Many of our customers have purchased 2 or 3 sizes to be ready for different needs. We recommend a Model 3R for the most universal use, since it is the ideal size for winter camping for two or three, gives capacity for up to four when needed, yet is still lighter than other two-person tents. We are often told that three people fit easily in a 2R, four in a 3R, and seven in the 5R, with stories of even more in emergencies.

Model 2 tents are roomy for two people and their gear, yet are also as small as a practical tent for one person can be. You need same the length and height for one person as for two, so only width can be decreased without degrading use and venting. But less width hurts wind stability without saving much weight. A Warmlite 2X is lighter than any other one-person tent or bivy and is THE choice for lightest one-person tent. Using a Warmlite Light Pole saves another 2.6 oz., a double wall 2R is only 6oz. more.

Drawings show exterior sizes. Interior sizes are about the same for X tents. R tents seem smaller due to the liner, but sitting and moving space is the same as the liner easily pushes up.




Poles determine length, are about 1/3 the volume.

Tent & Option Weights:

Item 2-Person 3-Person 5-Person
Extra-Light (X) 2.33 lbs 3.25 lbs 4.7 lbs
Top Liner (R) 2.75 lbs 3.75 lbs 5.6 lbs
Climbers (C) 2.59 lbs 3.40 lbs N/A
Side Windows 5.0 oz 5.0 ozs 5.0 oz
Large Door Extra Zippers 2.0 oz 2.0 oz 2.0 oz
Mid Pole(s) N/A 3.4 oz (R 3/8″)
6.0 oz (R 5/8″)
5.0 oz (R 3/8″)
9.0 oz (R 5/8″)
Wind Stabilizers 2.5 oz (R)
3.0 oz (Endliner)
5.0 oz (R)
3.0 oz (Endliner)
7.0 oz (R)
3.0 oz (Endliner)
End Liner 7.0 oz (R) 10.0 oz (R) 15.0 oz (R)

Tent Packed Sizes:

Tent Option 2-Person 3-Person 5-Person
Extra-Light (X) 4″ x 17″ 5″ x 17″ 6″ x 21″
Top Liner (R) 5″ x 17″ 6.5″ x 17″ 7.5″ x 21″


Wide Range of Options for many different needs:

Top Liner (R) Regular double-wall version with vapor barrier inner wall. For more light in the tent, lighter colored fabric can be used for inner wall (call for details).

Extra-light (X) single-wall version. Weighs less than typical 1 person “bivy sack”, yet is full sized tent with all the space and storm protection of regular double-wall tent.  These are not as condensation resistant as double-wall tents.

Large Side Windows for cooling on warm nights, or views or stargazing. These have no effect on strength or wind stability. To open, the outer wall is zipped open and raised, or tied out like an awning. Inner covers open from inside any amount or location, with 2 sliders on zipper across top & sides. Adds 5 ounces.

Large Door adds pair of door zips up left side so opening is twice as big. Use for loading gear and stargazing. Adds 2 ounces.

Wind Stabilizers are diagonal inside straps from each side of each pole down to far end of pole, greatly stiffening and supporting pole. For winds over 95mph. Adds 2.5 oz on 2R, 5 oz on 3R, 7 oz on 5R.

End Liners – Double end walls to prevent condensation on ends.

Mid Pole to reduce side deflection in strong side winds, is not needed for strength.  Sleeves for mid pole are in all 3R and 5R tents.

Technical Information

A Warmlite tent starts out light and stays light. You won’t be carrying several extra pounds of condensation or rain soaked inner tent, like the typical porous tent with fly.

The standard of performance in severe weather use, Warmlite® tents are the warmest, lightest, easiest to assemble, and most versatile in the world. Exceptional dependability, ease of use, and light weight along with options not found in other tents has made them the first choice of experienced backpackers, expedition members and canoe, bicycle, or airplane campers since 1964.

Warmlite® tents have been proven in the most extreme conditions throughout the world. The shapes have been copied, but performance never equaled. We’ve made many important improvements since 1964, but even our early Warmlite® tents had many of the following unique advantages over others:

Elliptical ARC Shape for wind stability, strength, quietness, headroom and space. This shape gives stable air flow and the lowest wind loads while diminishing stress on materials, flapping, noise and failure common in other tents and designs. No need for many annoying staked out lines and their stress points. Conical ends form built-in “vestibules” for cooking and gear storage, and uniformly distribute loads from stakes, directed for best holding power. Well placed pockets aid gear storage and organization.

Most Room for sitting and working with good headroom. 60″ width (89″ in Model 5). Two people can sit side by side in front half of Model 2 or anywhere in 3, or 4 across in Model 5. Floor shape gives best fit for sleeping bags and gear.
“Vestibules” for gear and cooking are standard, not an expensive extra weight option, and are floored to keep gear clean and dry for a stable, easily cleaned cooking space. Model 2 tents have vestibule at front, others at each end.

Fast, EASY Set Up. Two permanently curved poles slip easily into full-length sleeves. Setup is quick and simple even during fierce winds when other tents can’t be setup. Only three stakes are needed to hold a Model 2, four for Model 3 or Model 5. “Free standing” domes need stakes at each pole end for any wind resistance. Imagine trying to get poles in or fly on to a partially erected dome in the rain with strong winds whipping it about! When you are tired and short on air in a wild storm, you need the simplicity of a Warmlite tent!

High Wind Durability: Designed for smooth airflow in high wind, Warmlite tents resist 95 mph winds or, with optional inside wind stabilizers up to 160 mph. This is very important for safety in severe storms. (Most other tents fail in wind under 60 mph. Many tents fail in winds under 60 mph, some deform or fail in winds under 40 mph.

EASY TENSION ADJUSTMENTS, from INSIDE for tight wind-stable tent without leaving your warm, snug bed.

STRONGEST POLES – Our 7178T6 poles are much stronger than those in many other tents, not only do we use the highest strength aluminum alloy to build the poles, but they are also pre-curved to shape to allow the poles to hold the highest loads and not waste their strength on being bent into a curved shape when placed into the tent pole sleeve. This material and shape allow the pole and tent to hold its shape and stability in any wind. Our poles resist 20 times more force than thin flex-to-shape poles used in most other tents, these poles use 80% of their strength just flexing to shape. Warmlite® poles need no load sacrificing flexing and are stronger and stiffer to begin with.

ADJUSTABLE VENT SYSTEM for full control of warmth and humidity. High vents let out humid air while Low vents let in heavier dry air. This “chimney effect” assures excellent venting even in still air, when other vent schemes fail. Upper vents have zippered inside covers for easy incremental control of venting. Lower vents can be closed against excessive wind or dust, but open when winds die, always providing safe ventilation.
Optional windows on each side open from inside (once the outer cover is raised) for views and cooling. Open them any amount, in any location, or close as tight as if they weren’t there. They have no effect on storm resistance when closed.

DRY AND WARM: Double walls, silicone coated fabric and sealed seams provide full rain protection, best warmth, and least condensation. The inner wall is kept warmer by an insulating air gap between walls. The tent stays dry inside; warmth of inner wall eliminates the miserable condensation so common in other tents, and aids differential height chimney venting. Warm, humid, lighter air rises up and out the top vents, while fresh, dry air is drawn in through the lower vents.
Sealed one-piece construction. No loose fly to get heavy with condensation, soak the inner tent, or let the inner wall soak up rain during setup or take down, the worst problem of old style tents. Tradition isn’t good when it leaves you wet.

LIGHTEST Weight: The lightest yet strongest tents in the world. Only 1 to 1 and 1/2 pounds per person.
Weight may vary due to coating thickness (seldom over 2 oz) or by seam sealing efficiency.

2X = 2.33 lb     3X = 3.25 lb     5X = 4.7 lb     2R = 2.75 lb      3R = 3.75 lb     5R = 5.6 lb


Lightest, waterproof, most storm resistant tents you can find in the world. Featuring an aerodynamic design to reduce wind load stress to the tent. Warmlite tents resist 95 mph winds and with the inside wind stabilizers, up to 160 mph winds. Tested on Everest, the Arctic Circle, the Antarctic, and more.