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Lightweight and protective from fall to spring.
The Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1.0 Tent is lightweight for backpackers and protective for three-season camping. Alps Mountaineering built this non-freestanding tent's walls out of mesh for ventilation, the fly out of polyester for UV-protection, and the floor out of PU-coated polyester for abrasion- and water-resistance. Two 7000-series aluminum poles provide an ample amount of head space as well as a quick and simple setup, and one vestibule gives you plenty of space for your gear. Alps Mountaineering also included aluminum stakes, guy lines, and internal mesh storage pockets for your convenience.
- Mesh walls, polyester fly
- Polyester floor with PU coating
- 7000-series aluminum poles
- One door, one vestibule
- Three pounds, four ounces: superlight
- Aluminum stakes, guy lines, and mesh storage pocket included
- Item #ALM000A
- Q & A
Very soggy week
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
In looking at other reviews, it seems like my experience isn't the norm, but this tent sucks. I just got back from a week on the Colorado Trail, and the rain fly is horrible. It seems waterproof, but in all of the rain I experienced, water wicks right through the fabric (especially at the seams), which soaked the tent where it touches the fly. Pack and gear got soaked in the vestibule on the first night, and my bag got pretty damp; it was tough to get ahead of all that moisture over the course of the week, even on a dry day.
Very lightweight and easy to set up. It's also very sturdy. The tent stood up to some pretty nasty wind and rain pretty well. I like how the fly attaches to the tent (straps and buckles), but it's not worth spending another wet night/morning.
Home Sweet Home
I bought this tent looking for something relatively light and on a budget, and for the price I paid it has been amazing. It does well in the rain and dries quickly if it does get very wet. I've taken this tent around Norway from music festivals to backpacking trips and it's perfect for one person. As a average sized woman, I have a comfortable amount of space for myself, my backpack, and all of my gear within the tent itself. Though, the porch area is nice for leaving dirty boots and things under. My only complaint is the zipper on the rain cover is near your feet which makes unzipping it a bit of a hassle if you're in a sleeping bag and just want to peek outside. Otherwise, it's a great little tent for the price!
Great tent - wrong size
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Immediately after buying this tent I found a 1.5, which is much better for me. So, I returned the 1.0 and bought the 1.5. However, before I returned it I checked it all out and, yes, it is a great tent. I just needed one with a bit more room.
Solid, sturdy tent
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used this tent a lot in different environments (including primitive camping on rocky ground with potentially pokey grasses, etc., and I haven't experienced any issues with it getting damaged or even worn out looking. It's not the best for backpacking as it is a bit on the heavy/bulky side, but if you want a fly that is watertight this is an excellent choice (though due to the design of the fly you do need to be fast about getting in and out). The vestibules are quite small, and the interior of the tent is none too big. The pegs and poles are very sturdy, though again, you do pay a bit of a weight penalty because of this. Overall, though, I've just been very impressed with how it's held up under all the punishment I've put it through with the less-than-ideal places I've pitched it.
Exiting in the rain
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I use this tent for me and my 45-lb dog. With both of us inside and the rainfly closed (except for the very small vent), we do have a condensation problem. But that's sort of to be expected with two mammals in a one-human tent.
The fly and the mesh zip in opposite directions, and the way they're set up, you have to completely open the mesh in order to completely close the fly (or open it if it has been completely closed). If you're camping in a really buggy area, this is a HUGE flaw.
The tent is perfectly waterproof, unless you want to open the vestibule while it's raining. For instance, if you (or your canine) needs to exit the tent, or if you happen to like leaving the fly open in the rain as long as the wind isn't blowing too much. If you're quick about entry and exits, and you get the fly re-zipped quickly, it's not too bad, but it is the biggest problem that I have with this tent.
On other sites the rain fly opening is on the side for this tent. Is the model being sent going to have the opening on the end or on the side?
Does this tent include a footprint?
As a rule, if it doesn't specifically say a footprint is included, it's not. (Also a general rule: tents typically don't include footprints.) And now for Alps: I've never had a footprint included with any Alps tent I've purchased.