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Superlight tent for superlight backpacking.

The Mystique 2 Tent is Alps Mountaineering's lightest two-person tent so you and a buddy can revel in easier trips from fall to spring. 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 two doors and two vestibules give you and your fellow backpacker plenty of personal space. 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
  • Two doors, two vestibules
  • Four pounds, eleven ounces: superlight
  • Aluminum stakes, guy lines, and mesh storage pocket included

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5 5

Kind of hard not to love

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this gem back in 2008 on sale from SAC. At first, I liked this tent because it was simple, super easy to set up, and had dual entry doors...but after six years of hard use I can honestly say that I LOVE this tent because it has endured serious abuse and still looks and operates like new. Nothing has broken. The poles still have that nice snappy elastic and the zippers all operate perfectly.

This tent is roomy--my hubby and I fit comfortably and can even store our packs above our heads if needed. Three people is a bit cramped--I know this from experience. The stash pockets are nice and convenient for TP and bear spray. Dual doors and dual vestibules is seriously amazing. There's no climbing over someone else for a midnight whiz and your partner can keep their stinky boots on their own side. Also--the poles are really awesome. Super durable, nice elastic, and really pretty.

It's always been a breeze to set up. Some others don't like that it isn't freestanding but I've never found this to be a problem. I've pitched it in all sorts of terrain and there's always a way to secure it either with stakes or guy lines. No biggie in my book.

The one gripe I have about this is that it's not exactly ultra light. However, for long distance trekking we just split the weight (one person takes the poles and fly, the other person takes the tent body) and it's manageable. This is a silly complaint though because I knew exactly how much it weighed when I bought it.

Overall, I love this tent and plan to continue using it for many more years!

Kind of hard not to love
3 5

Good for the price

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The materials seem strong, and the tent fits two people snugly. There are three small gear pockets - one near each camper's head, and one at the roof, which is nice for putting in a headlamp.

The vestibules are a bit small, but good enough. There are two main problems with this tent. First, it's not freestanding so you need to pitch it in an area with good soil that will accept at least four stakes in the correct places. Second, the asymmetry makes it a bit difficult to set up. I guess this was done to make the tent smaller and save weight, but it means that the two poles are different sizes, so setup takes a bit longer.

Overall, it's a fine tent, but there's a reason it's so much cheaper than many other tents on the market.

3 5

Nice tent, but not for us.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased this tent as a budget way to get a super lightweight 2 person tent that was packable and , I was hoping, bombproof. We were very impressed with the high quality of materials, bathtub design of the tent bottom, robustness of the rainfly and nice design of the double opening vestibule. The integrated mesh gear sack is a nice feature and the tent is very light. Set up is intuitive and very easy. We do most of our hikes in the White mountains and some of the terrain we camp on can be either very rocky or very soft. The weather can be very unpredictable as well. The main reason this tent went back is because it is not freestanding. There are only 4 stakes that support the entire structure, so if you can't get a good hold in the soil and 2 stakes fail, 1/2 of the tent falls down. The rainfly did not have many guy lines and even if it did, there were only 4 small velcro tabs attaching the rainfly to the poles of the tent. In short, I wanted a more solid tent that could withstand severe weather and be pitch-able on variable terrain. Also, guy lines are a must for the type of outings we do. Don't get me wrong - this is a great tent for the money and if we need another tent for less intense outings, this one would easily fit the bill.

4 5

Not bad for the price point

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently picked up the Mystique 1.5, I'm going to assume that outside of the difference in size it's performance will be the same as the 2.0. All in all it's nothing special, but you're not paying for anything special either. If you're looking for a cheap one man tent it's a solid option.

On the pro side I love the two door design on the tent and fly. You get a great view on clear starry summer nights and can feel like it's an open space when you're only using a dog tent. The arrangement of pockets inside is well organized an useful. I've made it through some pretty nasty storms without any rain getting in so big thumbs up in that critical category! While it's no ultra light it's a pretty manageable size and weight for backpacking. The vestibules are a decent size as well and keep extra gear dry outside the tent. The 1.5 fits myself and my dog comfortably.

There are some cons. I do wish it was a freestanding tent, I haven't had to pitch in the rain yet but I don't see how I could pitch it in a storm without getting it wet and sloppy. Condensation has been an issue as well. No matter how hard I pull the fly still rests on the mesh ceiling of the tent. A small inconvenience is opening the zipper of the fly from inside the tent. It's a two handed operation as I can't get enough tension on the fly, and the zipper is by your feet in a narrow tent which means having to awkwardly fold yourself forward and hold the fly while unzipping. Not a big deal but it is annoying.

Overall I do recommend the tent if you're looking for a cheap option. I've gotten quite a bit of gear from Alps Mountaineering and would say the quality is about as good as it gets for the price point. That being said there are plenty of better options out there, I just didn't have the cash for one and for just over a hundred bucks I have been very content with my purchase on the Mystique 1.5 and see no reason for the 2.0 to be any different.