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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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Flaming Gorge UT
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.