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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This tents performance is outstanding. I took it on my first long backpacking trip through the sierras of California and was very impressed. It kept me completely dry through two downpours and even without a footprint, the bottom stayed watertight. i would recommend buying a footprint to increase the life of the floor. Also, its nice to have another layer between you and the ground while rolling up your sleeping pad and stuffing your bag. the rainfly is a little bulky but the tent is overall light and compact. I am 6' tall and never had space issues. The vestibule is convenient cooking (especially when its raining), and for putting your shoes and backpack in if you don't want to sleep next to them. i got a lot of compliments on it and i was always able to set up and take it down just as fast, if not faster than everybody else.
Hope for no rain
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This tent WILL NOT keep you dry. It is quite pleasant to use as long as the weather is cooperative. With the money you save you'll be able to afford an extra tarp. If you don't mind a Chinese made tent that leaks like a sieve it's not a bad buy.
hard to beat for the money
This is the first 1-person tent I have ever owned, and only having tested in the backyard so far, it seems like a great value. It packs tight and light, and has the features anyone would want when on the trail. It is easily large enough for me to sleep in, sit in, and to even keep some gear. As others have mentioned, the tent itself is all mesh, which makes it great for summer camping. With the rainfly on, it should perform well in wet weather. If you're going to be taking it out in colder weather, just make sure you have a warm sleeping bag. Spacious vestibule is a nice bonus. I'd been eyeing the Eureka Backcountry 1 for years, but when I was finally ready to pull the trigger, it seemed to be out of production. If you need a footprint, try checking out gofastlite.com
Whats the biggest differences between this...
Whats the biggest differences between this tent and the ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0? Other than the free standing aspect, is either one better than the other? I cannot decide which to buy.
Personally I like this Zephyr better than the Mystique. The two benefits that the Mystique provide are a longer length (if your short like me who cares) and a little more space in the vestibule. Other than that these tents are both really similar and the fact that this Zephyr is free standing out weighs any benefit that they Mystique might have; I hate staking tents down when I don't have to.
Great 1-person Tent
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Took this tent desert camping last week (car camping, so no comment on the backpacking quality just yet), and it was great! Very easy to set up, and held up well in strong winds. Plenty of room inside for me--I'm 5'8'' female--but I think a larger person could still fit comfortably.
Sturdy and Lightweight
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Perfect for those who like to lightweight backpacking camp trips. Get a stuff sack if you plan on storing this inside your pack, the one included is on the large size. I have not got a chance to use this in damp/rainy weather however at some point I will be picking up a footprint for it just to be on the safe side. Comes with good lightweight aluminium stakes and is quick to assemble.
I'm 5'10" and would say there more than enough room for my 46L pack and myself with room to spare. I would recommend this to a friend, you cant beat the price, weight and quality.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought this tent last week and tested it on a quick weekend trip up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. I was able to fit the tent, my sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and about 2 days worth of food all in my atmos 50 pack with ease.
The parts to the tent are nicely organized and packaged in the stuff sack included. This tent is extremely easy to set up. I watched my cousin put his together once, and then I was able to put my tent together in under 10 minutes without having to look at the instructions.
This tent provides a bug-free night for an unbeatable price. The rain cover works perfectly, too. I'm a novice hiker, and I do not see the point in buying any other tent.
how/where do you buy the footprint?...
how/where do you buy the footprint? thanks!
Hate to send you to another site, but since we don't have what you're looking for:
With rain fly and vestibule
my go-to space conscious tent
As everyone else has said, this is a great combination of size, value, and backcountry ability. There is a flat spot on the top of the tent which can collect water in heavy conditions. Camping in Valdez, AK this summer, I had to punch up at the roof every now and then to dump the water out during a particularly rainy night. However, the same flat spot is a great little table I always use when brushing my teeth or organizing light pack items. Not to mention a rain-collection device if you don't mind sleeping with a bucket over your head.
I found it helpful to sew in a little loop of cord at the foot of the tent's rainfly in order to attach an additional guyline to tension the rainfly and keep space between the tent and rainfly for ventilation at your feet, as well as allowing water to run-off easier in harsh weather. Piece of cake modification.
Great tent, has held up well in desert and alpine conditions, as well as the handful of rainy and snowy trips backpack trips I've had over the last few years.
weight, size, pack size ??
weight, size, pack size ??
The whole thing packs down into a stuffsack about 18" long, with about a 20" circumference. The tentpoles have their own stuffsack and can be packed separately (I strapped them to the outside of my pack last time I took this tent out). Total weight is 3 lb. 14 oz. When pitched, base size is 3'8" x 7'2"with a center height of 3' (these are the official ALPS specs). I've taken it out on backpacking trips and I can heartily recommend it.
Perfect for me
Yes this tent is long and yes you can set it up in 3 minutes in the dark when tired and wow I love it.
Get the footprint for extra durability
I am a huge fan of ALPS Mountaineering because of the price, but most of all the quality and performance. I just purchased this tent for a 3 day, 50 mile hike and I couldn't have been more pleased with this tent. In the picture the Zephyr is the tent closest, and the further one is a MSR Hubba tent. The MSR Hubba runs about $285 and is just about the same as the Zephyr ins every way except it is almost double the price. The Zephyr never took me more than 1 minutes to set up, it offers a full mess upper structure for warm nights and star gazing with the optional wind, snow, and rain guard. There is a pocket on the inner side, and also a bonus small 6inch by 6inch mesh hammock to store a book, light, or what ever you want. I am 6.1" and I felt very comfortable in this tent with room to stretch and enough room to change clothing. The weight of this tent is unnoticeable, my only complaint is that I wish the it packed down just a little smaller. I bought this on steepandcheap for about $80 shipped and it simply was the best buy possible. You really cant go wrong with the Zeephyr, ALPS Mountaineering has proven themselves time and time again with the best prices and great quality products.
Good little tent.
This was my first backpacking tent, have done a few multi-day trips in it and am impressed with all features. It's simple to set up but the instructions are lacking. Spent a day during a rainstorm in Olympic National park and didn't get wet at all after digging a drainage ditch around the sides. You could get a tent a little lighter but not for the money. All in all a good buy that I recommend.
Not too Shabby
Neat little tent, quality seems pretty good. Lots of little features (small gear loft, small window in vestibule, vent on rain fly). So obviously lots of value. Weight is pretty much on and it includes the guy out lines and all of the tent stakes.
Glad to pay less than a c-note for what the big boys are asking $200 for.
Although the set up is pretty self explanatory some more detailed instructions would be welcome. They are vague to say the least.
Is this tent really only 66 inches long?...
Is this tent really only 66 inches long? I mean unless you're like 5'2" tall that seems a bit limiting...
On Amazon someone says it's actually 86" long, not 66. So sholloman, you can confirm that it's truly only 66" long? You own one of these?
I own the 2man version, which is practically the same length and I assure you that it is longer than 5 feet. The length of the floor is 86" or 7'2"
Does the fly sheet open on separate sides...
Does the fly sheet open on separate sides (zippered?) so that you can bring in a breeze or get out of a wind or avoid a one-sided rain while still regulating interior temperature. Being totally covered under a flysheet can be uncomfortable.
As you're looking @ the tent head on, the fly opens on the right side & turns 90 degrees left @ the top of the zipper.
Does it come with a footprint?
Does it come with a footprint?
The footprint is sold separately.
Sorry for the stupid question - do people who have used this tent for backpacking/camping use a footprint?
I have used this tent on too many trips to count out west. I have been in some pretty crazy rain and snow storms and never once felt I needed the footprint. The tent itself is pretty water proof on the bottom. Can't recommend this tent enough for the price and quality.
I'd recommend the footprint if you're gonna get a lot of heavy, frequent use out of the tent. It won't give you any extra waterproofing (the Zephyr is fine as-is in that department) but it's nice to have an extra layer of protection against wear & tear on the ground.
This may seem like a stupid question but...
This may seem like a stupid question but I just came back from a very wet camping trip. So here goes, IS THIS WATERPROOF??? Especially on the bottom?
Yeah, polyurethane coated nylon = waterproof generally speaking. Your "wet" trip is probably attributable as much to condensation as it was to rain. When humidity is high outside the tent, it won't breathe well. This tent should however breathe well since it's got mesh walls.
Hey Kirkgrem, probably a few years too late, but maybe someone else will find it useful. I have used this tent on numerous backpacking trips, and have had it in some pretty torrential downpours, some lasting all night. With my other camp mates awoke, most of them had damp gear and sleeping bags from condensation and perhaps some leaking. I NEVER once had any problem with condensation and always woke up dry as a bone. After a few years of use it did finally start to leak a little on me, but this was just a few drops at the seams, and I never treated it, which could have fixed the problem. And I only speak of this tent in the past tense because I recently lost the poles in a move. So sad to see it go. Can't recommend this tent enough.