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The Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Tent is lightweight for backpacking and comfortable for car camping from fall to spring. Alps Mountaineering built the walls out of no-see-um mesh for maximum ventilation and airflow, and the floor and fly out of a PU-coated polyester taffeta for abrasion- and water-resistance. One door and one vestibule give you plenty of space, and aluminum poles ensure a lot of head space as well as a quick and simple setup. There are mesh storage pockets inside the tent for smaller items like your keys and headlamps. Alps Mountaineering also added stakes, guy lines, and repair swatches for your convenience.

  • No-see-um mesh walls
  • Polyester taffeta floor and fly with PU coatings
  • 7000-series aluminum poles
  • One door, one vestibules
  • One-person capacity, three-season
  • Three pounds, ten ounces: lightweight
  • Stakes, guy lines, and repair swatches included
  • Mesh storage pockets
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Overall good value

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

I have only used this tent on a 4 day trip down the Lost Coast in California, so this review is based on fairly limited experience.

First the good:
The tent is roomy. I'm 6'3 and can easily sit up and stretch out in it. There's room on both sides for gear. It comes with a small gear loft.
Although I didn't have any strong winds on the trip, my impression and that of my hiking companion was that this tent would be very stable in the wind. The rainfly attaches to the poles and there are 4 points for guy lines to attach right at the top of the fly.
The quality seems very good considering the low price point. Looked it over carefully and found no flaws in the stitching or hardware.
The small vent worked very well to keep condensation off the inside of the tent.

Now the not so good:
The weight is more than advertised. All up weight with bags, stakes, and guylines was 4.3 pounds.
The seam where the zipper is attached isn't sealed. All other seams on the fly are taped on the inside but it wasn't possible to tape over the zipper. In the rain, a few drops of water found their way into the tent through this unsealed seam. I sealed it on the outside and that should cure the problem.
As others have noted, rain can puddle on the flat surface on top of the tent and run in when the door is opened. I found that pitching the fly tight minimized the puddling, and slapping the top of the tent before exiting kept the water from cascading down when the door was opened.
The hooks that hold the gear loft in come loose when the tent is folded and are hard to get back in place. I tied the loft in with some whipping cord and just left the hooks hanging down to hang a light or whatever on.

Overall, I'm very happy with this tent for the price. If you can tolerate some minor but easily fixed flaws and the above advertised weight, it's a roomy, sturdy, and well made tent.

Alps one man tent

    So far I have only pitched it in my living room! But, it's very roomy! I have a 40 pound blue heeler and I am about 5'4 and 100 pounds. I have room for all of my gear, and more! I can sit up all the way without hitting my head too! It's great! I can't wait to take it on a trip!

    Great tent for the price!

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

    I wasn't sure if I would stay committed to backpacking, but at this price, I figured it was worth a shot. I've only used it twice, and I've been very happy with it both times. My first trip was to Great Sand Dunes NP. I camped off the dunes, but the soil was still very sandy. The overnight low was 30 degrees with max wind gusts of 30-40mph. I did not use the guylines and I had no problems with the tent. I could hear the fly flapping around, but nothing blew away. Even with the sandy soil, the stakes were strong enough to hold. With a fleece liner in my sleeping bag, I was warm enough. The vestibule is large enough for my pack and the front of the tent is wide enogh for shoes and other small items even when I was lying down. It's very light and easy to pack down. I squished the tent, fly, and my fleece blanket into the tent carry bag. I would definitely recommed this tent!

    The dog can sleep inside tonight

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It's spacious, true to weight, well fabricated, and because it's so affordable you won't suffer from buyer's remorse should it get damaged or should you only happen to take it out a few times a year. It's an ideal addition to a bug-out bag, and it's nice to have the ability to free up pack space and shed some lbs. because you can nail your group's shelter needs with a +1 backpacking tent. (It's also easier to find a backcountry pitch-pad for a solo tent, so there is that.)



    Nice bathtub floor to keep you dry, and at 5'11" I have plenty of space to sit up and maneuvering around inside my Zephyr. The only drawback to this freestanding, nearly 100% mesh tent is the constant temptation to never put on the fly and sleep with a nearly unobstructed view of the Milky Way. No, truly, the only drawback I can imagine is this thing catching wind (with the fly on) due to its height and having the walls possibly push in on you during a nasty storm. That said, I haven't had a poor experience in this shelter yet, and the small cross pole at the entry of this asymmetrical tent (plus proper positioning of the tent) should help with stability if wind and rain become a problem in the middle of the night. The one and only vent in the fly is pretty tiny; just remember to adjust the door and vestibule to allow appropriate airflow and minimize condensation on the inside of the fly.

    The dog can sleep inside tonight

    Thanks, Lexi. That's P'nut, trail weight at 12 lbs. It's important to note that during the course of a night the A-shaped footprint of the Zephyr-1 leaves the discerning dachshund an opportunity to drool on both the right and left shoulder of the human occupant, if the dog so chooses. And, although this tent packs (impressively) smaller than a wiener dog, a lowrider blazing up a trail is sure to induce far more laughs and smiles among your companions than this shelter ever will and [the dog] is therefore an absolutely necessity to any and every adventure beyond the front door.

    Adventure, party of one!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Love this tent. I got it because I do a lot of solo camping trips that require air travel and I wanted something small to fit in my luggage. This thing packs down pretty tiny and I can cram it into my suitcase no problem. I like it that it's a lightweight one-person, is free-standing, doesn't have the claustrophobic feel of a bivvy and is pretty cheap! I can sit straight up in it and when I lie down, I've probably got about 10" on either side of me to the walls. The only problem I've run into is that since it's tall and narrow, you've really gotta lash it down well if it's windy otherwise it'll take flight!

    Adventure, party of one!

    Hello, question please. Would this Tent be a good option for hiking the JMT? I am planning My JMT Hike for Sep. 2016. Thank you

    Best Answer

    Martin,



    While you can use this tent (nothing wrong with it) it is a tad heavy for a one person tent. I've had this exact tent for a few years now and enjoy it for the space it provides.



    I'd personally opt for the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 to shave roughly 2 pounds of weight from the tent alone.



    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!



    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead

    801.736.4336

    jdowns@backcountry.com

    what does it look like packaged up? how do you carry it...in the pack or on the outside?

    Conventional wisdom leads people to pack tents in a roll -- a roughly cylindrical shape -- and that's what the stuff sack for this tent looks like.



    No need to follow that pattern though. Plenty of people stuff their tents and it doesn't have any seriously deleterious effects. The poles can't be stuffed obviously.



    In the wet, you'll want at least your tent body inside your pack or inside a waterproof bag. Many people carry tents on the outside of their packs in waterproof bags.



    I hope that helps!