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The lightweight Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Tent keeps you light on your feet so you can backpack from spring to fall comfortably. Alps Mountaineering built the walls out of no-see-um mesh for maximum ventilation and airflow, and the floor and fly out of PU-coated polyester taffeta for abrasion- and water-resistance. Two doors and two vestibules give you and your backpacking buddy plenty of personal space, and aluminum poles ensure 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
  • Two doors, two vestibules
  • Two-person capacity, three-season
  • 4 pounds, eight ounces: superlight
  • Stakes, guy lines, and repair swatches included
  • Mesh storage pockets

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3 5

Cheap and easy, but not at all light.

I love how ALPS Mountaineering likes to label their products as Lightweight, UL, and right in the specs up above, "4 pounds, eight ounces: superlight"

I dare say there's nothing that ALPS Mountaineering makes that's in any way, light.

But the price is right, which is why I bought a Zephyr 2, a few years back and it's done just fine. I love the simplicity of setting it up, especially when I'm in a hurry, waiting for the rain or darkness--I'm already inside while my friends are still circling their UL tarps, trying to get everything just right.

If you're on a budget or still not sure if you want to go UL and have to tinker and fuss every night, then this tent might be just right for you.

La Push, WA

La Push, WA

Awesome picture Peska !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

What hasn't been said?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I have own this tent for 3 years and I normally do not write reviews until I seriously put the equipment through some heavy adventures. I am still using the same stakes and poles that came with the tent 3 years ago and never got a footprint (getting one soon) and it is holding up perfectly.
This tent has come on my summer glacier camping trips, backpacking in MT, WA, OR, CA, NH, MT and acted as my front yard home at friends houses when I have had one to many beverages on a summer night.
Honestly this two person tent is perfect for one person and equipment or two people and leaving the gear under the vestibule. Super happy with this product.

Does this tent come with a footprint??

Best Answer

Hey there,

This tent does not come with a footprint.

5 5

Great inexpensive 2 person tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very easy to set up. Freestanding, but not a true dome. Set up next to Sierra Electron 2. Zephyr has less vestibule space, but is more compact and slightly lighter when packed. Picture was taken while camping on Fire Island National Seashore. Will need sand/snow stakes to anchor on beach. I used REI snow stakes.

Great inexpensive 2 person tent
5 5

Works great everywhere you go.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great, bare bones product over all. I've used it several times along the AT in New York and in the arid summer heat of Bryce Canyon, UT. I've even taken it camping on the beaches of Malibu. The tent is easy to pack and travel with in a hiking pack or a duffle. This 2-person tent is great for one full-sized man, but if you intend on sharing be prepared to squeeze in together.

Works great everywhere you go.
Awesome tent!

Awesome tent!

Hiked up to Lake Blanche for an overnight in late fall. Kept us, and our gear, dry overnight.

5 5

Awesome tent!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tent is incredibly easy to set up.
This tent is snug but it's not too small. My boyfriend and I both sleep comfortably in here, I'm only 5'5'' but he's 6'2''.
This tent holds up to the wind very well. If you've ever camped in the Utah desert you know how windy it gets.

Zephyr 2 in the Uintas

Zephyr 2 in the Uintas

Had the Zephyr out and it performed wonderfully. Kept me dry fending of driving rain and wet snow.

Hope you stayed warm up there !!
It's a bit cooler than the ole Moab regions! ; )

5 5

Another quality product from ALPS

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

I have had noting but good experiences with ALPS Mountaineering, and this tent is no exception. I recently bought this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend as she had always admired my Chaos 3 (also by ALPS - Great tent). We just took it out last weekend on an 8 miler backpacking trip through Lost Creek in Colorado. I did not intend on testing it in the rain...but it happened. There was a steady downpour for about an hour and a good 15 minutes of hard rain and we stayed dry the entire time. I also got the footprint and I think that definitely helped. Additionally,the vestibules on either side are HUGE! We were able to store all of our gear under one and use the other solely as an entrance.

Set up and take down are a breeze and the construction is great. It's a little on the small side, but it is as to be expected for a lightweight backpacking tent. My girlfriend and I are both around the 5'5" mark, so it was cozy but not cramped.

My favorite feature, the plastic window integrated into the rain fly, is not included in the product description, but it should be. It really helped me see where we were in the storm and what was to come.

Awesome lightweight tent that won't break the bank. Everything I buy from ALPS impresses me more and more. My girlfriend loves it, and when she's happy, I'm get it.

Another quality product from ALPS

Is there a footprint sold seperatly?

Is there a footprint sold seperatly?

Yup... but backcountry doesn't have it. Got mine on amazon. They call it a "floor saver." $19ish.

Best Answer

If you have trouble finding it you could also just use a flat tarp. Thats what I generally end up using as its usually thicker and more durable than the standard foot print or floor saver, not lighter though.

You could buy a section of TYVEK online and use that. It's water- and tear-proof and extremely light. Inexpensive too!

4 5

Great tent at a good price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this tent for three seasons, now, and it's been a good friend when I needed one.

The tent's strongest feature, besides quality materials and construction, is its space to weight ratio. The vestibules are massive, and the fly comes down close enough to the ground to hold out any splash from a heavy rain, as well as keeping the majority of wind out. The tent is easy to pitch; two main poles and a spreader. One drawback is that it does take a full nine stakes to get a good pitch. One of the guy outs supports a flap at the head of the tent, which allows ventilation through another closeable vent near the top. You can either seal it up tight to maintain warmth, or open up the vents for condensation mitigation and comfort. The doors have a small, plastic 'peep' window to help determine the weather or to see who or what is prowling around out there.

I daresay that the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 is stiff competition for tents costing twice as much.