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Lightweight protection for three-season backpacking.
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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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 happy...you get it.
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.
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.
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.