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Lightweight protection for three-season, three-person backpacking.
Three-man backpacking trips get a lot lighter when you hike up with the superlight Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 3 Tent in your pack. 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 buddies plenty of personal 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
- Two doors, two vestibules
- Three-person capacity, three-season
- Five pounds, three ounces: superlight
- Stakes, guy lines, and repair swatches included
- Mesh storage pockets
- Item #ALM000E
- Q & A
Comparable to The Expensive Ones... but
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I returned a Big Agnes $$$$ and got this and have no regrets. It goes up easy, like most of the fancy 400 dollar freestanding tents. The shape is nice, it has good headroom and room at the feet for a 50 lb. dog. The mesh screen is great and like the rain fly has held up well to dog claws, unlike the fancy pants tents. As a three person tent it is comfortable with two adults and a dog, and cozy, but not cramped with two adults three year old and dog. The foot box might be tight for three full length folks.
The condensation buildup in this tent is pretty bad. There are two vents, but one of them requires a guy line to keep it open and still there is a lot of buildup. Fortunately it is pretty dry where I use it so the fly dries out with 20 minutes in the sun. For this reason I would be reluctant to use it backpacking in a humid region.
One thing that is great is that if it isn't raining but you want some fly coverage the doors roll up really nicely and there is complete air flow.
I would highly recommend this tent if you are willing to sacrifice the extra pound of weight to save three hundred bucks and aren't too concerned about condensation.
Comparable to Bigger Brands
I love this tent. I bought it to replace my Marmot Limelight that I used for 6-7 years and it is just as easy to set up, lighter, and just as roomy. The two doors are great for getting in and out of. The best thing about the tent though is the price. Much cheaper than other brands.
Maybe I got a Lemon?
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Bought this tent on steepandcheap.com for a pretty killer price, but no deal Howie.
To start off, I'm pretty well versed in tents. I've done a bit of guiding and plenty of camping myself, thus using many different tents. So I put it in quite a bit of research when looking for a lightweight shelter for my wife and I along with our two big dogs.. With all that, I was super stoked to get a new tent (as any happy camper should be), and when the Zephyr arrived I promptly set it up in the living room- much to this dismay of my dogs.
With the poles dialed in and after fastening the guy lines I transplanted the tent from living room floor to backyard.
After staking 'er down, I tossed over the fly and began tightening the attachment points. At this point the proverbial turd hit the proverbial fan, and things became less than ideal.
-The long section of the poles (which afford a ton of room on the interior of the tent) began to bow inwards. This was all before the tent's fly was even nearing taut. All the room from the high interior was lost with this bend. I would also assume that the tent's structural integrity was also compromised at this point.
- With the fly loosened and poles back to their expected stance, I began staking and tightening the guy lines. With this, the front center guy line tie point ripped the seam away from the fly.
With these two failures, I called it. I was super bummed and gave up on the tent. Like the title of this review says: Maybe I got a Lemon? And while Alps' service was willing to send a fly, this is not a tent I'd trust in the places I'm planning to take it. Sorry Alps, but I won't be purchasing any of your goods.
Passes the rain test with ease!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
We recently purchased this 3-Person tent to more comfortably accommodate two adults and a 50lb dog. The 2 doors make late night bathroom runs less disruptive to fellow tent-mates and the size is ideal - (so much better than trying to cram into a tiny 2-Person tent).
This past weekend we camped out in Zion and a 20% chance of rain turned into over 12 hours of torrential rain. We were extremely happy to find that our tent held up to the elements - we stayed completely dry inside and the vestibules were great at keeping our extra gear dry outside the tent.
For the price, I am not sure you can really find a better tent - in warm weather with the fly off this tent is extremely comfortable since it has so many mesh sides and when it rains the fly does an amazing job at keeping you dry.
Does the Alps mountaineering zephyr come with a footprint
No dice on the foot print, there is NOT one included!