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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
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Great until the Rain

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

Used it twice. Unfortunately, the second backpacking trip it started to rain and it started to leak where the rain fly and zippers were. On both sides of the tent. Had to put plastic up to sleep.

Otherwise, roomy enough for two and two medium size dogs. Light weight and price is good. Will try sealing the seams and see how it works.

Do you re-spray seams, zippers & critical points? Not doubting your experience, only a question. Whenever I purchase a piece a gear at an unbelievable price-I figure a few probable problems. Going over the gear & re-enforcing it, is an action that should just be 2nd hand experience. I was taught it when I 1st learned to spend time in the BWCA. No matter what the manufacture, the teachers who taught an highschool summer class, that taking a few minutes to double up on re-water proofing seams, checking lists for meals/menus & re-packing clothes or gear is worth the time. I use my time to do a "double-up" as an exercise to familiarize myself w/whatever I'm spending time with it.
Admittedly, it was work, but honestly the class was my funniest & of course the easiesr credits I ever earned. I'll always be grateful for the teachers who put together a class loosely named Get Outdoor: Enjoy Camping, Canoeing & Exploring the BWCA.
From them I learned many invaluable skills. We studied geology, literature, journaling, outdoor safety, paddling, compass skills & how to read maps.
Now later 45 years or so I'm still an enthusiastic outdoors person. Three years of taking that class formed & shaped not only my political thinking & how I vote to what I read, eat & shop. Learning how to protect our environment is crucial.
Incorporating "double up checking"' was shaped my thinking into a type of critical thinking which has prevented me from making BIG life mistakes. I am a better person. I am happy w/my choice of becoming a nature photog.
Now that I'm retired, I look forward to sharing these values to others who want to become campers & hopefully will learn to embrace a simple action should as "double up" from a seam to how they live in the world.
I want to give back what I expected to be an easy summer class eventually became my life philosophy!

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 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.