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ALPS Mountaineering Highlands 2 Tent: 2-Person 4-Season

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Why We Like The Highlands 2 Tent

The lightweight Alps Mountaineering Highlands 2 Tent gives us 4-season protection so we can trek with a buddy over mountains year-round. The taffeta fly and floor have PU coatings for weather-resistance, and the walls have windows that zip open to let breezes flow through the no-see-um mesh on warm summer evenings. This tent provides plenty of space, with nearly four feet of head room, two doors, mesh storage pockets for keys and headlamps, and two large vestibules for all the gear.

  • Lightweight 4-season backpacking tent for two people
  • No-see-um mesh windows promote cooling airflow
  • Polyester taffeta floor and fly with PU coatings keep you dry
  • Poles with weatherproof shock cord provide a sturdy setup
  • Two doors, two vestibules open up space and storage
  • Aluminum stakes, guy lines, and repair swatches included
  • Mesh storage pockets and gear loft organize small items
  • Item #ALM000F

Material
[fly] 75D 185T polyester taffeta, PU coating (1500mm), [walls] 75D 185T polyester taffeta, 40D nylon no-see-um mesh, [floor] 75D 185T polyester taffeta, PU coating (3000mm)
Capacity
2-person
Season
4-season
Wall Type
double-wall
Freestanding
yes
Poles
7000-series aluminum (8.5mm)
Pole Attachment
clips
Number of Doors
2
Number of Vestibules
2
Vestibule Space
13sq ft
Ventilation
mesh windows
Seams
[floor, fly] fully taped
Gear Loft
yes, included
Interior Height
3 ft 10in
Floor Dimensions
62 x 92in
Floor Space
34.5sq ft
Packed Size
6.5 x 19in
Trail Weight
7lb
Packed Weight
7 lb 7oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, camping, winter camping
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

California Proposition 65

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What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Wallet friendly+ performance= Highlands

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
2p/4s
Height
6` 0"
Weight
198 lbs

We recently wanted to get a 4 season, the AM highlands 2 jumped out for the price and options. After some research we decided to jump on it and try it. We just came back from a 5 day hike which included everything from blue bird 70° days to "seek inside shelter " extreme weather. The coldest night was 41° at 4am and the hottest day was 87° on the dunes in direct sunlight with the grand finale on our last day. We had zero cell service and saw black clouds rolling in on lake Michigan, we turned on the walkies to get a NOAA weather report which was warning "seek inside shelter, heavy to severe thunderstorms, 2-4" of rain, 4-6' waves shoreline with 9'+ on open water, hail possible, sustained 39knot winds, 58knot gusts" let's just say it was absolutely correct, it sounded like a jet engine in our tent, the wind was violent and constant. The rain was so heavy and loud I couldn't hear my wife speaking to me. Aside from some frame wiggle here and there and some slight shaking it did surprisingly well. This storm showed it's ugly little face around 1030p and didn't shut it mouth and leave us alone till around 545a. It made us confident enough to do some other locations we frequent that are known for erratic and violent weather and is now our preferred tent. This is only the second outing with it currently so I can't speak on durability, but I'm sure as with anything if you take care of it, it will last. It certainly looks and feels like a quality build. let's start with the negatives, while spacious enough to store me and my wife's gear in the smaller vestibule with a good amount of space inside, it can feel cramped at times with the sagging tent walls and shorter peak height. We are accustom to a larger door and vestibule door, this one is smaller but works well, it's a crawl on all fours type of entry and exit. The pros- at less than 8lbs it's not "heavy" for a 4 season with such a large fly and the set up is a breeze. It performed flawlessly user torrential downpour and HEAVY winds. It stayed warm when cold (although we have not have it in sub 40°, yet) and cool enough to mid day nap in when hot *The gear loft doubles excellent as an "entertainment center" yeah we pack a tablet and watch a movie a night, hangs in the loft perfectly for late night viewing.... we are closing in on 900 miles hiked, we earned that right lol ;)

>Rating: 5

Good entry level 4 Season Tent

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Standard
Height
5` 5"
Weight
165 lbs

Ok, so I got my tent, set it up in my living room, checked all zippers, ect. Everything works, NOTE*** inside the tent has pockets that run the entire inside of the length of the tent on both sides, way nice, love it. Took tent out two days later for a 6 mile hike into the Wilderness in snow. See pics Set up is pretty easy, since I had read directions before I set up in my living room. Tent Poles are nice, had a bit of an issue taking them apart, but that's because they were frozen solid together as if welded. Not manufacturer issue, cold issue. This was the first outing with the tent. For a tent at this price, it worked good. Worth buying.

Ok,
>Rating: 5

Good entry level 4 Season Tent

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 5"
Weight
165 lbs

Ok, so I got my tent, set it up in my living room, checked all zippers, ect. Everything works, NOTE*** inside the tent has pockets that run the entire inside of the length of the tent on both sides, way nice, love it. Took tent out two days later for a 6 mile hike into the Wilderness in snow. See pics Set up is pretty easy, since I had read directions before I set up in my living room. Tent Poles are nice, had a bit of an issue taking them apart, but that's because they were frozen solid together as if welded. Not manufacturer issue, cold issue. This was the first outing with the tent. For a tent at this price, it worked good. Worth buying.

Ok,
>Rating: 2

Light rain for an hour and we are soaked

Fit:
Runs large

First time using this tent - rain fly is completely useless. If I hadn't waited until after the return timeframe to try it out I would return it. Do not use if any rain is forecast for your trip. I gave it two stars because it would be a very nice fall tent on a dry trip.

>Rating: 4

Nighttime cold relief

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

For the price this tent is probably unbeatable. It compares favorably to my partners Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT in almost every way. The Nallo is significantly stronger but also costs 3-4 times as much. The ALPS is hardly weak, though - we've had it out in 40-50mph winds with only 3 guylines deployed and it held up fine. I wouldn't take it on Denali, but for lower 48 mountaineering this thing is bomber. Where it really shines, though, is livability and comfort. There are very few tents I'd rather spend a cold winter trip in. It's big (we slept 3-up in the 2 person version on Rainier and Adams). There's gear storage for days in the [awesome] two vestibules, pockets the lengths of both walls, and the included gear loft. It's WARM. It also vents really well - I've never had condensation build up inside, even camped in the PNW rainforest in July between climbs, something I can't say of the Nallo. The vestibule design is great. I'll typically use the smaller one for packs and partially dig out the larger one for cooking in and/or gearing up, but they're also really nice for getting up to pee without jostling your tentmate too much. Overall this tent is an incredible value and hard to over-recommend. For lower-48 winter expeditions it's pretty tough to beat. Photo: the old version of this tent on the north side of Mt Adams.

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Gr8 review!

>Rating: 5

Spacious and Hardy!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I don't normally write reviews, but I LOVE this tent! The front/back nooks under the rainfly have been lifesavers in snow, rain, and wind. It is incredibly spacious for a 2-person tent, with plenty of room for gear. I have brought this thing through wind and snowstorms, and it has always held up and kept me warm. I have yet to bring it on any solo trips, so I haven't noticed any issues with the weight - it has always been split between myself and a partner. The only part that took some getting used to was the tension/tie-up system with the rainfly. Once I ACTUALLY read the directions, I realized it is very straightforward. Don't be a Jerry like me. Read the directions....

I
>Rating: 5

Surprisingly Cozy

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This tent is awesome! From the look of it, it doesn't seem like it'd be that spacious on the inside. However, after setting it up and letting some snow settle on the outside, I realized just how cozy and insulated it can get! 5/5 for sure. The only downside, is the headroom is pretty minimal, so you can sit up straight in the center, but beyond that, you're gonna be crunched up.

>Rating: 5

Love It

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

Easy to setup, lots of room for two people, looking for to using this fall in Montana hunting. Great price through Backcountry.

>Rating: 4

Bomber

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I just spent a week in winter conditions in the Wind River range up in Wyoming in this tent and was very happy with the performance. Construction is super burly and the design handles severe winter weather well. We encountered strong pre-frontal winds gusting well over 70mph and brief but heavy periods of snow and graupel. I was snug and comfortable in this tent for all of it. I appreciated the generous interior dimensions (downright cavernous for one person, and cozy but not claustrophobic for two), ample vestibule space to store gear out of the weather and the well-designed vents on top of the tent. The zippers are not YKK but they are oversized and seem burly - time will tell I suppose. This tent is not a featherweight backpacking tent, but the weight is in line with other 2-man 4 season tents and is reasonable to backpack or carry on a sled, especially split between two people. Set-up is straightforward (if you've set up a few tents in your life, you probably won't need to look at the instructions) but not particularly quick. Getting the poles into the sleeves in the vestibule can be particularly tricky and the guylines take some fiddling to get the tension correct all around. Plan on about 20 minutes to set this up with all the guylines on dirt, and maybe 10-20 minutes more if you're pitching on snow. Speaking of guylines - if you're expecting any serious weather (wind/snow/rain) staking this out with all of the guylines is a must. Quite a bit of p-cord with adjusters is included for this purpose, but not quite enough for all the optional guyline points, so plan on bringing a few meters of extra. A generous amount of tent stakes are also included, but if you are pitching this in snow, make sure you are prepared with even more extra p-cord to set up deadman anchors. And, if you are camping on snow, make sure you get the fly stretched all the way down to the snow line and/or build snow up to seal it off, or you may get snow swirling up underneath the fly if it gets windy. Overall - 5 stars for performance and build, but loses a point for being a bit clunky and slow to set up and tear down. Hard to beat at this price point!

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>Rating: 5

Does What It's Supposed To

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

I used this for the first time on a winter camping trip two weeks ago. We had 50mph winds at -35 wind chill, and this thing held up like a champ. I was more than comfortable with a 0 degree sleeping bag and other than some frost inside the vestibules, no precipitation made it inside. Definitely recommend this tent, especially at this price point.

I
>Rating: 5

Bomb Proof!

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

I bought this tent just in time for a canoe trip the BWCAW in northern Minnesota this summer and I loved it! It held up to three straight days of variable rain and wind and even when the wind became violent, this tent stayed strong and my tent mate and I stayed dry. It was a little small for two large men but with vestibules on both ends we had plenty of room for our gear. This tent is large and heavy, but that's the trade for such incredible durability and for the price I'm certain it can't be beat. I plan on using this tent for years to come in any weather conditions. This thing can take it!

>Rating: 5

Stay Dry and Comfortable

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This tent is huge for a 2-person! There is plenty of room inside for 2 full grown dudes and a dog, and the storage pockets along the wall are key to saving space inside. When using the fly you have a vestibule at each door where you can store more gear, and it's also a good place to cook out of the wind. I recently spent a night in the Tasmanian 2 during a thunderstorm on Mt. Timpanogos and it was a great, dry experience. My gear in the vestibules stayed dry as well. The only downside to this tent is its weight, but for a 4-season tent it's pretty standard. Not super lightweight, but heavy duty. Split the weight up with a partner for maximum fun!

>Rating: 5

Heavy snow no issue

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

We took this tent out in the early spring and got surprised by 18"of snow. Tent held up beautifully; warm, no sign of leakage. A no-brainer at this price.

>Rating: 5

Haven't tested in weather conditions.

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

I set this up inside. Initial impressions are good, and would recommend getting some sort of footprint or tarp since the bottom is thin. I purchased this one since I am 6'2 and it works fine with my height.

>Rating: 5

ALPS MOUNTAINEERING TASMANIAN 2 TENT

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

Burnt orange 4 season 2 person tent. 7 pounds is average for a 4 season tent this size. Available from: $175.00- $225.00. (Oct 2016) This is not the least expensive 4 season tent but it provides more than adequate features for the price. There is a 3 person model that fits 2 people with winter gear. Features The 2 piece tent base & fly come together with clips and the fly has narrow sleeves that form the front and back. Lots of reinforced tie outs. Fly reaches the ground all around. There is about 3 inches between the tent mesh and the fly. This provides good ventilation. Aluminun poles. I snore, so this 2 person tent is really just a one person tent. "Set it up way over there" I'm told. I wonder why? Wicked good for camping in the snow. I like to blend in to the surroundings so I prefer subdued tent colors when not camping in winter. I don't like to advertise - Campsite here. In the winter the opposite is true. Buy the footprint. The tent floor that comes with the tent is not ripstop. Seal all of the "factory sealed and taped" seams when you first get the tent to be sure there is no leaks when you set up in the snow. I like Coughlin's seam sealer - use it on seams inside the tent and fly bottom like a rolling on antiperspirant. Don't bother buying the cheap TYVEK sheets sold on ebay - they crinkle and make noise on the snow when you are trying to sleep. I don't know, but I've been told that you can't wash Tyvek. Customize your TASMANIAN 2 or 3 tent by adding six 1 inch plastic web female buckles at 6 places to the tent fly straps so there are two buckles on the fly both the tent and the footprint all snap together. Saves time when you setup or tear down in the dark when its snowing or even worse, snizzling. The back vestibule is smaller than the front vestibule. If you are careful, you can arrange your coffee pot/kitchen here, provided that the snow is deep enough, so that you can make coffee right from your sleeping bag out the rear door under the open vestibule. Setup - You need a long narrow space to set up this tent. The tent is kinda long when set up correctly. It measures 13 feet (about 4 M). I like to use plastic grocery bags filled with snow and buried for anchors for the reflective guy lines. Easy enough to dig out when you tear down. Leave no trace. Tent comes with good vents. It comes with a gear loft and with lots of mesh gear pouches on the sides. The aluminum poles have two 3-way connectors that are really stronger than they look. The center clip has a binder - looks like a paper clip that holds the two main poles together where they cross - a challenge to connect with mittens on. Compare this tent with the Snugpak Bunker. The Bunker is more expensive and has no footprint nor vestibules, so you need tarps or you get to deal with moisture. The Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 tent has some better features, but it costs 3 times as much. Of course, the Hillberg Kaitum 2 is much better, but it lists $885.00.

Burnt

Fantastic review Bob! Great breakdown of the Tasmanian 2 Tent.

Thanks for the useful analysis Chris

>Rating: 4

Great, but confusing at first

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Used this tent quite frequently over the summer and autumn in the Uintas and Maple Canyon, and a few times in the Wasatch during the winter. Took a little while to figure out the setup when I first bought it, but once you get the system down it's really straight forward and sturdy. It's a great introductory 4-season tent, and for the price it's an excellent option for people getting into cold weather camping. It's not the smallest or the lightest for backpacking, but again for the price and how comfortable we were it was great. .

>Rating: 4

Great tent for sure

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Ive used this tent all spring and summer. Super easy to setup and take down. Takes roughly 5 minutes without the fly 8 minutes with the fly. I love the side storage for small items inside the tent. Very durable when in areas exposed to high winds. I would highly recommend this tent to anyone. I will be using this in the dead of winter this year as well so when I get that chance I will be sure to update.

Ive

Keith, I bought this tent yesterday. This is the first tent I've ever set up in my life and I was somewhat confused with the instructions. I was wondering if you could help me out? On the fourth part of the instructions, it says you need to insert the grey fly poles into the pole sleeves on the underneath side of the flysheet. Makes perfect sense. But then it doesn't specify whether or not you put the ends of the poles into the grommets towards the front and back part of the tent? I presume you do because there's a second hole in the strap however since it doesn't say straightforwardly I was hesitant to put them in. Is that indeed what you do? And also, have you used this tent in high winds/rain? How did it hold up? It's supposedly four seasons and I wanted to take it with me to one of the windiest regions on Earth, Patagonia. Thanks!

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The photos of this product shows the ALPS Mountaineering Highlands tent, but the description lists the Tasmanian 2 instead. I wasn't aware that ALPS Moutaineering sold a 2-person Highlands model. Just to clarify, which is the correct product being sold, the Highlands 3 or Tasmanian 2?

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Do you think this tent would hold up on Mt Rainier at ~9200 feet in the winter, or would that be a stretch for this tent?

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Does it come with a footprint?

Hi Rob, I don't believe so. There is one for sale on Amazon for ~$24 USD http://amzn.com/B00JHC6420

It does not, Phillip's correct.

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Is this tent recommended use for high ati camp?

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could someone post some more pics of the tent? I would like to see the inside of it :)

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Is this tent supposed to be a less expensive version of the MSR Fury Tent? They look identical from the pictures. Just wondering if anyone has used this ALPs version and how it compares! I am looking for a 4 season but I cannot spend $400+ on one right now.

I own the Tasmanian and just saw a Fury at a demo. From what I can tell, they are nearly an identical design. Fury only has one door though and I think the Tasmanian's main vestibule is larger. Minor differences though and weight/area/height are pretty close. Materials are listed as different, but both tents should hold up well for 4-season use. My Alps has...

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When do you expect more in stock?

When do you expect more in stock?

Hey Sam, It looks like from the expected arrival date that we should have this back in stock sometime in the first half of June.