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    Lightweight and ready to camp.

    The Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Tent is lightweight for backpacking and comfortable for car camping from fall to spring. Alps Mountaineering built the walls out of no-see-um mesh for maximum ventilation and airflow, and the floor and fly out of a PU-coated polyester taffeta for abrasion- and water-resistance. One door and one vestibule give you plenty of 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
    • One door, one vestibules
    • One-person capacity, three-season
    • Three pounds, ten ounces: lightweight
    • Stakes, guy lines, and repair swatches included
    • Mesh storage pockets
    • Item #ALM000C

    Tech Specs

    [fly] 75D 185T polyester, PU coating (1500mm), [floor] 75D 185T polyester taffeta, PU coating (3000mm), [walls] 40D no-see-um mesh
    Wall Type
    7000-series aluminum (7.9mm)
    Pole Attachment
    clip and sleeve
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    5.5sq ft
    mesh walls
    fully taped
    Interior Height
    Floor Dimensions
    44 x 86in
    Floor Space
    23sq ft
    Packed Size
    6 x 18in
    Trail Weight
    3lb 10oz
    Packed Weight
    3lb 14oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    What do you think about this product?


    >Rating: 5

    good stuff

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

    this tent is light enough for me to lug long distances on my back, and large enough to sleep both me and my dog. good stuff!

    >Rating: 5

    Best Value

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

    This tent is large for a 1P at 23 sq ft and weighs less than tents with 20 sq ft that are twice the price. Totally solid stood up to 25mph winds in the Holy Cross Wilderness in CO. Design is good just be careful if the fly is wet some water can get in when you open the door.

    >Rating: 5

    Money tent!! Love it

    Perfect for backpacking and traveling on my bike I love it.

    >Rating: 5

    Quick setup and built well

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

    Bought this for my use on Trail Life backpacking trips. I had gotten my sons the Lynx and chose this model for myself because it is a little bigger. The tent sets up and tears down easily. Still not a lot of room for the pack overnight, but comfortable for an adult. Always nice to have a tent that tears down and easily fits into the storage bag. Have not had to test the water resistance yet, but it will happen!

    >Rating: 4

    Whitney TESTED-25 mph winds and 20* temp

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

    I purchased the Zephyr 1-Person prior to my overnight on Mt Whitney, since my 3-Person Big Agnes was going be WAY too much for the pack. The Zephyr was easy to put up with one person (about 4-5 minutes) and it was stout once it was up; we had gusts of up to 25 mph that evening and temps dropped down to 19 degrees, yet I was toasty and secure inside the Zephyr. Would definitely recommend this tent to anyone else, it packs well, not too many extra pieces/stuff sacks, good sized vestibule for a 1-person as well. Haven't been in rain or snow yet, but initial impressions are very strong (4/5 stars only because of the lack of elements).

    >Rating: 4

    Had for a long time

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I've had this tent since 2009 i think? Or 2010? I originally bought it back in college when I was on a budget. I thought I'd have it for a few years and then upgrade but it's 2017 and I still have and use this tent all the time. I've used this tent all over, on countless trips. I've slept two people in it when in a pinch. I've slept in rain in it. And it doesn't have any issues 7-8 years later. It actually still looks pretty new. A couple weeks ago I used it on a trip through southwestern Colorado for about 5 days. My dog and I slept in it each night. We relocated camp to different spots around Ridgeway, Ouray, Silverton, Telluride, etc. The tent is mega easy to set up and quick to take down and pack away. If you're in need of an inexpensive single person tent that you'd like to last you a long time, I'd go for this tent. It's got ample room on the inside for sitting up and storing an extra few items. I'd call this a roomy single person tent.

    >Rating: 4

    Great tent

    No complaints easy to set up.

    >Rating: 4

    Zephyr 1: roomy for a small person

    4th of July sale gave me the opportunity to try a few tents. This tent was under $100 and had 4+ star reviews. I'm a casual user and wouldn't know if this is good for backpacking. I'm 5'2, 120#. This tent is very roomy for me. I specifically bought a 1p tent for me and my 65# German Shepherd because we don't need too much space. It was a super easy set up in my living room. Took me less than 5 minutes. The poles are a nice quality and feel sturdy. The tapered end could easily fit a standard pillow. My pup sleeps next to me up at my shoulder and she fit easily curled up next to me. With my legs all the way to one side, I had 20+ inches of space laterally at the wide end with 12+ inches of space lengthwise from heel to tent. I'm a back sleeper and don't need much room, so I could easily fit my pack in there if I needed. In the tall end of the tent, I could sit on my heels in a crouching position no problem without touching the top. As well as sit up from a laying position at the opposite end. There is one small pocket on the inside left (looking out) that could hold a few small items. The bathtub floor comes up about 6". The "D" style door has two zippers so that it can open in either direction. Honestly I could fit another person in here(if you really had to) if your feet are at the tapered end, you'd just be really cozy. Overall, I like it. It's a large tent for my size and needs. It's affordable and feels like it's a good quality. However, personally, I'm not sure how I feel about the door being at the end. I prefer a side entrance. Thanks to the sale, I also purchased The North Face Stormbreak 1, which was of comparable price and higher reviews. So we shall see.

    >Rating: 5

    Overall good value

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

    I have only used this tent on a 4 day trip down the Lost Coast in California, so this review is based on fairly limited experience. First the good: The tent is roomy. I'm 6'3 and can easily sit up and stretch out in it. There's room on both sides for gear. It comes with a small gear loft. Although I didn't have any strong winds on the trip, my impression and that of my hiking companion was that this tent would be very stable in the wind. The rainfly attaches to the poles and there are 4 points for guy lines to attach right at the top of the fly. The quality seems very good considering the low price point. Looked it over carefully and found no flaws in the stitching or hardware. The small vent worked very well to keep condensation off the inside of the tent. Now the not so good: The weight is more than advertised. All up weight with bags, stakes, and guylines was 4.3 pounds. The seam where the zipper is attached isn't sealed. All other seams on the fly are taped on the inside but it wasn't possible to tape over the zipper. In the rain, a few drops of water found their way into the tent through this unsealed seam. I sealed it on the outside and that should cure the problem. As others have noted, rain can puddle on the flat surface on top of the tent and run in when the door is opened. I found that pitching the fly tight minimized the puddling, and slapping the top of the tent before exiting kept the water from cascading down when the door was opened. The hooks that hold the gear loft in come loose when the tent is folded and are hard to get back in place. I tied the loft in with some whipping cord and just left the hooks hanging down to hang a light or whatever on. Overall, I'm very happy with this tent for the price. If you can tolerate some minor but easily fixed flaws and the above advertised weight, it's a roomy, sturdy, and well made tent.

    >Rating: 5

    Alps one man tent

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

    Got to use this tent a few weeks ago South of Medora, ND. Very roomy! I have a 40 pound blue heeler and I am about 5'4 and 100 pounds. I have room for all of my gear, and more! I can sit up all the way without hitting my head, easily get dressed. I slept with a Therma rest ridgeline pad and slept like a baby in my NF down bag. I had the rain fly on, as we have been having pop up storms recently. I forgot to open the top vent of the tent and suffered some condensation, but not too bad. This tent was very sturdy in the wind, however it did not rain. I can't wait to keep using it.

    >Rating: 5

    Great tent for the price!

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

    I wasn't sure if I would stay committed to backpacking, but at this price, I figured it was worth a shot. I've only used it twice, and I've been very happy with it both times. My first trip was to Great Sand Dunes NP. I camped off the dunes, but the soil was still very sandy. The overnight low was 30 degrees with max wind gusts of 30-40mph. I did not use the guylines and I had no problems with the tent. I could hear the fly flapping around, but nothing blew away. Even with the sandy soil, the stakes were strong enough to hold. With a fleece liner in my sleeping bag, I was warm enough. The vestibule is large enough for my pack and the front of the tent is wide enogh for shoes and other small items even when I was lying down. It's very light and easy to pack down. I squished the tent, fly, and my fleece blanket into the tent carry bag. I would definitely recommed this tent!

    >Rating: 5

    Bang for your buck

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

    Took it backpacking for the first trip, in the snow! Need to figure out the guy lines as it was a little breezy in the early morning, but it did very well.


    In the snow...

    ready for whatever may come.


    Two years and still going strong!

    Even for 8 days in the rain in Alaska, it held up great! Not perfectly, but great considering that it's a completely mesh tent with a smallish rainfly at a price point of around $100!


    Still going strong!

    I've been using this tent for the better part of a year and it's still in perfect condition! At that price point, I was VERY pleasantly surprised. ALPS Mountaineering continues to wow me with their quality!

    >Rating: 4

    The dog can sleep inside tonight

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    It's spacious, true to weight, well fabricated, and because it's so affordable you won't suffer from buyer's remorse should it get damaged or should you only happen to take it out a few times a year. It's an ideal addition to a bug-out bag, and it's nice to have the ability to free up pack space and shed some lbs. because you can nail your group's shelter needs with a +1 backpacking tent. (It's also easier to find a backcountry pitch-pad for a solo tent, so there is that.) Nice bathtub floor to keep you dry, and at 5'11" I have plenty of space to sit up and maneuvering around inside my Zephyr. The only drawback to this freestanding, nearly 100% mesh tent is the constant temptation to never put on the fly and sleep with a nearly unobstructed view of the Milky Way. No, truly, the only drawback I can imagine is this thing catching wind (with the fly on) due to its height and having the walls possibly push in on you during a nasty storm. That said, I haven't had a poor experience in this shelter yet, and the small cross pole at the entry of this asymmetrical tent (plus proper positioning of the tent) should help with stability if wind and rain become a problem in the middle of the night. The one and only vent in the fly is pretty tiny; just remember to adjust the door and vestibule to allow appropriate airflow and minimize condensation on the inside of the fly.


    Adorable pup Tim! Thanks for this great review!

    Thanks, Lexi. That's P'nut, trail weight at 12 lbs. It's important to note that during the course of a night the A-shaped footprint of the Zephyr-1 leaves the discerning dachshund an opportunity to drool on both the right and left shoulder of the human occupant, if the dog so chooses. And, although this tent packs (impressively) smaller than a wiener dog, a lowrider blazing up a trail is sure to induce far more laughs and smiles among your companions than this shelter ever will and [the dog] is therefore an absolutely necessity to any and every adventure beyond the front door.



    Overlooking the Wet Mountain Valley in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, Colorado. Awesome.


    ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Tent

    Having a wee siesta in Yellowstone :)

    >Rating: 4

    Adventure, party of one!

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    Love this tent. I got it because I do a lot of solo camping trips that require air travel and I wanted something small to fit in my luggage. This thing packs down pretty tiny and I can cram it into my suitcase no problem. I like it that it's a lightweight one-person, is free-standing, doesn't have the claustrophobic feel of a bivvy and is pretty cheap! I can sit straight up in it and when I lie down, I've probably got about 10" on either side of me to the walls. The only problem I've run into is that since it's tall and narrow, you've really gotta lash it down well if it's windy otherwise it'll take flight!


    Backpacking in the Sawtooths


    I don't see any details about the rain fly. This also comes with the rain fly right?


    Hello, question please. Would this Tent be a good option for hiking the JMT? I am planning My JMT Hike for Sep. 2016. Thank you

    Martin, While you can use this tent (nothing wrong with it) it is a tad heavy for a one person tent. I've had this exact tent for a few years now and enjoy it for the space it provides. I'd personally opt for the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 to shave roughly 2 pounds of weight from the tent alone. Shoot me an email anytime you have questions! Jared D. Expert Gearhead 801.736.4336 jdowns@backcountry.com


    what does it look like packaged up? how do you carry it...in the pack or on the outside?

    Conventional wisdom leads people to pack tents in a roll -- a roughly cylindrical shape -- and that's what the stuff sack for this tent looks like. No need to follow that pattern though. Plenty of people stuff their tents and it doesn't have any seriously deleterious effects. The poles can't be stuffed obviously. In the wet, you'll want at least your tent body inside your pack or inside a waterproof bag. Many people carry tents on the outside of their packs in waterproof bags. I hope that helps!

    FWIW.. the two person version of this tent is about the same price, only slightly heavier, and much larger inside. I don't think I'd ever consider buying the one man version.