chokapiwrote a review of ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season on May 15, 2014
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.