Reviewed by Justin from Texas on Monday, June 03, 2013
This is a great tent so far! Perfect size for myself and my bike touring gear (4 panniers and a rack pack, minus the bike itself) to fit inside the tent itself and just leave my muddy shoes outside in the vestibule. I even got to test how water proof it was the first night out in a pretty severe thunderstorm here in Texas and it held up wonderfully. I stayed dry the entire time. I had it setup with the floor saver as well. Can't beat this tent for the value. Obviously there are lighter tents out there but for the price it's hard to beat a sub 5 lbs tent at this price point, especially if you get it on sale.
Reviewed by James from Seattle on Saturday, June 01, 2013
I've used this only once, so far, but it rained all night long. I set up the tent in the afternoon, but I was lazy putting the fly on. I didn't attach it correctly and I only staked the sides down because I didn't think it would rain. I wandered away and it started raining soon after. When I came back to the tent at night. the end bit of the fly had not completely covered the tent and a little rain had blown in but pretty much everything was still dry. I staked that end to the ground, but still didn't take the time to stretch everything correctly as it was dark. In the morning, I noticed that because the top of the fly had a dip in it, rain would drip though about one drop every few minutes. Not enough to ever make a puddle or make me uncomfortable. I'm pretty sure if I set up the tent correctly in the future I will survive a pretty good downpour without difficulty. I used a 5x7 blue poly tarp for a ground cloth and there was no rain intrusion in the floor at all. Thumbs up!
Reviewed by Matt from Lafayette on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Excellent tent for the price. Lighter weight than most other tents in it's class. This Alps tent has 2 roomy vestibules and plenty of overhead room making this tent way more comfortable to stay in when conditions are ugly. My favorite feature is how ventilated it is. The tent itself is entirely mesh, making it the most breathable 2 man I have ever owned. The fly sits high enough above the tent to not hinder it's breathability too much and has some venting of it's own.
I gave this tend 4/5 stars because of the rain performance. While it still did an excellent job in keeping the inside dry, I did see some areas that had a small amount of drip. Do keep in mind though, this was during torrential rain fall for over 8 hours straight. More like 4.75 stars out of 5.
Reviewed by Ed in Bama from Alabama on Thursday, May 09, 2013
Bought for my son's to use on Scouting backpacking trips as well as family trips.
What I think so far:
Very easy to set up
Doors on both sides is a nice feature
Fly covers well
Plenty of room for two plus a good amount of gear as needed plus vestibules add outide storage
Appears to be very well made overall
It's going on an overnighter tomorrow night.
Reviewed by Artsy city dweller from New York on Thursday, May 02, 2013
I haven't used this tent yet but I set it up in the living room in about 10 minutes. It is easy to put together and it looks like it will work great. It folds up nice and small which is what I needed for an overnight kayak trip. Not many bells and whistles, which can be a good thing.
Unfortunately this tent is not manufactured with a waterproof or warmth rating. But it does however come with a rainfly that will keep rain and snow out.
Answered on 2/15/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod. Spec. Ryan from Sierra Trading Post
It rained 32 of the 48 hours during our trip to Linville Gorge area in NC. I would recommend an extra layer of water proofing. I plan to do the extra water proofing in the future. If I had not brought a air mattress, not inflated as extra padding/lining for the base of the tent my girlfriend and I probably would have been wet and our trip cut short. We survived a night in high 30's/low 40's and wet. This being said it did take a lot of energy to convince the lady to try staying another night, as she was mentally and physically chilled. Myself I'm a human heater and could go colder but as a native Florida son don't wish too. Good luck.
Answered on 4/9/2012 12:00:00 AM by John in NC from Raleigh, NC
This tent is identical to the ALPS Zephyr and yes, there is a waterproof rating for the floor and fly:||Fly: 75D, 185T, Poly Taffeta, 1500mm Multi-pass Urethane coating||Floor: 75D, 185T, Poly Taffeta, 2000mm Multi-pass Urethane coating
Answered on 11/6/2012 12:00:00 AM by ipartner48 from Calgary, Alberta
“I used this tent on a backpacking trip recently and one of the buckles broke off of the tent body (the stitching came undone, the fabric is all intact). I couldn't find the lost buckle in the sand. Is it possible to get a replacement? I love this tent and would like to keep it but I see this model is no longer in stock...”
Asked on 1/16/2012 12:00:00 AM by Anonymous from Unknown
This tent does have a bath tub floor design. A bathtub floor is a one piece seamless floor connecting the tent body a few inches up the sidewall, raising leaky seams above the ground where water might seep in.
Answered on 8/29/2011 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post