Great design, light weight, easy setup

Reviewed by dubyam from Huntsville, AL on Monday, September 17, 2012
My 11 year old son and I were planning our first backpack camping trip with his Scout Troop, and I wanted a tent with good features and a little extra room, that didn't weigh too much. After looking around locally, listening to complaints friends have with various tents, and researching online, I ran across ALPS. Comparing features to price, ALPS appears to offer just about the best bang for the buck. We ended up buying ALPS packs, sleeping pads, and this Zenith 3 tent. All the gear is high quality, and service through ALPS has been first rate in terms of answering questions and providing replacements for a couple of busted barrel locks.

The Zenith 3 tent is under 6lbs even after I added several extra guy lines and the optional footprint. And you should definitely buy the footprint. Unfortunately, Sierra Trading Post doesn't have it, so I went to ALPS directly and they were able to help me out. So, for less than six pounds, what do you get? Well, you get a sturdy tent that is completely waterproof, with room for two full sized men and some gear. I'm not sure me and two other men would fit in this 3-man tent, and at 6.2" & 225lbs, I'm not a huge man. But it's roomy enough for two with comfort, for sure. Might even get your packs in the tent if you're willing to work at it. The vestibules make a great place to leave your boots and pack, though. May as well have room in the tent to get comfortable.

The first time we pitched the Zenith we learned it is fully waterproof. It started raining about 1230a, and rained hard until about 6a. The inside of the tent stayed bone dry. Not a single drop got it. And, with the fly guyed out properly (with the help of some of the extra guy ropes...) ventilation is good enough to avoid condensation drips. Close it up and don't guy out the fly, and you'll get more condensation, but if you put it up properly, it won't bother you at all. The zippers work well and don't snag. The overall setup is sturdy and the "sitting up" design of the interior is also a nice feature.

I won't have any hesitation buying other ALPS gear in the future.
  • Best Uses: Backpacking, Mountaineering
  • Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
  • Pros: Easy To Set Up, Fly Works Well, Lightweight, Sturdy, Waterproof, Windproof
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
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