The ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking Tent is a 2 person three season tent which weighs under 5 pounds. This is a tent that keeps your pack light while also offering great protection against the bugs and weather. The walls are composed entirely of mesh, allowing maximum ventilation and fresh air.
What is good about the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking Tent
Lightweight & compact – as the packed size is 6 x 18 inches you can easily fit it into your backpack. The total weight is 4 pounds, 12 ounces including the 2 aircraft aluminum poles which are strong and lightweight
Size – has a center height of 38 inches with base dimensions of 58 x 88. There is also a vestibule area of 18 square feet for storing your gear. The unique two-pole design gives you more head room to sit up without feeling cramped.
Superior ventilation – the walls are made entirely out of mesh, allowing maximum ventilation and fresh air intake. The urethane-coated polyester fly with factory-sealed seams for cover in wet weather.
Easy and quick assembly – after a long day on the trail you can easily put up the tent with the tent clips that just snap in place over poles.
Nice touches – two doors on each side to make it easy for each person to get in and out of the tent and there is a mesh storage pocket inside.
Who this ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking Tent is ideal for
As it tapers at the foot end, it’s not big enough for two sleep pads side-by-side. Works for two backpackers if one is a child or you are very close to the person. Like many backpacking tents it is best for one person plus some gear.
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking Tent Features and Specifications
- Free-standing 2-pole design with 7000 series aluminum poles
- Easy Assembly with Pole Clips that quickly snap over the tent poles
- Factory-sealed fly and floor seams offer great weather protection
- 75D 185T taffeta Floor with 2000mm coating
- Extra Large zippers on door and vestibule
- Great ventilation with entire mesh walls
- Vestibule for gear storage and extra weather protection
- Weatherproof fly buckles on to tent for maximum adjustability and protection
- Base Size: 4 feet, 10 inches by 7 feet, 4 inches or 31 square feet
- Center height: 3 feet, 2 inches
- Vestibule depth is 28 inches, 17 square feet total
- Total weight is 4 pounds, 12 ounces
What customers say about the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking Tent
There were many positive reviews for the Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking tent. One reviewer said that setup was very easy, it took maybe 5 minutes or so. Inside was a little cramped for two people, just make sure you’re very close with whoever you’re sharing the tent with, because you’ll pretty much be sleeping elbow to elbow. We were both able to use a sleeping pad with a little bit of overlap in the middle. I’m about 6’1 or so and I did notice that when I laid down on my back my feet would graze the mesh at the end of the tent, not really a big deal though, at least not for me. There was plenty of headroom so I was able to sit up without my head touching mesh.
Another reviewer stated as far as rain protection goes, I was pretty impressed with this tent. We endured very heavy rain on and off throughout the evening and night. The tent kept us very dry.
Many reviewers mentioned this tent has good features. Two doors and vestibules is a big one for me. It’s a pain to be climbing over someone to get in or out. There are openings on both ends of the fly to help with ventilation. They also put a clear area in the fly so you can see out without unzipping it. There is a handy gear loft in the top and a gear pouch in the middle on the head end–both handy for flashlights and stuff that you need easy access to.
To view other lightweight tents, click here. The ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking Tent is a great value for a small, lightweight, two-person, freestanding backpacking tent.