Nighttime cold relief
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
For the price this tent is probably unbeatable. It compares favorably to my partners Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT in almost every way. The Nallo is significantly stronger but also costs 3-4 times as much. The ALPS is hardly weak, though - we've had it out in 40-50mph winds with only 3 guylines deployed and it held up fine. I wouldn't take it on Denali, but for lower 48 mountaineering this thing is bomber.
Where it really shines, though, is livability and comfort. There are very few tents I'd rather spend a cold winter trip in. It's big (we slept 3-up in the 2 person version on Rainier and Adams). There's gear storage for days in the [awesome] two vestibules, pockets the lengths of both walls, and the included gear loft. It's WARM. It also vents really well - I've never had condensation build up inside, even camped in the PNW rainforest in July between climbs, something I can't say of the Nallo.
The vestibule design is great. I'll typically use the smaller one for packs and partially dig out the larger one for cooking in and/or gearing up, but they're also really nice for getting up to pee without jostling your tentmate too much. Overall this tent is an incredible value and hard to over-recommend. For lower-48 winter expeditions it's pretty tough to beat.
Photo: the old version of this tent on the north side of Mt Adams.