ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

Lightweight protection for three-season backpacking.

The lightweight Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Tent keeps you light on your feet so you can backpack from spring to fall comfortably. Alps Mountaineering built the walls out of no-see-um mesh for maximum ventilation and airflow, and the floor and fly out of PU-coated polyester taffeta for abrasion- and water-resistance. Two doors and two vestibules give you and your backpacking buddy plenty of personal space, and aluminum poles ensure a quick and simple setup. There are mesh storage pockets inside the tent for smaller items like your keys and headlamps. Alps Mountaineering also added stakes, guy lines, and repair swatches for your convenience.

  • No-see-um mesh walls
  • Polyester taffeta floor and fly with PU coatings
  • 7000-series aluminum poles
  • Two doors, two vestibules
  • Two-person capacity, three-season
  • 4 pounds, eight ounces: superlight
  • Stakes, guy lines, and repair swatches included
  • Mesh storage pockets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Really good tent for the price.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although it is our first backpacking tent we think that it is probably the best first backpacking tent for anyone.
Lightweight, freestand, easy mount, good price ($132),....
We used it several times in 4 months (Grand Canyon 3 days hike, Mogollon Rim, Monument Valley, White Sands, California beaches, Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon,...) and the tent still looks like new. It is really lightweight and with good weather you don't have to carry with the fly and stakes. We didn't use it with rain, so we can't talk about this point. We didn't notice any condensation when used it with the fly. The vestibules are big enough to accommodate your boots and backpack.
I am 6' tall with big feet, so my toes touch the mesh, but this wasn't a big problem, maybe someone taller and bigfeeter than me should look for another tent.

Extremely light!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Planning on using this tent for upcoming backpacking adventures in the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Ice Lakes Colorado. The weight is perfect for keeping my pack light. Upon viewing setup, not at all complicated, and take down is very easy.

I will write an updated review in regard to how it holds up under mountain climate.
My initial impression, however, is that I am completely satisfied and it more than exceeds my needs for a light backpacking tent to take in the back country.

Also, backcountry.com customer service has always been top notch. Backcountry is my go-to company for all of my backpacking/hiking needs.

Sweet Tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tent is sweet. The set up is really easy and intuitive and 2 adults fit comfortably. The 2 vestibules are a nice touch for keeping gear covered. I like that both sides open so no one has to climb over anyone. Fairly light and I am excited to take it backpacking. Doesn't come with a footprint which would be nice but not a huge deal.

Not great for heavy rain

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'll preface this review by saying that I've only spent one night in this tent (in my backyard no less). It arrived a couple days ago and I figured it would be best to spend a night in it before any serious use.

Lucky for me, it just happened to start raining as soon as I had my sleeping stuff in there. It rained all through the night, sometimes quite hard. The good news is that for such prolonged rain, I myself did not get wet. However, the top of the tent creates a flat surface where water pools. I woke up in the morning face-to-face with a sagging roof full of water. Again, none of it leaked on me, but it was disconcerting.

What was worse was that the section of rainfly above the vestibules definitely DID leak. The area around the zipper developed a very slow drip, and I could see splashes on the mesh where water had actually been falling into the tent. I left my shoes in the vestibule overnight, and while they weren't completely soggy, they were wet enough to soak through my socks when I put them on. I could actually see water droplets forming on the underside of the fly as water soaked through. Curiously, this was only on one side of the tent.

I'm sure that the fly would hold up fine in lighter rain. The tent itself seems to be constructed very well. The poles are good quality, the materials seem top-notch, and pitching is a breeze. Even though the ground around the tent absorbed a lot of water during the night, the floor was dry as a bone even without the footprint. I will apply some waterproofing spray to the fly and see if that fixes the problem.

Lightweight for backpacking

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a small woman, so I loved how lightweight this tent was in my pack. My first night on the trail, I set it up in the dark. It was simple and straightforward. My friend and I (both about 5'5") and my 65 pound dog fit in it nicely with two sleeping pads. There was very little extra space on the sides, but plenty above and below us for taller people. I also liked the little shelf in the ceiling for stowing a phone or clipping in a little lantern. The footprint clips in perfectly. It kept us dry in the rain too!

Lightweight for backpacking

Disappointment

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

One of my rainfly corners came without a quick release buckle. I contacted ALPS Mountaineering and they promptly sent me a replacement but that one didn't even fit my tent... So they definitely have some quality control issues.
Also the tent I got weighed 5 lb 6 oz. A full 10 oz heavier than advertised. I would not recommend this tent.

lightweight and works

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

great little tent I use it when I am on a dual sport ride it is easy to pack and is lightweight

Set up Easy, Weight More than Advertised

    Okay, I haven't used this tent yet, but it just arrived and I set it up (in my living room) just to check it out and weigh it. Sets up very easy, seems quite roomy.

    But the reason I'm writing this quick review (more of a heads up) is to pass along that the tent I received was 5 lbs, 2 oz. I weighed the tent, poles, fly, guy lines, stakes and all stuff sacks. I can shave some ounces by leaving the main stuff sack at home (it's thick and has buckled webbing for compression) and use lighter stuff sacks for poles and stakes, but I'm disappointed that it's 6oz heavier than advertised. Perhaps the one I received was an anomaly.

    Anyway, just a heads up in case those 6oz are important. I realize that a tent nearing 5 pounds is gonna be a rock in the pack any way you slice it. But hey, for $110, it's as good as any of the cheap 2-man tents out there and about the same weight for a fraction of the cost.

    Kept me mostly dry

    Rained through most of the night, heavily at certain times. There was a slow leek through the zipper of the fly but otherwise did great.

    Kept me mostly dry

    How are the seams sealed and does it come with a hammock or loop for hanging a light?

    No backpacking tent can support the weight of a hammock. Any tent with loops for a gear loft will allow you to hang a small light like a Black Diamond.

    Gear & Nice: Backcountry has the price

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I tried this tent for the first time recently by hiking the AT Approach Trail which starts in Amicalola Falls State Park somewhere in Northern Georgia...
    Unfortunately the weather conditions were miserable enough by way of Joaquin and the ongoing, relentless pouring of rain (if you seen the news you know anything in this area and north of it was deeply affected). I am from South Florida and was not going to waste my days off by not hiking/camping.
    I arrived late, around 7:30 PM to the campground that is about 1.5 miles from the top of Springer Mountain. Setting it up was fairly easy and fast, in about 1 minute the mesh tent (interior wall) was up followed by another minute for the rainfly. I am 'taking' 1/2 a star because the way the poles and sleeves are designed, do not allow for the rainfly to go at the same time you setup the poles/mesh. Once it was up I quickly threw everything either inside or in one of the 2 vestibules, which is great to have along with the incredible fact that you have individual entrances/vestibules for his and her. Yes, it is a bit small if you do not want to get up close and personal with someone else, but so far I have only used it solo and I have a lot of space by sleeping on one side. The other 1/2 star I am taking away is due to weight, but then, at the price I purchased from Backcountry, at $120.99, I am asking too much. SO, how did it hold to the relentless downpour? In a word AWESOME. It did not stop raining and the tent was dry inside the whole time. It helps that there is some separation between rainfly and mesh the further you go down and the venting is ideal as well with the top and bottom vents. Everything else in my gear eventually failed to keep me dry, including some well known boots and jacket but not this tent. How about condensation? None if very little near the top. Would I endorse this tent? Hell Yeah! More so with Backcountry's prices and services.

    Cheap and easy, but not at all light.

      I love how ALPS Mountaineering likes to label their products as Lightweight, UL, and right in the specs up above, "4 pounds, eight ounces: superlight"

      I dare say there's nothing that ALPS Mountaineering makes that's in any way, light.

      But the price is right, which is why I bought a Zephyr 2, a few years back and it's done just fine. I love the simplicity of setting it up, especially when I'm in a hurry, waiting for the rain or darkness--I'm already inside while my friends are still circling their UL tarps, trying to get everything just right.

      If you're on a budget or still not sure if you want to go UL and have to tinker and fuss every night, then this tent might be just right for you.

      What does yours weigh? Mine (packed weight) came in at 5 lbs 2 oz

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      La Push, WA

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      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      So I have own this tent for 3 years and I normally do not write reviews until I seriously put the equipment through some heavy adventures. I am still using the same stakes and poles that came with the tent 3 years ago and never got a footprint (getting one soon) and it is holding up perfectly.
      This tent has come on my summer glacier camping trips, backpacking in MT, WA, OR, CA, NH, MT and acted as my front yard home at friends houses when I have had one to many beverages on a summer night.
      Honestly this two person tent is perfect for one person and equipment or two people and leaving the gear under the vestibule. Super happy with this product.

      Does this tent come with a footprint??

      Best Answer

      Hey there,



      This tent does not come with a footprint.

      Great inexpensive 2 person tent

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Very easy to set up. Freestanding, but not a true dome. Set up next to Sierra Electron 2. Zephyr has less vestibule space, but is more compact and slightly lighter when packed. Picture was taken while camping on Fire Island National Seashore. Will need sand/snow stakes to anchor on beach. I used REI snow stakes.

      Great inexpensive 2 person tent

      Works great everywhere you go.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great, bare bones product over all. I've used it several times along the AT in New York and in the arid summer heat of Bryce Canyon, UT. I've even taken it camping on the beaches of Malibu. The tent is easy to pack and travel with in a hiking pack or a duffle. This 2-person tent is great for one full-sized man, but if you intend on sharing be prepared to squeeze in together.

      Works great everywhere you go.

      Awesome tent!

      Hiked up to Lake Blanche for an overnight in late fall. Kept us, and our gear, dry overnight.

      Awesome tent!

      Awesome tent!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This tent is incredibly easy to set up.

      This tent is snug but it's not too small. My boyfriend and I both sleep comfortably in here, I'm only 5'5'' but he's 6'2''.

      This tent holds up to the wind very well. If you've ever camped in the Utah desert you know how windy it gets.