- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
easy to build and carry
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The lightweight Alps Mountaineering Ibex 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.
easy to build and carry
First this is a great tent. It actually does fit 2 people (yes, you do have to like each other) most of gear would be in the vestibules. With the guy lines out, the toes and heads of the sleeping bags did not get wet. We didn't get any condensation. Lighter weight than many without a huge price tag. The light weight is due to the tent being almost entirely mesh. Unfortunately all that mesh means it has almost no wind protection. The rainfly goes close to the ground but the tent wall is only a couple inches so no wind protection there. It's basically a mosquito net with a tarp. Don't get me wrong it's great, but only summer, maybe late spring, early fall.
Went camping in Moab Utah over spring break and the tent held up very well. I didn't have tarp and it rained and my gear and cloths stayed dry. I was alone in the tent with plenty room for gear. It's a 2 person, hmm yet to try it with another body in it.
One of my friends brought this tent on a trip in the Wind Rivers, and by the end of the trip I was absolutely convinced that I had to get my own. We put this tent through some serious thunderstorms, with rain and wind hammering us sporadically day and night. The only trouble we had was at the top of the tent, where it's is flat enough for a good amount if water to pool up. After shaking it off and hanging it out to dry between storms, it was good to go again. Overall, this tent is a great deal for the price, and I look forward to bringing this on many trips to come.
Bought originally for the price and specs in 2015, this tent has loyally gone with us on every camping adventure since. From trekking up past the Salkontay glaciers to Machu Picchu, snow camping in California, rainforest camping in Australia.. this tent has put up with all of our abuse.
There are little tricks that help - when it's going to be wet but super hot, make sure to use the guy lines to keep the raincover from touching the fly net and keep the moisture away. The raincover isn't very breathable, but it's waterproof in the heaviest downpours.
The side flys are great for tucking a backpack and some boots on either side. If it's a wet night, we tend to stack our packs on one side and go in and out of the tent on the other. If it's super wet, I'll dig mini trenches to direct the water that runs off the panels. Super simple stuff.
The first hole in the tent we got was from this last summer when I crashed last-minute on a concrete slab and the bathtub bottom pinched over a sharp stone - my bad, sorry tent!
This is a great option for a starter tent, a lightweight option for backpacking, and a solid option for couples. 5 stars erryyydayyyyy!!
Just getting into hiking myself. At 48 years of age but healthy as ox, how would you say this tent was to set up?
This was my first tent and I wanted to start with something a little cheaper but still lightweight enough to take on backpacking trips. The Zephyr does all of that and more. It's super fast to put up, it has two vestibules for your gear, and as a 5'7" guy I could have plenty of space for myself and another person or dog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Trail weight and packed weight are different. The packed weight is listed 5lb 8oz, the trail weight is listed 4lb 11oz.
great little tent I use it when I am on a dual sport ride it is easy to pack and is lightweight
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.
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.
No es la mas ligera del mercado, pero lo es mas que muchas que cuestan bastante mas. Se monta en 5 minutos cronometrados incluyendo clavijas y vientos. aguanta el diluvio. Caben dos personas normales de 1,75 m y 80 kilos. Te puedes sentar sin rozar con la cabeza el techo. No condensa. doble puerta y vestíbulo razonable. longitud suficiente como para que el estrechamiento en los pies no se note.
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.
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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