When the winds pick up and the clouds are full, be glad you’re bedding down in the Zephyr 2.
If you spend a big chunk of your spring, summer, and fall nights in the backcountry, you’ll want a reliable, roomy shelter like the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Tent. With its sealed seams and urethane-coated fly and floor, this lightweight three-season tent keeps you and your campmate dry in March moisture and during those fast-melting September snowfalls. The Zephyr 2 sets up quickly—two alloy aluminum poles and a simple clip system take it easy on your bed-ready brain. Mesh walls provide essential ventilation when your tent buddy has a sweaty dream. ALPS Mountaineering designed the fly to buckle securely to the tent and included stakes and guys for stability during heinous storms. Stash your mud-caked boots and soggy rain gear in the large vestibule and your book and headlamp in the mesh storage pocket before you sink into REM state.
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Best tent I've owned so far! Used it everywhere from the high alpine back country to desert car camping. With the double vestibule space two people are able to live fairly comfortably in this tent for several days of backpacking in snowy and rainy conditions, and keep all the gear dry...we even cooked under one side of the fly. Great ventilation in hot weather with the full mesh, and minimal condensation in cold/wet weather.
Really easy and quick setup and take-down, and easy to fit in a backpack. My biggest concern in this tent has been high winds, but so far the poles are still straight! Definitely recommended.
Great tent. Simple and effective.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have used this tent many times for the past year. I have taken it from upstate NY to Bryce Canyon in Utah to beach camping in Malibu (image below). I love this tent. It's minimal design makes it quick to set up and breakdown. I can fit it into a large day pack, too. Sleep under the stars or use the fly for shade, rain or cold weather. Make sure to tighten up the guylines to avoid condensation on cold nights. This tent has enough room for me to spread out a bit, though my toes rest against the mesh unless sleep diagonally (It's a two-man tent only if necessary or you want to be close).
Love this tent!
Great tent for the price. I have a love/hate relationship with the all mesh sides. The mesh is great for those times when it is hot and you need a breeze, but, when it's cold out, the breeze is not so welcoming when it comes up underneath the fly. Overall great tent and I would recommend it.
Open Rain Fly
I borrowed this tent from a friend and loved it that I turned around and bought it. Aside from a few small complaints, this tent performs great. It is super fast to set up and take down, take out the stakes and guy lines and gear loft and this packs down small and light. It is pretty much all mesh so take that into consideration on how cold/warm it will be. There is space for two, but like most 2 person tents, unless you have a pretty close relationship with the other, I would keep it to a single with all of my gear inside. My wife and I both have Big Agnes sleeping pads and they both fit just fine with a couple inches of room.
Great tent. Thanks backcountry!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This tent is great. Very easy and quick to setup. I added a piece of ribbon to the corners of the wider side to make it easier to match up the rain fly. When setup, my girlfriend and I are able to sleep comfortably. I'm 5'6, 140, and we still had some space at the bottom of our feet; maybe 1 pack could fit there. When we both laid on our backs, we had enough shoulder room to sleep comfortably. Also able to sit up straight with a bit of head room. The two vestibules are a big plus to store our packs and keep firewood dry.
This would be a perfect tent for a solo trip with gear. Keep everything in the tent and have no worries.
The weather conditions were sunny and there was barely any wind so it didn't get tested in that sense but the aluminum poles are sturdy. I am curious about the collection of water at the flat spot on the top but hopefully it doesn't cause any problems. Living in Hawaii with salt in the air, I'm curious to see if the poles will rust. I don't want to have to wash them after every use but update if they do.
I'm planning to make a foot print bigger than the size of the tent but smaller than the vestibule to help keep our packs out of unnecessary dirt/mud.
High and dry.
Here's the Zephyr 2 near Peru Peak on the AT in Vermont. Had one of the hardest downpours I've ever seen, followed by unrelenting rain all night long... but we were plenty dry in this tent.
This tent is sweet. The rain fly works good to but it will let a little bit of water in if theres a storm which is no big deal. It is also kind of small for 2 people so i would recommend getting a 3 person tent if there are gonna be 2 people on the trip but if it is just you then you will have plenty of room. I think the design is pretty cool looking to. Other then that this tent works well and i definitely recommend it
I really want to like this tent. The size, weight, and features (and price, since I found it on S&C) were exactly what I was looking for: 2 doors, 2 vestibule, 2 person, sub 5lbs, fly/footprint option.
The shape makes the tent a little tricky to set-up the first time but once you get the hang of it its fine.
The design is also why there's a big flaw with the tent: when setting up the tent there's a flat triangular area at the top of the rain fly (the orange triangle in Tyler Miller's picture may be the easiest place to see this). Since this area is flat, when it rains water will collect and pool here. Since water is sitting and pooling in one spot it will seep through the fly and drip into the tent. In my case it dripped *directly* onto my face, which is not the most pleasant way to wake up in the middle of the night....I woke up several times in the middle of the night because of the dripping. Each time I woke up I would push up on the giant puddle above my head, getting it to drain off.
Bottom line: look for more of a dome. They're classic for a reason.
This was taken in back country Sitka Alaska goat hunting it blew 33 knots that night and the tent hardly even shook, my other friends allmost blew away! Also it was me and another guy and we both fit fine. it has plent of dry storage outside the tent and it was light anoff to pack by myself, i highly recomend this tent!
no WEIGHT given no specs given: height,...
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video of setup????
The trail weight of this tent is 4lbs 8 oz.
Great Design and easy to use.
I've used this tent on three different trips now and I haven't experienced a single reason not to like it. It is very sleek and extremely easy to set up. It stood up to high winds near Sun Lakes in WA. The completely mesh body makes sure you can breathe at all times and makes it nice for looking at the stars during those hot summer nights. I am a big fan of the ALPS brand and this tent represents their name well. Highly recommended.
I took the Zephyr 2 out for a short weekend camping trip with some friends. great tent.
I just ordered this tent off of S&C......
I just ordered this tent off of S&C... does anyone else who ordered it from there know if it comes with the floor saver/footprint?
Included: Rain fly, 7000 Series Aluminum Poles, Pole Bag, Stake Bag, 6061 Aluminum Stakes, Guy Rope, Repair Swatches, Mesh Storage Pockets, and Tent Bag with Drawstring
No sorry, a footprint is not included.
The Zephyr 2.0 floor saver is available at:
it also comes with a gear loft. the tent floor is quite thin, i just got mine in the mail today and most definitely am buying the footprint.
Really happy with the Zephyr 2. My other tent is a four-man Big Agnes and I would say that the quality is comparable between the two, though the Alps Mountaineering tents are much less expensive. I'm honestly quite impressed with the bang for buck here. Wanted something light enough to pack & carry myself but big enough for me and my 5 year old son, and this fit the bill. It fits easily into my large daypack (32L). The mesh design makes it most useful in fairly mild temperatures. Setup is easy and the fly offers decent vestibule space given the size of the tent. All in all I give the Zephyr 2 a big thumbs up. Grab 'em on SAC and feel good about buying smart.
I chose this tent because it met all the criteria I was looking for in a backpacking tent. First, It's affordable. (Seriously, this thing is even on SAC right now for a screaming deal) Comparable tents are going for $200+. Second I wanted something light and small with aluminum poles. There are lighter and smaller tents, but 8 ounces here or an inch there doesn't make a guy like me fret. Third, I wanted a tent that was fully mesh so that on clear summer nights I could leave off the fly and enjoy the view of the stars. Finally, I like the extra space of a 2 man tent. I prefer keeping my pack inside with me, and the extra room gives me space for the optional girlfriends.
Great value. The tent is extremely easy to assemble and just as easy to pack. It packs up small, yet provides plenty of room for two. The fly attaches nice and tight so there is no flapping in the wind. It also has ample vestibule space for all of your gear. It comes with plenty of stakes and even some spare material in case you have to make a repair. For just over $100, you can't go wrong with this tent.
This tent is GREAT! It goes together extremely easily, is very waterproof, and is just a great tent. It is really light and compact for what it is. It even has a clear window in the rain fly which it doesn't say anything about in the description. Nice and roomy for me and another person. Also if u haven't ordered anything from this site, they r AWESOME. They shipped super fast!, and they aren't gana screw you. bottom line is, Great tent, and Backcountry is the bomb.
Great for a "disposable" tent
The Zephyr 2 is very useful for trips where you don't care if your tent gets torn up. The price is great, and it's a solid tent. It's mainly a great 2 person summer tent.
Would this be a good beginner backpacking...
Would this be a good beginner backpacking tent? Anybody?
It's light and very easy to set up in the rain or dark. Good for one person on week-long or more treks, or 2 people on the long weekend. Also cooking is possible on a small camp-stove in the vestibule*****You should check out the Mountain Hardwear PCT 2.Check out the Big Agnes tents.