Alps Mountaineering Hydrus 2 Person Dome Tent Review

The Hydrus Fly Open

Alps Mountaineering's Hydrus 2 With the Fly Open
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The Hydrus With the Fly Off

Alps Mountaineering Hydrus 2 With the Fly Off
Fly Closed on the Hydrus 2

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  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Gray, Lime
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: 0
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Zippers: #8
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, N/A
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Yes, Yes
  • Footprint: Not Included, Available Separately
  • Hydrus 2 floor saver
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Materials and Extras

  • Inner Walls: No-see-um Mesh Panels
  • Full Fly: 75D 185T Polyester
    Fly Waterproof Ratings: 1500 mm
  • Floor Materials: 75D 185T Poly Taffeta
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 3000 mm
  • Pole Material: 7000 Series Aluminum
  • Number Of Poles: 2
  • Pole Dimensions: 7.9mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: 7075 Aluminum
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  • Floor Area: 33 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 8 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 5 Lbs 15 Oz
    Trail Weight: 5 Lbs. 2 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 5.5 x 23 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 1
    Total Vestibule Area: 11.00 sq. ft.
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Easy assembly with pole clips that quickly snap over the tent poles

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

Extremely pleased with its quality. Love how Alps include a vestibule for this one which other tents around the same price do not have. Super light, roomy for a two-person tent, and perfect for hiking trips.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

Good for two adults. However, it might be tight if you are with someone who is 6 feet and up. Reading the instructions before setting it up would be great. You might get confused if you won't read the instructions in advance before using it.

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The Hydrus 2 has one door and a maximum center height of 3' 8 which is a little bit less than the average height of the 189 other 2 person tents we have studied. With 33 square feet of room inside, it is a little bit smaller than some other 2-person tents, and it could be a little tight for you and, another camper all through the 3-seasons this tent is recommended for. Smaller tents like this one make an ideal choice for people who love spending lots of hours outside exploring the great outdoors.

Many of the fantastic things about dome tents are, that they are under normal circumstances light, making them easy to carry around. In most all instances, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very easy to set up. In good weather, you could do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is recommended.

Dome tents are the most common of all the other types of tents you will see when camping. They tend to do better in storms than other types, allowing rain to easily slide off the slanted sides, unlike cabin tents that have flat roofs, resulting in the rain pooling on the top of the tent. The most straightforward dome tent will have a square floor, slanted walls a couple of poles which cross in the center of the roof. Due to the way they are made, it is usually considered that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 people.

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  1. Freestanding. The Hydrus can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not even have to be staked down in most cases. But in case of strong winds, it is always best to secure it to the ground with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibule. Having one vestibule. Gives you somewhere to store shoes and other items that can get dirty, muddy, this is a huge plus.
  3. Internal storage. It is nice to see Alps has added a gear loft and pockets in the interior to store some of your stuff.
  4. Durable, water-resistant floor. The floor material is 75D 185T poly taffeta, which is a substantially thick and high-strength fabric. Meaning the base is not prone to tears and punctures. Also, the material has a 3000 mm waterproofing rating, which is pretty good for most circumstances.
  5. Breathable. The Hydrus's interior uses a mesh fabric on the inside of the tent, and this helps maximize the flow of air. With the extra ventilation, and this tent is great for use in the summer.
  6. The rainfly completely covers the tent body. The rainfly covers the whole body of the tent from the top to the bottom and has a waterproof rating of 1500mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy rain.
  7. Great Ratings The Hydrus 2 has some of the best ratings of all the tents on
  8. Available in other sizes. Alps has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  9. Low price. It is a great buy for a 2 person dome tent that provides this much space. Not a lot of tents available on the market give this level of quality for only $219.99 info_outline


  1. Not roomy. With a floor area of 33 square feet, the Hydrus 2 is smaller than quite a lot of the 189 other 2 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 7% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative thing for some people.
  3. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one available separately specifically for the Hydrus 2 footprint Even though the floor may be made of 75D 185T poly taffeta, it is still best to protect it further with a footprint, especially on rough terrain.
  4. Out of Stock. Unfortunately this particular tent is not currently in stock. It is still on the manufactures website the last time we checked.
  5. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have lots of attributes to be positive about. The sloping sides do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.
  6. Storage Space. because of the size of the tent, one cannot store a lot of gear inside..


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Our Ratings: 4.2 STARS

Alps's Hydrus 2 tent is perfect for backpacking. Here are a couple of other points not noted above which, were found and liked, while reviewing the model: Vestibule pole allows for maximum usable space, creating an expansive storage area and easy entry/exi, Weatherproof fly buckles on for maximum adjustability and protection and Pocket placement designed for user(s) to sleep with head at the door or the rear of the tent.

With awesome ratings, a few reviews and a peak height of 3' and 33 square feet of space to play with, this tent is like your very own miniature studio. It allows you to spend some real quality time exploring the great outdoors. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can look at above.

If you found this website looking for suggestions on this actual tent, we consider, it would make for an excellent purchase. In case you just happened to arrive on this page while looking for a new tent having never heard of this brand or this tent previously, it is possibly a good thing to check out a few more similar tents also.

Value for money: In terms of value for your dollar, this tent is a lot more competitive than the standard cost of all the two hundred and sixty-eight, two-person tents we have taken a look at, this alone by itself does not make it good value for money. One should also think about other factors in detail, as we do for each tent.

When we measure the overall score of a tent, we consider tons of data points, looking for points where the tent could outdo other near-identical tents and where it is coming up short. On this occasion, with a total rating of 4.2 and the price statistics above, It is simple to view that with a cost of $219.99 info_outline The Hydrus 2 is an awesome bargain and fabulously priced in comparison with comparable tents.

The ratings show that the build and space the tent offers were not in any way skimped on to obtain a price unquestionably beneath the usual price for similar tents. It could make an awesome choice for most campers searching for an appropriate three-season backpacking tent to camp in, that will serve you well for years to come.

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Other Sizes and Variations of the Alps Mountaineering Hydrus Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area Price * Discounted

Alps Mountaineering Hydrus 1
Hydrus 1

3' 5"22 sq ft $69.99info_outline(65%)

Alps Mountaineering Hydrus 2
Hydrus 2

3' 8"33 sq ft $219.99info_outline(0%)
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