Alps Mountaineering Taurus 2 Person AL Dome Tent Review

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Alps Mountaineering's Taurus 2 AL With the Fly Off
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  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Model: Taurus AL
  • Sleeping Capacity: 2 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $159.99
  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Model: Taurus AL
  • Sleeping Capacity: 2 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $159.99
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The Taurus AL With the Fly Closed

Alps Mountaineering Taurus 2 AL With the Fly Closed
Floor Plan on the Taurus AL 2

Floor Plan Taurus 2 AL

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Features


  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Gray Brown, Green Orange
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: 2
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Zippers: #8
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, Yes
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Vent, No
  • Footprint: Not Included, Available Separately
  • Taurus 2 floor saver
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Materials and Extras


  • Inner Walls: Mesh Windows
  • Full Fly: 75D 185T Polyester
  • Floor Materials: 75D 185T Poly Taffeta
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 2000 mm
  • Pole Material: 7000 Series Aluminum
  • Number Of Poles: 2
  • Pole Dimensions: 8.5mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: 7075 Aluminum
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Dimensions


  • Floor Area: 37 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 10 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Oz
  • Packed Size: 6 x 23 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area: 20.00 sq. ft.
    (2 x 10 sq. ft.)
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Simple to set up 2-pole freestanding design

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

It's pretty roomy. I love the storage options that it offers plus the extra vestibules that it has. It's the balance between size, weight, and price.


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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

The aluminum stakes easily bents. Using fiberglass material would have made the tent a lot lighter.


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SPECS AND CONFIGURATIONS

The Taurus 2 AL has two windows and two doors and a maximum center height of 3' 10, which is a tiny bit less than the average height of the 204 different 2 person tents we have studied. With 37 square feet of space inside, it is a tiny bit larger than some other 2-person tents, and it should accommodate you and, another camper all through the 3-seasons, this tent is suggested for use in, smaller tents like this one often can make an ideal choice for campers that prefer spending heaps of time outside their tent getting some air.

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

Dome tents are easily the most commonly seen of all the various sorts of tents you will see when camping. They tend to do better in the rain than other types, allowing rain to roll off the slanted walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, allowing the rain to pool on the top. The simplest 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 ideal for up to a maximum of 6 people.

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PROS

  1. Freestanding. The Taurus AL can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not need 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. Vestibules. Having two vestibules. Affords you somewhere to store shoes and other things that can get dirty, muddy, this is a big plus.
  3. Has Gear Loft. It is nice to see Alps Mountaineering adding a gear loft in the interior to store some of your things.
  4. More than one door. With 2 doors, it is simpler to get in and out of the tent, in the middle of the night if needed.
  5. More than one window. With 2 windows it is simple to keep the tent cooler on a hot summers night.
  6. 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 rips and punctures. Also, the material has a 2000 mm waterproofing rating, which is very good for most circumstances.
  7. 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 0mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy downpours.
  8. Available in other sizes. Alps Mountaineering 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 $119.73

CONS

  1. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one sold separately designed for the Taurus 2 footprint Even though the floor may be made of 75D 185T poly taffeta, it is still better to protect it further with a footprint, especially on rough terrain.
  2. 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.

CONCLUSION

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Our Ratings: 4.2 STARS

Alps Mountaineering's Taurus 2 AL tent is really good for backpacking. Here are a couple of other points not noted above which, we found and liked, while reviewing the model: 2 doors and 2 vestibules (one over each door) with extra large #8 zippers, For poles, we use aircraft alloy 7000 series aluminum that are strong and lightweight. and Weatherproof fly buckles on for maximum adjustability and protection.

With great ratings, a few reviews and a minimum headroom of 3' and 37 square feet of space to enjoy, this tent is like your very own miniature home away from home. This will enable you to spend some delightful time in the outdoors. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can read through above.

If you came to this website looking for suggestions on this particular tent, we think, it should make for a great acquisition. In case you just happened to land on this website while browsing for a brand new tent having not heard of this manufacture or this model before, it is perhaps a good idea to check out some more similar tents.

Value for money: When thinking about value for money, this tent is without a doubt more competitive than the usual cost of all the two hundred and eighty-five, two-person tents we have looked at, this alone does not make it good value for money. We also need to think about other areas in-depth, as we do for each tent.

When we determine the ratings of a single tent, we look at loads of areas, searching for areas where the tent could excel against other very similar tents and where it is coming up short. In this case, with an overall rating of 4.2 and the price details above, It is simple to spot that with a cost of $119.73 Alps Mountaineering's Taurus 2 AL is a good buy and fabulously cheap when compared with similar tents.

The ratings show that the build and capacity the tent gives you were not compromised to finish up with a price undoubtedly under the usual price for similar tents. It is also worth thinking about the fact that it is reduced by 25% from the manufactures MSRP. It should make a superb choice for most campers searching for an appropriate three-season backpacking tent to camp in, that should serve you well for years to come.

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COMPARE WITH OTHER SIMILAR TENTS

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Other Sizes and Variations of the Alps Mountaineering Taurus Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area

Alps Mountaineering Taurus AL 2
Taurus 2 AL

3' 10"37 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Taurus AL 4
Taurus 4 AL

4' 4"64 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Taurus AL 2
Taurus 2

3' 10"37 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Taurus AL 4
Taurus 4

4' 4"64 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Taurus AL 6
Taurus 6

6' 0"100 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Taurus AL 2
Taurus 2 Outfitter

3' 10"37 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Taurus AL 3
Taurus 3 Outfitter

4' 2"49 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Taurus AL 4
Taurus 4 Outfitter

4' 4"64 sq ft

Alps Mountaineering Taurus AL 5
Taurus 5 Outfitter

6' 0"80 sq ft
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