Alps Mountaineering Taurus 4 Person AL Dome Tent Review

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Alps Mountaineering's Taurus 4 AL With the Fly Off
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  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Model: Taurus AL
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Bicycle & Motorbike Camping
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Manufacturer: Alps Mountaineering
  • Model: Taurus AL
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Bicycle & Motorbike Camping
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $199.99
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The Taurus AL With the Fly Closed

Alps Mountaineering Taurus 4 AL With the Fly Closed
Floor Plan on the Taurus AL 4

Floor Plan Taurus 4 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 4 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: 64 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 4 foot. 4 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 8 Lbs 5 Oz
  • Packed Size: 6 x 23 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area: 25.00 sq. ft.
    (2 x 12.5 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

Despite high winds, it didn't phase this one. It's very sturdy, and the material feels durable. Price is right for this one.


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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

A little bit of moisture can be seen on the inside. But still, it kept me totally dry. The poles can be a little off if not taken properly. I encountered a problem with the shipment, but I called customer service and immediately the problem was fixed.


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SPECS AND CONFIGURATIONS

The Taurus 4 AL has two windows and two doors and a maximum center height of 4' 4, which is 12 inches less than the average height of the 134 various 4 person tents we have examined With 64 square feet of room inside, it is a tiny bit smaller than some other 4-person tents, and it could be a little tight for you and, up to three other campers during the whole of the 3-seasons, this tent is approved for use in, smaller tents similar to this one generally make a nice choice for people who welcome spending loads of hours outside of the tent enjoying the fresh air.

Many of the fantastic things about dome tents are, that they are generally speaking lightweight, making them easy to carry around. In near all cases, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are usually, freestanding and very straightforward to set up. In calm weather, you can do without securing the tent with stakes and ropes, not that this is recommended.

Dome tents are the most commonly seen of all the various sorts of tents you will see when camping. They tend to do better in bad weather than other types, allowing water to easily slide off the slanted sides, unlike cabin tents that have flat roofs, allowing the rain to pool on the roof. The most basic dome tent should have a rectangular floor, sloped walls a couple of poles which cross in the middle of the roof. Because of the way they are made, it is generally thought of 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 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. Vestibules. Having two vestibules. Gives you somewhere to store shoes and other items that can get dirty, muddy, this is a big plus.
  3. Has Gear Loft. It is good 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 easier to get in and out of the tent, in the middle of the night if needed.
  5. More than one window. With 2 openings it is simple to keep the tent ventilated 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 entire 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 rain.
  8. Available in other sizes. Alps Mountaineering has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  9. Low price. It is a great purchase for a 4 person dome tent that provides this much room. Not a lot of tents available on the market provide this level of quality for only $149.73

CONS

  1. Not roomy. With a floor area of 64 square feet, the Taurus 4 is smaller than quite a few of the 134 other 4 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 12% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative factor for some campers.
  3. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one sold separately specifically for the Taurus 4 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. A little heavy for backpacking. Even though the Taurus 4, looks like a small tent, it is not ideal for backpacking as it weighs 8 pounds. This is quite a lot more than many other backpacking tents
  5. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have lots of qualities to rave about. The sloping walls do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.

CONCLUSION

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Our Ratings: 4.3 STARS

Alps Mountaineering's Taurus 4 AL tent is suitable for bicycle & motorbike camping. Here are a few other nice points not noted above which, we noticed 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 couple of reviews and headroom of 4' and 64 square feet of space for sleeping, this tent is like your very own miniature flat. It allows you together with 2 other people to spend some delightful moments enjoying nature. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can study above.

If you came to this website looking for suggestions about this particular tent, we think, it should make for a great acquisition. If you simply happened to land on this page while looking for a brand new tent having never heard of this manufacture or this tent previously, it is perhaps a good idea to look at some more comparable tents also.

Value for money: In so much as value for your money, this tent is undoubtedly cheaper than the normal price of all the one hundred and fifty-four, four-person tents we have looked at, this alone by itself does not make it excellent value for money. We also need to take into account other factors in detail, as we do with each tent.

When we calculate the valuation of a single tent, we consider plenty of stuff, looking for areas where the tent could excel against other similar tents and where it is lacking. In this case, with an overall rating of 4.3 and the price knowledge above, we can recognize that with a price of $149.73 The Taurus 4 AL is a great purchase and incredibly cheap in comparison with comparable tents.

Its ratings show that the build and space the tent provides were not skimped on to get a price tag well under the standard price for comparable tents. It is also worth noting it is marked down by 25% from the manufactures suggested retail price. It will make an awesome choice for most people looking for an adequate three-season dome tent to go camping with, that should serve you well for years to come.

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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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