Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Person Dome Tent Review

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Alps Mountaineering's Zephyr 1 With the Fly Open

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The Zephyr With the Fly Off

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 1 With the Fly Off
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Fly Closed with the Zephyr 1

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  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Grey Coal , Sage Rust
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: 0
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Zippers: #8
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, Yes
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Yes, Yes
  • Footprint: Not Included, Available Separately
  • Zephyr 1 floor saver
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Materials and Extras

  • Inner Walls: 100% Mesh
  • 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: 3
  • Pole Dimensions: 7.9mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: 7075 Aluminum
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  • Floor Area: 23 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 0 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 4 Lbs 5 Oz
    Trail Weight: 3 Lbs. 10 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 6 x 18 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 1
    Total Vestibule Area: 11.00 sq. ft.
    (2 x 5.5 sq. ft.)
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Easy to setup free-standing two-pole design with 7000 series aluminum poles

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

I was impressed with how well packed the tent is. No damage or rips at all. After using it for the first time, it went well. I Didn't encounter any problem.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

Ventilation is a big deal for me. It will not be useful during cold weather, but during warm weather, it would be a different story.

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The Zephyr 1 has one door and a peak center height of 3' 0 which is a tiny bit smaller than the average height of the 60 different 1 person tents we have looked at. With 23 square feet of room inside, it is a little bit smaller than some other 1-person tents, and it could be a little tight for you during the 3-seasons this tent is suggested for. Smaller tents like this one can make a really nice choice for campers who love spending plenty of hours outside of the tent enjoying the fresh air.

Some of the fantastic things about dome tents are, that they are for, the most part 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 straightforward to set up. In calm weather, you could do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are without a doubt the most common of all the various types of tents you will find when camping. They tend to fair better in bad weather than other types, allowing water to roll off the sloped walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, resulting in the water pooling on the top of the tent. The simplest dome tent will have a rectangular footprint, sloped sides two or more poles which converge in the center of the roof. Due to the way they are made, it is generally considered that they are ideal for up to a maximum of 6 people.

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  1. Freestanding. The Zephyr 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. Vestibule. Having one vestibule. Affords you a place to store shoes and other things that can get dirty, muddy, this is a huge plus.
  3. Has Gear Loft. It is good to see Alps adding a gear loft in the interior to store some of your things.
  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 very good for most circumstances.
  5. Breathable. The Zephyr'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 warmer months.
  6. 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 1500mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy rain.
  7. Plenty of Positive Reviews The Zephyr 1 has Tons of fantastic Reviews
  8. Awesome Ratings The Zephyr 1 has some of the best ratings of all the tents on
  9. Available in other sizes. Alps has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  10. Low price. It is a great purchase for a 1 person dome tent providing this much space. Not a lot of tents available on the market provide this level of quality for only $95.80 info_outline


  1. Not spacious. With a floor area of 23 square feet, the Zephyr 1 is smaller than quite a lot of the 60 other 1 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 9% 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 designed for the Zephyr 1 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. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have many attributes to be positive about. The sloping sides do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.
  5. Storage Space. because of the size of the tent, one cannot store a lot of gear inside..


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Our Ratings: 5.0 STARS

Alps's Zephyr 1 tent is great for backpacking. Here are a couple of other nice points not mentioned above which, we found and liked, while researching the model: The Zephyr model is ideal for those hot, muggy nights when you want to feel a breeze in your tent., Vestibule for gear storage and extra weather protection and Mesh storage pockets, gear loft, 7075 aluminum stakes, and guy ropes included.

With fantastic ratings, tons of reviews and a peak height of 3' and 23 square feet of space to play with, this tent is like your own miniature home away from home. It will enable you to enjoy some delightful moments exploring the great outdoors. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can check out above.

If you came to this page looking for suggestions on this particular tent, we think, it would make for a very good buy. If you simply happened to arrive on this website while browsing for a new tent having not heard of this manufacture or this model before, it is possibly a good idea to check out some other comparable tents also.

Value for money: In terms of value for money, this tent is without a doubt cheaper than the usual price of all the ninety-eight, one-person tents we have taken a look at, this by itself does not make it awesome value for money. One should also take into account other things in-depth, as we do with each tent.

When we determine the score of a single tent, we look at tons of data points, looking for points where the tent could exceed other similar tents and where it is not quite as good. In this case, with a total score of 5.0 and the price conclusions above, It is simple enough to spot that with a ticket price of $95.80 info_outline Alps's Zephyr 1 is a remarkable deal and astonishingly competitively priced in comparison with comparable tents.

The overall score shows that the quality and dimensions the tent gives you were not in any way compromised to obtain a price tag significantly under the normal price for comparable tents. It is also worth noting it is reduced by 47% from the manufactures suggested price. It will make a very good choice for nearly all campers searching for a comfy three-season backpacking 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 Zephyr Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area Price * Discounted

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 1
Zephyr 1

3' 0"23 sq ft $95.80info_outline(47%)

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2
Zephyr 2

3' 2"31 sq ft $111.15info_outline(44%)

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 3
Zephyr 3

3' 5"40 sq ft $151.48info_outline(31%)
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