Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person Dome Tent Review

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Alps Mountaineering's Zephyr 2 With the Fly Open
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Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2 With the Fly Off
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  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Grey Coal , Sage Rust
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: 0
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Zippers: #8
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, Yes
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Yes, Yes
  • Footprint: Not Included, Available Separately
  • Zephyr 2 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: 2
  • Pole Dimensions: 8.5mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: 7075 Aluminum
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  • Floor Area: 31 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 2 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 5 Lbs 8 Oz
    Trail Weight: 4 Lbs. 11 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 6 x 18 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area: 17.00 sq. ft.
    (2 x 8.5 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

The tent held up very well. One of my favorite things is that this tent was so easy to pack. I didn't struggle to put it all in its bag.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

The plastic back window wasn't durable. It caused a little streak when I used it during one of my trips. This Zephyr 2 is also heavy-ish. One pound heavier among its class.

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The Zephyr 2 has two doors and a maximum center height of 3' 2 which is 13 inches less than the average height of the 189 different 2 person tents we have looked at. With 31 square feet of space inside, it is significantly smaller than some other 2-person tents, and it would be quite cramped for you and, another camper all through the 3-seasons this tent is suggested for. Smaller tents similar to this one can make a really nice choice for campers who like spending lots of hours outside of their tent exploring.

Some of the cool things about dome tents are, that they are under normal circumstances light, making them easy to carry around. In nearly all cases, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very easy to set up. In good weather, you can do without securing the tent with stakes and ropes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are the most commonly seen of all the other sorts of tents you will find when camping. They tend to do better in storms than other types, allowing water to easily slide off the sloped sides, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, resulting in the rain pooling on the roof. The simplest dome tent should have a rectangular footprint, sloped walls two or more poles which converge in the center of the roof. Because of the way they are made, it is usually thought of that they are best 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 floor 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 good to see Alps 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. 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.
  6. 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.
  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 1500mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy rain.
  8. Plenty of Positive Reviews The Zephyr 2 has Lots of fantastic Reviews
  9. Impressive Ratings The Zephyr 2 has some of the best ratings of all the tents on
  10. Available in other sizes. Alps has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  11. Low price. It is a great buy for a 2 person dome tent providing this much space. Not a lot of tents available on the market provide this level of quality for only $89.99 info_outline


  1. Not roomy. With a floor area of 31 square feet, the Zephyr 2 is smaller than quite a few of the 189 other 2 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 13% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative factor for some people.
  3. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, there is one sold separately specifically for the Zephyr 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.
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have many attributes to rave about. The sloping sides do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.
  5. Storage Space. Due to the size of the tent, one cannot store much stuff inside..


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Our Ratings: 4.8 STARS

Alps's Zephyr 2 tent is suitable for backpacking. There are a few other things not noted above which, were found and liked, while reviewing 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 very good ratings, lots of reviews and a peak height of 3' and 31 square feet of area to sleep, this tent is like your own modest home away from home. This enables you to enjoy some delightful moments hanging out with nature. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can check out above.

If you found this page looking for suggestions about this particular tent, our view is, it would make for an excellent purchase. If you just happened to land on this website while browsing for a new tent having not heard of this manufacture or this tent before, it is perhaps a good thing to look at some other comparable tents also.

Value for money: As far as value for your dollar, this tent is undoubtedly cheaper than the usual price 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 excellent value for money. One should also look at other things in detail, as we do for every tent.

When we calculate the score of a single tent, we scrutinize plenty of data points, finding points where the tent could outshine other near-identical tents and where it is coming up short. In this case, with an overall score of 4.8 and the price knowledge above, we can recognize that with a ticket price of $89.99 info_outline Alps's Zephyr 2 is a remarkable purchase and incredibly cheap in comparison with similar tents.

The ratings show that the quality and size the tent offers were not in any way compromised to arrive at a price tag unquestionably beneath the standard price for similar tents. It is also worth thinking about the fact that it is marked down by 55% from the manufactures suggested retail price. It should make a very good choice for nearly all campers searching for an adequate three-season backpacking tent to go camping in, 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 $74.99info_outline(58%)

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2
Zephyr 2

3' 2"31 sq ft $89.99info_outline(55%)

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 3
Zephyr 3

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