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ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Backpacking Tent

4.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
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  • Free-standing 2-poledesign with 7000 Series aluminum poles
  • Polyester fly resists UV damage and stays taut
  • Factory sealed fly and floor seams give best weather protection
  • 2 doors and 2 vestibules - great ventilation with entire mesh walls and adjustable fly vent
  • Easy sssembly with pole clips that quickly snap over the tent poles

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Technical Details

Product Description

Product Description

If you spend a big chunk of your spring, summer, and fall nights in the backcountry, you'll want a reliable, roomy shelter like the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Tent. With its sealed seams and urethane-coated fly and floor, this lightweight three-season tent keeps you and your campmate dry in March moisture and during those fast-melting September snowfalls. The Zephyr 2 sets up quicklytwo alloy aluminum poles and a simple clip system take it easy on your bed-ready brain. Mesh walls provide essential ventilation when your tent buddy has a sweaty dream. ALPS Mountaineering designed the fly to buckle securely to the tent and included stakes and guys for stability during heinous storms. Stash your mud-caked boots and soggy rain gear in the large vestibule and your book and headlamp in the mesh storage pocket before you sink into REM state.

Product Features
  • Material: [Fly] urethane-coated polyester; [Floor] urethane-coated nylon
  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Poles: 2
  • Pole Material: 7000 series aluminum
  • Doors: 2
  • Clip / Sleeve: Clip
  • Floor Space: 58 x 88in (147 x 223.5cm); 35.2sq ft (3.27sq m)
  • Interior Height: 38in (96.5cm)
  • Vestibule Space: 18sq ft (1.67sq m)
  • Packed Size: 6 x 21in (15 x 53cm)
  • Ventilation: Mesh walls
  • Weight: 5lb 4oz (2381g)
  • Recommended Use: Three-season camping, backpacking
  • Manufacturer Warranty:
  • Country of Origin: China


The Zephyr 2 is ideal for those hot, muggy nights when you want to feel a breeze in your tent. The walls are composed entirely of mesh, allowing maximum ventilation and fresh air intake. The unique two-pole design gives you more head room to sit up without feeling cramped. This tent from ALPS Mountaineering features strong and lightweight aircraft alloy aluminum poles and two doors on each side to make it easy to get in and out of the tent. Additionally, two vestibules over each door create a great place to store extra gear. The rainfly buckles to the tent, offering a secure attachment.


  • Free-standing 2-pole design with 7000 series aluminum poles
  • Easy Assembly with Pole Clips that quickly snap over the tent poles
  • Factory-sealed fly and floor seams offer great weather protection
  • 75D 185T taffeta Floor with 2000mm coating
  • Extra Large zippers on door and vestibule
  • Great ventilation with entire mesh walls
  • Vestibule for gear storage and extra weather protection
  • Weatherproof fly buckles on to tent for maximum adjustability and protection


  • Base Size: 4 feet, 10 inches by 7 feet, 4 inches
  • Center Height: 3 feet, 2 inches
  • Vestibule Depth: 28 inches
  • Tent Area: 31 square feet
  • Vestibule Area: 17 square feet
  • Tent and Fly Weight: 4 pounds, 8 ounces
  • Total Weight: 4 pounds, 12 ounces
  • Packed Size: 6 by 18 inches
  • Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm
  • Tent Style: Two-pole freestanding
  • Use Rating: 3 Season
  • Capacity: 2 adults
  • Fly Material: 75D, 185T, poly taffeta, 1500mm multi-pass urethane coating
  • Floor Material: 75D, 185T, poly taffeta, 2000mm multi-pass urethane coating
  • Wall Material: Nylon no-see-um Mesh, 40D
  • Frame Material: 8.5 mm 7000 Series Aluminum Poles

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 41 x 88 x 89 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B000MAOEB4
  • Item model number: 5222619
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

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At the price, this is a great tent. The quality is there and it compares well to tents twice the price for a weight penalty of only a few ounces. I set mine up side-by-side with my friend's $250 REI quarter dome T2. He was impressed, and the only differences I noted on his were reflective guy lines, an included pole splint ($5) and a lighter fly. Plus more footroom on his. However, his fly lacked the little windows on the Alps: I actually used mine to check on another camper who was near my bike in the morning.

Here are the only downsides I can find so far with the Zephyr:

1) The footprint is hard to find. Search for "floor saver."

2) There are partial sleeves so you cannot pitch the footprint/fly and then be sheltered to pitch the rest of the tent. However, you can pitch just footprint (not included) and fly for a light shelter.

3) With the fly door unzipped all the way, water can enter the tent. Just don't unzip all the way if it is raining.

4) The tapered design would leave things tight in the foot area if a second person were present. I plan to just use it solo or with one of my kids.

EDIT: I have now decided that #3 is not bad, as it allows a nice view straight up at the stars when you are laying down with the fly open.

All in all, I was very pleased. I found a deal on a Zephyr 3 and snatched it up without hesitation for the rest of the family, or if I need a tent for two adults.

UPDATE 05 JAN 2012

I still love this tent. It has been through some extreme wind and rain and held up great. On a windy beach I was thankful that ALPS included the 4 guylines which worked perfectly in the wind.
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Took this tent out for the first time last weekend to do some hiking in the Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest with my girlfriend. Setup was very easy, it took maybe 5 minutes or so. Inside was a little cramped for two people, just make sure you're very close with whoever you're sharing the tent with, because you'll pretty much be sleeping elbow to elbow. We were both able to use a sleeping pad with a little bit of overlap in the middle. I'm about 6'1 or so and I did notice that when I laid down on my back my feet would graze the mesh at the end of the tent, not really a big deal though, at least not for me. There was plenty of headroom so I was able to sit up without my head touching mesh.

As far as rain protection goes, I was pretty impressed with this tent. We endured very heavy rain on and off throughout the evening and night. The tent kept us very dry. I only have one complaint, there was one spot where the poles crossed at the top of the tent where the fly seemed to leak a little. I think I may just need to seam seal the entire fly, even though ALPS says you don't have to. But other than that we had no water get in from the sides.

We had two weekend packs(3400 and 4000cu in) with us, with one in each vestibule. It covered these easily with room to spare for our shoes and did a good job of keeping our gear dry too.

Overall, this is a pretty good tent, especially for the price. And I would definitely recommend it, but I would also recommend that you seam seal the fly before taking it out.
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I have not camped in this tent yet. I will give my first impressions and hopefully update the review after using the tent.
This tent has all the features of tents costing twice as much. It is a great value. The quality appears to be top notch. The aluminum poles are small and lightweight but fit together perfectly and are strong.
I did a lot of research before purchasing this tent. I liked that it has two doors and two vestibules. Also, I am very weight conscious and the 4.7 lbs is pretty good for this size tent. From my research I would have only saved maybe 3 ounces for a higher priced tent and would have had to settle for one door, one vestibule.
Overall, great value for the money. I am very impressed with the quality of Alps Mountaineering.
UPDATE 11/17/2008 - I finally had the chance to camp in the Zephyr 2. My 5 year old son and I hiked and camped with a friend and his boys. It was getting dark and starting to rain when we got to the camp site. The Zephyr went up very quick, kept us dry all night through some pretty heavy rain. I love the two doors and vestibules - lots of room for gear and you don't have to worry about brushing up against the side and getting wet from condensation. I slept well with no worries about the wind and rain.
I love the tent! I can't imagine a higher price tent being any better quality than this. Good balance between price, weight, and features.
UPDATE 1/3/2012 - I have had this tent for 3 years now. It is my goto tent. The tent did leak once during an all-night fairly heavy rain. It leaked at the top around the zipper track. Another coat of seam sealer and all is well (I recommend seam sealing any tent).
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I just spent my first night out in this tent. My buddy and I were going to leave our rain flys off as the evening was cool and clear, but decided to avoid the hassle of a midnight scramble. At two in the morning the heavens clouded over, opened up, and poured down furiously. I had hoped for a more gentle trial of the Zephyr 2, but...
I woke up completely dry the next morning. I did find a bit of condensation had made its way through the floor under my sleeping pad, where a puddle had formed in a depression in the ground. It was nothing major, and next time I'll be sure not to set up in a hole. This tent is lightweight, coming in under 5 lbs., very easy and quick to set up, and most importantly, weather ready. This is my first introduction to ALPS products and I intend to consider more of their products in the future.
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