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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
This is a rather hard to find size for a non-backpacking style tent and is ideal for single (car camping) or two person use (split between two when backpacking or also for car camping). Weighs 9#. It's small enough to fit in a 27" checked bag since I often fly to camp at the national parks. It's easy enough to find a 3 person backpacking tent, but I've found backpacking tents to be difficult to get in and out of and just don't provide the type of ventilation I seem to like. This is a great solution at a great price. The color scheme is not the same as what's in the picture - it's even more pleasing to the eye, blending in nicely with a natural colored background scheme. The picture shown here doesn't show it, but at the bottom of the fly there is a tab midway through to use with a guy line. It helps secure the tent a bit more and the ventilation increases dramatically when used with the guy line. By the same token a guy line isn't necessarily needed if it's getting into autumn and you want to retain more warmth inside. The two door design is great too, esp, with 2 users or if you want to increase the ventilation even more via the windows. With the other 4 guy lines midway up the fly attached I think this could deal with some pretty significant wind gusts with no concerns. The carrying bag easily holds the tent, poles, 10" nail stakes (wrapped carefully in a hand towel to prevent puncturing the tent) and rubber mallet with room to spare for a few large kitchen bags in case you have to take this down in the rain. Sturdy, stable and affordable. A solid 3 season tent.

Much like other tents, the stakes that come with this are a joke and are more like paper clips if you ask me. I'd recommend different stakes such as the 10" nail type that has a separate hole to connect the fly. They are rather heavy by comparison with other stakes, but perfect for use with this tent and a very inexpensive purchase since you only need 4. Another thing I found a bit annoying was the very small amount of velcro on the fly to use to wrap around the pole. It was difficult to get ahold of and so small that unless your fingers are spindles you have to really work at wrapping it around effectively while managing such a small amount of velcro. There are enough guy lines, but it would have been nice to have 2 of the 6 be smaller for use with the tab at the bottom of the fly. Some reflectivity of the lines would be nice too. I wish a custom ground cloth was available for it, but a blue 6x8' tarp you can get at that big chain store for less than $5 works great when folded under about a foot. Given the other factors above which I find to be more important, the few negatives I've mentioned here wouldn't warrant lowering my star rating to 4 and are easily remedied for about $20.

If you've been thinking to yourself that a 2 two person tent isn't big enough but a 4 person tent might be too big, then get this tent - it's the perfect compromise between the two and really is a rare size to find with that has such high standards (i.e., 1500mm coating). I would not think too long though if you're thinking of buying it. I am a member of an national outdoor gear company that was selling this tent at a slightly lower price. I waited too long and it sold out. I prayed that Amazon would have it and thankfully they did. It was worth the few extra dollars to have found it.

UPDATE: Sept. 2011. Just returned from several rainy days at Aspenglen Campground at Rocky Mtn. National Park and wanted to report that the inside of my tent and all my possessions were bone dry at all times. Before getting in and out of the tent in the rain I found it helpful to very gently pull the rainfly up and down a couple of times by the fly rod so the water sitting atop wouldn't end up on me since the peak height is 52" and I'm 66" tall and am going to somehow make bodily contact with the fly. It was a gentle, steady rain so when I opened the windows now and then no water even came near the windows at all, though a good wind-driven rain might cause some problems, but that's not the fault of the tent as much as it would be Mother Nature coupled with the position at which the tent was pitched. I had to take the tent down while still wet and luckily had a large hotel room in Denver. I simply spread the tent across the floor and hung the fly from the top of the bathroom door and both were bone dry the next morning. I continue to be very pleased with this product and it's the only tent I used through several camping trips in 2011.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2012
We ordered the Alp Tent after seeing the positive reviews. It was purchased for a Week Long Bike Trip of the Blue Ridge Parkway. When we recieved the Tent the first thing we did was Assemble it. It was very easy to put up with the Plastic Hooks instead of the Sleeves for the Rods you normally get on cheaper Tents. Once erect we applied Seam Sealer to all the threaded Seams and treated the whole tent with ScotchGuard Waterproof Spray giving extra attention to the Rain Fly. The 1st. 2 nights it Rained all night and we stayed dry as can be.The Rain Fly reaches nearly to the ground which is something I look for in a Tent. We also used a cheap lightweight Tarp for underneath and one inside mainly for dirt.The Tent had great extra room for two people. 3 could use it but it would be tight. Highly recommend this Tent for the Money.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2011
This may be considered a 3-person tent but I think of it more as a roomy, 2-person tent. With 2 Thermarests on the floor, there "might" have been room for a third but really was only enough for our gear. The construction seems durable. It was a breeze to pop-up and take-down was easy since there was plenty of room in the carrying bag. For a couple going car-camping, this unit is perfect.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
I wanted some room to be able to spend time in a tent when it rains. While not as roomy as I hoped after setting it up, it ended up being perfect for a solo car camper. A single size air mattress takes up just about 1/2 the tent. Leaving the other half for keeping some items around, room to change clothes, etc.

I say it ended up being "perfect" because much bigger and it would have been hard too setup by one person. The fabric feels just right, not too thick, not too thin. The zippers worked about as expected on a tent. You have to fiddle a bit at times, but they held up well to my yanking and pulling. I like the dual doors and the screen 'windows' on the doors.

It rained one day and as others have said I stayed perfectly dry. Don't think the over hang of the fly is any kind of vestibule. It's just enough to keep rain out of an open door.

Like most tents you subtract one person from the size . . . this is a roomy tent for one, a good fit for two for sleeping. Two single size air mattresses would be a tight fit in this tent to give some idea of the practical size.

I could go on and on but for the money this was a great purchase and I have zero regrets about buying it. I have no feeling like I should have spent more money on a tent, or should upgrade for my next trip, etc.

I'm not going to take a star off for this since it's not the fault of the tent, but it seems like I got a 'used' tent but it was like brand new. The only way I knew it was used was because A) the box was open and B) some of items had dirt (like the kind of dirt you find in dusty campgrounds) on them. But I figured the dust was from my taking it out of the box/bag, even though I knew the pole ends had not touched the ground yet and they were dirty, but I figured it could have happened, and went on with setting it up. But imagine my surprise when unzipping it for the first time there was a pine needle inside the tent. That was the only debris on the inside, no dirt/dust. It's actually a bit of a mystery since the tent in all other ways appeared brand new and packed well, etc.

The order was filled from Amazon and it was the last one in stock when I ordered. I'm not mad because the tent in all ways performed as a brand new tent. I have had so many good experiences with Amazon that this one little thing is no big deal.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Note that I intend to edit this as I go.

I purchased this for our little family of four (boys are 4 and 2) and to get started I opted to put it together in the living room so my older boy could get used to it. I can say that I've put up my share of tents and I haven't had an easier time figuring this one out (granted, I'll admit I'm not one to read instructions unless I have to). The hooks are solid and hold tight to the poles and the tent (better, I think, than the typical sleeves for poles). It went up fast and is solid with just the two poles, though there is a third for the flap (the instructions on the tent bag indicate this - yeah, look at me! I read the instructions a bit).

The two exit flaps are pretty cool - I look forward to this when we have a few guys packed into this thing down the road.

Overall, the tent seems very sturdy, and it comes with individual, sturdy bags for the poles, the spikes, and the tent itself. More after this weekend, which will be our first family camping outing of the summer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Up until now, I've had only three tent. Coleman, Swiss Army, and Alps. This tent is extremely compact and will accomodate two people comfortably. The material drys up quick and the quality seems very durable. Good job alps!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2012
Got this tent and took it out for a test camp trip. It has a nice compact fairly light weight size, its roomy inside enough for a queen sized air mattress with a small amount of room to spare. Went up with ease! Has entry doors on both sides which makes it nice not to have to climb over someone to get out of it in the middle of the night. Storage inside is decent. The only draw backs to me on this was that it advertizes a heavy duty zipper and to me this isn't it! Hate to see what is considered heavy duty in the advertizers book! And the flooring material seems kind of cheap, meaning not very thick type material. All in all its not a bad tent...but wonder if I could have gotten one for less money with the same features.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
really happy with purchase. i was worried about the cold weather getting in the tent with so much mesh but we really stayed warm and the fly kept the wind out of the tent very well
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2013
I bought this tent for the sole purpose of comfortably sleeping 2 people, which it does. Fitting three people would be a snug fit, but this is camping; you don't live in luxury, you live on what you need to get by (including space). I used this at Floyd Fest 13, where it poured heavily throughout the night. Due to the orientation of the tent and the hill we were on, it was ideal for me to sleep with my head at one door and my feet at the other. I'm 6'1" and sleeping this way will have your feet pressing on the side. I believe it was only for this reason that water got in the tent. My feet were a bit wet and there was just a bit of water by my head (where I was also pressing the sides a bit). If you don't know already, pressure on the tent canvas stretches the material, so water can seep through, especially through zipper seams. I'm pretty sure if we were able to sleep along the other direction, this could have been avoided.

We learned in the morning that we were just a mild case of water invasion. Another tent had a deep puddle in the corner of theirs, and other people had some of their belongings soaked. This was a good indication that this tent held up well. I had belongings pressed up against the other sides that I forgot to move, but they were bone dry. I really blame myself for the water. I am still very happy with it!

The ventilation is great. The doors have netting halfway down to allow airflow. There is also a small area of netting at the top and a small netted "shelf" you can clip to the ceiling. At this sale price, I say definitely go for it. The set up is easy, the size is perfect for two and all your belongings, and I'm sure it is plenty water resistant provided you don't push up against the sides near the zippers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
Set this thing up by myself in 5 minutes having never done so before. it's huge inside; definitely possible to sleep 3 in relative comfort, but really awesome for 2 plus gear.
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