ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $105
Specs and cost sealed the deal.
- Not freestanding
We all know that a three-person tent is right for two, a two-person tent is right for one, and a one-person tent is right if the idea of sleeping in a coffin is attractive. Not all of them...but most.
The Mystique WISELY split the difference and the result is more than ample room at a very reasonable 4 lbs. For the ounce counters who aren't willing to compromise for that extra space the Mystique might be pushing it. But I'm more of a pound counter than an ounce counter and this tent has delivered for me big time.
I don't have a lot of experience with ALPS products. While not considered top-of-the-line, the gear reviews I've read have been generally very positive. I'll spend big money on packs and boots but do look to save elsewhere. And that usually comes down to looking at specs.
When you place the Mystique 1.5 against the much higher cost competitors, and a few ounces or non-freestanding won't make or break a decision, you almost wonder why they charge so little.
So when this came up on Sierra Trading Post for a ridiculously low $105 it was a no-brainer. And the best part is that I have no real complaints about the tent. The quality is there. Zippers move easily, aluminum poles feel like they'll last, intuitive set up, compresses down great if you carry your poles separately, good ventilation and it provides some nice options with the two, 10' vestibules. Add in an extra roomy 25 square feet of floor space (96" x 48") and it all adds up.
That said, I haven't had this tent out under 25 degrees or in a severe rain storm so I can't speak to its functionality there but would expect it to handle a hard rain well. Also, I find it takes some maneuvering to to position a pack fully in the vestibules but it can be done. I'm sure there's room to pull the pack inside if you wanted. And with two vestibules you're covered.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend for someone either on a budget or who doesn't see the sense in paying a whole lot more for something comparable. Great job, ALPS.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $89.99
- enough room to get gear out of the weather
- can sit up making changing clothes easier
- a little heavy
- not free standing
Have used the 1.5 Mystique for two seasons now. I don't have a lot of negative things to say about this tent, it's a little heavy and it's not free standing but for the price I paid I shouldn't complain.
The tent has stood up to 30 and 40 knot winds, and countless downpours, not to mention a few inches of snow this spring. Condensation is not much of an issue with the top vent open. The vestibule is big enough to get my pack and boots out of the weather and it's tall enough to make entry not too much of a problem.
Overall this is a great tent to use, one could always get a lighter tent but you'll end up paying hundreds more for about a 1 pound savings. I'll just save my money and cut out the burgers for lunch and lose the weight that way.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Less than $100 at REI member sale
- Head room at sit up end
- Better than a bivy
- vestibule x2
- not free standing
Probably a 3 Season Tent. I did have a 1.0 but it was a little too tight for room with Boots under the crawl through end entry vestibule (that I did not like). This 1.5 has 2 vestibules with 2 doors which makes a huge positive difference for me.
I changed the guylines, which were fine, to the line that has the reflective thread through it and added an extra so that there is 3 at each end.
Also I sometimes take a 5'7" x 7'7" tarpaulin with me as a nice entry area floor cover. Yes, a little extra weight but most times really worth it. Nice being able to change standing up on the small tarp at the entry, dropping clothes and other gear on the ground tarp (not - dirt, dust, grass, etc) and it does not get any dirtier. Can even just sit down on it. Rather take the tarp than a chair.
Roomy inside for me instead of a bivy, 5'10" 205lbs, with backpack, jacket and pants, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and even a small inflatable pillow, etc. I can sit up at the high pole area and not hit my head. Tent breathes well too.
The entry is ok and even better how I run the long edge of the tarp along at the chosen entry side. Just crouch down and crawl in.
Very sturdy when braced with guy lines.
Design: 3 season solo 1 man tent
Ease of Setup: Very easy and sturdy
Weight: Super light for its size!
Price Paid: $99
I was looking high and low for a good one-man tent. I was about to buy the Spitfire by Eureka. Then my Dad who is an avid backpacker told me a few things to look for. He has owned several 1 man tents in his days. He told me to look for a side entry, good head clearance and a rainfly. He had some tents that were just solid material and had no need for a rainfly. These tents cause a ton of condensation to form and soak you and your gear. He also told me to get one that has aluminum poles since he has had several fiberglass poles crack and fall apart.
So when I took all these things into consideration I went tent shopping and found this one. It matched all the features I was told to look for. There was a Kelty one next to it for about $10 more but this tent was about a foot wider and a foot taller and only weighed about 4 oz more. I bought it at Sportsmans Warehouse. You can even fit a second person in there if you had to.
It has been a great tent and I would highly recomend it to anyone!!!!!
Price Paid: $120
Just received this tent. Set it up to seam seal it and set up is a breeze. The clips on the rain fly make it so easy to attach and tighten it. Out of the shipping box mine weighed 4.1lb which is not super light but I feel you get a lot of tent for that weight.
This tent is great for someone that has gotten in a Hubba and started laughing, lots of room even for a bigger person.
Overall this is a great tent at a great price. Quality is right there with any tent I've seen at any price. Will do an update when I've spent some nasty weather nights in it.
Design: 3 season 2 pole
Ease of Setup: Good
Weight: 4lbs 3oz
Price Paid: $65
This is an excellent tent. High quality workmanship and materials. Weatherproof design. Great for one person and moderate gear. Lightweight. Double doors are nice, as well as the small vestibule areas at each door.
I would give it 5 stars if only it was self standing. But, it's not a dome so that would be quite a design challenge. Nonetheless, it's still very easy to pitch even though it requires stakes.
I shopped around and looked at all of the tents in its class and this tent is as high quality as any other manufacturer. IMHO, quality and price puts it #1.
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