ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 3 AL Tent
One of my favorite online retailers is Sierra Trading…
Price Paid: $109
One of my favorite online retailers is Sierra Trading Post. They often have great deals on name-brand outdoor equipment, shoes and the like. They also will strike private label deals with certain manufacturers for product exclusives that allow them to offer even better prices.
When I started my search for a three-person backpacking tent, I kept running across one of those particular offerings: the Alps Mountaineering Zenith 3 AL tent. With the far-below retail price and discount coupon I found the deal impossible to pass up.
Out of the box, I was not disappointed. The Zenith arrived just in time for a family camping trip, and was lightweight and compact, well constructed, and extremely easy to pitch.
The Zenith is exactly the same product that Alps sells through other retailers under the name Zephyr. The only difference according to a company representative is cosmetics, in particular the fly. The Zenith has an orange fly while the Zephyr uses an olive green.
Other than that, both products are a two-wall, two-door, three-season design. The main tent has a bathtub floor and full mesh canopy. Inside is a small pocket and a gear loft. It pitches easily with three lightweight aluminum poles. The two longer poles offer the main tent support. They attach to the tent with clips. The third small pole holds the other two apart.
One small criticism: the connectors on the pole ends tend to pull away from the ends of the poles so be careful especially when taking the tent down.
For a more complete review and photos visit GearGuide.
Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . The improved design of the Zenith 3 AL tent by ALPS Mountaineering offers maximum weather protection and more headroom for sitting up during a downpour. Factory-sealed seams for maximum weatherproofness Simple two pole free-standing design promotes easy setup-breakdown Full mesh walls offer superior ventilation Two roomy vestibules store extra gear and boots Mesh storage pocket organizes gear Two doors Fly securely buckles to tent Tent clips snap over poles for easy assembly Stakes and guy ropes included 3-person, 3-season Floor: 74x89", 40 sq.ft. Vestibule: 18 sq.ft. Height: 41" Stuff size: 21x6" Weight: 5 lb. 3 oz. Material: Fly: Urethane-coated polyester taffeta Floor: Urethane-coated nylon Poles: Strong and lightweight aircraft alloy aluminum Made in China. Visit our Tent Guide Available Colors: COAL/RUST/SAGE, 02, SAGE/COAL.
- Sierra Trading Post