User Review: ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
Hard to find much to complain about here given the price. Excellent bang for your buck.
- Easy to pitch
- reasonably light
- quality construction
- Tight squeeze for 2 large adults
Really happy with the Zephyr 2. My other tent is a larger Big Agnes and I would say that the quality is actually close to comparable between the two, though the Alps Mountaineering tents are much less expensive — quite impressed with the bang for buck here.
Wanted something light enough to pack and carry by myself when tenting solo for a day or two, but big enough for me and my son, and this fit the bill. However, I'm 6'2" and wouldn't want to spend a night in the Zephyr 2 with another adult unless I'm married to her, as things would be pretty cozy with two grown ups.
This fits easily into my large daypack (32L), making it a great option for quick and light trips in addition to longer outings. There may be lighter tents out there but you pay big bucks for the relatively small weight difference — I'll take the few extra ounces and save the difference, thank you very much.
The mesh design makes it most useful in fairly mild temperatures. Footprint is not included but I made my own from an inexpensive tarp. Setup is easy for one person to do following the intuitive lead of the color coded poles and clips.
There are convenient storage pockets included inside the tent, and the rain fly provides two decently-sized vestibules that take advantage of the double-door design. Have had no issues with leaks or condensation.
All in all I give the Zephyr 2 a big thumbs up: quality to challenge the more expensive brands, light enough to use solo, easy set up. Great tent for the price.