Mountain Hardwear Alcove 2 GT

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Although the Alcove 2 looks pretty much like any other…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Design: Three-season freestanding dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: easy set up
Weight: 2.9kg

Although the Alcove 2 looks pretty much like any other tent, its design allows for a very generous front vestibule. The bonus of this is that you don't have to sleep with your wet packs and shoes, they all fit nicely in the vestibule.

The Alcove 2 has much more internal space than most other tents at comparable weight meaning you can fit your gear in the tent if you need to, even while sleeping 2 comfortably.

It also has the nice bonus of being able to sit up comfortably with more headroom than any other tent I looked at.

I was initially concerned about the amount of mesh on the tent, but during the downpours there was no sign of leakage through the Alcove's watertight fly.
The fly also has the nice bonus of being adjustable which apparently makes it respond better to snow and ice, although I haven't tested it in conditions this cold.

Set up is easy as is takedown and although it doesn't pack down quite as small as some other 2 person tents, it is still quite small and the extra space is well worth it. At 2.9kg it is still very light for its internal size and the unique Mountain Design pole system allows for a lightweight but remarkably strong tent.

All in all this is a fantastic tent, great internal space for the weight and holds up beautifully in the weather.

Highly recommended!

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Simple, spacious and free-standing, the Alcove 2 GT from Mountain Hardwear features a large vestibule to store your gear, cook or deal with wet, muddy gear. Three-season weather is no problem with Mountain Hardwear's ultra-stable pole configuration and guaranteed watertight construction.

- Mountain Gear

On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Alcove 2 GT Tent (Fall 2006) FREE FOOTPRINT! For a short time only, purchase this tent, add the super cool Footprint (look to the right to see a photo) to your cart and it's yours for free! The new Alcove 2 GT by Mountain Hardwear is a roomy backpacking tent by any standard. The Alcove 2 GT has an enormous dry entry vestibule while comfortably sleeping 2 people plus gear. Guaranteed waterproof construction, pitch light compatible, and made to last, the Alcove 2 GT is a great new edition to the All Mountain Series of tents by Mountain Hardwear. Specifications: Type: Backpacking, Camping Capacity: 2 Minimum Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz. (1.75 kg) Pitch Light Weight: 1 lbs. 14 oz. (0.85 kg) Packed Weight: 6 lbs. 7 oz. (2.92 kg) Dimensions: 98in.x 94in. (244 x 239 cm) Interior Height: 44.5in. (113 cm) Floor/Vestibule Area: 37+21 sq ft. (3.44+1.95 sq.m) Pole Diameter: 8.91/9.8 mm Poles: 3 Atlas 7001 Doors: 1 Vestibules: 1 Cross Flow: No Packed Size: 17in.x 6in. (43 x 15 cm) Features: Atlas poles Guaranteed watertight construction Pitch light compatible Enormous dry entry vestibule Dual slider mesh and canopy doors Flysheet roll back option Welded SVX window Welded guy clip anchors Canopy storage pockets Super-light buckles and webbing Reflective guy out loops Reflective Starter point Fabrics: Fly: All Mountain 68D Polyester 68D/190T Polyester taffeta. 1500mm polyurethane coating with DWR outer surface finish. 1.9 oz/sq. yd. Body: All Mountain 70D Nylon 70D/190T nylon ripstop. Calendered on one side. 2.04 oz./sq. yd. No-See-Um Netting 20D/24x20D/24 tricot knit nylon with bright filament yarn. Woven tight enough to keep pests out, yet allows air to circulate. 1.41 oz./sq. yd. Floor: All Mountain 3000 Nylon 68D/210T nylon taffeta. 3000mm polyurethane coating for waterproofness. 2.57 oz./sq. yd.

- Moosejaw

The Alcove provides two backpackers a simple, roomy, freestanding nook of comfort. Single side door combines with a generously sized front vestibule. Offset pole design creates a vertical main door that increases usable front vestibule space and facilitates a dry entry/exit to and from the tent. Atlas 7001 aluminum poles use Atlas connectors for corrosion- and dent-resistance; they're completely field serviceable, too. Equipped with Atlas Floating pole connectors, poles flex with less stress at the joints, weigh less with more strength and can be fixed without tools. Gated Power Clips at pole intersection increase the tent's overall structural strength. Taped, full-coverage polyester rainfly maintains a taut pitch even when wet. Welded, non-yellowing, non-clouding SVX film window adds light and an outside view. Inverted double rainfly zippers permit easy ventilation and feature laminated zipper flaps for added water-resistance. Lightweight narrow webbing rainfly attachment system is adjustable, will not freeze or collect snow, and is repairable in the field. Ripstop nylon canopy with no-see-um mesh door and body panels maintain ventilation to prevent interior condensation. Large mesh pockets and webbing hang loops keep things organized inside. Durable nylon taffeta floor uses polyurethane coating for waterproofness; all seams are taped. Perimeter seams form waterproof tub-style floor that is up off the ground and under the rainfly for extra weather protection. Large stake out loops accept both skis and snow pickets. Bar-tacked stress points add strength and durability; bias-bound zippers allow ease of use and extended zipper life. Specially designed Super-lightâ„¢ buckles use narrow webbing, adding to weight savings. Comes with stuff sacks, aluminum Y-pegs and owner's manual. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. Pitch Light Option: Fly, poles and footprint (sold separately) pitch without canopy for an ultralight shelter.

- REI

Atlas Poles, Guarenteed watertight construction Pitch light compatible Enormus dry entry vestibule Dual slider mesh and canopy doors Flysheet roll ...

- Ramsey Outdoor

The easy to pitch Alcove 2 and 3 are elegant, roomy backpacking / camping tents for two or three. Two Atlas 7001 poles in an offset arrangement create a vertical entry, creating a huge usable vestibule space and a dry entry for bad weather. The Alcove 3 adds a rear door and additional vestibule space. Guaranteed watertight construction. Superlight option pitch with fly and Pitch Light footprint to shave pounds. Footprint sold separately.

- Altrec Outdoors

Mountain Hardwear Alcove 2 GT

Discontinued

The Alcove 2 GT has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$149.95 - $260.00

The Mountain Hardwear Alcove 2 GT is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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