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ALPS Mountaineering Helix 1

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: ALPS Mountaineering Helix 1 three-season tent

Don't be a brand snob and ignore this tent. This thing surprised me.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Head and shoulder room
  • Pretty cheap

Cons

  • Poles are not DAC.....but still good.

This tent is well made. Stitching is good. Seam sealing is good. Sheds water great, no leaks. It is lightweight, not gram w**nie light, but light enough for me. The listed weight is correct. Mine is 48 ounces including the tent, fly, poles, stakes, and stuff sacks.

Comes with mini groundhog style stakes. Great weight for this much head and foot room while lying down and head and shoulder room while sitting up. Clever design makes it wider at the top so you can sit up without your shoulders hitting the sides.

Nice details like color coded pole tips, gear storage in all four corners. I have not experienced any degree of condensation in this tent—ventilation is great.  

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Pictured here without the fly
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With fly on and half of the door tied back. (don't make fun of my bread bags)

  

Background

I've done a few short backpacking trips with it in the southern Appalachians.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150

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Specs

Price MSRP: $239.99
Current Retail: $219.99
Historic Range: $167.98-$239.99
Reviewers Paid: $150.00
Base Size 2'11" x 7'
Center Height 37.5 in
Vestibule Depth 23.5 in
Tent Area 20 sq ft
Vestibule Area 8 sq ft
Minimum Weight 2 lbs 14 oz
Total Weight 3 lbs 3 oz
Packed Size 5 x 16 in
Pole Diameter 8.5 mm
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