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Anyone here use an ALPS Mountaineering tent? My ex wife got our Marmot Equinox in the divorce and I need a new tent. I don't need a tent that large now that it is just me for backpacking. I am looking at the ALPS Mystique 1.0. It has good reviews on REI, it is lightweight, and is on clearance. I know ALPS is not a top of the line brand, but is it decent and a good value?
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We use Alps tents for our Scout Troop... decent tent for a decent price...'value' is where Alps rocks!
My troop has a few Mystique 2's and they are pretty small. If you are set on the Mystique from REI I'd opt for the 1.5 version, but I think there are better options out there for you for just a little more $ if you can swing it.
Search around and watch gear swap on backpackinglight.... might get something really of 'value' there.
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I would choose the REI Passage 1 over that ALPS tent.

The ALPS tent doesn't look to be free standing. While my BA Seedhouse 1 also has the front entrance like the ALPS vs side entrance like the Passage; I much prefer side entrance of my other tent.

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I agree with Ron.

I own an older model Alps tent, an Orion 2, that is bulletproof and works as a solo tent in winter conditions. But it's heavy compared to other options and will probably be regulated to scout camp duties once I buy another two-man tent.


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Thanks for the input everybody.
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I own a Zephyr 2 and it's great. It is a free-standing, two-person, but at 4.5 lbs, not too bad. The Zephyr 1 is under 4.

I would stack my tent up against anything but expedition gear. I've had it for about five or six years, twenty or so trips in sweltering heat to sideways rain to a few inches of snow and it's done me just fine.


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I would rank Alps the same as Eureka.  Non sexy but solid gear.

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That is mainly what I am looking for. I won't be doing as much solo backpacking, so it won't get a lot of use. Since it won't get used a lot, inexpensive is good. Since I will be carrying all of the gear I wanted something small and light. The ALPS fit those requirements and the reviews on REI all agreed that it was a solid piece of gear that kept the reviewers dry.
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I think Alps is a step above Eureka. The construction and fabrics are very solid---similar to REI. The designs are better than Eureka, and they're lighter than Eureka. AND YOU CAN'T BEAT THE PRICES. You can find Alps tents at unbelievably low prices.

I have the Zephyr 2 and the Hybrid CE 3. Personally, I find the weight of the Zephyr 2 very acceptable for backpacking, for the space and features you get.

Alps Mountaineering is your Toyota Corolla of tents---no bling, lots of quality.
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TT, you should tell us all just how many Alps tents you have had by now.

(And how many Eureka and REI, and...) ;-)

I used to be the shelter guy. My hat is off to the crazy tent lady. At least they don't smell as bad as cats, right TT?


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I have the zephyr 2. It is a good quality tent at a low price(I got mine for $90 on STP). At 4.5 lbs its not too heavy and has held up well to rain and wind.
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I have the Zephyr 3. It is a tank. I like it, but just heavy. Thought that maybe my boys would go with me. They don't so I have too much tent. We have used it for non backing quite a bit. They are good tents.
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I would rank Alps the same as Eureka.  Non sexy but solid gear.

I think Alps is a step above Eureka. The construction and fabrics are very solid---similar to REI. The designs are better than Eureka, and they're lighter than Eureka. AND YOU CAN'T BEAT THE PRICES. You can find Alps tents at unbelievably low prices.

I have the Zephyr 2 and the Hybrid CE 3. Personally, I find the weight of the Zephyr 2 very acceptable for backpacking, for the space and features you get.

Alps Mountaineering is your Toyota Corolla of tents---no bling, lots of quality.

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TT, you should tell us all just how many Alps tents you have had by now.

(And how many Eureka and REI, and...) ;-)

I used to be the shelter guy. My hat is off to the crazy tent lady. At least they don't smell as bad as cats, right TT?

I bet you have twice as many tents as I do. I'm down to three. One each for the living room, bedroom, and office.
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I have the Zephyr 3. It is a tank. I like it, but just heavy. Thought that maybe my boys would go with me. They don't so I have too much tent. We have used it for non backing quite a bit. They are good tents.

A tank? It's 5lbs 7 oz. What's wrong with that? Less that 2 lbs 11.5 oz per person for two people.
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ALPS Tents are known for offering great weather protection with full coverage flys and “more than normal” waterproof coating.  The tent appears to have a “bathtub” floor, but in reality, there are seams running at ground level around the perimeter of the tent. While this may be a concern for some, ALPS ensures all seams are factory-taped and sealed to dispel seeping water. The taffeta rain fly, floor and walls are all coated with water-retardant urethane.

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I have the Zephyr 3. It is a tank. I like it, but just heavy. Thought that maybe my boys would go with me. They don't so I have too much tent. We have used it for non backing quite a bit. They are good tents.

A tank? It's 5lbs 7 oz. What's wrong with that? Less that 2 lbs 11.5 oz per person for two people.

My four season five man tent (the one in my avatar) weighs 2 lbs 10 oz. for comparison...


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My four season five man tent (the one in my avatar) weighs 2 lbs 10 oz. for comparison...


I would venture that it costs considerably more than an ALPs tent though.

You can get a Mystique 1.5 for $64 on Amazon and the 2 for $80 at Cabela's. I have the 2 and find it to be a great 1 person tent.
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I would venture that it costs considerably more than an ALPs tent though.

You can get a Mystique 1.5 for $64 on Amazon and the 2 for $80 at Cabela's. I have the 2 and find it to be a great 1 person tent.

Yes. I paid $210. I wasn't comparing prices (Mind you, that is for a five man so the price is actually relatively comparable). I was comparing weight in reference to the "tank" comment.


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I have the Zephyr 3. It is a tank. I like it, but just heavy. Thought that maybe my boys would go with me. They don't so I have too much tent. We have used it for non backing quite a bit. They are good tents.

A tank? It's 5lbs 7 oz. What's wrong with that? Less that 2 lbs 11.5 oz per person for two people.

But most of the time it is just me. So there is no dividing. The only time that I share it is on Scout outings and that is car camping. So I do not haul it very far. I would like something a little lighter for my solo trips.
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You can get a Mystique 1.5 for $64 on Amazon and the 2 for $80 at Cabela's. I have the 2 and find it to be a great 1 person tent.

And here I thought I got a great deal at $80 for the 1.5 tent. I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I set it up in my house. It's nice and roomy, it will hold all your gear without feeling too cramped. It's not the lightest tent, but you can save some weight if you leave behind the rainfly and a few stakes.
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But most of the time it is just me. So there is no dividing. The only time that I share it is on Scout outings and that is car camping. So I do not haul it very far. I would like something a little lighter for my solo trips.

Aha, I get it. So I guess you mean "3Ps are tanks when carried by 1P." So how about a Zephyr 2?
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But most of the time it is just me. So there is no dividing. The only time that I share it is on Scout outings and that is car camping. So I do not haul it very far. I would like something a little lighter for my solo trips.

Aha, I get it. So I guess you mean "3Ps are tanks when carried by 1P." So how about a Zephyr 2?

Yep,that's it. I am looking to down size for when its just me. Which is most of the time. I was looking at a tarp and bug bivy setup.
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The last time I used my Zephyr 2 (I mostly stay in a lean-to) was near Giant Ledge in the Cats in March of last year. It was unseasonably warm, and while there was permafrost, the top three or four inches was mud at the site. And rocks. I dropped my tent on top of the muck, guyed it out and slept dry for two nights. The floors of Alps Mountaineering tents is fine...

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