ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Tent

Last Updated on October 10, 2021

Our Verdict: We recommend this tent to those backpackers who like to travel light and want the best value for their money. As a lightweight tent, the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 stands as one of the best options that we reviewed till now.

Specs

  • Base Size: 27.36 sq. ft. (3’ 8” x 7’ 2”)
  • Center Height: 36 inches
  • Weight: 4 lbs 5 oz
  • Vestibule Area: 5.5 sq. ft.
  • Vestibule Depth: 35 inches
  • Design: Freestanding, Aluminum two pole
  • No. Of Doors: 1
  • Seasons: 3 seasons
  • Colors: Copper and Rust

Zephyr 1 Tent Detailed Review

The Good

1# Easy Pitching

The Zephyr tent series is known for its free-standing, aluminum two-pole design. That design is the reason why the Zephyr tent is so easy to set up anywhere. As a 1-person tent, it is needless to say that the assembly of this tent can be done by a single person. It will take roughly around 5 minutes or a bit more for the pitching.

Putting it down is as easy as setting it up. You can put it back in your bag and be ready to move in no time.

2# Roomy Interior

You will get plenty of space inside this tent that can be considered as more than enough for a single person. Even with additional sleeping mats and some gears in the tent, the available lying space won’t trouble you even if you are up to 6 feet tall. With 44 inches of headroom and 32 inches of foot-room, this one-person tent might almost accommodate a second camper. 

The poles’ curve provides a few extra inches of height at the entrance end, allowing for full sitting up. Clearance would not be an issue as long as you don’t have anything bulky in the gear loft.

3# Weatherproof

It will protect you from harsh weather as long as you follow some tips and tricks. First of all, remember that the rainfly will be the first line of defense. Always put it up if you think it might rain anytime. Make sure to hook the rainfly to the aluminum frame. Otherwise, it might cause some leaking.

The rainfly is fully water and UV resistant with the use of 75D 185T polyester. For better protection against rainwater, you need to attach some additional lines to the rainfly and also make sure to use the stakes. Another vital part for preventing leaks is the addition of a footprint that is sold separately.

4# Easy To Carry

Backpackers who love to travel light will definitely enjoy this lightweight package that is the Zephyr 1-person tent. It weighs around 4 lbs which is not the lightest option available, but it isn’t heavy either. It won’t feel like a burden even if you decide to go on a long walking trip.

5# Properly Ventilated

The all-mesh walls and roofs of this tent make it highly ventilated all the time. You will definitely enjoy the cool breeze from inside this tent. Plus, if you love stargazing, you will get a great view of the night sky from within this tent.

6# Good Value For Money

The price tag of the Zephyr 1 tent makes it an excellent option for those campers who are on a budget. This tent offers the same features as other tent brands but with a low price tag. It will save you money as well as allow you to make some additional equipment purchases to make the tent even better.

7# Large Door

Convenient entry and exit are another crucial part where the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1-person tent really shines. It comes with a large door placed at the end of the tent that allows crawling access inside. The door is also made of mesh to help with the ventilation.

The Bad

1# Footprint Sold Separately

The use of footprint is very important for any tent as it helps with the weather protection feature. The Zephyr 1 tent doesn’t come with a footprint and that is a notable downside. You have to purchase it separately. By the way, the manufacturer did try to make it up with the low-price tag.

Pros

  • More than enough interior space for 1-person
  • Enough headroom available to sit inside comfortably
  • Full-mesh walls and roof provides proper ventilation
  • Setting it up is easier because of the free-standing design
  • The vestibule room and gear loft provides extra storage space
  • Good return on investment
  • Lightweight tent so easy to carry

Cons

  • Footprint sold separately

Verdict

The ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 tent will allow you to go on any kind of solo backpacking trip. It will save you from the hassle of setting up a complex tent by being a free-standing and lightweight design. It will also protect you in any weather conditions by keeping you warm and dry.

If your camping site has sand, dirt, or rock, make sure you bring a tarp with you to protect the floor of the tent.

Author: Euell Gibbons

Outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets. He loves camping, hiking and exploring the great outdoors. Camping is a way of life for him - as soon as he can get away from work, he's out there!

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