Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 3 Tent Review

Last Updated on September 18, 2021

The Zephyr 3 person tent is a great entry-level tent. It comes with some great features at a relatively low price tag. This one is ideal for solo travelers as well as for those who travel with a friend. 

Zephyr 3 Tent Review At A Glance

The zephyr 3 offers 2 doors for entry and exit which also ensures good ventilation. The area inside the tent is 40 sq. ft. and the peak height in the center is 3’ 5”. The headroom is a little low compared to some other 3-person tent. But they are higher in price so there’s that.

This tent is not a heavy option weighing only around 6 lbs so it is easy to carry. This tent has a 2-pole (Aluminum made) freestanding design that can be set up within a few minutes. For better weather protection, this tent comes with a weatherproof polyester tent fly.

It also has two vestibules to take care of your dirty shoes. The entire wall is made of mesh so it will provide excellent ventilation.

Zephyr 3 Tent Detailed Review

The Good

1# Best For Solo Trip, Good For Company Too

The Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 3 person tent offers a roomy interior with 40 sq. ft. of space inside. If you like to go on solo camping trips, then this tent will feel like a palace. Now the question remains that as a solo traveler, why would you buy a tent this big, right?

Well, the simplest answer to this question is that it’ll prove its worth when someone tag along with you. You will love the extra space at that moment. Though it advertises as a 3 person tent, in reality, it can accommodate 2 people relatively well. If you try to squeeze in a third person, it will be a tight squeeze and that will be uncomfortable.

2# Easy Setup

Setting up this tent is a child’s play. It’s a fully freestanding-style tent. It comes with 2 aluminum poles. The poles are sturdy enough to support the weight of the tent and make it a robust structure. With the staking and setting up the guylines, it will take you around 5 to 6 minutes to finish the setup procedure.

You can speed it up further by familiarizing yourself with the rainfly, especially figuring out which end goes where. 

The tear-down process takes about the same amount of time or sometimes even less. You will love this versatile easy setup process.

3# Extra Storage

This tent has two vestibules to store the muddy and dirty shoes that you don’t want roaming around inside the tent. The depth of the vestibule is 28” and the area is 17 sq. ft. Plus, they added a gear loft inside the tent that can be used to store some things to clear space.

4# Proper Ventilation

Ventilation is one of our favorite features of this dome-style tent. The first thing you need to make sure of before buying a tent is that it won’t suffocate you inside. The Zephyr 3 person tent passed this test with distinction. The inside of the tent is made using mesh fabric that maximizes the airflow.

Besides that, the twin door will allow a cross breeze if you keep them open in case it gets hot inside for some reason. The cross breeze will cool down the interior very fast.

5# Easy To Carry

The Zephyr 3 tent weighs comparatively a bit more than other 3 person tents but the weight isn’t that much. It weighs only 6 lbs and when backpacked that won’t be a problem to carry for adults. 

The Bad

1# Not A 3 Season Tent

Even though the manufacturer claims this one to be a 3-season tent but through our research, we found out that it isn’t. You won’t like this tent on a cold night as it can’t make the inside temperature warm enough. Even the manufacturers said that it’s best to use this tent in dry weather.

The seams have little openings that can allow water inside. So, the best solution is to use a seam sealer. You can also buy a tent floor saver to stay dry.

Pros

  • This tent has a freestanding design
  • Two vestibules are available for storing dirty and muddy things
  • Two doors ensure convenient entry and exit
  • Proper airflow available inside
  • Has gear loft for extra storage space
  • Relatively low price

Cons

  • Not a 3-season tent
  • The headroom is less, compared to some same style tent

Verdict

The Zephyr 3 is a great deal considering its price point and the features it offers. It ensures great value for your money. It is ideal for those who like to travel alone or with a friend on a hot, muggy night. The tent won’t perform very well during cold weather so keep that in mind.

Another thing to remember is that only 2 people can stay inside this tent if you want comfort. Three people will feel like a tight squeeze inside this alps Mountaineering Zephyr 3 tent.

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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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