The Outdoor Gear Review: I DREAD Camping In This Tent! – Alps Mountaineering Trail Tipi 2 Tent

Good Grief….this tent looks like it is going to be a Disaster! 

Due to popular demand, Luke is taking a first look at the Alps Mountaineering Trail Tipi 2 Tent.

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Alps Mountaineering Tipi 2P Tent 

What it is : This is a tipi style trekking pole tent from the company known as Alps Mountaineering.  I’m a huge fan of this style of tents, they are a bit uncommon so when I hear that a new one has hit the market, I make sure to check them out.  That’s why we are here today.

Alps Mountaineering is a budget oriented camping gear company; my experiences with the company have been good, not great over the years.  Fair quality, there can be problems from time to time with leaking.

Colors : White and Blue – this is the new look to the company and is featured with all of their tents.

Versions : Just this one, there is only a 2P model

Season : 3 only

Single Wall – The mesh is connected directly to the fly

Non-freestanding – it has to be staked out to be pitched

Measure Dimensions :

Company recommends that with 2 users that they sleep angled in the tent with the users feet towards the point.  From the wall to the point it is 6’4” and from one side to the other it is 7’

Before the taper, it is 4’4”

Center Height : 53”

Pack Size : 16” long x 6.5 wide

Weight : 3lbs 10oz

Materials : Tent fly is 75D 185T polyester with 1500 mm coating resists UV and stays taut

Polyester mesh

Polyester taffeta floor with 3000 mm coating and sealed seams

Aluminum tent stakes are included

YKK Zippers

Retail Price : $150 – I picked it up on Amazon for $112

Pole : No pole is included, you have to use a trekking pole that is at least 51” long

Features According to Company

* Sleeps two people plus gear

• Lightweight design utilizes your trekking pole for support

• Works with any trekking pole 51″ or longer (pole not included)

• Top loop allows for hanging the tipi instead of using a trekking pole for support

• Lower corner loops feature 2-point tensioning system with sliding aluminum ring

• Tent skin is 75D 185T polyester with 1500 mm coating resists UV and stays taut

• Tipi design has 360° mesh ventilation protected by the weatherproof overhang

• Two closeable vents are positioned near the peak

• Spacious vestibule and mesh door with #8 zipper

• Polyester taffeta floor with 3000 mm coating and sealed seams

• Includes 7075 aluminum stakes, guy ropes and trekking pole tip cover

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My Impressions so far : 

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Weight – the company speaks a lot about how lightweight the tent is but that isn’t really true…it’s missing a pole so you have to add the weight of your trekking pole.

Waterproofness : This is an area that I am very concerned about; I have seen a rather high amount of reports that this tent leaks.

Condensation : With this tent being a single wall shelter, meaning the mesh is connected directly to the fly and there being no separation between the two, condensation is likely going to be very bad with this and if you purchase this product, you will have to be prepared to handle it.  You will need towels and you should be prepared for items to be wet. 

Stuff sack is nonsensically small and getting the tent back in it…..is infuriating.  Alps Mountaineering, have you even tested this out….it’s nonsensical.

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