Is ALPS Mountaineering a good tent brand?
I’ve reviewed more than enough ALPS tents in the last year and a half to know the quality of their tents and how they perform.
I’m going to share my knowledge so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into with this brand.
The Good Things About ALPS Mountaineering Tents
- Their tents are specifically designed handle bad weather conditions (they are waterproof and highly windproof, even their 3-season tents!)
- They don’t skimp on storage. Most of their tents have vestibules for storing equipment
- A lot of their tents also have 2 doors, maximizing convenience and ease-of-use in the great outdoors
- Their ventilation is amazing. Because their tents have a good amount of mesh material, there is no condensation buildup
- ALL ALPS tents are factory seam sealed. This means no additional weatherproofing is needed – they are ready-to-go straight out of the box
- The quality and durability is what puts them ahead of their competitors. They almost always produce a flawless tent
- Their tents receive good feedback from the camping community. The positive reviews outweigh the negatives by a LOT
- They are reasonably-priced considering the amount of quality and benefits you will gain from their tents
The Bad Things About ALPS Mountaineering Tents
- They are a little heavy; so quite difficult to go backpacking with unless you split the weight up with someone else or cut weight somewhere else
- There is minimal outside view with the rain fly on
- They have a very limited number of tents with stargazing opportunities
- Panoramic views are also limited to a small number of tents
My Take & What I Really Think Of The ALPS Mountaineering Brand
Due to ALPS Mountaineering tents not having enough tents with stargazing opportunities or panoramic views, they aren’t the best option for summer camping.
But in saying that, the water and windproof abilities are outstanding.
For the price and the quality of their tents, they really do blow the competition out of the water.
And that’s the reason why they are called “ALPS Mountaineering”, because they specialize in mountain camping or anywhere where bad weather will be experienced.
So what do I really think about them?
They offer high value tents at a GREAT price and have no trouble keeping rain out or standing strong in high winds.
Certainly I wouldn’t categorize this a bad tent brand.
In A Nutshell
Your options are limited if you want to watch the night sky or view the surrounding areas with the rain fly removed, but in my opinion, being able to stand in the wind and keep the rain out is more important.
If you’re going camping in the winter, spring or fall, ALPS is the way to go!
However, for summer camping I would very much prefer the Kelty brand for the simple reason that there are far more options for outside viewing.
Kelty are a little more expensive, so stick with ALPS if you’re on a smaller budget.
They still have tents that you can stargaze with anyway!
Give me a comment below.
1. What are your personal experiences with ALPS Mountaineering tents, or with any of their products for that matter?
2. Do you think ALPS tents are good for you? If not, why?