OR - ALPS MOUNTAINEERING TAURUS AL 2 TENT
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ALPS MOUNTAINEERING TAURUS AL 2 TENT
BY WALTER LEICHER
November 21, 2009
NAME: Walter Leicher
EMAIL: walter AT leicherinc DOT com
LOCATION: Alpharetta, GA
HEIGHT: 6' 1" (1.86 m)
WEIGHT: 185 lb (84.00 kg)
TORSO 34 In - 84 CM
I started backpacking many years ago and enjoy outdoor adventure sports like
adventure racing, caving, rock climbing and canoeing as well. Since becoming
involved in Boy Scouts, I hike much more frequently. Most trips with Boy
weekenders but I have done several longer day hikes as well. I try to
on equipment as wisely as I can and always seek the point where shaving an
ounce exceeds the benefit. Most hiking is done in the south east of the
in the morning is one of the main reasons for hiking in the first place
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Manufacturer: ALPS Mountaineering
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
MSRP: Us 199.99
Base Size: 5' x 7'6 (152 cm x 229 cm)
Center Height: 3'10 (117 cm)
Vestibule Depth: 32" (81 cm)
Tent Area: 37 sq. ft. (3.44 sq m)
Vestibule Area: 20 sq. ft. (1.86 sq m)
Tent and Fly Weight: 5 lb. 12 oz. (2.61 kg)
Total Listed Weight: 6 lb. 10 oz. (3.01)
Total Measured Weight: 6 lb. 9 oz. (2.98)
Packed Size: 6" x 22" (15.24 cm x 56 cm)
Pole Diameter: 0.85" (8.5 mm)
Style: Two-pole rectangular dome
Use Rating: 3 Season
The ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 2 AL tent (hereafter referred to as the
"tent") is a
larger medium weight tent , designed for use during shorter hikes, canoe
car pretty much any type of travel plans. It is advertised on the ALPS web
site as a
camping tent. It is exceptionally roomy for a 2 person tent with large roomy
vestibules. It is relatively well ventilated but slightly bulky and heavy.
The tent has two doors (one on either side) and consists of an aluminum
crossing in the middle of the tent, a durable ground sheet, the tent
itself and a
rain fly. There are sufficient tent pens made of aluminum. Zippers are
operate and do not get stuck in the tent material easily.
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Features at a glance
Free Standing 2 Pole System with Aluminum Poles
Easy Assembly with Pole Clips that quickly snap over the tent poles
75D 185T Polyester Fly resists UV damage and stays taut
Factory Sealed Fly & Floor Seams give best weather protection
75D 185T Taffeta Floor with 2000mm Coating
Extra Large #8 Zippers on Doors and Vestibules
Easy Entry & Great Ventilation with 2 Doors (both with zippered mesh
2 Vestibules for gear storage and extra weather protection
Weatherproof Fly Buckles on for maximum adjustability and protection
Mesh Roof Vents increase ventilation and improve star gazing
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Taurus 2 materials:
Fly: 75D, 185T, Poly Taffeta, 1500mm Multi-pass Urethane coating
Floor: 75D, 185T, Poly Taffeta, 2000mm Multi-pass Urethane coating
Walls: 75D, 185T, Poly Taffeta
Mesh: Nylon No See-um Mesh, 40D
Frame: 8.5mm Aluminum
I have been extremely impressed with the quality of the construction. In
the past I have used tents from other manufactures and have gottent quite
picky in what I want out of a tent. This tent easily provides a challenge
to more expensive rivals. Quality, simplicity and durability makes this a
must on the short list when considering tents. The corners and seams have
a high stitch count with heavy thread. The tent has a traditional
cross-over system with two sets of allumium poles crossing in the middle.
This provides a free-standing structure - a feature I prefer in a tent.
The tents has very large vestibules to store your backpack overnight - a
must when you want to cram 3 scouts into a two-person tent.
We purchase these tents and the lighter weight sibling (Zephyr) for our
troop of boy scouts. I deem the tents as virtually indestructible. We
typically pair two or three boys together per tent and I must say that
even on extended trips such as 12 days hiking on the Phillmont scout
ranch, this tent had enough space and afforded enough protection for 3
We conducted trips in temperatures in the low twenties and we conducted
trips in the high nineties, sometimes with heavy rains, and this tent
truly never let us down. There might be occasions where the bath-tub
style floor is tested to see how much water it can hold and whether we can
swim in it because of impropper tent-pitching but the tents is as
waterproof as I can expect from a tent of this price range.
We normally divide the tent parts amongst the boys to share the load which
means that the slightly heavy load is not met with too many complaints.
Fort personal use, I used the tent on at least 7 hikes covering mildly
cold (low twenties) to very warm (high nineties). I found the tent to
provide sufficient cover for all weather conditions but it can be a little
warm and stuffy in warmer conditions. It is definitely not as "airy" as
it's lighter sibling - the Zephyr.
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The tent is easy to pitch and we often have bling-folden tent pitching
competitions with the scouts to make them used to pitching tents in the
dark. This tent is well suited for that purpose. It is equally easy to
take down and breaking camp is normally a matter of minutes.
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This is a two-person tent which is well worth considering - especially
when you are looking for a "biggest bang for buck" tent. It is extremely
robust and durable. We had minor instances where, due to some abuse, we
needed repairs done. ALPS Mountaineering was fantastic! Truly a company
to partner with with great, durable product at reasonable prices.
I definitely recommend this tent.
THINGS I LIKE
Easy to pitch
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
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