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ALPS Mountaineering Helix 2 Tent

ALPS Mountaineering Helix 2 Tent is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Product Description
Item No.   10523128

Features of the ALPS Mountaineering Helix 2 Tent

  • Free-standing 3 pole frame with 7000 series aluminum poles
  • Easy assembly with lightweight aluminum hardware and pole clips that quickly snap over the tent poles
  • 20D 380T nylon ripstop fly with 2000 mm silicone/pu coating resists UV damage and stays taut
  • 20D 380T nylon ripstop floor with 3000 mm silicone/pu coating
  • Factory-sealed fly and floor seams provide the best weather protection
  • Full-coverage fly offers maximum protection
  • Extra guy-outs on the fly to stabilize the tent in bad weather
  • Vestibule for gear storage and extra weather protection
  • Weatherproof fly attached at the corners for maximum adjustability and protection
  • Great ventilation with entire mesh walls
  • Mesh storage pockets, 7075 aluminum stakes, and guy ropes included
  • Easy entry with two doors
  • Helix 2-Person Footprint available

Product Specifications
Features: Free Standing
Weight: 4 lb 2 oz
Packed Dimensions: 6 x 18 in.
Minimum Trail Weight: 3 lb 12 oz
Floor Area: 31.5 Square Feet
Floor Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 ft
Vestibule Area: 16 square feet
Peak Height: 41.5 in.
Number of Poles: 3
Tent Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm
Tent Pole Material: Aluminum
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Best Use: Camping
Sleep Capacity: 2
Number of Doors: 2
Product Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Far, So Good So, I have a lot of tents, and I bought the Helix 2 as a light, but not superlight dome styled backpacking tent which would not break the bank and be fairly durable. This tent was about 4lbs 2 oz, and is not ultra-light, but this tent is respectably light, and costs about half of what many of the premium ulta light tents cost. In addition, one of the ways tents cut weight is by using more "advanced" fabrics. While fabrics like dyneema are both ulta light and waterproof, many of the lighter options seems to sacrifice being weather resistant. This tent has a reasonably decent waterproof rating and factory sealed seams. I have a few bivvies both for summer and for winter, and this is heavier than the bivvy + tarp setup, but lighter than most tents in its price range. I you are a pro backpacker, I would be interested to hear your review, but as a weekend warrior who loves gear, I found this tent a nice compromise as this is my second backpacking tent. I'm writing this review after the initial run in the tent. So far, I have not rain tested it. The Setup The helix design cuts weight, and is probably slightly less strong than a hubbed design. It is a bit strange to set up the first time, but once you've done it twice, you understand the design and some of the tricks involved in the setup. Once you done it, you can do it again in 5-10 mins, even in the dark. Interior The inside layout is 31 sf, and is decently tall and fits 2 standard backpacking mats side by side with an inch or two to spare, and has four interior mesh pockets and a center hang look for a lantern. Based on the maiden voyage I really liked it. The vestibules are nice, and you can put or two packs stacked on each side and the double doors facilitate more storage. I would get the footprint, but there too, you won't get charged an arm and a leg. The footrpint is about 25-50% of what you spend for one of the more ultralight tents. You can also experiment with a Tyvek footprint to save a little weight. The downside to the tent is that while it is 95% freestanding, and you can set up the tent with only a few stakes in a pinch, you will not get a great pitch unless you can use stakes or some other anchor for the fly. This is not unusual for these types of tents. That said, the fly helps give the helix poles structure, and stakes help for this. One other thing, they probably should have some stake loops by the doors to help give a but more structure there as well. Conclusion: Great backpacking tent for the price. Quality of seam, stitching and materials seemed solid. I will write an addendum to this review after the first season to update the review after a few rainstorms and some wind.
Date published: 2022-04-12
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How can the dimensions of the floor be 4 ft 6 inches x4 ft 10 inches? Can that be right? Is it for toddlers?

Asked by: Anneso
Hey Anneso, thanks for pointing out the issues with the tent specs here. We are working on cleaning up the page ASAP. In the meantime here are some specs for the ALPS Mountaineering Helix 2 Tent: Floor Dimensions~ 7ft x 4ft 6in Peak height ~ 41.5in Vestibule Depth ~ 27.5in Packed Size ~ 6in x 18in Total Weight~ 4lbs 2oz Minimum Trail weight ~ 3lbs 12oz Thanks again for pointing out the miss!
Answered by: Gator
Date published: 2022-04-27
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