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Alps Mountaineering Path Tipi Overview


Alps Mountaineering Trail Tip Pyramid Tent Review

The Alps Mountaineering Path Tipi is a low-cost (MSRP $149), single-wall pyramid tent appropriate to be used by a single grownup underneath 72″ in top or two youths as much as 56″ in top. It has a path weight (minus stakes and stuff sack) of three lbs 1 oz and requires a single trekking pole to arrange. The tent has a single entrance door with a big vestibule, adjustable nook man outs, two peak vents, 1 vestibule vent and a floating ground with 2″ of perimeter insect netting, like a tarp tent. Whereas it’s not as buff as an ultralight backpacking pyramid costing 5-7 occasions as a lot, it’s completely appropriate for campground or jamboree tenting in good climate and is even light-weight sufficient for backpacking use.

Specs at a Look

  • Path Weight: tent and pole jack (solely) 3 lbs 1 oz / 1389 g
  • Additionally included: 12 metal stakes, further guylines, patch equipment, stake sack (9.9 oz / 282 g) and tent sack (2.3 oz / 65 g)
  • Trekking pole: Not included, top of 51-54″ really useful
  • Seam-taped: Sure
  • Minimal variety of stakes to pitch: 6
  • Vents: 3
  • Doorways: 1
  • Supplies: Fly is 75D 185T polyester with 1500 mm coating; Flooring is Polyester taffeta with 3000 mm coating

Light-weight backpacking gear has gotten outrageously costly nowadays, so I’ve been looking out for decrease price options for my readers. The Alps Mountaineering Path Tipi caught my eye as a result of its outfitted like many ultralight pyramid tarps, however is made with heavier, extra typical materials to maintain its worth down.


There’s a screened front door inside the vestibule, which is rolled back in this photo.
There’s a screened entrance door contained in the vestibule, which is rolled again on this picture.

The Path Tipi has a six-sided rain fly with a 5 sided inside ground that requires a single trekking pole, 51″-54″ in top to arrange. The tent requires a minimal of 6 tent stakes to pitch. There’s one guyline for every “nook” that’s linked to each the fly and the ground, so that you pressure each with a single stake. Line loc tensioners are included, which makes this a quite simple course of. When organising the tent, you wish to stake out all of the corners loosely, insert the middle pole after which stroll round and pressure the corners.

Lineloc tensioners make setup very easy
Lineloc tensioners make setup very simple

The height is strengthened, however I nonetheless prefer to place the trekking pole deal with as much as forestall tearing it. A pole jack is included with the tent. This can be a only a piece of plastic that matches over the opposite finish of the pole to stop injury to the tent ground. It’s very simple to free, however you possibly can change it with something from a bit of froth pad to a paper plate.

The Trail Tipi includes a pole jack, which doesn’t really add much height, but protects the tent floor.
The Path Tipi features a pole jack, which doesn’t actually add a lot top, however protects the tent ground.

There’s a vestibule on the entrance of the tent, which closes with a two-way zipper so you possibly can go away it partially unzipped for airflow. The zipper is positioned in the midst of the vestibule and there are door tiebacks on both facet if you wish to roll one open for the evening. When you roll each doorways open, I’d suggest working an additional guyline from the height for added stability as a result of the tent will sag a bit for those who take away the stake anchoring the door or one facet of the vestibule. There are further man out factors across the tent for this function.

There is a band of insect netting between the fly and the floor all around the tent perimeter.
There’s a band of insect netting between the fly and the ground throughout the tent perimeter.

The Path Tipi additionally has three vents: two giant vents within the peak and one within the vestibule. All three vents have insect netting behind them and kickstand vents to stay open. Nevertheless, you continue to must get out of the tent to regulate them if required.

Since this can be a single wall tent, you wish to maximize air flow at evening by preserving the entrance vestibule open and each peak vents as nicely. This helps forestall a temperature differential between the inside and exterior of the rain fly which is the reason for tent condensation. Along with the mesh door, there’s a 2″ band of insect netting between the partitions and the ground for extra air flow. It’s coated by the rain fly so rain won’t drip inside.

Residing House

The place of the pole is 22″ behind the entrance mesh door, which makes it exhausting to orient 2 individuals inside until they’re fairly quick and each lower than 56″ tall when mendacity down. There’s no means two adults can match inside until you stack them on prime of each other.

Alps Mountaineering Tipi Tent Floor Plan with Pole Position
Alps Mountaineering Tipi Tent Flooring Plan. The middle pole is situated 22″ in from the entrance door.

Virtually talking, the tent will solely match one grownup underneath 6′ in top or one grownup and a canine, with loads of inside house for gear storage. That grownup can lie behind the pole on a diagonal. That’s how I’ve used it.

The Trail Tipi is large enough for one 6’ adult to sleep in
The Path Tipi is giant sufficient for one 6’ grownup to sleep in

Being a pyramid, the tent ceiling slopes down which limits the quantity of headroom on the sides. I’m 5′ 10″ and didn’t get up with tent material in my face, however it’s nothing just like the spacious inside of a dome-style tent by way of ceiling top. If you would like extra headroom or front room in a pyramid tent, it helps to get one which has a a lot bigger footprint and a better middle pole.

One of many fascinating issues about Tipi Tent is that it’s configured as a single wall tent with a built-in ground. Most ultralight backpacking or typical pyramid tents are floorless and must be coupled with an inside web tent for insect or moisture safety (or used with a bivy sack). This could make them prohibitively costly in addition to heavy.


Whereas the Alps Mountaineering Path Tipi has a pyramid form, which is often fairly wind and climate worthy, the pitch is somewhat sloppy and the tent has a noticeable sag after half-hour regardless of its polyester rain fly. That coupled with the issue of becoming taller people makes me pause in recommending it to be used besides in good climate.  If worth is your most important concern, I’d suggest choosing up one of many 10 Greatest Funds Tents underneath $250 that we suggest, which embody some low weight choices and in addition to fashions that may match two adults fairly comfortably.

Nonetheless, this Alps Mountaineering Path Tipi Tent was positively price attempting, if solely to steer you to raised options.

Disclosure: The creator owns this tent.

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Final up to date: 2022-06-07 09:46:00

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