ALPS Mountaineering has debuted a new backpacking tent in two sizes. Helix one- and two-person tents are based on a three-pole mesh tent and rain-fly configuration. The tents have minimum weights of 2 pounds, 14 ounces, or 3 pounds, 12 ounces for the one- and two-person models respectively, and boast a packed size of 5X16 or 6X18 inches.
These free-standing tents utilize 7000-series aluminum poles and lightweight aluminum hardware for support. Both the floor and fly are made of 20-denier 380T nylon ripstop, with the floor receiving a 3000 mm silicone/pu coating and the fly a 2000 mm silicone/pu coating that resists UV damage. The fly offers full coverage for maximum weather protection and, along with the floor, has factory-sealed seams.
Practical and ergonomic features include roof ventilation to minimize moisture buildup, mesh storage pockets, and vestibule storage to accommodate gear. Assembly is quick thanks to snap-on pole clips, 7075 aluminum stakes, and guy lines for anticipated high-wind conditions.
Both Helix tents are offered in Charcoal/Red and have an 84-inch floor length, with a 35-inch width for the 1-Person tent and 54 inches for the 2-Person model. The Helix 1-Person is built with a single door and vestibule while the Helix 2-Person includes two doors and two vestibules, so that each camper has room to stow their personal gear. For more information, check out alpsmounatineering.com. MSRP: $219.99-$249.99