ALPS Mountaineering Taurus
I believe that vestibules are a very important part of camping whenever one is using a small tent. Any tent built to house only one to four people usually requires a little extra space for storing important items such as backpacks and boots. Whether you are camping in a stationary location or you are backpacking across many miles, a small tent with a large vestibule can add to your ability to enjoy your camping experience.
Having a vestibule is not enough to push a tent into a top ranking position such as this one. Having two vestibules isn’t even enough to achieve a title such as this. I selected the Alps Taurus not only because of its two spacious vestibules, but also based on its affordability, superior waterproofing, and incredible ventilation.
Two Large Vestibules
I cannot go on to tell you about the other wonderful aspects of this Alps Mountaineering tent without first paying particular attention to its vestibules. The vestibules are this tent’s major selling point, at least as far as winning the title Best with Vestibules is concerned.
Each of the two triangular vestibules measures 7.5 feet in length closest to the tent and 32 inches in depth at the point of the triangle. You can easily store your belongings inside of these vestibules to protect them from rain and pillaging.
Since the slides of each vestibule can be pinned up, I suggest leaving one open for airflow and closing the other for storage purposes. The large square footage of these vestibules means that you probably will not need both for storage purposes. I would use one for storage and leave one only half pinned to create an alcove for shoes. However, this may make it difficult to actually utilize both doors. Perhaps assigning half of each vestibule as storage space and the other half as an entry/exit point would make more sense if two people are sharing this tent.
As you may have noticed among some of the other tent reviews on this website, two vestibules usually denote two doors. Having two doors is also a selling feature of this tent. Not only do these doors add to the excellent ventilation we will discuss in the next section of this article, they also mean that no one will have to climb over (or accidentally step on) anyone else in the night. If two of you are sharing this tent, you can make your midnight bathroom trips without having to worry about disturbing the other person or vice versa.
Boasting strong, tightly woven polyester walls and rainfly, this tent is bound to stand up to tough weather. Though this obviously means that it will stand up well to rainstorms, I want to point out that it also includes wind storms. Strong fabric handles wind much better than weak fabric. This polyester isn’t likely to bow and blow as easily as many other fabrics, meaning that it will stay in place. The better your walls and fly stay in place, the less likely it is that they will tear or expose mesh during windy rainstorms.
The taffeta floor, which extends about 3 to 4 inches up the sides of the tent to create a bathtub-style floor, has received a waterproof rating of 2000mm. The extra few inches of extreme waterproofing on the tent’s sides will keep puddles form leaking into your tent.
I must admit that I have seen more heavily ventilated tents in my time. However, it is clear that this tent has been built to withstand the conditions of spring, summer, and autumn. Whereas fully mesh tents may provide better ventilation on hot summer nights, we must take into account the needs of someone using this tent on cool spring and autumn nights as well.
The mesh roof, slim side windows and half-mesh doors have been created to allow you to vent out body heat on warm nights and to create a cross breeze whenever you like. Simply zip the door and windows closed and throw the fly over to trap that heat inside on cool nights.
Minimal Assembly Required
Two shock-corded poles and an all-clip design mean that assembling this tent will take mere minutes out of your day. There is no need to worry about fussing over pole sleeves, trying to fit together misshapen pole pieces or decipher the color coded scheme the company created for the poles of this tent. Simply snap together the two shock-corded fiberglass poles, fit them into their footings (any two opposite footings will do since these poles are identical), clip the tent onto the poles, and secure it all in place with a few pegs and sit back to enjoy the rest of your vacation.