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ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 Review

A great budget 4 season tent. There are better tents that are lighter, stronger, or more livable - but there aren't many that are $350.
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Price:  $350 List | $227.48 at Amazon
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Pros:  Least expensive model in our review, easy to set up, handles heavy snow loads well, double hooped vestibules are sweet
Cons:  Doesn't perform as well in higher winds as other double wall tents we tested, less headroom for a tent of this weight, heavier, small doors
Manufacturer:   ALPS Mountaineering
By Ian Nicholson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 9, 2018
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  • Weight - 27% 5
  • Livability - 18% 7
  • Weather/Storm Resistance - 25% 5
  • Ease of Set-up - 10% 9
  • Durability - 10% 7
  • Versatility - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 is one of the least expensive 4 season tents on the market that still performs reasonably well in actual four-season conditions. It came close to winning our Best Buy Award, but narrowly lost out to the REI Arete ASL 2. While not as high-performing as some of the other models in our review, it performed fine at most things expected of a 4 season tent. It will work well for a majority of trips that most people will take it on, like snow camping near-or-below treeline or summertime mountaineering.


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Pros Least expensive model in our review, easy to set up, handles heavy snow loads well, double hooped vestibules are sweetMega storm worthy, highly resistant to snow loading, pitches quick from outside, great ventilation, three color options, multiple setup configurationsBomber, great durability, compact footprint, lighter than average weight, fantastic overall balance of strength, weight, and livability, best two pole model to get rained or stormed on in, ample guy pointsExtremely strong, spacious, bomber three-point self equalizing guylines, tight flap-free pitchComes with nice hooped vestibule, lightweight, excellent ventilation, great headroom, compressible, bomber for a bivy-tent
Cons Doesn't perform as well in higher winds as other double wall tents we tested, less headroom for a tent of this weight, heavier, small doorsNot as comfortable as other mostly heavier models, zippers are small and slightly harder to grab, less headroom than other modelsPoor ventilation, slightly tricky setup, insufficient guylines includedBulky for a single wall tent, low ceiling height considering the floor space and weight, harder than average to set up, so-so ventilation, expensive, no vestibuleExterior fabric isn't breathable and absorbed moisture faster than other models, guylines are light duty
Bottom Line A great budget 4 season tent. There are better tents that are lighter, stronger, or more livable - but there aren't many that are $350.Built for the worst conditions but still light and packable enough to consider for summer mountaineering.All-around uses are this model's forte - perfect for summertime mountaineering, light enough for multi-day ski tours, but still robust enough for when the weather turns gnar.Easily among the most bomber tents in this review; extreme storm protection at a respectable weight and its ToddTex ePTFE single-wall fabric handled moisture and condensation better than any other single wall model.A great all-around single wall tent that is packed full of features but still checks in at a respectable weight and is a fantastic price.
Rating Categories Tasmanian 2 Hilleberg Jannu Black Diamond Eldorado Black Diamond Fitzroy The North Face Assault 2
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Specs Tasmanian 2 Hilleberg Jannu Black Diamond... Black Diamond... The North Face...
Floor Dimensions (inches) 92" x 62 in. 93" x 57 in. 87" x 51 in. 93" x 60 in. 82" x 45 in.
Peak Height (inches) 46 in. 40 in. 43 in. 40 in. 42 in.
Measured Weight (tent, stakes, guylines, pole bag) 7.43 lbs 6.87 lbs 5.06 lbs 7.06 lbs 3.62 lbs
Minimum Weight (only tent & poles) 7 lbs 6.17 lbs 4.5 lbs 6.28 lbs 3.24 lbs
Type Double Wall Double Wall Single Wall Single Wall Single Wall
Packed Size (inches) 6.5" x 19 in. 6" x 20 in. 7" x 19 in. 9" x 19 in. 7" x 22 in.
Floor Area (sq ft.) 34.5 sq. ft. 34.5 sq. ft. 31 sq. ft. 36 sq. ft. 27.3 sq. ft.
Vestibule Area (sq ft.) 13 sq. ft 13 sq. ft. 9 sq. ft. (optional) 9 sq. ft. (optional) 10 sq. ft.
Space-Weight Ratio (inches) 0.29 in. 0.31 in. 0.38 in. 0.31 in. 0.47 in.
Number of Doors 2 1 1 2 1.5
Number of Poles 1 continuous 3 2 4 3
Pole Diameter (mm) 9mm 9 mm 8 mm 8 mm 9 mm
Number of Pockets Side: 2 Ceiling: 0 Side: 4 Ceiling: 0 Side: 4 Ceiling: 0 Side: 4 Ceiling: 0 Side: 2 Ceiling: 0
Pole Material Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL Green Easton Aluminum 7075-E9 Easton Aluminum 7075-E9 DAC Featherlite aluminum
Rainfly Fabric 75D 185T polyester with 1500mm coating Kerlon 1200 3 layer ToddTex 3 layer ToddTex 50D DryWall durable ripstop polyester
Floor Fabric 75D 185T poly taffeta with 5000mm coating 70D PU coated nylon Unknown Unknown 40D ripstop nylon, 3000 mm PU coating, silicone water-resistant finish

Our Analysis and Test Results

The ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 is a budget-friendly option for those who can't lay out the $800 and up that many of the higher-end 4 season tents are going for these days. While all of the other tents that we tested scored higher overall than this one, we were still impressed considering it costs only $350. While maybe not a go-anywhere-do-anything model, it remains a decent option for the types of trips most people are going to take their 4 season tents on. For example, it will work fine for summertime mountaineering and most below treeline winter camping. We do think if you are willing to spend a little more on your 4 season tent you'll get a better product, but if you're on a budget then the Tasmanian 2 is a great option for the price.

Performance Comparison



Ease of Set-up


The Tasmanian 2 was easy and quite straightforward to pitch. It utilizes a simple design with quick-to-assemble hubbed poles and plastic clips that hold them in place. Overall, it was one of the easier models to set up in our review.

Weather and Storm Resistance


The Tasmanian 2 is a reasonably storm resistant 4 season tent. It sports a unique two pole design for its structure. The first pole runs the length of the tent and "Y"s at both ends using plastic hubs. A second pole that runs width-wise across the tent adds a fair amount of structural support. It is worth noting that unlike most other models in this review, the body of the tent wasn't taught until we put the fly on and guyed and staked the tent out. The Tasmanian 2 held up to snow loading quite well but only performed okay in moderate to strong winds and didn't handle wind as well as its closely priced competition, the REI Arete ASL 2. Its fly proved quite water resistant and kept us dry during several wet storms, and we haven't seen it wet out yet.

While a respectable 4-season tent, the Tasmanian was hardly a go-anywhere, do-anything four season shelter. We don't recommend it for an expedition where you're likely to encounter severe weather. We'd also be reluctant to take it on early season ascents of peaks like Mt. Rainier or various climbs in the Canadian Rockies. While still a 4 season tent and a good value, it was the least stormy-worthy double wall tent in our review.

Weight and packed size


The Tasmanian 2 weighs 7 pounds even for just the body of the tent, the fly, and poles, and 7 lbs 7 oz "packed weight" with stakes and guylines, etc. This tent isn't super heavy for a double wall model, but it's also not particularly strong for its weight. This is where some of the Tasmanian 2's materials and construction come into play. The interior fabric is heavy and cheap feeling. The poles are basic and its pole clips aren't the lightest. Overall the Tasmanian 2 isn't as heavy as The North Face Mountain 25 (8 lbs 8 ounces packed weight), but the Mountain 25 has a far more bomber design and more efficient livable space.

Livability and Comfort


The Tasmanian 2 sports 34.5 square feet of internal space. This is slightly higher-than-average among tents in our review. It also features a longer length that is nice for taller users. However, while the peak height of the Tasmanian may technically be higher than many others because of its sharply peaked design, it doesn't have as much usable headroom. For example, right in the center, there is a lot of headroom, but when two people sit facing each other, say to play cards, their heads will touch the ceiling pretty much all-the-time.

The doors are also rather small, though this wasn't a super big deal. One of the biggest highlights of this tent are its twin hooped vestibules, one at each end of the tent. All of our testers commented on how much they liked this design an they proved large enough for packs and other gear while still offering enough space to easily sneak by or to take a jacket off prior crawling into the main body of the tent.

Adaptability and Versatility


The Tasmanian 2 is average for adaptability and versatility among 4 season models. Its two doors each feature a full sized mesh window, plus two additional smaller vents in the ceiling. This helped condensation reasonable well, at least enough that we'd consider taking this tent on the occasional three-season backpacking trip.

Best Applications


The ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 is good for many four-seaosn applications but not all of them. We think it's great for summertime mountaineering objectives and its suitable for winter camping near and below treeline. It handles snow loading well, but just does okay in strong winds and we'd avoid taking it anywhere where it might be exposed to these conditions. The internal fabric on the body of the tent is not particularly breathable, and there is just okay venting, making this tent less desirable for regular three-season camping.

Value


While this tent didn't score particularly high compared to other models in our review, we do think this tent is a excellent value. At $350 it is one the very best 4 season tents you can buy for the price. We looked at dozens of budget options before choosing the Tasmanian and think that its one of the better models in its price range.

Conclusion


The ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 is one of the best options for the price. It only narrowly missed winning our overall Best Buy Award to the REI Arete ASL, which is two pounds lighter, marginally more wind resistant, and with better headroom. Reasons to go with the Tasmanian instead are its very long internal dimensions, two doors, and two huge hooped vestibules.


Ian Nicholson