Scout Testimonials


Because we've had so many good comments, we decided to sort them by category, so click on the link below to go to the page for either tents, packs, or sleeping bags. If you've purchased any of our gear and like what you've received, let us know and we'll get your comments listed too.


Tent Testimonials


Extreme 3 OF - I purchased one of your tents a year and a half ago and felt compelled to write the testimonial below. As an avid camper, I appreciate candid reviews of gear before I make a purchase. Therefore, I feel that it's appropriate that I return the favor. I've been so pleased with my tent that I'm also considering trying out your Navajo 0 long sleeping bag and your Outfitter self-inflating seat mat.

I learned about ALPS Mountaineering through a fellow scouter who raved about his Taurus tent. A year and a half ago, I purchased an Extreme 3 Outfitter tent for use as my primary camping tent for monthly boy scout outings. I've been very pleased with this tent and have used it exclusively since I received it. The quality of overall construction is good, it has many nice features, all of which I find useful regularly. The colors are muted but not dark, which I find aesthetically pleasing from both inside and outside the tent. The rain fly is generously large, allowing good coverage and providing a vestibule at each of the two doors. The vestibules are extremely useful for quick gear stowage, providing a place for storing dirty boots or shoes without tracking debris into the tent, and stowing miscellaneous items such as camp chairs, etc. I also purchased the footprint ground cloth along with the tent which fits the tent very well without sticking out to catch rain. The rainfly has an inside accessible top vent on each end which also features a transparent window which I have found useful to keep an eye on what's happening outside my tent if needed. The inside of the tent is spacious without being cavernous. While you cannot stand up inside, there is plenty of room to maneuver. There are mesh gear pockets near each door and a gear loft in the top. This tent has survived two very wet and stormy weeks of summer camps with 1 inch deep water on all sides where many other tents failed to keep out the water but this tent performed admirably, letting in only drops, which allowed me to stay dry while others faced wet sleeping bags,and gear. This tent has been very wind-resilient and I've never had to worry about it not surviving a storm (thanks to the ground-hugging design, secure webbing attachment of the rainfly to the corner points and well-placed guy-out points). While this tent would not qualify as ultralight, in my opinion, it provides good protection from the elements and insects for both me and my gear. I'm looking forward to many more years in my Extreme 3 Outfitter and also intend to try out other ALPS gear.

- Rex P.


Lynx 2 - My son Ian was a guide at the Greater Cleveland Council High Adventure Canoe Base in Tinnerman. Tinnerman is located on the French River and Georgian Bay in Northern Ontario, Canada. He was there for seven weeks. The camp consists of spending one week on the river, canoeing and portaging to a different campsite each day. By the end of the week most crews will have paddled 50 plus miles. Ian stated that this year was a particularly wet one. He was quiet impressed with the Lynx two man tent we purchased from you. The constant packing and unpacking, in and out of canoes, and constant rain and wind found to be no match for this tent, Ian stated he was dry and there were no problems. It is nice to find a company selling a quality product to scouts at a price they can afford. Keep up the good work.

- Daniel C


Extreme 3 OF - Based on a recommendation from another Boy Scout parent I recently purchased the Extreme 3 OF tent so I could attend fall/winter hikes and events with my son and grandson. Our old large dome tents were showing their age and made for the spring/summer months. The time line to get the tent in before a scheduled trip was tight and I was worried there for a while that I may end up sleeping out in the cold night at Carderock MD in a summer tent. But your telephone sales rep was right and the tent arrived just in time. We slept well in the Extreme 3 OF; she was solid as a rock in a light wind. With the temperatures dropping 10 degrees colder than we expected to nearly 20 all water that had been hiked in and left on the picnic table was frozen, although not solid it was enough to be a nuisance. However the water bottle and Gatorade that I had elected to store under the vestibule were not frozen at all. I was also surprised to find no moisture inside our tent at all. Thank you for such a fine product and for the scout direct program which allowed us to purchase a tent that might have been outside of our considered price range.

- Larry C.


Zephyr 2 - I just wanted to tell you I enjoyed doing business with your company recently. I heard about your company from our district committee chair who has done business with you for quite some time. I purchased a Zephyr 2 man tent and was very impressed with the quality and design. For the money it can't be beat. I used it at a wood badge training event and it rained 3 days in a row 80% of the time and I had no problem staying dry. If you forget to open the top vent (which has a nifty design) you will get condensation but with it open it was minimal in 100% humidity environment here in Alabama. The tent was shipped on time and everything was perfect. I have already given your website address to 5 people and plan on telling many more. Thanks for your support of scouting and I will be buying more equipment in the future!

- Gleen D.


Taurus 4 - I'll be placing a combo order later today. I have to say, I have loved every product we've purchased from you so far (tents, pads, bags, and a day pack). I had a couple of your tents in the UP earlier this summer and it rained pretty much the whole week. I had three boys, with gear, in one of the Taurus 4 tents so their sleeping bags kept going up against the side walls. I had one bag get a little damp in one corner on one day and that was it for the whole week! I also spent 2.5 weeks in July sleeping on a couple layers of your foam pads and one of your "luxury air mattresses" and I slept better than I do in my own bed. I'm looking forward to getting one of your internal packs.

- Brian L.


Just thought I would drop you a note to tell you what a great line of products you have. Boy Scout Troop 110 from Hanover, Pa. just recently completed a two year hiking project of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The tow path is 185 miles from Washington DC. To Cumberland, Md., through all kinds of weather your backpacks and tents preformed head and shoulders above the other packs and tents that started our trek. It seems that by the time we finished the canal the boys and dads that started with other brands of packs and tents have switched to ALPS packs and tents. We have never let the weather stop us and with your gear we can keep right on hiking and camping in the rain and snow. During our trek we have been blessed with many a rainy and a one or two snowy nights and as long as we were sleeping in our ALPS tents and sleeping bags we have stayed dried and warm.

We now have boys that only carry ALPS gear from day packs to carry school books in to the floor saver for their tents. The boys and adults of Troop 110 that have used your gear tell everyone they come in contact about what a great product you have. When our Troop heads to Philmont in June of 2007 ALPS gear will be going with us. If not for your Scout pricing some of our boys might not have had the opportunity to own such quality equipment. Thank you

Again thank you and your staff for offering a great product at a great price.

- Tim S.


Extreme 3 - I just spent 11 nights in your "extreme 3" tent at Philmont scout ranch. My tent partner is 6'3 and 245 lbs. and is all there. It was great. We had a lot of wind and nights of heavy rain. We never had any problems. We also had the "footprint" that goes with it. I will never use another sheet of plastic for a groundtarp so long as I live. Keep up the good work.

- Ron T.


Osage - We purchased one Osage, and one Tetragon 5, and had the boys set them up at a troop meeting. Also present was our board members and assistant scoutmasters, the latter were initially pulling for the Tetragon's as the color's match our standard camping tents, Tetragon 9's. The Osage went up in minutes. The Tetragon's fly short rods were a source of confusion, and required scoutmaster guidance to complete the set up. The leaders were impressed with the overall construction, from the zippers, to the thickness of the fly, stouter fiberglass poles, and sturdiness of the stuff sack. Our tallest scouts and adults could stretch comfortably in the Osage, the extra 6 inches in length dramatically increased comfort. Though you had us on set up and tent length, the sewn in directions, the weight is practically the same as the Tetragon, and the provision of a repair kit indicates you folks have a clue on practical tent design and use. The board liked the price. The adults and boys literally spent an hour evaluating both tents. I asked the boys and the adults to stand behind their choice upon conclusion of the evaluation. There was not one vote for the Tetragon, twenty eight to zip. Not bad.

My assistant scoutmasters were so impressed, we will replace Tetragon 9's, which are all suffering from catastrophic zipper failure, with the larger Osage model… hence our tent stock will be complementary, which solves the matching problem.

- Daniel J. B.


Extreme 2 AL - The Extreme 2 is a great tent. You make top quality products.

- Bruce D.


BaseCamp Awning - Our District held our week-long Day Camp for Cub Scouts, where I served as a Den Guide. I set up the awning for our den, which included 13 Webelos, a Den Chief and usually 2 adults. We all had plenty of room to get out of the hot sun!

The awnings were up all week, and I never had a problem with the Alps Mountaineering. We had some high wind come in one night, and several other canopies were blown over or down, and one was even damaged. The Alps awning survived without even a wrinkle! I've included photos of both the Alps awning and the others, which didn't handle the wind too well.

Even though this awning is large, I can set it up by myself in just a few minutes, if I need to. It is very easy to put up, and can be configured in a number of ways. This awning also provided tons more shade than the other typical awnings, which the Webelos greatly appreciated. View Photo


Meramac 4 ZF - Nothing could have prepared our troop for the chaos that ensued during a recent campout. If you look closely, you will see, on the right side of this picture the trunk of a tree that fell into the middle of our campsite. The tree fell during an extreme thunderstorm. Our troop evacuated the site until the storm passed and then returned to pickup the pieces. View Photo

What really surprised us was what happened to our tents. In the foreground you will see another company's tent that was flattened into a mess of nylon fabric. In the background is one of our Mermac 4 ZF tents. As is typical of our scouts, nobody staked down our tents or used the guy lines. In fact most did not zip up their tents as they evacuated the site until the storm passed. We found all of the Mermac tents upright and the only water that got into a few of the Alps tents was a few drops at the open zippers.

Robert S.


Taurus 5 OF - Hi. I'm the quartermaster for Trp 8 here is Naperville, IL and last fall we bought about 32 Taurus OF 5s from you. The troop loves them. Recently we had one rip where the ceiling screening meets the tent wall.Per your instructions I returned the tent body to you, and within about a week you had sent us back a brand new tent body, no questions asked.

WOW! Thanks for the great and quick service!!

- Bob Z.


It's a pleasure doing business with you. Your products are first-rate, your service has been terrific, and your prices are unbeatable.

Our troop will be hiking at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico this summer, traveling in style with the Alps equipment we've ordered.

- Ken


Taurus 2 - I wanted to pass on some positive feedback on two fantastic products I bought under the scouting program from Alps Mountaineering. I've been backpacking since I was a scout in the 80's including some pretty hefty trips up Mt Washington in NH; I'm now a Scout Master with Troop 347 Huntingtown MD. I received my Taurus 2 tent and Cascade pack within a week of ordering, your sales folks were extremely pleasant to work with. I was referred to Alps by one of my fellow scout masters who I had the opportunity to back pack with through the Shenandoah mountains. I was impressed with his Alps Pack and questioned him about it.

The Taurus 2 tent is an example of simplicity and quality. Quick and easy to set up, I was comfortable and dry well before others were able to set up their far more complex tents. Again the quality of construction was impeccable. The tent stood up very well in rain and high winds. I'd highly recommend this product to those looking for a simple, reliable and high quality backpacking tent.

I've owned many pieces of backpacking gear from all the major name brands, but none have been as well constructed and offered at such a great price as Alps Mountaineering. I also wanted to say thanks for supporting scouting.

-Ron C.


Meramac 5 ZF AL - About a month ago, our family went on what turned out to be a very rainy weekend camping trip (1.5” of rain). It was the first trip I took with our Meramac 5 ZF AL, and I was very impressed with every aspect of it, but particularly that we stayed ABSOLUTELY DRY in our tent – I mean, not a single drop of water got in! The no-sag fly covered every inch of the tent that needed it… and the water just beaded up and slid right off. The flap over the door zipper not only didn't get caught in the zipper, but it actually lay flat and kept the water out. I should also say that I didn't do any seamsealing myself on the tent before I took it out – a testimony to the excellent sealing done at the factory! An AMAZING tent!

I wish I could say the same thing for our kids' tents (Eureka Backcountry 2s). These tents are similar in basic design to the Meramac – 2-pole freestanding dome tents with comparable fly. Unfortunately, they are not made nearly as well as ALPS tents. Our kids got totally soaked. It actually looked like the rainfly on their tents was absorbing the water! Water got in everywhere – corners, door, you name it. We actually abandoned our trip a day early just so they could get home and dry.

This past weekend was also a rainy camping trip (gotta love this New England weather!). But this time I put a tarp over a large part of our kids' Eureka tents. Unfortunately, given the layout of our campsite, I couldn't completely cover them, but I'd say roughly 80-90% of each tent was protected. I thought that would be enough – but was I wrong! Again, they got soaked – water got in wherever the tent wasn't covered, and also looked like it was getting in from the ground. When we were breaking camp and our son picked up his sleeping pad, it was dripping wet on the bottom! Needless to say, hubby and I stayed COMPLETELY DRY IN OUR MERAMAC!! HOORAY!!

I have just gotten home and ordered Meramac tents for our kids. The Eureka Backcountrys are in the trash, where they belong.

I should also say in closing that I've spent a good bit of time in the past couple of years searching for my ideal tent: 80-100 sq. ft., tall enough to stand in, relatively lightweight, 3-season weatherproof, aluminum poles. I've tried the TNF Trailhead 4, SD Nomad 6, and the Kelty Traildome 6. None of them can compare to the Meramac in design, features, quality or price! My quest is over!!

Keep making these fantastic tents! Now I can't wait to purchase some of your other products – I'm probably in danger of becoming an ALPSaholic!

- Deb B.


I have done a lot of backpacking this summer and all your products I tried worked great. I am a boy scout from troop 169 out of Unionville NC. This summer I went to Philmont with Troop 448 out of Salisbury NC. Troop 448 bought three Extreme 3 outfitter tents to use for troop trips.At Philmont we used them for the first time. They kept us dry from the rain and our vented great. And after ten days the three of us could set it up with all the guy lines in less than three minutes.They allowed for the perfect sleeping temperature even on the cooler nights. Another scout in our troop used your Mystic 2 at Philmont. It worked great too. After Philmont our troop went to Mount Mitchell for a five day backpacking trip. I used my Zephyr 2 and my dad broke in his new Cascade pack. Every time we go to mount Mitchell we get pelted with rain. The rain cover pocket in the cascade was great because we were constantly frantically looking for our pack covers to throw on before it started to rain. The pack and cover kept everything nice and dry and fit great during our hikes. My Zephyr 2 kept us dry even in a 14 hour shower that dropped close to three inches of rain. Even after the long shower we were bone dry while some of our other troop members sat around to dry out there tents. The Zephyr worked better than the 160 dollar Rei tents the rest of our troop had(plus it weighs a half pound less).I really appreciate your customer service and your great products. Your gear is the quality of brands twice the price.


- Stuart P.

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Mystique 1.5 - Just wanted to say thanks for your good service and great products. The Synergy day pack I ordered was used daily at scout camp for a week without a hitch. Then I used it for an overnighter (not it's design intent) and it worked fine carrying about 25-30 pounds. The Mystique 1.5 tent fit inside with my summer sleeping bag compressed in your cyclone stuff sack along with my cook kit & stove, clothing, food, etc. The Mystique 1.5 tent kept me dry during the all night rain and I slept soundly with plenty of room for me and the Synergy pack inside. I'm looking forward to more simple and lightweight overnight backpacking trips with your gear.

- Bryce L.


Taurus 2 and BaseCamp Awning - I've been buying Alps gear for quite a while now in anticipation of my Webelos moving up to start our own new Scout Troop. Well, that has finally happened. Last weekend the boys camped in their Taurus 2 tents for the first time ever. We had a “shakedown” overnight campout behind our meeting place just to get the boys used to setting up the tents and sleeping in them. Everything went absolutely great. The boys, all 10 ½ or 11 year old brand new Boy Scouts, had no trouble setting up the tents. We also set up the Base Camp awning with our kitchen gear underneath.

Next weekend the troop will be participating in our first camporee with other troops. The boys will surely be comfortable in their Alps tents- and I am pretty confident that our little six boy troop will have one of the most “squared away” looking campsites in the District!

- Kenneth O.


Taurus 2 - I wanted to pass on to you how pleased I was with my new Taurus 2 tent and Cascade Internal Frame pack. As a Scout Master I stress to my scouts that quality gear does not have to cost an arm and a leg. The Taurus 2 is the model of practicality; easy to set up in wind/rain, comfortable, dry, extremely breathable and easy to get in and out of, the fly is a perfect size to cover packs. I'm equally pleased with my Cascade pack. The internal reservoir pocket, zip out main pocket and comfortable harness system are all stand out features ... this pack is outstanding!

- Ron C.


Well we (Troop 99 in Washington, NC) went to Camp Bonner this weekend, Oct 7th and 8th, 2005 and in typical Boy Scout fashion, we ignored all weather forecasts pertaining to rain and decided to stick with our plans for the trip. We received 12 inches of rain in about 18 hours courtesy of Tropical Storm Tammy. There were two permanent shelters at the site we selected and we had the boys pitch their tents under on of these to afford them some protection. I was busy cooking lunch under the other permanent shelter when another leader informed me that one side of my tent had water rising up appx 3" by the outside of the door. Water had also created rivulets under the boys shelter and had gotten inside some of these tents. The rain was coming down so hard that I decided to take my chances with the tent staying dry on the inside. I had used this tent in the rain before with no problems. After the rain slowed enough for me venture out (appx 2 hours of steady downpour) and assess the situation. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my tent only had a few splatters of water near the windows. After further inspection I determined that the water had come in through the side window where the rain had hit the ground so hard that it actually splashed in above the window. Folks I am talking about some SERIOUS rain here. My boots were under the vestibule that was slightly submerged and they were dry also, however they were in a different place than I left them due to floating around under the vestibule.***** This was remarkable******

12" of rain from the remnants of a tropical storm and all I had was a few drops by the window! Thanks for supporting scouting with a great, value priced, quality product!

- Kevin M.


Extreme - The tent performed like a true champion through all of the Philmont weather. Probably the best tent I have owned in 30+ years of camping.

- Dan K.


Outfitter - We've also had great success with tents. We use Outfitter 4s as our normal tents, and have found after a couple of years now that they hold up very well. If properly pitched they'll withstand some extremely severe weather including the high winds and driving rain that sometimes accompany thunderstorms here in Texas. We also used Mystique 2s for our two Philmont crews this summer with excellent results. We appreciated the light weight, but they're quite easy to set up and roomy for their weight and we had no problems despite rain several evenings and one afternoon with 1/2" hail.

- T.W. Cook


I do want to thank you for having such a great product. I have been scouting for 25 year and these are the first tents that keep the boys dry even in an all week rain.

- Benno L.


I'm a Scoutmaster for a Troop in Roswell, GA and had the privilege to be a Scoutmaster for one of the Atlanta Area Council Troops for National Jamboree this year. In all, there were about 240 Scouts and leaders (6 troops) from AAC, and we all used the Taurus 4AL. That's roughly 125 ALPS tents just in our contingent!The first comment I'd like to make is about the quality. I personally own 2 REI Half Domes, 2 Walrus's and 2 Eureka 2 man tents. The quality of your tents was most impressive. The oversized zippers operated smoothly and never snagged. The tents were easy to pitch, and there is obvious attention to detail. The locking mechanism for the ends of the poles to the pins in the corners of the tents made it easy for all of the scouts to pitch their tents without the normal " darn, the pole slipped off of that pin again" syndrome. The rainflys secured snugly and the corner clips (buckles) from the rainfly to the tents made for a very well integrated package.As you may have heard, this year's jamboree had it's share of weather. On Wednesday night, we experienced high velocity circular winds and had an inch of rain fall in about 20 minutes. Once the storm passed, every tent was still standing tall, and everyone was completely dry. I wish I could say the same for some our neighbors in wall tents.We received another rainstorm later in the week with about another inch of rain in an hour, and once again, everyone stayed bone dry. As we walked around Jamboree, we saw many troop with ALPS tents and their comments were all the same. High Quality and excellent protection from the rain.I've been looking for standard tents for my troop back in Georgia, and after our experience with the Taurus's I'm recommending we invest in a number of 2-man Taurus' for the troop and have recommended to many of our scouts that they would be a great investment for their personal gear.

Thanks for helping make our Jamboree experience so enjoyable!

- Guy K.


Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know about how well your products did at this year's National Scout Jamboree. I can't tell you how happy I was to find out that our Jambo Contingent had decided to go with ALPS tents for our scouts. They performed exceptionally well!!! The excellent ventilation made sleeping in those 90 degree nights bearable. And when the skies opened up and the wind howled on Wednesday, well, let's just say our scouts were cozy and dry in their tents.

I decided to outfit my son with all ALPS gear in preparation for the Jamboree and it really paid off. He took the Summer sleeping bag, and the regular air pad, along with several compression stuff sacks to hold his other gear. We "tested" the summer bag at summer camp a week before Jamboree and it worked great. We had 3 straight days of rain, but it provided just the right amount of warmth. At the Jamboree, the combination of the summer bag and the regular air pad made sleeping as comfortable as it could be. The compression stuff sacks helped to minimize packing sizes and keep clothes and gear organized.

I am attaching a number of pictures from the Jamboree. It was amazing how many ALPS tents we saw. I made it a point to talk to a number of the troops using ALPS tents, just to see how they were doing, and didn't hear anything but praise from everyone I spoke to.

Thanks again for your commitment to scouting and providing quality products at reasonable prices. We used to be a Kelty family, but after our experiences with ALPS, we are hooked. Being able to completely outfit a scout with gear without having to take out a loan is truly appreciated.

- Jim K.


Taurus Outfitter - For the campout this past weekend at Old Rag Mountain, I purchased a tent, the Taurus Outfitter. The tent is excellent. Read the description on the website. I decided to get the "Outfitter" variation of the Taurus because it has a more durable floor and oversized zippers. Experience has taught me that a less durable floor will eventually tear and the smaller zippers (standard size) will eventually snag on the fabric along the zipper and tear, as well. This tent has neither problem. Also, the tent has clips that connect the tent to the poles. Many tents have fabric sleeves that the poles go through. On many of these "sleeved" tents, I have seen these sleeves tear, which is a problem that is very difficult, if not impossible, to remedy.

- Justin T.


This was just one spot where we were dumped on by Mother Nature yet stayed warm and dry thanks to the quality of our tents! On our last afternoon in the backcountry we spent about 2 hours inside our tents at 9,800' waiting for a huge thunder/lightning/downpour/hail storm to end! This storm was right on TOP of us for about 15 minutes as we assumed the lightning position inside our tents and prayed! Let me tell you that we stayed completely dry and it is due to the quality of your product. The rain was pouring down and there was a torrent of water rushing all around our tents during the storm. What an experience! When it was over, we came out and spent the rest of the afternoon and into the evening building a fire and helping to dry out another crew who was not fortunate enough to have your tents. The tents survived this storm as well as others, the pre-Philmont shakedowns, and we look forward to using them in our Troop for a long time to come. I don't need to tell you whose products we recommend to other Scout units! Keep up the good work!

- Michael


Mystique 2 - I just wanted to drop you a note regarding the tent I purchased from ScoutDirect/Alps in April. My intent was to use it on a Philmont Trek from 6-20 August. I purchased the Mystique 2 and the footprint. The tent performed quite well for the entire trek. We were exposed to some significant rain, but not much wind, during the trek. I was very happy with the size (one person, 2 man tent) and the security I felt with the significant rain fly and the nice sized vestibules. I was also very happy with the interior height, being able to sit up in my tent is always something I appreciate. Ventilation inside the tent was excellent.

- Joe T.


Taurus 2 - I just got back from a 10 day High Adventure outing at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, NM. I took the Taurus 2 AL, which I had only put up once before, with me on the trek. Let me tell you, after 10 days of rain day and night and temps in the 40's this tent never leaked one drop of rain. While all the other leaders with other “big name” tents complained that everything was wet, wet sleeping bags and wet tents, while I stayed nice and dry. I HIGHLY recommend this tent to anyone who is looking for a weekend getaway tent or an expedition grade tent.

- Brian C.


Wilderness 10x10 - I recently purchased a salesman sample tent (Wilderness 10X10) and what a deal it was! I set the tent up in my backyard for the purpose of applying seam sealer. No sooner that I had the tent up, I was invited to go on a 3-4 hour canoeing trip on a river near my house. Of course, I jumped at the chance to get some paddling in. The weather was sunny and warm so I figured I would just apply the seam sealer when I returned. Once I was on the river, the skies turned suddenly became very ominous looking......yep you guessed it....the rain began pouring with the wind blowing the rain almost horizontal. A typical TN summer thunderstorm dropping nearly 2 inches of rain in about 20 minutes. With some minor flooding this made for some exciting paddling, but all I could think about was my poor tent w/ no seam sealer or ground cloth. I didn't even have all the stakes in or the door & windows zipped up entirely. To my amazement the tent was still standing and the interior was bone dry! Truly a outstanding product at an extreme value-----you can expect my share of repeat business for me and my fellow Scouters.

- Terry M.


Taurus 5 OF - The ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 5 Outfitter is very well designed and constructed. The natural muted colors of the tent blend nicely with the environment.

I found that the Taurus OF matched the quality of tents that cost twice as much. The Taurus OF used as good or better materials and construction as the outfitter style tents from Kelty, Eureka! and The North Face that I compared it to, and heavier duty materials than non outfitter tents from the same manufacturers. See Full Review

I found no other tent that fit my criteria list so closely. The Kelty domes came close, but the trail dome doesn't have vestibules or a full fly and the Grand Mesa only has one door. The Taurus uses heavier materials than either. Spending less than half the money just sweetened the deal.

I am very pleased with my purchase of the ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 5 Outfitter Tent. It has exceeded my expectation on quality and met all of my selection criteria. Thanks to the folks at ALPS for making such a great product and offering such a great discount to Scouts. They really do offer "A little more, for a LOT less."

- Tom C.

Pack Testimonials


ALPS Packs - Our Ozark Trail Council Boy Scout Troop 163 from Reed Spring Missouri recently finished an 82 mile trek at Philmont. Eleven out of twelve of us were equipped with ALPS Mountaineering backpacks. In fact it made it very easy to find your pack line when we went to the various base camps! The packs performed beautifully on the trek and saw the usual Philmont use and abuse! We didn't have a single failure in 10 days of rigorous hiking. In fact my son and I also used an Alps Zephyr 2 person tent, sleeping bag and pad which also did a great job. Unfortunately my Coleman sleeping bag did not do so well, the zipper would get stuck an average of twice a night. My son who was using an Alps Clearwater bag, laughed every time it got stuck! I plan to replace it with a Clearwater 20 Degree wide before our next camp-out this fall. Thanks for the Scout Direct program and making great products at very affordable prices.

- Scott T.


Red Tail 4500 - Just wanted to let you, as a parent, how much I appreciate your Red Tail pack's high quality and reliability. In addition to many weekend trips, my son used it for a two week trek at Philmont. Then, the night before my daughter's 50 mile trek in the UP, Michigan, she switched out her pack and used her brother's Red Tail instead. They both feel that they had the best designed and most comfortable pack in their scout crews. And, after all of the wear and tear from teenagers' use, there has been no structural problems - - it even still looks like new!

- Theresa


Denali 4500 - I wanted to write to tell you about my recent experience with Alps gear. We learned about your company from the National Order of the Arrow Conference in 2006 at Michigan State. We met Sarah there and enjoyed visiting with her. Shortly after the NOAC we took advantage of your NOAC special through Scout Direct. I was outfitting 3 people (myself and my 2 boys) for a backpacking trip this June at the new Double H High Adventure Base in West Central New Mexico. We used your Denali packs and Clearwater sleeping bags. Some of our crew had other Alps gear. The gear performed great! Please thank all the crew at Alps so much for making and selling such great gear and especially for making your quality gear available to Boy Scouts at such great prices. It would have been very difficulty financially for me to outfit 3 people for our trip without Alps! Our trip was fantastic and we spread the word all the time among our Scouting friends about how great Alps is and how much they love Scouts. Thanks so much.

- Jim L.


Synergy 40 - Just wanted to say thanks for your good service and great products. The Synergy day pack I ordered was used daily at scout camp for a week without a hitch. Then I used it for an overnighter (not it's design intent) and it worked fine carrying about 25-30 pounds. The Mystique 1.5 tent fit inside with my summer sleeping bag compressed in your cyclone stuff sack along with my cook kit & stove, clothing, food, etc. The Mystique 1.5 tent kept me dry during the all night rain and I slept soundly with plenty of room for me and the Synergy pack inside. I'm looking forward to more simple and lightweight overnight backpacking trips with your gear.

- Bryce L.


The buckles and strapping you sent me fit PERFECTLY. Thanks so much for taking care of this special order, and for all the phone conversations to make it right. The speedy delivery was in time for our scout outing. I'll get the first set of buckles in the mail in the next few days.

You represent a company that cares about its customers.

- Gary B.


Just thought I would drop you a note to tell you what a great line of products you have. Boy Scout Troop 110 from Hanover, Pa. just recently completed a two year hiking project of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The tow path is 185 miles from Washington DC. To Cumberland, Md., through all kinds of weather your backpacks and tents preformed head and shoulders above the other packs and tents that started our trek. It seems that by the time we finished the canal the boys and dads that started with other brands of packs and tents have switched to ALPS packs and tents. We have never let the weather stop us and with your gear we can keep right on hiking and camping in the rain and snow. During our trek we have been blessed with many a rainy and a one or two snowy nights and as long as we were sleeping in our ALPS tents and sleeping bags we have stayed dried and warm.

We now have boys that only carry ALPS gear from day packs to carry school books in to the floor saver for their tents. The boys and adults of Troop 110 that have used your gear tell everyone they come in contact about what a great product you have. When our Troop heads to Philmont in June of 2007 ALPS gear will be going with us. If not for your Scout pricing some of our boys might not have had the opportunity to own such quality equipment. Thank you

Again thank you and your staff for offering a great product at a great price.

- Tim S.


Just a note of thanks for the excellent service from your company. I am currently deployed in Afghanistan and my wife ordered a backpack for my youngest son after I received the November newsletter. She tells me it arrived in just 3 days just in time for his first campout.

Thank you for your support of my family while I am away and making simple everyday things just that.

As a fellow Missourian I appreciate your business doing everything it promises, supporting Scouting and my family. Especially while I am away.

If I may, I do have a suggestion for a new product. We move by helicopter almost everywhere here. Many of us use small commercial day packs to store our gear while moving FOB to FOB. However, because of the bulk of winter gear, a small day pack just won't make it... We end up hanging things off the outside. We could sure use an internal backpack made just like a commercial backpack in the new ACU Foliage green color. At your prices they would be snapped up like hotcakes.

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- Robert A.
Personnel Officer
National Guard Affairs


Cascade - I wanted to pass on some positive feedback on two fantastic products I bought under the scouting program from Alps Mountaineering. I've been backpacking since I was a scout in the 80's including some pretty hefty trips up Mt Washington in NH; I'm now a Scout Master with Troop 347 Huntingtown MD. I received my Taurus 2 tent and Cascade pack within a week of ordering, your sales folks were extremely pleasant to work with. I was referred to Alps by one of my fellow scout masters who I had the opportunity to back pack with through the Shenandoah mountains. I was impressed with his Alps Pack and questioned him about it.

The Cascade pack is the most comfortable pack I've ever worn. The fanny pack is very usable by itself and the quality of construction of the pack is excellent. The pack is slightly small at 5500 cubic inches for winter camping, but easily accommodates storing the tent on the outside vice inside. Again this is an outstanding pack, with excellent quality of construction.

I've owned many pieces of backpacking gear from all the major name brands, but none have been as well constructed and offered at such a great price as Alps Mountaineering. I also wanted to say thanks for supporting scouting!

- Ron C.


The internal (forgot the name but it starts with an O) that my son wanted is beyond belief. He couldn't be happier. He must have spent an hour showing me all the features and pockets. The day pack I ordered is just the size I wanted. We are going on a campout this weekend and I'm going to try to get everything into the smaller pack and travel light. Great product.

- Gary M.


Red Tail, Nighthawk and Mystique 1.5 - We just returned from our trek to Philmont last Friday. Crew 709-L2 owes you and Scout Direct and Alps Mountaineering a profound thank you - job well done! All of your gear - two Red Tails, a Nighthawk and my Mystique 1.5 worked much better than expected or advertised. Each of the guys using the Red Tails carried more than 50 pounds of gear for 10 days and the Nighthawk user was over 60 pounds. Philmont was the first serious test and the packs were spectacular. What load haulers! The ease and depth of adjustment and lots of room made life easy on the trail. No sore shoulders here either.

Since I was the eleventh crew member, I took my Mystique 1.5 - a very good decision. I was easily the first to be set up and first to be packed - not bad for an ol' geezer of 55 to beat these savvy kids. Morning temps in the high 40's and low 50's were perfect for me to open the fly and get plenty of crisp ventilation. Despite the daily rains around 4 p.m., I stayed absolutely dry. We had a fair storm one day and I still kept warm and dry even with 30 knot winds. What you have is a gem of a product. Anyone who doesn't give Alps products a try is missing out on the finest gear available at any price.

I included a couple of photos of our crew leaving Carson Meadows. This was a new camp at Philmont this year and I could ponder life from the comfort of my Mystique as I looked out over a meadow about a mile wide and 5 miles long.

I can't tell you how much you folks mean to Scouting. Simply stated, there is no one, anywhere, who gives more, that allows kids and adults to make these adventures. Whether you're headed to a state park or the wilderness, you couldn't have a better friend than Scout Direct and Alps Mountaineering. May God bless and keep you always.

- Gerald L.


I wanted to say how pleased I am with the items I've purchased from ALPS. The pack, tent, bag and pad are all second to none in price and quality.

- Bruce R.


Thank you for you scouting support by providing superior, high-quality products at a fantastic value. The Scouts definitely benefit and rest assured with my "mouth of the south" the entire Scout Council will hear plenty of positive feedback for ALPS. Thanks again.

- Terry M.


Just wanted to thank you guys for the Scouts Program. I received my Night Hawk backpack last week. I have been looking for a suitable replacement ever since I had to give up my Red Tail to my son. The cost and value can not be beat! I can't wait to try it out although I may have to wait until the weather clears up a bit. I wish I had know about your program earlier, last month we purchased five, 2-person tents from REI. We could have saved a bundle through you guys. Thanks for your support to Scouting.

- Jim P.


I own an Alps internal frame backpack that is very similar to the new night hawk pack that you guys offer. I purchased this pack four years ago, just before my dad and I were going to set off to Philmont with our troop to do some good ol' trekking. I still use this pack today, and it has survived every tumble down a cliff, every rain storm, every blizzard, and every trail I've been on. I recently finished a short 50 mile section hike on the Appalachian Trail, and my Alps pack was there with me every step of the way. I hope to keep this pack with me for a long time, it seems to last very well. This pack also has great sentimental value with me, because of all the trips I have taken with it and all the times it has been my life force. The outdoors is my life, I work at REI in St. Louis, MO, and all I ever do is either go hiking, rock climbing, or mountain biking. I would like to say thank you for producing such a great backpack, and running such a great company. Thanks!

- Jeremy S.


Just got back From our trek at Philmont and I wanted to drop you a line to tell you how great your Redtail and Nighthawk packs worked for us. Seven of twelve of our crew members had Alps backpacks and they were excellent. If you remember I had written you requesting some spare parts and buckles in case something broke on the trail. The spare buckles came in handy when one of our sister crew's Jansport buckle broke and I had a spare for him. We had no such problems with the Alps packs. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for the ScoutDirect pricing that made it possible to outfit most of our crew with these reliable, comfortable packs.

- Patrick F.


My Troop and I were on a backpacking trip here in Arizona in January ('03). We passed another Troop and several of their boys started talking. Finally one asked me why we all seemed to have the same packs? I stopped, looked at my Troop and noticed that we do have a majority of your Redtail packs. The leaders came over and were curious also, so I told them about ScoutDirect and our great experiences with your product. I think the Troop was from Flagstaff. They had some old externals so hopefully you'll be hearing from them soon.

Thanks for the great product, excellent pricing and continued support of Scouting.

Sleeping Bag Testimonials


Clearwater - I wanted to write to tell you about my recent experience with Alps gear. We learned about your company from the National Order of the Arrow Conference in 2006 at Michigan State. We met Sarah there and enjoyed visiting with her. Shortly after the NOAC we took advantage of your NOAC special through Scout Direct. I was outfitting 3 people (myself and my 2 boys) for a backpacking trip this June at the new Double H High Adventure Base in West Central New Mexico. We used your Denali packs and Clearwater sleeping bags. Some of our crew had other Alps gear. The gear performed great! Please thank all the crew at Alps so much for making and selling such great gear and especially for making your quality gear available to Boy Scouts at such great prices. It would have been very difficulty financially for me to outfit 3 people for our trip without Alps! Our trip was fantastic and we spread the word all the time among our Scouting friends about how great Alps is and how much they love Scouts. Thanks so much.
- Jim L.


We took 7 Scouts and 3 leaders on the LENHOK'SIN High Adventure Trail at Goshen Scout Reservation this July and in preparation for this I ordered a new sleeping pad and sleeping bag liner. The two other adults took the classic backpacking foam pads. Their comments on the extra weight I had to carry soon gave way to envy when I got a good night's sleep every night and they woke up the next morning complaining about the rock or root they found under their tent.. The temperature was so hot, that all I used at night was the sleeping bag liner. Both items functioned perfectly and the sleeping pad was the best investment I've made in some time.
- Chuck T.


Blue Ridge - For the campout this past weekend at Old Rag Mountain, I purchased a mummy style sleeping bag, the Blue Ridge. The sleeping bag I purchased is a "Wide" design, rated to negative twenty degrees. Even without a groundpad (I let someone use mine) I was warm throughout the night. The wide design is great for those of us who like a little more room than the standard sleeping bag width provides. The sleeping bag also has two drawstrings near the top. One is just like most mummy style sleeping bags, intended to close off the sleeping bag to retain the body heat that is lost when using sleeping bags that do not close at the top. The second one is to close around the shoulders/neck similarly to help retain body heat. Finally, the sleeping bag has two zippers to allow for creating an opening near the feet to help control the temperature from getting too warm. One last thing, the stuff sack is just the right size. Many stuff sacks are too small, making it difficult for young people (and older ones too) to get the bags into the sacks. The stuff sack also comes with two straps to help the sleeping bag stay in the stuff sack (many sleeping bags eventually will slowly crawl out of the stuff sack after a period of time - especially during longer backpacking trips.)
- Justin T.


On the recent campout at Pokagon, at least 5 people had Alps sleeping bags (most had the 0 degree bags) and all reported that they stayed very warm in the below freezing temperatures. I was one of those people and after being cold at the Orienteering Campout, I was glad to have my new Alps bag. Several of the boys have Alps backpacks, using them for most of the campouts and the 10 mile backpacking trip, and are very happy with them. I have an Alps tent and love it. It is well built and much easier to setup than my old tent. Simply put we get very good equipment at dirt cheap prices through Alps. Thanks.
Troop 397
Brownsburg, IN


Welcome back - I trust your trip was a success! I was able to visit and get some gear from Brian before our trip last weekend. Please thank LaRayne and Brian on our behalf. Would you please review the details from that and make sure everything is correct? The gear worked great! We had a true freeze-out (high temp was 27 degrees). The boys with your sleeping bags raved about not getting cold, and the backpacking went well, also.
- Pat Camp

Pad Testimonials


Self-Inflating Air Pad - I've been using Therm-a-Rest pads since I was a Boy Scout, so I was unsure about purchasing something different. Once it arrived, however, all of my concerns were brushed away. It's every bit as good as the Therm-a-Rest pads I've had (I currently have a Trail Lite Large), and seems to be a much better bargain, too (even if not part of the combo deal). As part of the combo deal, it was a steal!
- Andrew R.


Self-Inflating Air Pad XL - I'll be placing a combo order later today. I have to say, I have loved every product we've purchased from you so far (tents, pads, bags, and a day pack). I had a couple of your tents in the UP earlier this summer and it rained pretty much the whole week. I had three boys, with gear, in one of the Taurus 4 tents so their sleeping bags kept going up against the side walls. I had one bag get a little damp in one corner on one day and that was it for the whole week! I also spent 2.5 weeks in July sleeping on a couple layers of your foam pads and one of your "luxury air mattresses" and I slept better than I do in my own bed. I'm looking forward to getting one of your internal packs.
- Brian L.