We've been an Alps Mountaineering dealer for 15 years or so for our car-camping rental inventory needs. We've had great success with them as reliable shelters to stand up to the rigors of use over the years. The model we carry is the Meramac, sizes 2- to 6-person. Most of the 4/5/6 person tents are the "ZF" versions, which have heavier floors and zippers. See all specs at www.alpsmountaineering.com
We cycle them out and sell as used while they are still fully functional, but showing some aesthetic issues that we don't want to send out as rentals any more. These tents still have years of life left in them, and include stuff sack, complete pole sets, Tyvek ground cloth and stakes. All buckles and zippers are working. As far as usage condition, they may show one or more (but not likely all) of the following points of wear:
Sewn mesh repairs
Holes repaired with strong clear tape in fly or body
Fading of colors
Some pin holes of such minor issue they were not repaired (add clear tape if wanted, or use the included Tyvek ground cloth)
See photos for examples of wear conditions with the tents.
Our sales price is well under 50% of the item's MSRP. We offer a 10-day-from-purchase satisfaction guarantee - if the condition of the tent isn't satisfactory for the price you paid, return it within 10 days or ordering and we'll refund the cost of the item and any ship-to-you costs charged. Or, just rent a tent instead!
If you plan on using a tent regularly, then buying used is a great option. Here are our rates for used tents compared to the current MSRP:
2-man (retails $119) $49
3-man (retails $140) $59
4-man (retails $250) $79
5-man (retails $290) $89
6-man (retails $320) $119
Here are the specs for each size tent:
base size center height total weight
Meramac 2 5' x 7'6 4' 8 lbs. 0 oz.
Meramac 3 6'6 x 7'6 4'4 9 lbs. 14 oz.
Meramac 4 zf fg 7'6 x 8'6 5' 12 lbs. 10 oz.
Meramac 5 zf fg 8' x 10' 6' 15 lbs.
Meramac 6 zf fg 10' x 10' 6' 16 lbs. 14 oz.
Shipping is as charged by UPS to your zip code - you can see exact amount at checkout before entering any personal information by using the 'shipping estimator'.