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Zhota 4 season mountain tent

Zhota geodesic 4 person 4 season mountaineering tent - red


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Exceptional protection with a central spreader bar to increase the living area with uncompromising strength and stability. 4 person 4 season mountain tent.

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The Zhota is an extremely versatile 3-4 person mountain tent. Every feature on the tent has been designed to make your life in the mountains more pleasurable. 

The most striking feature of the Zhota is the central spreader bar which links the 2 diagonal cross poles together. The spreader splits the natural crossing point of these poles increasing the internal headroom of the tent by over 20%.  The steep sidewalls rise high above your head before curving nicely into the ceiling giving ample space for 4 or more people to sit in comfort. The bar also transmits loads, both dynamic like the wind or static like snow, throughout and across the entire pole structure of the tent.

Twin porches at each end leave ample space for storing your gear beneath the outer. Pockets along the side walls and hang tabs on the pole junctions give you plenty of options to keep your tent neat and tidy. Multiway zips doors give various zip configurations, helping to ventilate your tent without exposing yourself to the elements.

A light and breathable inner creates an airy living space, with mesh/nylon doors giving you the option for added ventilation if you need it. The hardwearing nylon ripstop outer is bar-tacked at stress points to increase durability, all seams are factory taped. 

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NB - Please note that Zhota doesn't come with pegs, leaving you free to add your favourite set.

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Key features
  • 6 pole classic geodesic strong and spacious mountain tent
  • Inner pitch first, freestanding setup
  • Geodesic design for a high strength to weight ratio
  • Bar-tacked stress points for strength and dependability
  • Central spider bar increases living space without compromising strength
  • 2 entrances give a more comfortable living space
  • 2 spacious porch vestibules for storing boots and rucksacks
  • Stash pockets for organising your gear
  • Internal hang loops for torch or gloves
  • Mesh/nylon doors for venting when you need it
  • Fabric retains internal temperature and dries quickly
  • Multiway zip doors offer numerous configurations
  • Factory taped seams
  • Bathtub construction keeps moisture out
  • Colour-coded poles make pitching straight-forward
  • Footprint optional
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
Vital stats

Sleeps: 3 - 4


Total Weight: 4836 g
Flysheet: 1470 g
Inner: 1650 g
Porch: groundsheet
Poles: 1572 g
Guylines: 56 g
Tent bag: 132 g
Pole bag: 27 g


Packed size: ⌀23 x 60 cm


Outer: 40D Si/PU Nylon ripstop
Inner: 20D Nylon ripstop
Floor: 70D/210T
Poles: DAC NSL Featherlite Green
Other: Buckles: Duraflex; Zips: YKK

Origin: China

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The Zhota and kangri are constructed in a very similar ways and are both excellent tents. We chose the Zhota for our cycle tour due to a major design flaw with a high end rival tent we brought. At first the tent seemed a bit fiddly to erect and heavy. So time would only have to wait to truly put the Zhota to the test. We cycled for 18 months through Africa and South America and camped 90-95% of the time. The rain first hit us in Ethiopia and despite being the heaviest rain we had it was faultless. We were hit by Patagonian winds of 60mph with top branded tents failing around us and when we started to have a small issue with zips that must have been used a thousand times alpkit were still happy to help. The Zhota went from being a tent to our home and wouldn't have changed it for anything else. This said there were a few design issues which would make this tent perfect. The fly clips need to be hooks as these would allow high tension to be absorbed in.the flex of the hooks rather then put pressure on the seams. The poles would be better if they were clipped to the inner rather then sleeves. This would make it faster to put up, reduce transfer of moister to the inside. Ease of putting up in confined places ie buildings and increase air flow.
The door window could be smaller so it's not so easy to see in.
I spent months reserching tents and after spending so much time in the Zhota with a few technical issues I had, I would still give this tent 5 stars.
I loved the amount of head room, the feeling of space, endless pockets and most importantly how good the wind and rain resistant was. Having looked since our trip I still can't find a tent that equals the performance for all the above along with weight and price.
Even if I had to travel alone I would never get rid of my Zhota and that's saying a lot. Alpkit as a brand is one I look.to as a bench Mark knowing that other brands would have to work hard to beat.

The tent of tents!

Currently lying inside our tent listening to the rain hammering down and the wind whistling in north Iceland. The tent has been up for 3 nights in similarly wet and windy conditions and we are as dry as a bone inside and protected from the elements. An expensive tent but well worth the money.

Well used - Go to tent!

We were looking for a tent with a little more space than our 2 man tents we had been using for years. We were looking for a 3/4 man tent that was strong enough to withstand group use, but not be burden on someone taking their first steps into expeditions or the mountains. We ended up buying four Zhota to add to our fleet of tents.

After purchasing a Zhota for use with groups in the mountains it has had 3 years of hard use with young groups from aged 12 - 18 as well as some adult groups.

The hardest use they get is in the highlands over New Years Eve, no matter the weather we take groups out for 3 days in a range of areas, all above the snowline - to wild camp and bring in the new year somewhere very different!

We've added some pegs to the bag, had one pole bend (due to some very extreme weather and probably user error!) and Alpkit swapped it after sending an email.

Well recommended for anyone looking for a robust, roomy tent.

Great all season family tent

We’ve had this as our family tent now for over 2 years and spent over 50 nights in it. Its been set up in all weathers from beautiful sunshine to gales and hail and snow (that was just in Skye this Easter), on all sorts of sites from French caravan parks to remote Scottish loch islands and one night on an island in the Komodo Archipelago, Indonesia. We usually pitch it with a tarp. We’ve got pitches down to about 5 minutes to water tight, another 3 or 4 minutes to get everything properly cinched up and battened down.

We like:
Loads of room, we squeezed 4 mats across the tent and the kids had a great time bouncing around in the evenings/mornings.
Well made and well distributed inner storage
We set up an internal hanging line from the hanging points for drying socks/water proofs etc. which worked really well.
Vestibules look small but are actually a decent size although we’ve never tried to cook in one.
Absolutely and reassuringly rock solid in strong winds - it barely flexes when guyed out
Fairly easy to pitch, we pegged down the inner corners in windy conditions before inserting the poles.
The DWR on the inner works well, we’ve pitched in really minging weather, a quick wipe down inside and all is good – just don’t put paper books in the pockets until it dries properly….
You can pick up the inner with the poles in place to shake out all the bits/sand before packing.
Pale coloured ground sheet and inner makes spotting ticks easy!
It dries quickly.
It goes back in the bag easily, unlike my previous tent.

We like less:
Lots of poles which take time to put together and the spider pole can be a pain, particularly when its blowing a hooley and chucking it down. A by-product of a very strong geodesic design I guess.

How is it lasting? It has been well used and not in any way babied. The fabrics are holding up really well, all seams are fine and the tent is still looking pretty fresh, if you discount the mud from New Year near Brecon..

We did crack a pole by leaving the inner pitched upside down drying out on a blustery site in Ullapool. Alpkit excellent customer service quickly provided a replacement section (thanks). Our tarp also wore a small hole in the silnylon fly in a night long gale on Skye, again Alpkit provided some patches foc to enable a repair. (thanks again). Our kids repeatedly tripping over the groundsheet at the entrance pulled the zipper fabric away. Easily repaired with needle and thread.

Really well made and thought out tent, very pleased with it.

Alex Ekins
Harassed by a moose

“This feedback is long overdue! Just over two years ago myself, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker when to America for two months for two months on the now famous Wideboyz off-width climbing tour and road trip. We needed a tent that would accommodate the 3 of us for 2 months in a variety of weather and terrain. We took a Zhota. When you get hold of a new tent you always try and pitch it before you go away for obvious reasons. We foolishly didn't and so of course we ended up jet-lagged pitching it for the first time in the rain at 3am in the Wyoming wilds of Vedauwoo. But it was fine, it was quite easy. And so tentatively we piled into it wondering how we would fit and how we would cope with living in such close proximity to each other for 2 months. It was quite exciting discovering the various pockets and we settled down nicely with plenty of space, the only down side being Pete's ridiculously broad Alpkit Wideboy mat which enabled him to claim more than his fair share of space and Tom's dangerous bag of dirty socks and pants. As the trip continued we subjected the tent all sorts of abuses: It was harassed by a moose in Vedauwoo, It was anchored by one guyline to a bush in Canyonlands the night before the first ascent of Century Crack and then worst of all we left it untethered and unpegged in the desert above Moab and the whole thing and its contents blew away while we where out climbing. We were quite upset, it really had just disappeared into the desert. So we looked and we looked and we looked and then we found it about a kilometre away, upside down stuck in a tree. It was still intact, the flysheet still attached. There were some small rips in the flysheet which we easily repaired. So to conclude I think it is the best tent I have ever used and I have used quite a few.”

Brilliant Tent but a few minor issues

Excellent tent with some very well thought out design issues. The incorporation of pockets in the inner tent are excellent as is the stuff sack. Genius in its self - who would have thought you'd rate a stuff sack for a tent?? But the elastic bungee cord in the tent poles is extremely weak and worse than useless so you have to be very careful threading the poles. The windows in the doors are already opaque suggesting they might fail sooner rather than later (based on a comparison with a competitor) and you have to buy your own tent pegs. Which would be fine if Alpkit had any in stock and another £20. Although still good value... Finally, unless you are 'Mini Me' from Austen Powers this is a comfortable tent for 3, luxury for 2, but not really a 4 person tent that is, unless, you like sleeping in some very obscure positions! Nonetheless impressed after its first outing of wind, rain and sunshine. Doors innovative too!

Pete krynicki

I've had the Zhota for around 12 months now , its been to Snowdonia , the lakes and the west coast of the Scottish highlands in winter for a week. I seriously think its great.
The room for us 2 (me and my girlfriend usually) is absolutely huge! the spider pole can be a slight faff but we can have the tent up in around 6 minutes now. Its been totally battered with wind , rain and snow and shows no signs of wear at all.
I also have a Hilleberg Nallo2 tent for wild camping , i'd say the quality of materials on the Alpkit isn't quite as good but I really am being ultra picky there....
I shall be wild camping soon on summits in the Zhota , I reckon 3 people could split it between them easily , and i'm sure it could withstand what ever the mountain gods could throw at it.

Thanks Alpkit!

C rile
Good quality

let me start by saying this tents is of email qaulity as tents twice the price. The only thing that I can't quite understand is why it's been designed as an inner pitch first.
When it is really hammering it down (winter and spring), you want a tent that is outer pitch first so you can get out the elements. On a summer tent, inner first makes sense but for 4 season, it isn't ideal. Otherwise everything else is great.

No spare parts offered, degrading PU seam tape after minor use.

I bought a Zhota in 2014 and barely used it, just because of the large size (the weight is fine actually. I stored it in a mesh bag and used it once on a rainy weekend and several times in dry conditions.

First off, it is spacious and rigid. Even in storm there was no doubt it would handle the conditions. I bought it as a rugged shelter for camping tours and work on remote jobsites. There I need space for tools and equipment to set up and want to rely on my tent. The Zhota offered me the space and lots of conveniant pockets to organize my stuff.
I always liked it, but mostly conditions were very good. I just wanted something rugged to be prepared if necessary.

However, I noticed that the seam tape is brittle and decays. I contacted Alpkit and the tell me it's hydrolsysis.However, there was another customer with teh same problem it seems and I can't agree on the bad storage. It had been used in wet conditions (one weekend) in 2015, dried, stored in a mesh bag. The orther times it was sunny and dry . The tent was never stored wet or in the early morning hours, which let me think it may be hydrolysis, but the tent should handle that.
My much cheaper TNF tent is a few years older, has seen worse conditions and is in much better shape.

Furthermore I asked Alpkit about UV stability of the material and they say they donät treat the fabric. This was End of 2016. I was preparig for Fieldwork in the Atacama Desert and wanted to check about the UV exposure if I use it under these harsh conditions over several weeks. The ytold me it's fine, as the material is rugged and I would be able to buy a new flysheet if needed, Now they tell me I need to get in contact with a company to reseam it and the don't offer a replacement.

I am very disapointed with the performance and service. It obviously can't handle any kind of humidity and your only choice if you have a burn hole or sth is to invest another 650GBP for a new Zhota..... totally unacceptable! I'll repair it myself, but Alpkit is gone for me......


We were sorry to hear about Sebastiens tent trouble. From our experience of using these tents we know that seam degrading is caused long term and continuous exposure to moisture. Some of our much used and abused demo tents are up to 6 years old and are still going strong despite our Alpkiteers best efforts so we’re confident that they last.

With spares, when Sebastien asked back in 2015 we did have a couple of spare fly sheets but these have been used over the years. We can still supply spare tent pole sections and will offer our repair service when we can. Unfortunately we don’t have the ability to re-tape seams but we have suggested some companies who can. - Alpkit

Buy a hilleberg !!!

I bought my Zhota in December of 2013..mainly because it was within my budget & it was extremely spacious. sinse then it's been used twice, mainly because I became ill & was unable to get away as much as I liked.

I initially first used the tent in the summer of 2015 in a local park with the assistance of a friend as I'd become partially disabled,
After the night away it was aired/ dried & stored in the bottom of my wardrobe,
Until last week " 18/06/16 where I camped away for the weekend, when away I noticed some of the seam sealant/ tape had started to flake off,
I initially thought it was just located to one area near the vestibule,
when I arrived home i unpacked the tent & set about airing it out before storing,
Upon doing so I noticed the seam tape was not only falling off on the vestibule but on the entire outer shell,
I Iinitally contacted alpkit to ask if they could help with a repair' I was informed my tent was still under its 5 year warranty, & I should return it to them..
They replied promptly when they received the sheet' informing me that the fault was mine. As I'd repeatedly stored the tent away whilst wet !! & it would cost me £175 for a new outer shell or they could supply me with some sealant to DIY

Which to be quite honest annoyed me' considering the care I'd taken of it & the little use it actually had. & it couldn't be further from the truth if they'd tried.
I'm not a dishonest person so I replied to them explaining how I'd only used the tent twice' & aired / dried it properly before storing it away.
I received a phone call from them today ( 28/06/16)
She informed me that she'd spoken to the product director and once again I was blamed for not drying it properly !!
& if I didn't like the decision I should contact trading standards !
Which to be frank is utter nonsense !!
They've basically fobbed me off & tried to sell me another shell whilst it's still under warranty..
"Which isn't worth the ink its written with to be honest".

If I'd truly used the tent every other week and misused it as they've insinuated' Then fair enough I'd be to blame ! End of..
But it's been taken very good care of indeed as all my camping equipment has,
So my advice to you is save yourself the hassle and buy yourself a Hilleberg you'll not get any trouble with it after using it for three nights camping
Rest assured they'll never see any of my custom ever again nor any of my associates..
& I'll be takeing her advice & getting trading standards involved
They're an Absolute disgrace


We have sold over a thousand mountain tents and also hold a quantity of loan tents used buy staff, athletes and customers over the last 8 years. We have a good handle on any failures and the tents have been almost faultless, a few poles, i few tears but generally really reliable. So with this issue has not been replicated in our own tents, that get used a lot but we know how they get stored.

It was felt on balance that the likely cause of this type of failure is likely to be PU tape degradation caused in storage either damp, in a damp location or somewhere where that could suffer from condensation on the materials.
The tape could then suffer from Hydrolysis which is a chemical reaction with water, resulting in chemical breakdown of the urethane coating, resulting in cracking of the urethane polymer.

It is difficult for us to then resolve the issue if we believe this to be the case, so we suggested that we work together with trading standards and find a solution

What They Say: Kudos - Product Reviews from independent magazines and websites

UKC Zhota Review

UK Climbing Review the Alpkit Zhota Mountain Tent

an excellent tent with many good design features, which means that it should be definitely considered if you are planning to spend time in the mountains


UKC February 2016 - Matt Bird

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