Took our new tent out to cub scout camp his weekend with my son. Man these folks are making good tents. I've used a bunch through the years.
My only complaint was there wasn't enough airflow for me. But that was partly because it was meant for harsher/cooler weather and that I left the rainfly on.
I loved the zippers the most. I've never had one that the zippers worked this well and this easily.
My new Alps Mountaineering Extreme
2010 29' Jayco, Jay Flight 26BH First real camper
1960 Montgomery Ward popup with slide out galley.(Restored in 2010)
2004 Ford, F150 4x4 lariat 5.4L V8, 3.73 gears, pipes, FIPK, tuner.
Many many mods to the truck
Yup, that's a beauty. Yes, leaving off the fly would help with ventilation. If you or your boy prefer to retain privacy or with to be protected from showers or sun, you may be able to pitch it with the footprint and fly only, leaving the tent in the bag, as long as it isn't buggy out.
I love my Alps Mountaineering Vertex 4. I agree that they make some great tents, and at some terrific prices as well. I do have the same complaint, they must be made for cooler weather because there isn't nearly enough mesh ventilation for around here except for early to mid Spring and mid to late Fall. I've tried it in warmer weather and it is just too hot.
I haven't tried them, but if you really like your Alps but want one with more ventilation, the 2 and 3 room Meramac seems to have a little more mesh than their others, the Lynx, and the Chaos seem to have quite a bit more. If you don't need a large tent their lightweight tents, the Mystique and Zephyr, seem to have a ton of mesh, but the largest is a 3 person tent.
Vehicles: 2011 Ford Fusion (for car camping), 2009 Suzuki Boulevard C50 (motorcycle camping) Tents: Boulder Creek Hunter Ridge 4 (cheap 4-season tent from Bass Pro Shops), Alps Mountaineering Vertex 4, Kelty Grand Mesa 6, Big Agnes Fairview 4