Gear Review: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx AL 2-Person, 3-Season Tent

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 LAST UPDATED 3/15/2017

Tennessee Car Camping: We stayed at one pull-in grass campsites and one hike-in gravel campsite. The tent was rained on for 50% of the first night and we stayed nice and dry. For the rest of the trip we had warm nights in the mid 60's and clear skies. We experienced some condensation on the inside of the tent our first night because we hadn't yet discovered the vents in the top of the rain fly, once we opened the vents, we no longer had condensation.
Grayson Highlands, Virginia: We used the tent one night on a pull-in gravel campsite and then went backpacking with it (what it is marketed for). While backpacking, the tent survived a severe mountaintop thunderstorm (like, lightening literally cracking over our heads for at least 30 minutes with high winds) and then it rained on us the entire night. We stayed dry and warm for the first thunderstorm and then for the entire night afterwards (almost 10 straight hours of rain on the tent).
Roan Highlands, Tennessee: We used this tent while backpacking through the Roan Highlands. We didn't experience any inclement weather but the tent really is a bit heavy and can really only be used if you're backpacking with another person who can counter the weight with some of your gear. I think this trip made me decide I really need a new lightweight tent for backpacking, but in the same breath I really love this cheap little tent and I'll always keep it for short easy trips or for car camping. 

What I love:

  • The simple two pole design makes it a breeze to put up and take down. It takes us no more than 4 minutes when we work together.
  • The rain fly has two windows so you can see whats going on outside the tent. 
  • There are two vestibule areas created from the rain fly outside each door which is great for storing gear, wet shoes, etc. 
  • There are two doors so you don't have to wake your hiking buddy/partner when you need to get up at night.
  • The tent keeps you dry, like, for real. Even in torrential downpours and extreme mountain top thunderstorms. Please note we also purchased the footprint and have used that every time with the tent. 
  • The tent itself has a ton of mesh in the walls so you can enjoy your surroundings when the rain fly is off.
  • The rain fly has two vents in the top for continuous ventilation so even when it's completely zipped up there's a way for the body heat to escape.
  • 37 square feet inside the tent is the perfect amount of space for Michael and I and ALL our gear which is so great (Michael is 6'1 and I am 5'1).
  • There is a gear loft in the top of the tent where you can throw headlamps and other items so they're always within arms reach. There's also a loop to hang a lantern (we use this one). Additionally there are gear pockets on either side of the tent where I usually put whatever book I'm reading/maps/etc.
  • It won't break the bank. You can find this tent online for less than $100 during a good sale. I got mine from Backcountry.com

What I don't love:

  • It's a little heavy for a backpacking tent. When I say a little heavy it's about 6lbs. However, since Michael and I share the tent, we do a good job distributing weight equally between the two of us for short trips so it's not like I take this then also have to deal with the stove, mess gear, food, etc.  


Overall: I recommend this tent for shorter, easier backpacking trips. Since it is heavier than other tents the weight can become taxing, especially when it's wet! I would recommend this tent for car camping or for a hike-in campsite. It's so easy to throw in the car and bring along and if you don't need to live in a house tent while camping and like something a little more cozy (like us!) then this will be perfect for you. I've definitely loved it for car camping and the weight hasn't bothered me on our backpacking trips until it was soaking wet. I do not recommend this tent if you are looking for something ultralight. Overall- yes I recommend this tent just understand exactly what you're getting before you buy it!