This ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 review is about a free-standing and enormously popular solo tent which offers a lot of space inside the tent and under the vestibule. This is a nicely balanced tent with respect to construction and features, with an easy setup and an excellent price tag.
- Very good price.
- Simple and stable construction.
- Easy setup.
Lynx 1 tent – description
Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 tent is a freestanding 2-pole design which offers enough space for a solo use. The upper body of the tent is a mesh and the lower body and the bottom are a waterproof fabric with sealed seams. The side door is D-shaped mesh, large enough, and it rolls out and can be fixed on the left side where you have clips and loops for that purpose.
The tent is long enough to add some gear inside, but you have an extra 10 sq. ft. of covered space under the side vestibule shown in the picture below. The vestibule is with a zipper and a storm flap equipped with Velcro tabs.
Inside the tent, you have two mesh pockets, one on each end. There are clips above on the canopy to attach things.
In view of its free-standing design, the setup is very easy. The two poles create a very stable X-structure and the tent body is easily attached through the series of hooks shown in the picture below. Loops and grommets are on each corner. You can set it up within two minutes or so.
The fly is with two vents on the narrow sides, you can see them in the picture above. They are secured by Velcro tabs and equipped with bars to prop them up and to keep them open for ventilation.
You also have two rather small windows on the narrow sides of the tent. I find them rather useful, but in the same time, those are potentially weak spots on the fly.
You can see the colors in the pictures. I have seen some people complaining about this, but in my view, they are quite appropriate. Strong colors like the orange which you see here are used for safety reasons.
What is in the package
- A carry bag with two straps and buckles to cinch the content, with a carry handle, and a drawcord on the top.
- A small bag with 10 aluminum pegs inside.
- Another sack with aluminum tent poles.
- The tent body.
- The fly.
- Extra swatches of fabric to patch the tent.
Pros & cons
My summary looks as follows:
The footprint is not included but you can order it here for some $20 or so. From the comparison table below you will realize that the price tag with the Lynx 1 tent is exceptional, so even after adding the footprint, the total price is really reasonable.
The Lynx 1 tent has received a huge number of reviews everywhere on the Internet. The average rating by Amazon customers is incredibly high 4.6/5, based on almost 400 reviews at the moment of writing this text. No doubt such a rating comes with all good reasons.
Rating of ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 tent
Specifications & summary of features
- Total weight: 4 lb 4 oz (1.93 kg); these numbers are from the brand itself.
- Tent floor surface: 20 sq. ft (1.86 m²).
- Vestibule surface: 10 sq. ft (0.93 m²).
- Base size: 7’6 x 2’8 (229 x 81 cm)
- Center height: 3′ (91 cm).
- Vestibule depth: 32″ (81 cm).
- Packed size: 6″ x 17.5″ (15 x 44 cm).
- Poles diameter: 8.5 mm, 7000 series aluminum.
- Free-standing two-pole design.
- Easy assembly with pole clips that quickly snap over the tent poles.
– 75D 185T polyester fly with 1500 mm coating resists UV damage.
– 75D 185T poly taffeta floor with 2000 mm coating.
- Factory-sealed fly and floor seams.
- Extra large zippers.
- One door and one vestibule.
- Mesh storage pockets.
- Gear loft.
- 7075 aluminum stakes included.
- Guy ropes included.
- Weatherproof fly buckles on for maximum adjustability and protection.
- Easy entry.
- Great ventilation due to half mesh walls.
Comparison with competitors
Here is the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 tent side by side with two tents from other brands, see how it compares:
At the moment of writing this text, the prices of the tents in the table are respectively around $120, 260, and 96.
To conclude this ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 review, this tent is not particularly lightweight, so perhaps it is not ideal for extended backpacking tours, although you will see the inscription ‘backpacking tent’ on its carry bag. But it is very suitable for short overnight hiking adventures, for motorbike and car camping, fishing, and hunting.
The tent offers a lot of extra storage in the vestibule, no less than 10 square feet. You can compare this with the celebrated Kelty Salida 1 with the vestibule surface of 6.5 square feet only. In fact, if you compare the two tents, you will realize that they are very similar in many other features and in the construction.
The Lynx 1 comes with quality and durable zippers on the door and the vestibule, the aluminum frame is light but durable. So my overall feeling about this tent is really positive. I simply like its design and simplicity, it comes with all you need on a solo adventure. You can rely on such a tool, it will keep you safe and dry, this is all a tent should be about. You might want to compare it with this Mystique 1 tent from the same brand. Note that they also have the Lynx 2 tent for two people.
If you need something else, perhaps more lightweight, please see my text with 10 excellent ultralight solo tents for backpacking. On the other hand, if you need a solo tent for winter use, please check this MSR Acess 1 tent from a new 2017 series.
Thank you for reading. It will be great to hear from you and to know what you think about this great tent. So please use the comment box below in the case of comments or questions. I wish you a pleasant day.