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Alps Mountaineering Lynx-2 Review
Cons: Heavy, lack of privacy
Bottom line: Least expensive tent tested and spacious. Ideal for short trips on a tight budget.
The Lynx-2 is about tradeoffs: it's one of the least expensive tents we tested and the roomiest. However, it's also the heaviest and not ideal for high winds. If you don't mind the weight, and only go on occasional camping trips, it's by far the best value. The window does let you look outside in a storm, but it also always allows other people to look in making it the only tent we tested without privacy. Want to toe-dip into backpacking without spending big money? This might be the right tent for you.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Ease of Set-up
The Lynx 2 is a standard, free-standing, two-pole construction tent. It is easy and simple to set-up - it took us 4:45 (with the fly) to set up on our first attempt. The tent body clips to the poles in a crossed pattern. We think it is a bit odd that the Lynx does not have a master point at the apex of the body where the poles cross, which is a standard feature of most two-pole tents. Instead, it just has a regular old clip in the center, and you choose which pole you want to clip it to. It comes with cheap hook stakes that bend very easily and four pieces of low-quality guy line. The guy lines are long enough to stake appropriately, but it did not come with enough guy line for all the guy points.
Alps Mountaineering's Lynx 2 is one of the roomier tents we tested. It is very spacious for 2 people. It has two small interior pockets and a large gear loft; Plenty of storage space for small items like sunglasses and headlamps. The two-door style of tent is the most comfortable, and the Lynx has adequately sized vestibules. Ultimately, we think the REI Half Dome 2 Plus is a higher quality roomy option.
The Lynx held up well to the moisture our testers encountered. We are concerned that the design and construction quality could become issues in serious weather. The Lynx has the tallest peak height of all the tents we tested, and this, along with its two-door design, could make it a sail in moderate to high winds.
Weight and Packed Size
This is the heaviest tent we tested, at 6 pounds. It is also a large, bulky tent with a packed size of 6 x 20.5 inches. This makes the Lynx 2 a great candidate for riding along in your car, but makes it difficult to hike with for long. The lightest tents in our review weigh in at under two pounds.
This is one of the least expensive tents in our review. The REI Half Dome 2 Plus is a similar tent that has higher quality construction and weighs a pound less. BUT, the Half Dome costs $60. more.
Other Versions and Accessories
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1
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