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Alps Mountaineering Lynx-2 Review

Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2
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Price:   $160 List | $112.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Spacious interior, two doors, gear loft, inexpensive
Cons:  Heavy, lack of privacy
Bottom line:  Least expensive tent tested and spacious. Ideal for short trips on a tight budget.
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Manufacturer:   Alps Mountaineering

Our Verdict

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

Review by:
Jessica Haist
Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
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March 28, 2017

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Performance Comparison


The Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2 is one of the roomiest tents we tested making it comfortable for two people and all their gear.
The Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2 is one of the roomiest tents we tested making it comfortable for two people and all their gear.

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.

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 two pole designed tents. Instead it just has a regular old clip in the center and you choose which pole you want to clip to it.
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 two pole designed tents. Instead it just has a regular old clip in the center and you choose which pole you want to clip to it.

Livability


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.
We are not sure how we feel about the Lynx's side-wall windows. It has windows on the fly and inner tent so that the camper can see out — but the problem is that others can also see in. Especially at night when you have your headlamp on, your tent becomes a fish bowl, which is a privacy issue. You decide how much privacy you need from your tent, and you'll either love the windows — or hate them!
The Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2 has windows on the fly and inner tent so that the camper can see out -- but the problem is that others can see in.
The Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2 has windows on the fly and inner tent so that the camper can see out -- but the problem is that others can see in.

Weather Resistance


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.
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.
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.

Value


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.

The Lynx 2 is best for car camping  or fair weather uses like a kids backyard tent. We would only take this tent on short backpacking trips  and would be wary to use it if bad weather is in the forecast.
The Lynx 2 is best for car camping, or fair weather uses like a kids backyard tent. We would only take this tent on short backpacking trips, and would be wary to use it if bad weather is in the forecast.

Other Versions and Accessories


Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1
  • Single person version of this tent
  • 3 lbs 8 oz
  • $120 - Super affordable

Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4
  • 4 person version of this tent
  • 6 lbs. 12 oz.
  • $200
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   Jul 28, 2016 - 11:06am
Leonidas · Backpacker · Helena
While I agree that this tent is very heavy, it held up better than expected over a 10 day AT section hike. I picked it up on clearance for $79.99 after a deal fell through on a REI Quarter Dome. The first night out, we ended up night hiking until 22:00 and had this bad boy setup in ~2 minutes. As soon as I had it staked, the rain started. It continued to rain and lightning for several hours but we never got wet. The lightning through the windows was pretty freaky though. In the morning, I merely shook off the rain fly and it was pretty much dry. Rolled the fly around the outside of the tent and had it back strapped to the pack. We ended up in the rain multiple times and never had any water get in the tent from rain or condensation. Was very roomy, we were able to get both our sleeping pads in and still have room on the sides and room for our packs at our feet. The gear loft was great for drying out damp socks and leaving a headlamp for lighting if needed.

All in all, I was very impressed with the tent, as mentioned the downside for us was the weight. I did replace the factory stakes with MSR Mini-Groundhogs before we left. This will probably be used for car camping or short distance backpacking in the future. Solely because of the weight, I will be looking for a 2-3 person, 3 season that is sub 3lbs.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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