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When you’re sharing a tent with two other people, you need all the ventilation you can get. The Alps Mountaineering Lynx AL 2-Person 3-Season Tent features four half-mesh walls for excellent breathability and seam-sealed fly and floor construction for three-season camping protection.

  • Free standing two-pole system assembles easily with tent’s clips
  • Urethane-coated polyester fly resists water and UV damage
  • Urethane-coated floor and sealed fly and floor seams keep rain and snow out
  • 2 Vestibules for ample gear storage
  • Gear loft and internal mesh pockets allow you to store smaller gear off the floor
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Great tent for price

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I grabbed this tent during a great sale for a camping trip I had planned and I'm really glad I did. This tent is super easy to assemble, well ventilated and spacious.

The first time I set the tent up I didn't even need the instructions; it was so straight forward. Two poles, tent, rain fly. Taking down the tent is a breeze and if you pay attention to how it comes packaged and try to recreate that same packaging to put it away, it makes it so much easier!

Debatebly the best part about this tent is how well ventilated it was. A majority of the tent itself is mesh so there's great airflow especially on a warm night. In addition, if you're camped under a full sky of stars this is the BEST tent for stargazing because it fends off any pesky bugs. The rain fly has two ventilation options at the top. We opened these up on a cooler night of our trip and it allowed the hot air in the tent to easily escape.

The tent inside is super roomy and comfortable. Two people plus gear fit comfortably inside (I'm 5'1, my boyfriend is 6'1). Because it's a basic square shape there are no weird angles you need to position yourself in to fit well.

My only critique is that it's only water repellant, not water proof. Our very first night in the tent we got slammed with a few bad spring rain storms. The tent held up fine with the wind but the entire bottom was soaked (even with a tarp underneath) and the rainfly was totally saturated. But, because the rainfly sits up off the tent we didn't get dripped on. We also managed to stay dry because we slept up on sleeping pads and weren't directly on the ground. Had this not been the case we would've woken up wet. Also, where there rainfly touches the lower edges of the tent, that was soaking wet too.

All in all I would reccomend this tent to anyone who isn't going to on a serious backpacking adventure. It's very portable (a little heavy for a backpacking tent), easy to assemble and take down, spacious, and keeps the rain off you (although the rain fly might get soaked). Apart from our first rainy night we really enjoyed this tent and we already cant wait to take it out again for a camping trip in June!

Great tent for price

Perfect Backpacking tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm really enjoying this tent, it's been used for all four seasons comfortably. It packs well into your pack & the rain fly shelter causes for great outside tent side storage, & warmth. I'm very stoked on this item & will use it for many years I'm sure.

Great tent for the price

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this a couple years ago for motorcycle camping. It is small enough for backpacking for a few days too. My last trip to White Mountain here in California was the coldest and windiest so far. Forty plus MPH winds with higher gusts and the tent did great.

Great tent for the price

Great tent for a hobby camper

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great tent for a periodic and lower experience camper. It's easy to set up, it's light weight, it's very roomy for a 2 person tent, and it's easy to fold back up. I've been loving it and happy I bought it for my 3 day excursions along the CA coast.

Great tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This tent is wonderfully constructed. The material is lightweight and durable. Setup was easy and really didn't even require looking at the instructions. When I got the package I immediately opened it and threw it up in my living room, so that should speak for its free standing ability, as it stood up great. I even had me and my two roommates seated in it comfortably with plenty of room. You could fit three sleepers in it depending on their size, I'm 5'9" so it's extremely roomy for me. The fly vestibules are spacious enough to fit your pack and shoes with no problem. Haven't had a chance to field test it yet, but from what I've heard and seen, I'm sure it won't disappoint. I can't really offer any cons as of right now. The tent was a great choice to the price, practically a steal.

A Fantastic Budget Backpacking Tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is my first true backpacking tent and I picked it up at a great price (around $70 at the time). I don't have much experience with top-tier tents but I can't imagine how they can be much better than the Lynx. The two door, two vestibule setup is great and it all fit well in my pack on the way to our site (I ditched the zip sack, rolled up the tent, and carried the poles on the side of my pack.)
The tent went up fast and the fly was easy to attach. It rained a little and all our gear under the vestibules stayed totally dry. It comes with a gear loft which was handy for keeping a small light until we went to sleep. I imagine I'll be using this tent for a long time.

A Fantastic Budget Backpacking Tent

Great Tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Alps thought of everything that I wanted in a 2-man tent. Two opposing doors with two vestibules. Each person has their own gear pocket which are located diagonally opposite each other. Ensures you and your trail buddy will be sleeping head-to-toe. They even thought to put windows on the fly! Great when you don't know if that is rain falling on your tent or tree litter. Also great for checking outside when you hear unfamiliar noises. No need to unzip door and vestibule to check. Easy tent to setup. Also, love that it had half walls instead of full mesh walls. Provides some privacy while allowing you to sleep under the stars without fly. I tried this out a month ago on a hot summer's night. Worked great. Easy two pole design for setting up. Great tent and a great price! I look forward to many trips with this tent.

Perfect 2 person tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this tent for my son and me to use for Cub Scouts. It is very easy to put up that I bet he could do it himself. We have a few camping opportunity's where we cannot stake the tent into the ground and this tent allows you to use the rain cover without stakes. Even though it is only a 2 person, we were conformable and had room for sleeping pads and backpacks.

Home is where you pitch your tent

This tent is stellar! It's lightweight and packs pretty easily. It sets up quite well, even in gale force winds and sheets of rain - and kept me dry throughout the entire storm. I would say it's a three (ish) season tent - the bitter New England fall cold tends to creep through if you're not too careful! Also, ALPS has great customer service. Super psyched on this tent.

Home is where you pitch your tent

I would say yes especially with two people! Body heat, woohoo! I would also grab a footprint as well - give you a little bit of extra something something between you and the cold ground. The gentleman below me wrote a really great review on his experience with the tent on Mt. Whitney.

Beat this thing up!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this tent for a winter ascent of Mt. Whitney. The mountain gave us every kind of weather except good weather and the tent surprisingly held up. We stayed at trail camp (12,000ft), 35-50 mph winds, freezing temps, rain, snow, hail, lightening and it did not fall or rip at all. Not to mention we stuffed the 2 person tent with 3 people plus winter gear. Picked this up on S&C and all in all I must say even when I watched the poles bend in ways poles shouldn't and thought we were going to have to abandon camp I couldn't help but think this was the best $80 I've spent!

Easy set up!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have the 4 person version of this tent and it is super easy to set up! I can easily set it up and take it down by myself. Also it is probably to heavy and big to back pack with but the 2 man might be a bit better. A great tent and usually able to find it at a good price!

This tent is awesome!

    I have had this tent for about three years now and have used it dozens of times in all sorts of conditions, day after day. Sure, in the middle of a downpour there might be a few drops of water that get through.... to be expected, but other than that this tent is a must! I can set it up by myself if I need to, but with two people it goes up in about 60 seconds flat. It is extremely durable, after all of my use i have had no problems..... The coldest night I have probably spent in this tent it was about 20 degrees and I thought it was as good as expected.... and you can't beat the price..... double thumbs up from me!

    P.S. we even fit three people in it for a night once....

    Great Tent

      First night I used this tent it rained. The large vestibule kept my shoes and pack %100 dry. And, because it has two vestibules, my girlfriend's gear stayed just as dry. I especially like the velcro vents built into the fly. These keep the air moving whether you are drying your tent or just trying to keep it fresh. Overall, a great tent.

      Best buy for the money

        I got a version of this tent in 2004. Seven years, several storms, insane winds, and heavy snowfalls later, this tent is still going pretty strong. My poles are slightly bent from holding a foot of snow for a day before we got back to camp, but its all good (we also realized this was partially due to us forgetting to Velcro the poles to the fly)! Because of the pole design, this tent is not ideal for high speed wind abuse or snow as it has received from its time with me, but I cannot tell you how happy I have been with it. The zippers all work fine, nothing has broken, and there are no tears. My friend's Kelty tent has gone through about 3 years less of the exact same trips and abuse. The zipper on the only door broke, and he is tentless.
        My lessons learned: 1. Remember the guide lines during storms, it needs the extra support to keep from turning into a taco. 2. Always buy a tent with two doors.

        So far, so good

          I also got this on SAC. It was a blind purchase, as I couldn't find any useful reviews. That said, I am happy that I made the plunge! The set up is a breeze, even for someone like myself who has relatively little experience backpacking. Assuming the occupants are of average size, there is PLENTY of room inside. Two LARGE guys who need their space may have issues , but I think most people will find it quite comfortable for two. The gear loft is great for keeping the small, important, fragile things (e.g. glasses, camera, etc.) up and out of harms way so you know where they are when you need them. Excellent ventilation when I've used it, no stuffy tent-air feeling in the morning. However, I should say that I have not yet used this tent in wet or damp conditions. I can't attest to it's efficacy in the rain or snow. Here's to hoping it's just as nice when wet! I have only one complaint, and that it was a tiny bit more compact when packed up. But I can't in good conscience let that affect my rating, as I wish for all gear to be a little more compact.

          Overall, I am very happy with this purchase, particularly for what I paid. I would heartily recommend this tent to anyone looking for a cost effective option that will get the job done right.

          Impressive for the price and weight

            At first when it arrived, it felt like the material for the fly and the groundsheet of the tent were too thin. I thought, maybe a good deal is too much of a good deal. (Got it for 80 bucks off SAC)... but there is only one way to know... and that was by taking it out and hoping for a downpour. Who goes on a camping trip and hopes for rain? ... Especially a climbing trip?

            Well, I didn't want it to rain that weekend, but it came down, anyway. HARD! It rained for over an hour in a serious downpour ... and the verdict? AMAZING. This tent held up. But not just that. The ground sheet was completely dry! Only one corner had a few drops... likely from contact with the fly. My friend and I didn't even have wet spots that usually form on the groundsheet underneath our sleeping pads!

            The zippers run smooth, no catching! LOVE the gear loft! It's enough mesh to keep you cool and enough coverage that it isn't too breezy at night. Good sized vestibules for stashing a pack and your shoes.

            Tent sets up super easy. Less than 5 minutes. Can set it really, really tight. Like a drum! Really nice plus - 4 guy lines with repair swatch patches!

            Also, for a 2 person, it is VERY ROOMY! 2 sleeping pads and quite a bit of wiggle room. Double doors and double vestibules make for a happy pair.

            AND finally, it only 5 lbs! So nice and light for the size of the tent you are packing! YAY!

            Great Tent!

              I picked this baby up on SAC for cheap. It's a great tent that's super easy to assemble. Took it out this weekend and it ended up raining the whole time while I stayed as dry as a bone. Keep in mind though, as far as sizing goes, it's marketed as a two person but I think two dudes in here would be tight. It's probably best suited for one person or a guy and a girl.....

              PS It has a nice little gear loft to stash you stuff up and out of the way.

              Casa de Manocchs

              Set up in less than 10 minutes....

              Casa de Manocchs

              The bottom of the flysheet (flat sides) has a polyester loop that you string, pull, and steak away from the tent in the ground. This allows there to be no material overlap and consequently no water getting in.

              The length admittedly isn't ideal for someone over 6'3.

              I will be using this mostly in sand. The stakes I see are the normal small wire bent ones. Does this tent have stake loops so I can utilize my longer aluminum triangle shaped stakes? I can not see from the photos that are provided. The metal loop and post is all I can see.

              Tina, it sure does have loops at the corner of the tent that will accommodate those stakes. The guy lines will probably need a slip knot at the end to make that work.

              If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call!

              Bill Porreca



              I am not finding a footprint for this tent .. Suggestion for an alternate?

              Unanswered Question

              In comparing this to the Aries 2 or Chaos...

              In comparing this to the Aries 2 or Chaos 2 what are the advantages/disadvantages? The Aries and Chaos are mostly mesh walls which seems nice for warm weather, but potentially worse for colder temps. Will the using the fly make these differences negligible in colder temps?

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              Anyone used this winter time ?? Kinda...

              Anyone used this winter time ??

              Kinda wondering if potential snow will blow up under the oute cover ? not planing on stormy trips, but you never know when it comes to the wind in mountains.

              Does this have a footprint? I picked it...

              Does this have a footprint? I picked it up off SaC and have been looking for the footprint for it. Haven't been able to find one.

              Any info on the manufacturer's warranty...

              Any info on the manufacturer's warranty on this product?