- 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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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I recently got my wife to go camping more often -though she still insists on an air mattress- and I was tired of bumming, and setting up, my parents' 6-man behemoth of a Kelty. We decided to go with the Lynx bcause 1: it was big enough for us and the double-vestibule goes a long way with our dog (boots and gear in one side, his water and bed in the other). 2: It's easy enough for her to get it put together alone (the fly takes some time, but she can still do it). I was a little disappointed to see that some of the seam threads had come undone, but that was an easy enough fix. The only thing I would have preferred would have been a shoulder strap on the stuff sack. I would definitely recommend this.
Great tent for mountain backpacking!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
My buddy and I went backpacking in the Wheeler Wilderness in NM and took this tent with us. It was lightweight in my pack, but durable after setup. We did get rained on but the tent did not leak at all, we stayed completely dry even with the tent pitched on a pretty steep incline. It also stood up to some hefty winds that came in after the rain cleared out. The floor stood up to a 35 lb dog just fine, no rips or tears. I love the amount of ventilation provided while still getting full coverage with the rain fly. This is my second one of these tents, I bought another after I wore out my first one!
Lots of space!
For the price and the space this is a great tent. ALPS Mountaineering is a great brand, however when it comes to tents they could do better. The quality isn't great in this tent. I can see weak points in the zippers and the stitching, however its hard to look past the tent for this price. It gives you lots of room. The mesh walls allow lots of air in and out, not to mention views. Its great to lay under the stars and not be bothered by all bugs at night. Two doors make for easy access. Easy to set up and take down. Great for the people who want a sweet tent they can take out with friends.
Great tent - Great company
NIce, Nice nice. Just got back from a 3-day adventure with the new Lynx 4. Easiest tent I've ever set up. Hey, believe the first instruction to: DO A TRIAL SET UP BEFORE GOING... I did, and one of the poles snapped in half immediately... grrrrrrr. BUT, I called Alps and their SUPER customer service FedExed a pole set in time for the outing, no Q's asked. That's my kind of customer support!
We had some brief, but heavy downpours in East Tennessee and I stayed high and dry and so did my gear under the vestibules. Easy in and out with the spacious doors (smooth zippers) I'm 5'8' and could step out rather than crawl out. The rainfly has adjustable top vents and it was quite comfortable with mid 60 temps at night. I have no doubt that the Lynx can handle some severe weather.
The Lynx 4 is definitely a well made tent that will see several years of action. Great value for the features and quality. I'm glad I'd read several tent reviews and stumbled across this brand. Oh, and I'm a space hog so this tent is just for me usually, but my wife and I still have plenty of room. 4 people? Mmmm, kids maybe. Lynx 4, a great tent from a great company.
Economical good choice
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have the 2 person version of this tent, purchased at $130 - apparently not available anymore (at least not on backcountry) but I imagine the same pro's/con's are there for the 4 person.
Why this tent is awesome: floor space, head space, gear loft, dual vestibules, lots of mesh (ie ventilation), rainfly vents, lightweight, low price, ease of setup/tear down, and I really liked the windows in the rainfly that many tents don't have. It's gotten me through 4+ weeks in the CO rockies, a week in Alaska (July - but still cold, windy, rainy, snowy), and countless nights in Iowa and Wisconsin. I've never had condensation issues or any other moisture problems.
The downside: After the first year the rainfly windows started becoming stiff/brittle and have small holes in them - almost like the plastic is degrading. Also, I woke up one night on a mountain in Colorado with wind gusts over 40 mph - I thought either a person fell on the tent or a bear was attacking me, but it was just the wind collapsing the tent on me. It ripped 5 stakes out of the ground and flung them over 20 feet away and bent one of the tent poles in several spots. What you gain on price, you loose in durability and longevity. That being said, even with bent poles, it held up just fine in strong winds in Alaska. I'm happy with my purchase and it was recommended to me by a Colorado man who's used it on over 20 trips summiting 14ers.
Tent broke second set-up
It's hard coming up with a rating for this tent. It's a good idea and appears to be fairly well implemented. I basically bought this as a cheap alternative to the Marmot Limelight tent. It does a decent job of it. The tent stakes are much less heavy duty, but the design is there. The reason I gave it such a poor rating is due to it breaking the first night we went to use it. It set up fine at home, but when we were in the mountains, the black strap that connects the tent corners to the pole pin and stake ring just came off. The stitching clearly wasn't good. This left me with trying to fix it with fishing hooks and fishing line, which I eventually did. We had little faith in the tent the rest of the trip and ended up returning it. I'll be buying a nicer brand tent (Marmot, REI, etc) next time.
is there a footprint for this? can't seem...
is there a footprint for this? can't seem to find one on alps site.
They call it a 4 person floor saver. They are hard to find online. If you are car camping just buy a tarp from a hardware store and use it as a footprint.
I sewed together 2 old shower curtains and have been using that as a groundsheet for all my tenting.