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ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 Tent: 4-Person 3-Season

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StayFresh camping.

When you’re sharing a tent with three other people, you need all the ventilation you can get. The Alps Mountaineering Lynx AL 4-Person 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
  • Item #ALM0081

Tech Specs

[fly] 75D 185T polyester, [body] 75D 185T polyester, 40D nylon no-see-um mesh, [floor] 75D 185T polyester taffeta, PU coating (2000mm)
Wall Type
7000-series aluminum (11mm)
Number of Poles
Pole Attachment
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
25 sq ft
mesh panels
factory sealed
Gear Loft
Interior Height
52 in
Floor Dimensions
90 x 102 in
Floor Space
64 sq ft
Packed Size
8 x 22 in
Packed Weight
7 lb 9 oz
Trail Weight
6 lb 12 oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, camping
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Alps Lynx 4 - Great Tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We have had the Lynx for several years and use it often for backpacking. Originally I bought it because of the great price and reasonable weight. We own several other much more expensive popular brand tents, yet the Lynx is my go-to. For a 4 person tent it is roomy - we often fit 5 women in it with 4 across and one at the foot. It has been durable - after years of use including many with groups of kids, some in the snow/ice, and often without a ground cover, it shows little wear. It pitches fast and easy. It ventilates well yet stays warm in sub freezing (March in Vermont) nights. It is of reasonable weight, clocking in at around the same weight or less than some lite tents and is just over 1lb more than the most popular newer ultra-lite 4 person tents - yet you can fit 5 people further distributing the weight and it's a fraction of the cost.

When I bought this tent I wanted to be disappointed... how could it match the specs and quality of my more expensive gear or the others I was lusting after. I have been pleasantly surprised. Not only has it matched the others, it has surpassed them.

Better for car camping

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So, I took this tent backpacking and I struggled. It's pretty heavy. But it's so roomy, comfortably fit four people! But I've also just used it for myself, in which case it's pretty much glamping. It's huge. And the windows on the side are a nice touch. Totally recommend for car camping, not so much for backpacking.

Great for the kids

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

After a disastrous camping trip with the kids in their cheap tent from Menards, a rain shower, and everything in the tent completely soaked, I knew it was time for an upgrade. I researched tents all summer and found the Alps Mountinering Lynx 4. While I would love a Marmot or a Big Agnes, I didn't want to spend that much on a tent for the kids. The Lynx is the perfect fit between the cheap tents and the high end tents. It has high end features like aluminum poles, great waterproofing, and a full fly, but at a reasonable price. We took it out shortly after we got it. The first night it rained all night. Our old tent that my husband, my youngest and I were in leaked like a sieve. The Lynx, where out three older kids were, stayed dry as a bone. The second night we switched our sleeping arrangements and I slept in the Lynx with our oldest, while the three youngest stayed in the big tent with my husband. I was leery of the windows on the fly of the Lynx, what if you need privacy? I was greatful for them though because we had people wandering through our campsite that second night, I could easily peek out and see they were just kids. I liked having that window to see what was going on with out even getting out of my sleeping bag.
Overall I am very happy with this tent. It is great for our three older kids, although putting the forth in there would make it too crowded. I expect the Lynx to serve us for years.

Zipper broke on both doors

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

On just the first trip the zipper on both doors started to stick and skip. Then didn't use the tent for a season and just used it on a trip to the Great Basin NP. By the end of the trip both door zippers completely failed. If it were not for the zippers this would be a killer tent for the price.

Great tent. Great price.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We have loved this tent--it has taken us all over the west. It's light enough that it can be used for backpacking and it offers TONS of space, and it's also great for regular camping for our family of four. You can throw it up in just a few minutes and take down is a breeze. We LOVE summer evenings without the fly--the top is very open and let's you see every single star. We've also survived some pretty crazy rainstorms and stayed dry, desert wind with sand blowing and the fly stayed tight and didn't flap all night. And you can't beat the price. It's held up really well--our kids aren't the gentlest on zippers and we've had no wear and tear. I would love if the bag had a zipper....but I can live without that.

Good buy

  • 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.

    Lots of space!

    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

      • 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.