ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 Person Tent
Size and Comfort8.0/10
Ease of Set Up8.0/10
Durability & Quality8.0/10
- Freestanding design
- Easy and quick setup
- Very spacious vestibule
- High-quality materials and design
- No footprint included
- A bit heavy for a backpacking tent
Any outdoor enthusiast sees the advantages in having a lightweight tent, especially when you normally go on solo journeys. In our list of the 5 best 1 person tent, the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 won its place through its respectable durability and comfort but especially for its super low price tag. Campers on a budget who are looking for something light and affordable that still provides decent comfort and durability will find much to enjoy in the Lynx 1.
Size and comfort
Weight: 3lb 15oz
Center Height: 32in
Base Size: 91 x 32in
Once set up, the Lynx 1 provide 20-sq ft. of space to use, a bit more than some of its competitors. ALPS Mountaineering has opted to go for comfort and usability over lightweight by including 3 mesh storage pockets, plenty of mesh for ventilation and a large vestibule measuring 10-sq ft.
Compared with the MSR Hubba NX1, you get much more attention to comfort and usability with the Lynx 1. However, this comes at the cost of increased weight. If you’d rather have some more comfort and don’t mind the extra weight then it may seem like a small price to pay. Clearly, the Lynx 1 is better suited for limited camping trips where you don’t plan on trekking too far or long.
At 4lb 4oz, the Lynx 1 is certainly on the heavy side for a ‘lightweight’ tent. As it’s only capable of fitting one person you’ll need to consider carefully how you’ll be using the tent before reaching a decision. The extra weight comes as a result of extra features like the storage pockets but mainly because of the material thickness. A 75D polyester rainfly and 75D poly taffeta floor provide incredible protection for what is a ‘budget’ tent but result in a heavy load.
Ease of Setup
Being a freestanding tent, setup is very easy and shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes. Two aluminum poles form an x-shape providing a stable platform that keeps the walls taut and secure. They attach to the tent through a series of hooks which can be easily attached or detached as needed. If you need to check the instructions you can find them attached to the inside of the carry bag.
Taking it apart is just as easy and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. Some customers have recommended replacing the stuff sack with a more durable one. Since you’ll be carrying this on your own a good stuff sack is a worthwhile investment.
Durability and Quality
Considering this is a budget tent it’s been made with remarkably good materials. The 75D 1500mm polyester rainfly not only holds up against extreme weather but also has a UV coating for added skin protection. All the seams are fully factory sealed for protection against leakage and the 75D 2000mm poly taffeta floor provides exceptional protection against rain runoff. Along with all aluminum poles and stakes, you get quite a sturdy piece of kit with the lynx 1. This is remarkable considering that it’s currently priced at less than $100. You’d be hard-pressed to find a comparable tent in quality for that kind of price.
Camping Situations for Best Use
The lynx 1 is reasonably heavy for a backpacking tent so unless you can handle carrying heavy weights over long-distance trails it’s better to stick to limited trails. For best use with the Lynx 1 its best for short overnight hiking, kayaking or fishing trips. The weight may be too much for some to handle for long distances but if what a comfortable nights sleep without having to worry about the weather it may, in the end, prove worth it.
The extreme resilience of the materials means the Lynx 1 can be expected to take a heavy beating against even torrential storms, making it suitable for use in any of the three main outdoor sessions. Many customers stand behind it on this one so if you don’t mind the extra weight it’s definitely worth the little investment it costs.
The Lynx 1 has received near-perfect reviews on multiple sites from very satisfied customers. On Amazon, it has over 600 reviews while still managing to maintain a 4.5-star rating.
The key features every customer loved was the large vestibule which allows even a rucksack of up to 80 liters to be store easily. The extra storage pockets, including an overhanging loft, allow you to easily store things where you need them without having to stumble around in the dark. Customers reported feeling very comfortable in this tent whether it was a cold and rainy night or a hot summer morning. The only criticism customers have had was its small size (a given considering it’s a 1-person tent) and that it doesn’t come with a footprint.
ALPS Mountaineering has been in the outdoor business since 1993. They work to provide high-quality gear for every camper’s needs no matter where they might be. Along with tents they also manufacture backpacks, outdoor furniture, sleeping bags, beds and just about anything else you can think of. Their stated goal is to create durable high-performance products that are available at an affordable price. All of their products come with a limited lifetime guarantee ensuring that if there is a problem they’ll take care of it for you free of charge.
Accessories to Consider
Every tent needs a few extra pieces of kit if a trip is to be comfortable. Try some of these products to go with your Lynx 1.
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 Floor Saver
As the Lynx 1 doesn’t come with a footprint you’ll have to purchase it separately. This little thing weighs a mere 6.6oz and can be quickly folded out when needed to protect your tent against debris and give it extra water protection. No matter the quality and strength of a tent you should always use a footprint for extra protection and safety.
Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad
After a long day spent trekking it’s nice to have some extra comfort you fall down on when the day is done. The Klymit Static V is just the right size to fit with your Lynx 1 without feeling too constrained. When deflated it measures only 3 x 8in and weights 18.6oz. when you need to inflate it a simple push valve allows you to quickly inflate it for a comfortable night’s sleep.
ALPS Mountaineering Compression Stuff Sack
If you’ll be carrying a lot of loose items like clothing, towels and your sleeping bag you’ll be able to save a lot of space by utilizing a stuff sack. The ALPS Mountaineering Stuff Sack comes in four different sizes so however much stuff you have there’s a sack to stuff it. This one comes with a zipper pocket on the top lid for storing those smaller items.
- one person capacity
- freestanding two pole design
- easy assembly with pole clips
- 75D polyester fly resists rain and UV rays
- large vestibule for extra gear storage
- half mesh walls for increased ventilation
- extra-large zippers on door and vestibule
- includes 3 mesh storage pockets
- freestanding design
- easy and quick setup
- very spacious vestibule
- High-quality materials and design
- no footprint included
- a bit heavy for a backpacking tent
In summary, the Lynx 1 is a well-designed one person hiking tent that can hold up in heavy storms and provide you a comfortable night’s sleep. It’s not an especially lightweight tent which makes it a little unsuited for extended backpacking but should be suitable for short overnight trips. Its many user-friendly features and storage pockets make it very comfortable, the vestibule alone provides 10-sq ft. of space for you to store your gear which is partly what you gain for the extra weight.
The Lynx 1 has a high-quality design that should see it through heavy usage. The aluminum frame is durable and easy to use so even inexperienced backpackers should have no trouble using it. If you’re in need of something more lightweight then perhaps you should look at the MSR Hubba NX, which provides a far lighter weight but with the loss of many of the features that make the Lynx 1 so comfortable.
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