We have more great news for hikers. This time, it’s in the form of the Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1-person backpacking tent. As one of the most popular lightweight tents, we had to take a look and see why it is such a hit with backpackers.
My first impression is that this is a fantastic tent at an incredible price. So immediately I can see why it’s been so well received. It’s not an ultralight tent, but can certainly be considered as one of the best lightweight tents. A few extra pounds isn’t a deal breaker at this price. Besides, no one can call this a heavy tent. The total pack weight, with everything included is 4-pounds and 4-ounces. Hiking in the mountains with this tent in your backpack won’t be a tough job.
Another distinguishing factor is the ease with which you can erect the Lynx. The free-standing design with two aluminum poles that cross over at the top, make it extremely easy to set the tent up in any weather. This is great for solo hikers and you don’t have to be worried about setting up camp in the howling wind.
The Lynx is made to be robust enough to handle tough conditions. The floor is made of ultra-durable 75D, 185T poly taffeta and is sealed with a 2000 mm coating for perfect waterproofing. The Fly is 75D, 185T polyester and has 1500 mm waterproof coating. The 7000 series aluminum poles are also excellent and snap into place, forming a really strong structure that won’t buckle or bend. The footprint is sold as an optional extra. If you consider the fantastically low price for the tent, even with an extra 20 bucks or so for the footprint, it is still an amazing deal.
The tent inner is mostly gauze and the fly has two vent openings with Velcro to seal them in wet weather. Ventilation is excellent. The D shape door at the side is easy to access and has excellent #8 zippers. Though I must point out that tall guys are going to have to maneuver a bit when entering and exiting the Lynx. The center height is a mere 3-feet, so you can sit upright inside but it’s a tight fit for those of us who are over six-foot. That is one of those things when using a compact 1-person tent. Brilliant storage solutions do make up for its limited height with a large enough 10 sq. ft. vestibule, two storage pockets (one on each side) and hooks that can be used to hang stuff or attach a gear loft.
Despite the low height, the interior space is very generous for a 1-person backpacking tent. With a 7’6” X 2’8” base and nearly vertical walls, there’s a lot of usable space in side. With the fly removed, it has an airy open feel, thanks to extensive use of mesh gauze. It’s an attractive tent, the inner is pale grey and the fly is military green. All the surfaces have bold orange strips which serves a valuable purpose. This makes the tent easily visible in an emergency, which is quite reassuring.
Since 1993, Alps mountaineering have earned themselves a noteworthy reputation amongst hikers. By making tents that are extremely durable, fantastically practical, and refreshingly inexpensive, these guys have come up with a winning combination. It’s abundantly clear why the Lynx is a best-seller and if you’re not up to be paying a lot extra for an ultralight tent, this is probably the best that you’ll get. It’s a remarkable 1-person tent.