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ALPS MountaineeringLynx AL 4 Tent 4-Person 3-Season

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
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Used twice before it self destructed

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

I liked the price, shape, ease of setup, and the little window in the rainfly. Actually I LOVE the little window. But on the second trip out one of the poles snapped and gashed the rainfly. I don't think I can salvage it. I had an ALPS before and it lasted three years of 3-season hard use. I was hoping for better from this one. My $25 walmart tent held up better.

I’ve read reviews saying that it’s a bit heavy to use for backpacking. Are you able to divide the parts among 2/3/4 people? Is it more manageable that way? Thanks in advance.

Hey Christine, the only way I would really recommend using this tent in a backpacking setting would be if you split it up between multiple people. Even between 4 people you are still carrying what could be the weight of a lightweight tent a piece. If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to me directly via the information listed above.

Excellent Value

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this tent when it was on sale for around $119. Backcountry was very quick at shipping the item and it arrived when expected. It has a great deal of room and has sealed seems. I like the amount of ventilation that it offers. It is not all mesh and should do us well into the shoulder seasons. I was able to easily set it up in about five minutes. The dual doors are great compared to my smaller single door tent we had been using. The aluminum poles are nice and fit together nicely. I really like the larger sized zippers. This may sound weird but I really like the storage bag with the straps attached. I like to store my poles on the outside of the bag and these can be cinched down nicely.
I will say that compared to my Mountain Hardware tent the material though durable feels a bit lower quality. However, it was a fraction of the cost. I have thus far only used the tent for car camping but it is coming north with us when we head to Canada this year. It is a bit heavier than my other tents but again, for the price the features and quality are outstanding. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone just starting out our has kids where your gear list is always x2. The savings on this tent allowed me to get them decent bags and sleeping pads.

Thanks for the great review, Ross! I own this tent myself and agree 100% with you. Excellent for car camping and for the price of this tent, you really can't beat it.

excited to try it out

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

So far so good! I only set up in my living room so far, but was super easy to figure out the set-up in under 5 minutes. A lot of room and really like having two vestibules to use. The construction seems solid and the zippers all seemed well attached. I'll update the review after getting some use out of it this spring.

Great tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My son and I love this tent it's very simple to set up, it's light, the doors are awesome and the rain fly clips in and works perfectly.

I use it all the time and have not had any issues. I definitely recommend buying the footprint as this is a backpacking tent and the materials are lightweight.

We use it for car camping and even though we have larger tents we prefer this one.

Great for Car Camping

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

Bought this for a quick trip some buddies and I took to Moab just a few weeks ago. Just 2 of us wound up in this tent, so there was more than enough room. I was on a single, blow up mattress, and that took up less than half of the floor space. It was nice and airy throughout the night. We didn't use the rain fly, so I can't comment on the ventilation while using it. It was super breathable without the fly, though. Set up is quick and easy, as well. We had it up in under 5 minutes, and truthfully, neither of us are much good with setting up tents. It even has a nice mesh shelf you can attach on the ceiling to hold your phone and what not. It has 2 entrances, which turned out to be a much better feature than I expected. Since there were just 2 of us, we each got our own entrance and didn't have to worry about crawling over each other during the middle of the night if we needed to get out for a restroom break.

I don't have anything bad to say about this tent at all. I would only warn against using it for backpacking, as it is a bit heavy. Really it's about the weight you would expect a tent of this size to be. You could definitely still take it backpacking if you wanted to, but it is more heavy than anything I would want to carry for more than a couple miles.

Good solid tent

    I purchased this tent for car camping in Colorado. Slept four in the tent for seven days in Colorado for a family vacation. We slept three adults and one child. It was very roomy. We had rain on two nights and we stayed dry. Very easy to set up. I highly recommend this tent for car camping. Money well spent.

    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.

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      Just bought a new alps tent and the pole broke on the first trip Trying to find replacements 7000 series aluminum pole for alps lynx 4 tent

      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.

      have they done something to fix the zippers?

      Home is where you stake it.

      Home is where you stake it.

      Awesome picture Sheena!!!



      I selected this image to feature on the homepage of Backcountry.com in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

      Home is where you stake it.

      ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 a dawn.

      Home is where you stake it.

      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.

      I should probably point out our dog is 76 lbs. and change and not quite out of his puppy energy stage. So, yeah, this thing handles him.

      Gorgeous

      Gorgeous

      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!

      How long did it take to wear the forst one out (usage, weather, ect.)?

      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.

          Did you buy it from Backcountry.com? Alps Mountaineering customer service replaced the pole regardless of where purchased?