An excellent "quick pitch" option is provided by purchasing the Alps Mountaineering Fitted Fabric Footprint or ground cloth. This is an excellent lightweight and space saving option where you simply pitch the rain fly with the ground cloth, superb! I own an REI Quarterdome 2 which although it provides much more space, weighs the same as the Alps tent being made from ultra light materials I have found the Alps Lynx 1 Tent to be such a useful option and of very good quality considering the Quarterdome 2 is a three hundred dollar tent.
My recent purchase of the Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 tent wasn't purchased to replace that tent but to provide yet another shelter option. At 3 pounds 15 ounces it is a bit lighter than my Coleman tent but is a free standing design that is very nice to have for versatile pitching if ground surface poses an issue to getting stakes into the ground.
I had been considering some other tents of very similar design such as the MSR Hubba and Eureka Midori Solo. My criteria while searching for a free standing one person tent was that it provide enough interior height and if any accessories were included. So, in the case of the Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 tent I appreciate the included gear loft for storing valuables such as a phone, wallet, etc. and the design does not put the storage loft over head but rather it hangs in the upper end between the wall and roof line. Kinda nice for head room while sitting up in the tent. I replaced the aluminum stakes that came with the tent with MSR Ground Hog stakes for lighter weight and easier to stake in.
There are varying considerations when selecting a tent and most of those have to do with pack weight, climate and ventilation. Having a tent that feels like home away from home or I know an old time veteran to bike touring who would sleep on or under picnic tables depending on the weather. So just how light weight a person plans to travel or if they like having dependable portable shelter comfort for cooking, blogging and, or photography is all a matter of personal choice and interests. My experience of riding in Oregon I was stuck in a torrential down pour with such intense winds it made riding the bike difficult. I opted to ride out the storm in my tent and was glad to have a dependable waterproof tent that held up so well to the wind.
So, if you're looking for a small, lightweight tent at a very good price here are the Specifications of the Alps Lynx 1 Tent. Including Links for information or purchase. Another tent I considered for warm humid summers is the Zephyr 1 also from Alps Mountaineering is an all mesh tent body for added ventilation for the approximately the same weight and price. Some reviewers seem to like the Zephyr 1 for bike touring as there is lots of room for storing your gear.
SpecsBase Size: 7'6 x 2'8
Center Height: 3'
Vestibule Depth: 32"
Tent Area: 20 sq. ft.
Vestibule Area: 10 sq. ft.
Tent & Fly Weight: 3 lbs. 8 oz.
Total Weight: 3 lbs. 15 oz.
Packed Size: 6" x 17.5"
Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm
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