Gear Review: Big Agnes Lynx Pass 4 Tent

A sturdy, lightweight tent built for a family.


With a family of five, I’m always looking to carry the most tent for the least weight. But I don’t want flimsy (and expensive) ultralight materials. The sub-eight-pound Lynx Pass hits a sweet spot, with plenty of space for my whole crew, kid-proof materials like a 75-denier polyester floor, and a very reasonable price.

Near-vertical walls, a 52-inch peak height, and two large vestibules make it feel decadent, but it held up against sandblasting winds on a four-day Baja beach camp. And our gear editor’s family stayed dry through all-night rainstorms, thanks to the full-coverage fly with prop-open vents and plentiful mesh.

Best For

Families who want a tent that’s big enough for car camping and light enough for backpacking

Tester Data

Dennis Lewon (other tester: Kristin Hostetter)

Duration July to Dec.

Locales/conditions Baja, Maine; 30-mph wind, rain

“For camp lounging, one vestibule converts into a porch-style awning with the support of two trekking poles.”

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