This is the Ultimate TopNotch LYN Tube Tent Review 2020.
Here at TopNotch we’ve done the heavy lifting when it comes to testing and trying out emergency shelters.
We give you the ins and outs, right down to the nitty gritty, so you can make an informed decision.
From our experience, we were really pleased by this particular tent, netting it our TopNotch Best Value Award in the process.
And we want to tell you why.
Read on to learn more about:
- The unique features of this piece of emergency gear
- What to expect when setting the tent up
- The different tests we put this tent through
- Why we think this tent would be great in a survival situation
- Lots more…
So if you want to know more about a tube tent that’s not hard on your wallet, is really easy to set up and increases your chance of survival in the great outdoors, keep on reading!
Let’s get started!
- Dual zipper door
- Made from fireproof material
- The inner lining has a heat reflector
- Weak plastic stakes
Our Verdict: LYN Tube Tent
On the whole, we feel buyers looking for durability and reliability in all weather will find this a great choice.
It’s ideal for anyone looking for an emergency tent that’s made of firm, durable material and it won’t flap about in the wind like some of our other tube tents did.
That being said, what’s our verdict and what can you expect?
Well for starters this might not be the first choice for claustrophobics
But for anyone looking to keep the heat firmly inside, the LYN’s dual zip door really cuts the mustard.
And while it might not come with bells and whistles like the Delmera and Bearhard tube tents, the LYN will delight when it comes to ruggedness and ease of use.
Many accolades have been heaped on the LYN Tube Tent for reflecting back enough body heat to start a sauna on the inside while rain or snow is falling on the outside – all thanks to its reflective inner wall lining and outer waterproof coating.
What’s the catch?
When anything is reflecting back that much heat in an enclosed area, expect condensation to build up. It might not be ideal for a comfortable sleeping experience, but a little condensation will be the least of your worries in an emergency.
The LYN is a great little budget-friendly tube tent with doors.
Related: 10 Best Tube Tents
Value For Money
Coming in 3rd of our top three for value for money, the LYN Tube Tent is an easy choice for budget-conscious campers.
With this tent, you’re mostly paying for a warm and dry place to shelter in during an emergency, and that’s what you’ll get.
Value For Money Rating
How did we test this metric?
This metric was tested qualitatively. We gathered a pool of testers and gave them a budget to work with. When asked to determine which budget bug out tent met expectations, the LYN Tube Tent came out as a clear winner over most of the competition.
Ease Of Use
The LYN Tube Tent takes our top position for ease of use alongside a few other very worthy candidates in our Top 10.
To set up, just run a paracord into the tent along its ridgeline, secure both ends to a tree on opposite ends.
Make sure you stake down the four corners, and you’re good to go!
Ease Of Use Rating
While it may not be as versatile in configuration as the UST Tube Tarp there are several ways that the LYN can come in handy.
For example, you can use it as a ground tarp when fixing a car or in place of a picnic blanket, to keep dirt away.
It can also be used as an emergency blanket and survival shelter to prevent hypothermia.
Overall, this is a simple tent with many uses.
The LYN Tube Tent emergency cover is a great cold weather survival shelter as well as being waterproof.
This is due in a large part to the tent’s material.
At a glance the outer layer resembles a tarpaulin with a waxed surface.
This non-woven nylon material adds to durability and tent resistance.
Weather Resistance Rating
But wait, here’s the bonus:
The LYN Tube tent is also aCPAI-84 certified survival shelter, meaning it passes all flame-resistant specs required of camping tents.
As it’s flame-resistant, you can be sure that it’ll win out against any weather-related heat as well!
Taking out the top spot for durability is none other than the LYN Tube Tent – a TopNotch great product.
We measured durability through a series of stretch tests, rain tests, wind tests and snowfall tests.
Each test lasted an hour, or until breaking point.
We repeated these tests until the tent could take no more.
But don’t forget…
Durability can also be attributed to handling and care too.
To enhance durability, you can coat the outer layer in a silicone spray to create a waterproof surface.
Remember to wipe down the inner and outer surface of your tent before packing away in a dry place.
When you take care of your emergency tent, it will take care of you when you most need it
With its thick tough material, and length to fit a six foot man, the LYN doesn’t pack down as small and compact as the Back 40 Emergency Tent or our Bearhard either.
To be fair…
This insulated survival shelter is not the largest, bulkiest survival tent on the market or our Top 10 either.
It sits comfortably mid-way between being small enough to throw into a backpack with ease and being large enough to use as an emergency blanket.
That’s why we gave it a fair 8.5 in this metric.
Our Final Verdict: LYN Tube Tent
The thing that’s most appealing about this emergency cover is that it’s an honest product.
By that I mean, at first glance you have an expectation that matches the asking price and it delivers.
You get what you pay for in a great little package.
After several rounds of testing against different metrics, the LYN Tube Tent held its own against other big brand names and more expensive options.
This emergency cover consistently ranked average to high on value for money, ease of use, weather resistance, durability and packed size
While condensation will be the major drawback in its overall performance, it’s a small price to pay to increase your overall first aid and survival repertoire.
Conclusion: LYN Tube Tent
And there you have it…..
We’ve shown you what makes the LYN tent unique, like it’s dual zippers and non-woven waterproof outer surface.
And we’ve also shown why it should be included in your survival gear alongside fire-starting materials and your first aid kit.
And don’t forget that this emergency survival shelter is easy to set up and is made of pretty stiff material meaning it won’t flap about a lot in the wind while you set it up.
And you also understand some of our tests the LYN tent was put through – to bag the coveted position of TopNotch Best Value.
But that’s not all…
I’m sure – just like us – you were glad to find this survival shelter passed CPAI-84 certification, insulates heat super well and can also be used even in heavy snowfall.
Now that you have all this at your fingertips, we’ll put the ball in your court to decide which tough cookie is the emergency cover for you.