Sierra Designs - Flashlight 1 (Fall 2015)
Technical specifications & features
|Weight||3 lbs / 1.36 kg (without 6 oz. vertical poles)|
|Color||Aluminum / Blue Ashes|
|Mfg Sku/Part Number||40151314|
|Tent Sleeps||1 Person|
|Minimum Weight||2 lbs 9 oz. / 1.10 kg (without 6 oz. vertical poles)|
|Area||18.8 sq. ft.|
|Number of Doors||1 Door|
|Width||Front: 32" / Rear: 28"|
|Number of Tent Poles||3 DAC Pressfit Poles|
|Material||Fly Fabric: 75D Polyester Tafetta 190T, PU 1500 mm, WR, FR
Floor Fabric: 70D Nylon Tafetta 190T, NY T/F PU 3000 mm, FR
Body Fabric: 20D Nylon No-See-Um Mesh
|Other Features||Large Drop Doors: Non-confining, open, airy feel. Easy entry and exit
6" Awning Coverage: Provides dry entry and exit. Delivers sun protection and allows for door/window to remain open during a storm.
Hybrid Double/Single Wall: Reduces weight and provides quick, dry set up, even in the rain.
Trekking Pole Compatible: Save a valuable 6 oz. by using your trekking poles and leave the 46" vertical poles behind, making this the largest and most livable tent in its weight class.
Defined Footprint With Only 6 Stake Outs: Easiest set up of any tarp tent ever made. Eliminates “restaking” associated with most tarp tents and trekking pole shelters.
Gear Closet: Gear storage where it should be—away from the door. Whether toggled closed or left open for additional venting, gear stays dry in a rainstorm.
- Great tent with typical non-freestanding issues
I took this tent on a week long solo adventure on the PCT in 2014. The pros are: super light, easy to set up, trekking poles can be used instead of tent poles, roomy inside with plenty of room for gear, did well in rainy/windy weather, very well made and durable, no rain fly to wrestle with. Cons: in rocky areas it was difficult to find spots for the tent stakes (crucial in a non-freestanding tent), condensation could get bad even with all vents open, swivel toggles for foot pole could be frustrating.
Overall, I was impressed by how well it handled the weather - the only catch being that you have to set it up with the "wings" (the "head" side) into the wind. I got hit by a pretty good wind/rain/hail storm near Three Sisters and it performed perfectly. I was also glad that it doesn't have a rain fly because that night I doubt I would have put up a rainfly since the weather looked calm when I set up the tent. However, condensation was, at times, HORRIBLE. It's not a good feeling to wake up realizing that your down sleeping bag is wet from the condensation in your tent. But I quickly learned to never camp by big bodies of water - if I camped in a dry spot, away from water, I never had condensation problems. My biggest gripe though, is that the tent only works best in dry areas where the ground is soft. You HAVE to use tent stakes or it won't stand up and when the ground is hard and rocky, this is a real problem. When you're able to set it up correctly, this is a great tent. Small and very light. I know this is a mixed review but there are a lot of great pros and awful cons to the tent.
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