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Flashlight 1

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Lightweight roomy tent with some cool innovations. Not easy to set up and suffers from condensation issues. This was my first backpacking tent. I bought it primarily for its low weight and for the fact that I could use my trekking poles to set it up. I used it on a week long backpacking trip on the PCT in Oregon and came away with mixed feelings about it.  Setup can be easy if you find yourself camping in soft loamy dirt. Like all single wall tents, the Flashlight relies on tension to keep it standing. Full review

Tengu 3

rated 1 of 5 stars Confusing setup. Can't pitch the tent by itself, you must put up the fly AND the tent. Directions are useless. This tent is terrible. I've slept in a lot of tents and been camping hundreds of times and this tent is the worst design I've seen probably ever. By design, you *must* pitch the fly with the tent; you can't put up just the tent without the fly. There are seemingly too many grommets on the floor of the tent. We ran out of poles to put in them and several were empty when we finished. First… Full review

Lightning 2 UL

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent for hiking buddies that don't want to sleep on top of one another. Lots of room that is all usable. I picked the UL version of this tent up right before the FL came out, so I snagged it at a heck of a deal. This was my first backpacking specific tent and I got it because it was so different. The hybrid single double wall makes everything easy to pitch and keep dry and it goes up very quickly. I have used it around Michigan for four months on beaches, rivers, and deep forests. It has stood… Full review

Vapor Light 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Very lightweight and reasonably priced. Good protection from wind, rain, and bugs. A bit cramped for two people though. I bought this tent for a couple reasons. It is advertised as a two-person tent, and it will actually fit two people. But you better be pretty good friends, conditions would be crowded. This is not really unexpected when you consider how the tent met my other expectation. It is very lightweight. My tent actually weighs less than the published specs and by a good bit. Tent, fly,… Full review

Flashlight 2

rated 4 of 5 stars This tent is light and has a lot of configurations for ventilation. I just eked out the Tensegrity because it offers my wife a tad more privacy. I really like this tent, although it's a close call with the Tensegrity. Anyone considering this tent should take a hard look at that one. Super light. Lots of configurations. Pretty happy with it. Full review

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Sierra Designs Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Titanium-Infused Garments, Retro Rain Gear, LED Tents
Sierra Designs celebrates 50 years with its decidedly retro Elite Cagoule and Rain Chaps. Big Agnes shows off mtnGLO tents with integrated LEDs. And Vargo Outdoors embeds titanium into its performance apparel. Read more
August 9, 2014

Origami Stove, Rocket Snowshoes, Toasty Rain Coats: OR Day 1
An origami-inspired stove, a snow saw with built-in avalanche hazard analysis tools, a carbon fiber snowshoe that weighs less than a paperback, and insulated down-filled rain jackets: more action from Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer. Read more
January 23, 2014

Jason Ruff Wins Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou
Congratulations, Jason! For sharing your review of your Asolo TPS 535 hiking boots, you've won a DriDown Zissou 12 sleeping bag, thanks to Sierra Designs ($270 value!). Read more
April 15, 2013

Review this Week to Win Your Own Zissou
We're giving away a Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou 12 sleeping bag to one lucky reviewer next week. Review your outdoor gear by Sunday, April 14, to be entered. Then see how the Zissou 12 compares to Steve Zissou (played by Bill Murray) from Wes Anderson's “The Life Aquatic.” Read more
April 7, 2013

Review Your Gear to Win Sierra Designs DriDown Bag
Review your outdoor gear now through April 14 and you could win a supremely warm and dry DriDown Zissou 12 sleeping bag, thanks to Sierra Designs ($270 value). Read more
March 31, 2013

Review Your Gear to Win Sierra Designs DriDown Bag
Review your outdoor gear now through April 14 and you could win a DriDown Zissou 12 sleeping bag, thanks to Sierra Designs. Worth $270, the hydrophobic Zissou 12 down bag promises to keep you warm and dry. Read more
March 26, 2013


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