Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2

22 reviews
5-star:   7
4-star:   10
3-star:   3
2-star:   1
1-star:   1

Specs

Trail Weight 3 lb 6 oz / 1.53 kg
Packed Weight 3 lb 12 oz / 1.70 kg
Interior Area 32 sq ft / 2.97 sq m
Vestibule Area 7 sq ft / .65 sq m
Peak Height 41 in / 104 cm
Packed Length 19 in
Packed Diameter 5 in
Number of Doors 1
Number of Poles 2
Capacity 2
Season 3
Pole Diameter 8.5 mm
Pole Type DAC NSL
Floor Material 70D Nylon, 3000 mm
Body Material 20D Nylon
Fly Material 40D Nylon, 1500 mm

Reviews

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Great tent for the most part. Great tent. Has held…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $180

Summary

Great tent for the most part.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Quick setup
  • 3-season

Cons

  • Not free standing

Great tent. Has held up since purchase in '99 without any need to reseal seams, minimal leakage and I use a space blanket as the footprint. Light and small and easy to set up.

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Got this way back in 1997 or so. It's been a very…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Price Paid: 150$

Got this way back in 1997 or so. It's been a very nice one man backpacking tent.  

Back in the day it was one of the lightest you could get. I still use it for my solo excursions.  It's held up well to moderate use, mainly on the west coast. 

The footprint has deteriorated to a sticky mess, that will get replaced this spring. The fly is starting to feel a little like the foot print, but only slightly tacky instead of totally gummy like the footprint.

I've squeeze a buddy in on several trips when we were going light.  Smallish vestibule, but still totally practical and usable.

The new ones seem to have some nice tweaks that mine doesn't.

Great  value for the money!

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Overall I must say that I love this tent. I first…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars


Overall I must say that I love this tent. I first got it about 3.5 years ago when I was getting ready to do a cross country road trip. The attached picture is our home set up outside of Zion National Park. We've used this tent for both backpacking and car camping fairly often and have had no issues with rips and/or tears, leaking, or excessive condensation.

The tent is both light enough for backpacking and roomy enough (for a married couple) for car camping. It is also easy to set up and the poles attach to the tent via clips instead of sleeves I prefer clips as I think they are easier to use then threading the sleeves, so this was a big selling point for me.

Another reason I first looked at this tent is because it is the tent my mom use to take our family backpacking with when we were children. We would sleep all 4 of us in this tent (3 very short kids and one 5'-1" mom). That was approximately 20 years ago and my mom is still using the same Clip Flashlight to climb Mount Whitney today. It's a durable tent with great longevity.

My only complaint would be the stakes that came with were not very strong (we have bent almost all of the original stakes) and they had to be replaced with MSR Groundhog stakes (because I think they are better and more durable as well).

I have had this tent set up in very windy camps (probably 40-50 mph +/-), very rainy camps (Hoh Rainforest), and beautiful dry desert camps, and it has performed beyond my expectations in all circumstances.

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I love it! Sweet tent for the price, pretty light…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: three season, non-freestanding
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: breeze
Weight: 3,6 lbs, oz.
Price Paid: $140

Summary

I love it!

Sweet tent for the price, pretty light for a double-walled tent. I'm used to a single wall minimalist, it's nice to have the option of no fly so I can see the stars or critters creeping up @ night.

Also the gear pockets/loops and vestibule are handy. definitely compatible for two people, I was more than comfy with two...obviously fit for a king with only one person inside. Great product for the price.


Spring 2010 model

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The best tent I have ever owned at this weight. I…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: approx. 5lbs w/footprint
Price Paid: $120

The best tent I have ever owned at this weight. I have had mine for 5 years with no problems whatever. Spent two nights in the Grand Canyon with wind gusting 50-60 mph all night without a problem.

Have used the tent solo and with my wife. Room is limited with two people but I'm backpacking not spending a night at the Hilton. Show me a tent at this price and weight that offers more and I'll buy it.

Pros: Lightweight, ventilation is excellent, watertight, good room to weight ratio.

Cons: I do not like the stakes provided with tent, I've swapped mine for SD "Y" stakes.

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A remarkable tent for the price. Used on 35-consecutive…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 5lbs
Price Paid: $160

A remarkable tent for the price. Used on 35-consecutive day bike tour of Japan's northern island Hokkaido during the summer months; I got well more then my money's worth. The tent provided me with comfortable, dry housing for over a month in conditions ranging from hot dry temps to cold, wet, windy mountain tops.

Designed to accomodate two people, I found the tent to be perfect size for one person+gear. The trick to keeping dry in the rain is to setup the tent body slightly slack while applying the rainfly over it as tightly as possible. The materials are strong, poles can handle average to tougher winds which makes this a perfect backpacker/bike tourist's tent in moderate weather conditions. I wouldn't push your luck in high wind (+60mph).

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I have used this little puppy for seven years now…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: three season non-free standing
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: super wazoo easy
Weight: 3.25 lbs
Price Paid: $180

I have used this little puppy for seven years now and I must say it has held up to all my use. I'm pretty rough on gear and so far, everything has held its ground. So superlight and small, I have taken it on overnighters and slipped it in my backpack with my books.

On the flip side, I used it for a month trip I took out west in January (don't let anyone tell you that you can't convert a 3-season into a warm environment). With a little fleece on the bottom, you're good to go.

OK, the cons...actually, only one and a half, it's not free-standing and its smalllll. HOWEVER, it's not the tent's fault b/c the small non-freestanding is the design...so, really, it's my fault. So, now I have "upgraded" to a SD Alpha CD just to have more room for the dog and the lady, but still holding on to the Flashlight for those solos. It is by far the best backpacking tent ever made.

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This tent is great!! It's light and it's easy to set…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season
Sleeps: 1 and dog
Ease of Setup: easy as you can get
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Price Paid: $185

This tent is great!! It's light and it's easy to set up. I like it because it's a lot roomier than most solo tents for only a little more weight. You can sit up and change comfortably in the tent.

For those saying that it's not sturdy in high winds, learn to stake out a tent. I took it to Tennesse in the spring and set it up on one of the highest ridges in the area. Unknown to us untill the next morning, a tornado touched down 15 miles away. The wind blew and the rain came down, but I stayed dry and the tent didn't move. Just make sure you use the guylines.

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I had posted earlier on this tent with a promise of…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season Lightweigt
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Easy to set up
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Price Paid: $150

I had posted earlier on this tent with a promise of an update on how I fared with the Warranty and Repair people at SD, after the main pole snapped in high winds the first time I set it up, and went through the rainfly. I was told there was a two-week turn-around time, after they received the shipment. Well, six weeks later I still had not got my pole and fly back and it took 4-5 days of constant calling to motivate them to ship it back. Everyone I spoke with was apologetic and professional, but that's too long a turnaround. I missed a couple of good trips because this was my only tent. I like the tent generally, and will be using it a lot more now that it's repaired.

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I work for a backpacking gear store (to remain unnamed),…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season non-freestanding
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Quick and easy, can be done solo
Weight: 3 lbs 4 oz min. weight
Price Paid: $189 typically

I work for a backpacking gear store (to remain unnamed), so I see a lot of different tent designs by Sierra Designs, TNF, Kelty, Outdoor Research (biveys), Marmot, etc. I set up every tent that I see come through the store and I see every tent that comes back and why it is defective (if it is). I would be more than happy to review any piece of gear for you and tell you the +/- 's of each model. All you have to do is ask (via E-Mail or AOL Instant Messanger SN: caad4)

With that said, I'll go through one of the most popular models I've seen:

SD Clip Flashlight:

This non-freestanding tent is a great 2-person, 3-season backpacker that is not only super lightweight, but packable and inexpensive as well. New for '00, you'll find the Easton DAC Featherlite poles (which sheds 15 percent of the original pole weight) and new clips that supposedly make the tent a great deal stronger. Not to discourage anyone from buying this tent (because it is really a GREAT tent), but in the short time they've been around, i've seen two different DAC Featherlite poles fail under heavy winds (60+ mph, properly staked, with guidelines). Appearently Easton didn't give its usual 110% on the DACs. If the tent is kept in winds less than or around 50 mph, the tent's weight and features will only be beneficial.

MINIMUM STAKE POINTS FOR TENT: 4

FLOOR AREA: 32 Sq Feet

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I placed a comment on the jacket side for Solstice…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 2 PERSON (PUSHING IT)
Sleeps: 1.7
Ease of Setup: Pretty darn easy
Weight: I dunno--I think around 4lb
Price Paid: $180

I placed a comment on the jacket side for Solstice vs. TNF. That should give you some idea of where I am coming from. . . . I let Backpacker Magazine do the majority of the research before I bought my tent. They were right-on. My 2.5yr old tent is the bomb! I camped at Boulderfield at the base of Long's Peak in June and froze my 'nards off in the -15 degree temps, but the tent stood up to the 50mph gusts with nary a prob. I have used this sucker at Long's Peak, Mt. Evans trail ascent, Sam's throne climbing area in Arkansas (where everyone is your cousin) and all over SW Missouri.

My one complaint is that this tent is not freestanding. I don't camp much in parking lots, though, so this has not been much of a problem for me. I SeamSeal-ed it upon purchase and applied one treatment of Tectron fabric seal. No leaks. Period. For a true 3.5 season tent that won't break your back or wallet, buy this tent and never regret it.

Why buy a $900 Bibler intended for use at 24,000 feet in the Himalayas when you only hang in the contiguous US (under 14,500 ft.)????? I guess so everyone will know how rugged and experienced a mountain man you are (so everyone will know how little you know about your gear, how foolish you are when it comes to money, and what a wanna'be you are).

EAT CORN!!

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Great little tent that does what I bought it for.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 3 Season Lightweight...
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Real quick...providing there are places to drive a few stakes
Weight: 3.10 lbs (or so...)
Price Paid: $125

Great little tent that does what I bought it for.

Ultra lightweight shelter best suited for solo use, but fits two in a pinch. I've had this for four years now and I still cannot find a lighter two-person tent.

Compromises -- no sealable door on the tent body (the fly has to do the job in foul weather, not really bomb-proof),

VERY cramped for two -- all seem acceptable when you consider the low poundage for a decent tent.

Newer versions are said to be even better.

Gets me through the three seasons here in NE and out West just fine.

I'd buy another one.

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Light, simple, great, but only for solo use. Too cramped…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 3-season 2-hoop
Sleeps: 1
Ease of Setup: Quick and simple
Weight: 4
Price Paid: $160

Light, simple, great, but only for solo use. Too cramped I think for even very cozy two-some unless they're both under 12-years-old. Very small vestibule, barely large enough for one pack.

Even though it's the lightest, you need one per hiker, so if you're with a partner, carry a true two-man tent. Even if it's over 6 lbs., it still comes out to less weight per person!

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I used this tent once in Big Sur, California. I sealed…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season
Sleeps: 1-2
Ease of Setup: sets up quicker than any other tent I've owned
Weight: under 4lbs
Price Paid: $160

I used this tent once in Big Sur, California. I sealed the seams with Seam Grip, and bought the footprint as well. It started raining and continued to come down just after we fell asleep. When I woke up about five in the morning, everything was completely soaked. The rain was coming through the rain fly like it would through a screen. The only things we that were dry were the things we had in our backpack that was covered with trash bags. It goes without saying that I was disappointed with the tent, and would not recomend this tent or brand!

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Verdict: find me another TENT (not bivouac shelter!)…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season non-freestanding
Sleeps: 1-2
Ease of Setup: With practice, 5 minutes.
Weight: Under 4 lbs
Price Paid: ~$110

Verdict: find me another TENT (not bivouac shelter!) under 4 lbs and I'll seriously consider buying it.

I've had this tent for several years. It's been to Alaska, Texas, Pennsylvania, the Smokies, all over in the western US. Never a problem.

YES, it's tight with 2 good sized people. Waddya want for just over 3 lbs?

I've waited out downpours in this thing that kept me up all night checking for leaks; found none (seam seal it and use a proper groundcloth slightly smaller than the bottom).

Great ventilation in the desert.

Used it for cross-country ski backpacking in sub-zero temps in deep snow. Learn how to set it up in snow and it works great for 4 seasons.

Best tent for my purposes. Nothing on the market even close.

P.S. - Should they be allowed to put the work "lite/light" on a tent that weighs over 6 lbs?

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This is the best backpacking tent made. It really…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season 2 hoop tent
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Incredibly easy
Weight: 3lb 13oz
Price Paid: $170 in 1991

This is the best backpacking tent made. It really turned heads when I bought it (in 1991) and it still does. It is incredibly easy to set up, it's usually the first tent up in camp. Also, while it is not freestading, two extra stakes and 15 seconds is well worth the weight. I don't understand why anyone would buy another backpacking tent.

If you do buy an old one, try to buy a Clip Flashlight, I almost bought a sleeve flashlight 1990 model I think, and it is slower to set up, and the vestibule is really tiny. The newer designs have improved the one that I have.

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Bought this tent used and sold it as soon as possible.

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Design: 3 seasons
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: hard
Weight: 4.5lbs
Price Paid: $200

Bought this tent used and sold it as soon as possible. The basic problem is that the tent setup is way too time consuming for this type of tent, in this price range. Get a freestander. Not worth the money or the time.

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I bought this tent with weight as my first consideration:…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 2-3 seasonb two hoop
Sleeps: 1.5
Ease of Setup: medium (see below)
Weight: 1,7 kg
Price Paid: U$216

I bought this tent with weight as my first consideration: It is one of the lightest (at that price).

The drawbacks are: Not too much room (you can't really sit up in it even when alone.

If you pitch it up every night and take it down again the nexxt morning, setup becomes rather bothersome. I prefer domes for the possibility of picking them up and just moving them to a better place which you ususally find just after set up.

Some leaking,

Positive: minimal weight, storm resistant (yes, it did not tear or blow away on a stormy night on a French Alps plateau even though I didn't sleep all night wondering if it would)

it ventilates very well, which makes a good sleeping bag necessary when you camp in cold weather.

Definitely recommended for light camping in warm zones were you want a shelter but not too much more.

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- Ultralight weight and very compact - Watertight…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season
Sleeps: 2 close friends
Ease of Setup: Idiot proof: stake out then clip
Weight: 4 lbs w/ stakes and ground cloth
Price Paid: $150 in 1995

- Ultralight weight and very compact

- Watertight and wind resistant

- Best used as a roomy solo shelter

- A great tent for long distance hikes or bicycle tours

- Mine survived a foot of snow during a winter storm in '95

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BAD PARTS: Small vestible, it has small storage space…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season hoop style
Sleeps: 1-2
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 4.5 lbs.
Price Paid: $164

BAD PARTS:
Small vestible, it has small storage space and it does not come down far enough all around the tent. When it rains real hard water runs off the rain fly onto the lower main body of the tent also causes water run-off to splash mud on the body of the tent.

If the tent is not staked out as taut as you can get it the side walls of the tent sag by the next morning.

Cheap stakes, a person will have to buy new ones after first trip because the ones that come with tent will have bent.

GOOD PARTS

The tent is light. Great backpacking tent, packs small.

It is very wind stable even for a tall hoop style.

Can actually fit two people in it.

A good candle lantern tie-up in the high part of the tent

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The GOOD: Light weight, packs small, 2 people can…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season, hoop style, non-freestanding
Sleeps: 1-2
Ease of Setup: easy ,but the fly takes up alot of time to get it adjusted
Weight: 4.5 lbs.
Price Paid: $164

The GOOD:

Light weight, packs small, 2 people can sleep in it, wind stable, cool hanger for a candle lantern.

The BAD:

Fly provides little storage space, also the fly doesn't leak but it does not come down far enough to keep water from dripping on the corner of the tents and hard rain from splashing mud up on the body of the tent.

2 poeple can hardly move in this tent.

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A very good tent for 3-season travel. One to two people…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Clip Flashlight
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: One Person, 2 minutes
Weight: 3.5lbs
Price Paid: $178

A very good tent for 3-season travel. One to two people can fit but two fills it up.

Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2

MSRP:
$199.95

The Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 18, 2014 at Rocky Mountain Trail.

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