Sierra Designs Flashlight 2
Great concept that needs more work. I bought this…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $207
Great concept that needs more work.
- Innovative design
- Able to substitute trekking poles
- Loose pitch
- Flaps like a mainsail in even light to moderate wind
I bought this tent after reviewing various choices online. I had also owned the previous Flashlight and really like it.
When I set the tent up I immediately realized that there is a serious design problem. The issue is that it is impossible to get a taut pitch on the tent body. Since this also incorporates the "fly" in that it is a single wall roof, the tent droops and sags and there are depressions in the fabric in the lower part of the roof that will be susceptible to water puddles that would further depress the shape of the tent.
This is too bad in that I really like the design of this tent. Being a single wall hybrid, I was willing to live with some condensation but feel the deficiencies of the pitch were unacceptable, so I returned the unit.
Another issue is how the tent reacts in even a light to moderate breeze which, at the time I set the tent up, caused much flapping and tent body movement. Of course, if the tent pitch was more taut, this would have been less of an issue, but the tent has a large surface area in front that would catch the wind even with a taut pitch. I feel this can be overcome, however, by site location changing the setup (there a couple of different setup options) and careful guy-outs.
Although I returned the item I would definitely consider purchasing again once Sierra Designs further works out the kinks.
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The 3-season Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Tent is a 2-person backpacking tent for those who believe that comfort and simplicity shouldn't be mutually exclusive.
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Tent The Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Tent is a comfortable, lightweight tent suitable for 2 people. The tent offers separate doors for each occupant, making entry and exit easy, as well as offering great cross ventilation to keep condensation down. The 8 Awning Coverage offers sun protection and allows the occupants to keep the door/window open for ventilation, even when it s raining. The Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Tent also features two Gear Closets (one for each occupant) to keep your dry and within easy reach.
You and your backpacking buddy are surprisingly comfortable with all the space you have in the lightweight Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Tent. The designers at Sierra Designs blended single-wall and double-wall constructions--which they call hybrid construction--in order to give you a tent that's as light as a single-wall tent but still weather-protective like a double-wall tent. This unique design helps you set this tent up quickly in bad weather, and it gives this tent more space than conventional backpacking tents without any added weight. In fact, this tent has two eight-inch awnings over both drop doors to give you a dry space to cook comfortably in poor conditions, and the drop doors have large openings so the two of you can enjoy the view from the comfort of your sleeping bags. Gear closets to the sides of the tent offer plenty of space for both of your backpacks and shoes so you two don't have to climb over your gear when you go to bed. Sierra Designs built the floor out of ripstop for durability, the fly out of polyester taffeta to keep it light, and the body out of no-see-um mesh for ventilation. Not only do the walls provide a lot of ventilation, but the construction of the tent enhances airflow to keep you comfortable while you sleep during a hot summer night. This non-freestanding tent comes with a superlight DAC Pressfit pole and two vertical poles that you can replace with your trekking poles if you want to shave six ounces off your load.
Free Shipping. Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Ultralight Tent FEATURES of the Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Ultralight Tent Large drop doors: Non-confining, open, airy feel. Easy entry and exit 8in. 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 SPECIFICATIONS of the Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Ultralight Tent Season: 3-season Capacity: 2-person Minimum Weight: 2 lbs 15.5 oz Packaged Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz Floor Area: 30 square feet Gear Closet: 3.3 + 3.3 square feet Number of Closet: 2 Awning Overhang: 8in. Awning Height: 34in. Interior Peak Height: 46in. Packed Dimension: (L x D): 13.5in. x 6in. Number of Door: 2 Number of Pole: 3 Pole Weight: 3.5/6 oz Number of Stake: 8 Number of Guy Line: 3 Pole: DAC NSL/Pressfit Fly Fabric: 30D Nylon Ripstop Floor Fabric: 40D Nylon Ripstop Body Fabric: 20D Nylon No-See-Um Mesh