User Review: Sierra Designs Light Year 1
Design: three season, needs two stakes to stand.
Ease of Setup: fast and easy. Open poles, insert in grommets, put in one stake, then the other. Done!
Weight: slightly under 4 pounds with stakes and my Tyvek groundcloth
Price Paid: $149
After more than a year of research, and two abandoned (gave away) tents, I finally bought a Light Year 1 for my solo trekking.
The Light Year is a near-perfect one person tent. It is much more roomy than any of the other one person tents I saw, used, or tried.
It sets up easily in a couple minutes. It is large enough for me and my pack. I use my pack as my pillow, and it's a bit tight. I'm almost six feet.
The abundant screening allows plenty of air, and I've experienced no condensation problems as I did with my two failed tarptents. The white nylon panel on the roof added privacy and a bit less breeze which I like over the all-nylon mesh type tents which are very drafty and public. The tent pitches taut and is quiet in the wind, unlike one of my tarptents.
I wish that the tent were symmetric so that my pack would better fit, but then there'd be no place for the vestibule.
The real clincher for me was the excellent service and repair Sierra Designs offers. They repaired my old two- and three-person SD tents quickly and with no charge.