Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2

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Trail Weight 3 lb 14 oz / 1.76 kg
Packed Weight 4 lb 4 oz / 1.93 kg
Interior Area 28.50 sq ft / 2.65 sq m
Vestibule Area 6.75 + 6.5 sq ft / .63 + .60 sq m
Peak Height 40 in / 102 cm
Packed Length 18 in
Packed Diameter 5.5 in
Capacity 2
Season 3
Number of Doors 2
Number of Poles 2 Hubbed
Pole Diameter 9.6/9.0 mm
Pole Type DAC NSL
Floor Material 70D Nylon, 3000 mm
Body Material 20D Nylon
Fly Material 40D Nylon, 1500 mm



Great tent if bought on discount. Very utilitarian…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 from SAC


Great tent if bought on discount. Very utilitarian design and serves its purpose well. Initially tested in mild conditions during the spring in the San Gabriel Mountains. Also used during a slight rain shower in the Eastern Sierras. Easy setup. Roomy feel for one.

Weight is definitely a concern.. but if you have the money, this tent would probably not be an option as you would be going towards much lighter options.


  • Price
  • Easy setup
  • Double-walled
  • Large vestibules
  • Two doors
  • Near vertical walls and ample headroom for a roomy feel.


  • Weight
  • Thin-feeling bathtub floors
  • Mismatched stuff sack (WAY too big)
  • Incorrectly provided instructions
  • Did I mention weight? =)

Bought this on steep and cheap for about $150. I was debating between this and more expensive options (Tarptent Double Rainbow, Golite Imogene, Montbell Crescent). True, it's much heavier than the other options, but for the money, this tent served its purpose.  

I recently tested it out on the Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop in the San Gabriel mountains (May 16-17). Setup was easy, although I noticed that the instructions provided were for the wrong tent. I experienced some fog/mist/moisture in the morning, and my dog and I were nice and dry inside the tent.

EDIT (7/14/13): Since May, I have also used this tent with a buddy of similar height/build in Mt. San Jacinto, as well as a solo trip to Weaver Lake.  The tent was a little tight, but manageable for two people, but VERY roomy for one plus the occasional dog!

EDIT (7/22/13): On a recent trip to Cottonwood Lakes, we experienced light showers in the Sierras.  We were bone dry inside the tent.

The tent walls are near vertical with ample head room (I'm 6 feet 150 lbs) providing a roomy feel. The floor of the tent does feel quite thin and I am slightly concerned with the durability of the bathtub floor. There are two tent doors and two large vestibules which are definitely a plus. The stuff sack provided for the tent is WAY too big and the tent can be condensed much more with a separate stuff sack.  

EDIT (7/14/13): I have since used a Granite Gear Air Bag 7L which fit the tent and fly quite nicely.

Weight is somewhat of an issue (as aforementioned), as there are definitely more lightweight double-wall/hybrid tents out there. At nearly 4 pounds, for around a hundred bucks more, you can go with the Golite Imogene or Montbell Crescent that would be almost a pound to a pound and a half lighter.

However, for the closeout price (just sign up for a steep and cheap alert), the price cannot be beat for you bargain shoppers out there not just quite willing to spend $250 or more on a tent.

EDIT (7/14/13): Here is a pic of the tent with the fly attached in Weaver Lake in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness:


No Fly Attached with NeoAir Trekker inside:


No Fly Attached with Sierra Designs Ridge Runner 30 and NeoAir Trekker inside:


EDIT 7/22/13: Tent with Fly Attached at Cottonwood Lakes:


EDIT (9/3/13): Sawyer Lake, WI

EDIT (6/7/2014): Crane Flat, Yosemite


EDIT (7/6/2014): Columbine Lake, Mineral King


Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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On Sale. Free Shipping. Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2 Person Tent FEATURES of the Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2 Person Tent PVC-free seam tape Superseal floor Reflective door trim and guy outs Hanging pockets Ultralight d-door Color-coded main door 2 Doors, 2 vestibules Vent Ultralight clips Jakes foot pole attachment Ball cap connector Swivel hub (h,c, h/c) SPECIFICATIONS of the Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2 Person Tent Season: 3 Capacity: 2 Person Trail Weight: 3 lbs 14 oz / 1.76 kg Packed Weight: 4 lbs 4 oz / 1.93 kg Packed Dimension: 18 x 5.5in. / 45.7 x 14 cm Number of Doors: 2 Interior Area: 28.5 square feet Vestibule Area: 6.75 + 6.5 square feet Peak Height: 40in. Floor: 70D Nylon, 3000mm Body: 20D Nylon Fly: 40D HT Nylon, 1500mm Poles: DAC Featherlite NSL

- Moosejaw

Built for two backpackers, the 2-door, 2-vestibule Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2 tent is built with steep sidewalls giving you ample headroom and comfort for your 3-season adventures. D-shape mesh doors and steep mesh walls provide great ventilation and views outside; each vestibule protects gear and provides protected entrances. Fast, easy-to-pitch hub/pole design helps reduce pitching errors. Light yet strong, DAC Featherlite(R) NSL poles are anodized without the use of harmful acids. Sleek Ball Cap(TM) assemblies secure ridge pole in place and allow it to pivot and rotate. Ultralight clips and color-coded main door and fly help make setting up simple and quick. DAC Jake's Feet(TM) at tent corners create a secure connection and allow easy attachment of poles, rainfly and footprint (sold separately); release them with a quick twist. SuperSeal Floor combines the straight, taut edges of catenary floors with the leak resistance of bathtub floors; raised PVC-free side seams are taped for waterproofness. Hanging pockets help keep small items organized; vestibule vent allows air to circulate in tent. The Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2 tent comes with stuff sacks, stakes and guyline/tighteners. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. Closeout.


The Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2 Tent is a dream to set-up and take-down, this ultralight 2-person tent is great for bike-touring or backpacking. With ample living space and full-mesh design you're guaranteed a comfortable nights rest.


A dream to set-up and take-down, this ultralight 2-person tent is great for bike-touring or backpacking. Highlighted by Backpacker Magazine for 'Great Space to Weight,' the Lightning HT 2 is a great value for backcountry fun! In order to familiarize yourself with your new tent, Sierra Designs recommends you "test pitch" it before embarking on your wilderness adventure. For more helpful tips and instructions for pitching your tent, visit the Sierra Designs website.

- Rocky Mountain Trail

Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2


The Sierra Designs Lightning HT 2 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen March 25, 2014 at Moosejaw.

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