Sierra Designs LT Strike 2

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Specs

Trail Weight 3 lb 6 oz
Packed Weight 3 lb 11 oz
Peak Height 37 in
Interior Area 29 sq ft
Vestibule Area 9 + 9 sq ft
Number of Doors 2
Number of Vestibules 2
Floor Material 70D Nylon, 3000 mm
Body Material 20D Nylon
Fly Material 40D HT Nylon, 1500 mm
Poles DAC Featherlite NSL, 8.5 mm

Reviews

2

A quality lightweight tent that performs pretty much…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Trailspace)

Summary

A quality lightweight tent that performs pretty much like a heavier 2P dome tent but with a little lengthier set-up.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Quality compact poles
  • Quality materials
  • Similar features to dome tents (two doors, vestibules, high ceilings)

Cons

  • Flat ceiling
  • Non-freestanding
  • diagonal pole design allows for some sagging

After some more time with this tent, I continue to be most satisfied by its performance.

Most of all, I am impressed with the quality of the material, the weight, reliability, and the compact/lightweight pole design. Minus the poles, the tent and fly take up the same amount of room as my single person hammock & fly. The poles fold down to 14 inches in length, which makes them very easy to fit into or outside my backpack and to travel with. Given these factors, I have come to value it as my primary shelter for solo backpacking trips.

WATERPROOFING AND WATER-SHEDDING

It is simple fact, given the flat ceiling design, that water pools on the top of this tent. Over time, as the fly's water repellant properties might break down, such a design could ultimately be a problem. But after ample testing in wet conditions, the tent has shed water very satisfactorily. The moment I got the tent, I of course had to set it up in my backyard. No sooner had I got the fly on that a heavy Miami thunderstorm (read: deluge) came through...no problems. Actually there were two spots that were dripping afterwards, on either side of the fly vestibules where some webbing is sewn into the seam. I promptly gooped some silcone on those spots and have not noticed any more dripping.

I recently used this tent for 3 nights in Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. It rained over half the time but the tent did its job in keeping me dry and happy. Given the wet conditions, I had to put the tent away wet and muddy each morning. Even still, the fly continued to repel water and the ample mesh design of the tent allowed for the interior to dry quickly once pitched each night. At the end of the trip, the mud and dirt brushed off easily. The light blue fly color does show stains/dirt but that just proves it's getting used.

DESIGN and SETUP

The tent's off-set diagonal dimensions allow for some sagging on the non-poled corners if not staked well...it requires a taught and even pitch.  Set-up works best when all four corners are staked out first, followed by the pole. If the ground is uneven at one corner, the sagging problem is more pronounced. All that being said, it is still a lot easier to set up than other non-freestanding tents that I have owned.

DIMENSIONS

As I have only used this tent on solo trips so far, interior space is ample for myself. Because of the diagonal design, I often lay in a diagonal position so that I have more head/foot space. I think this tent will be a very tight fit for 2 people and gear but is feasible for such a use.

Manufacturer's Description

Going ultra-light this summer? The LT Strike 2 has been engineered with an eye-pole design for quick setup and maximum interior space while keeping the tent under four pounds! The architecture provides two vestibules for quick entry when the weather turns. Sierra Designs, making outdoor living easy.

 

Visit Sierra Designs's LT Strike 2 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Camping Tent - The LT Strike 2 by Sierra Designs has been designed and engineered to change the way you think about tents. Going ultra-light this summer? The LT Strike 2 stands up with an eye-pole design for quick setup and maximum interior space while keeping the tent under four pounds! The interior has ample space for two and is complete with pockets and hoops to hang clothing and towels. The architecture provides two vestibules outside each door for quick entry when the weather turns. Or just store your gear in the vestibules while you sleep. The LT Strike II by Sierra Designs makes outdoor living fun, easy & practical.

- Outdoorplay

Sierra Designs LT Strike 2, Two-person TentDon't forget to take the Sierra Designs LT Strike 2, Two-person Tent on your next weekend wilderness getaway. It has a lightweight non-free standing eye pole (pole type DAC Featherlite NSL) that give it the structural strength to give it stability. This unique tent is made with 20D Nylon material that makes it resistant and long-lasting. Thanks to the excellent Jake's Foot design this tent is easy to pitch and very sturdy in the wind. The ultralight D Door let your give you easy access to the tent. The superseal floor protects you from humid or wet floors. The ultralight clip on the Sierra Design is easy to attach and allows a larger gap between the rainfly and tent body. Enjoy using the Sierra Designs LT Strike 2, Two-person Tent on your outdoor activities.

- SunnySports

Thru-hikers, round-the-world travelers, and long-distance backpackers rejoice - behold the Sierra Designs LT Strike 2, with a patented eye-pole design, great interior space, twin doors, and 20d fly materials.

- CampSaver.com

CLOSEOUTS . Roomier than most ultralight tents, Sierra Designs' LT Strike 2 tent uses a unique Eye Pole configuration to create near-vertical walls and outstanding headroom. Available Colors: GREY.

- Sierra Trading Post

Sierra Designs LT Strike 2

MSRP:
$389.95

The Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen March 17, 2014 at Outdoorplay.

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