Sierra Designs Superflash
Design: 4-season non-freestanding expedition hoop design
Ease of Setup: Very simple to set up (3 hoops + some stakes)
Weight: 6.2 lbs
Price Paid: $250
We (my wife and I) purchased the SuperFlash as our very first tent back in 1990. Twenty years and probably two-dozen tents later, it remains our grab-and-go favorite. The SuperFlash was apparently a short-lived design based on the North Face Westwind (a legendary 4-season performer) and neither tent has been available for several years.
While we currently have, and use, 10 other tents (and have owned and sold many more), none of them seems as versatile as this favorite little tent of ours. The SuperFlash is _just light enough_ (6+ lbs.), _just big enough_ (32 SF), _just spacious enough_ (the two tall hoops provides essential headroom for two people and a means of attaching a ceiling attic to throw essentials into, unlike the Clip/Flashlight), and is a 4-season "bomb-shelter" to boot. In other words, unless we have special requirements, such as wanting to travel ultra-light, or to have a lot of extra room, or unless we are going someplace //very// hot, the SuperFlash always goes with us.
- Very rugged and storm-proof design
- Reasonably light
- Reasonably spacious
- Easy to set up
- Pitches //extremely// taught (like the Tiros, Stretch Dome, etc.)
- A bit small for big people or to be shared by casual acquaintances
- Heavier than modern single-wall and/or 3-season shelters
- Not freestanding
- Not for very hot places (we left this home during a recent trip to Zion NP, Utah)
- No longer available for purchase
Price Paid: $85 on ebay
I originally purchased this tent in the early '90s and used it for many winter and river trips. It was lent to a friend in 1998 and was never seen again. I've owned many tents since but always missed my Superflash.
I just purchased one on ebay this week and i feel as though a missing part of me has been restored. This tent is the best tent i have ever owned. Sure there are lighter more tech advanced but the superflash is timeless and as bombproof a tent as i have ever used. This will always be my go to shelter and it will never leave my sight again.
If i could find another i would buy it in a second.
Design: Four season 3 hooped version of the clipflash light
Ease of Setup: eassy
Price Paid: ??
I have used this tent at work (backcountry park ranger) for the last 11 years and it has never failed. It is probably one of the best tents ever made. Same shape as the North Face Westwind. Very strong in the wind. Never leaked. If I could find a good used one I would buy it just to have one myself.
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