Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1

3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Trail Weight 2 lb 14 oz / 1.30 kg
Packed Weight 3 lb 3 oz / 1.45 kg
Interior Area 15.50 sq ft / 1.44 sq m
Vestibule Area 7 sq ft / .65 sq m
Peak Height 38 in / 97 cm
Packed Length 19 in
Packed Diameter 4 in
Capacity 1
Season 3
Number of doors 1
Number of poles 2 Hubbed
Pole Diameter 9.0 / 8.5 mm
Pole Type DAC NSL
Floor Material 40D Nylon, 3000 mm
Body Material 20D Nylon
Fly Material 40D Nylon, 1500 mm



Overall, very easy to set up, packs up light and takes…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars

Overall, very easy to set up, packs up light and takes up little space.  Footprint, poles, and fly clip and lock into place and stay secure. 

Only criticism is the small size of tent and vestibule, but it is a one-man tent so that is to be expected. Vestibule barely contained my pack and boots; would have been an issue in rainy weather. 


Lightweight, freestanding tent with sturdy poles;…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $104


Lightweight, freestanding tent with sturdy poles; quick setup; a tight space for one, but useful for small spaces in the woods. I love that the top of the tent is all mesh—great view into the sky when the rain fly is off.


  • Lightweight
  • Freestanding


  • Door is at head of tent (instead of along the side)
  • Tight quarters

This will work well for me as a supplemental tent for when I'm solo on a bikepacking trip where light weight and small size is essential. Poles seem very durable and I like the Jake's Foot pole connection design. I'm not sure about longterm durability, but it seems very durable.


Lightweight, spacious, free standing. Need I say more?

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


Lightweight, spacious, free standing. Need I say more? This tent is so easy to set up, you don't even need instructions!


  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Spacious


  • Tent stakes could be lighter

The only thing I would change about this tent are the stakes that come with it. Besides that, this tent was made in heaven.

I will be using this tent during the PCT thru hike. I know I won't be disappointed since SD always makes wonderful products!

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Sierra Designs's Vapor Light 1 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

As light and livable as you can get: the Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 uses a fin design to offer a solo, freestanding shelter at a scant 2 lb 14 oz. Now your light-and-fast customers can afford to bring a book!


Built to keep you comfortable on your solo backpacking adventures, the Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 tent is easy to pitch and features tall walls for lots of headroom, and a vestibule for extra gear. Minimum trail weight of 2 lbs. 14 oz. makes the tent easy to carry on short backpacking trips. DAC NSL aluminum poles are lightweight and strong, pole configuration creates steep, high walls without adding extra weight. DAC Jake's Feet at tent corners allow easy attachment of poles, fly and footprint (sold separately) and offer a secure connection; release them with a simple twist. Mesh walls and vestibule vent allow air to circulate, preventing interior condensation. Seams feature PVC-free tape to ensure watertight seals. Reflective door trim and guyouts help ease nighttime visibility. Gear pockets keep gear organized and off the floor. Closeout.


Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 One-person TentThe Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 One-person Tent is an ideal choice of shelter for all your outdoor adventures. With a canopy made of 20D ripstop nylon, this tent is tough enough to withstand harsh environments. Its full-coverage 40D nylon taffeta rain fly is certain to keep you dry during a pouring rain. Plus, the super seal floor adds to the waterproofing, preventing water from seeping in. As this tent has a free-standing design, setup in almost any place becomes easy and fast. Thanks to its floor area of 15.5 sq. ft. and an interior height of 38 in., there is enough space and head-room inside to let you move around freely. With its roomy vestibule, there is plenty of room to store all your equipment. If you are planning on going for an adventure, then do not forget to take the Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 One-person Tent along!

- SunnySports

There's no need to drag around any more tent then you need when you hit the trail solo. The Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 Tent is a three-season shelter with ultralight mesh, a compact vestibule, and the protection you need to help weather a wet spring or blustery fall. Some prefer the door of a tent at the side and some the head; this tent offers the later. The vestibule offers seven square feet of storage space (enough for a weekend pack and your boots), and inside the Vapor Light, you'll find more than three feet of head space so you can sit up when you want to. Setup is a breeze thanks to the freestanding design and the hubs at the pole junctions. At just a touch over three pounds, this is a reliable, go-to option for single-person backpacking missions spring through fall and in areas that have mild to moderately wet conditions.


Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1


The Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen May 17, 2014 at

If you're looking for a new 3-4 season convertible tent, check out the best reviewed current models.