Sierra Designs Superflash



We (my wife and I) purchased the SuperFlash as our…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 4-season non-freestanding expedition hoop design
Sleeps: 2
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


I have used this tent at work (backcountry park ranger)…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Four season 3 hooped version of the clipflash light
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: eassy
Weight: 6
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.


Bought new very long ago. Treasured tent, not used…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Don't remember


Bought new very long ago. Treasured tent, not used for many years. Recently used it again, found coating on flysheet has gone gummy. Inner tent OK, poles like new. Perhaps person above with bad poles would like to sell me theirs or buy mine.


  • Very tough tent, excellent for winter use
  • Perfectly shaped interior
  • Simple to put up


  • Flysheet coating went sticky
  • Only partially free standing
  • No windows
  • Heavy by today's standards
  • Nylon flysheet sags when damp, as opposed to polyester flysheets

Excellent design. Should be updated with polyester flysheet.


Welcome to Trailspace, Sgrant. Have you tried contacting Sierra Designs to see if they can help you get a new fly?

1 year ago

I bought one of these when I was 16 in about 1990.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: About $200


I bought one of these when I was 16 in about 1990. It finally died last year (shock cord broke while setting up in a windstorm... lost poles). It was a sad day. It was a perfect tent.

As other post say, good for almost any camp...all around solid performer. Wish I could get another one.


  • Relatively light, esp for 4-season
  • Once staked super easy to pitch
  • Rock solid in wind etc


  • Not freestanding
  • No longer made .... :(

I remember coming back from an attempt to climb Mt Rainer. We turned back due to a bad storm.  My good old Super Flash was standing strong. I was half convinced as we were hiking down that it might have been blown off the mountain.

I put this tent through hell and back. No other tent has been able to replace it.



Welcome to Trailspace, Russell. Sounds like you got a lot of life out of your tent. Do you have any pictures you could share with us?

2 years ago

Welcome to Trailspace, Russell! I always enjoy hearing about people's gear that has been so well used for so long.

1 year ago

I originally purchased this tent in the early '90s…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
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.

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Sierra Designs Superflash


The Superflash has been discontinued.

reviewers paid:
$85.00 - $250.00

The Sierra Designs Superflash is not available from the stores we monitor.

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