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Backpacking Tents

Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 UL Tent: 2-Person 3-Season


Product Details

Sierra Designs took its lightest two-man tent and made it even lighter to appease the most minimalist backpackers out there. In the Flashlight 2 UL Tent, it blended single-wall and double-wall constructions--which they call hybrid construction--in order to give you a tent that's as light as a single-wall tent but still weather-protective like a double-wall tent. This unique design helps you set this tent up quickly in bad weather, and it gives this tent more space than conventional backpacking tents without any added weight. In fact, this tent has two eight-inch awnings over both drop doors to give you a dry space to cook comfortably in poor conditions, and the drop doors have large openings so the two of you can enjoy the view from the comfort of your sleeping bags. The gear closets to the sides of the tent offer plenty of space for both of your backpacks and shoes so you don't have to climb over each other's gear when you go to bed. Sierra Designs built the floor out of ripstop for durability, the fly out of polyester taffeta to keep it light, and the body out of no-see-um mesh for ventilation. Not only do the walls provide a lot of ventilation, but the construction of the tent enhances its airflow to keep you comfortable on a warm summer's night. This non-freestanding tent comes with a superlight DAC Pressfit pole and two vertical poles that you can replace with your trekking poles if you want to shave six ounces off your load.

Price : $ 359.95


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Backpacking Tents Checklist

Weight Matters! For two people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably less.
Don't Forget the Bulk. Packing a bulky tent sucks. Make sure it packs down tightly, ideally packing down to about 10x20 inches (smaller is better).
Mesh Matters. As a general rule, the more mesh, the lighter the tent. For warmer three-season use, usually, the more mesh you have, the better. Not only does the mesh save weight, but also allows for better air-flow.
Vestibules & The Rain. An often forget detail about backpacking tents are the vestibule. The vestibule provides a little canopy in front of your tent. Not needed during good weather, but absolutely needed during wet weather. Try to get one that is about 5 sq. feet large, or larger.
Speaking of Rain... Make sure the entire floor of the tent is waterproof. Most are, but if the tent says the floor is just "water resistant"...don't buy it! You'll regret it the first time your sleeping in it during the rain.
Remember the Footprint! Virtually all good backpacking tents also come with "footprints," which are essentially waterproof and tough tarps cut-out in the shape of the tent. Buy It! Not only does it enhance the tent's waterproofing, it also protects the bottom of the tent. Yes, they aren't cheap. But they are a lot cheaper than replacing the tent due to a sharp stick tearing a hole in the floor of your expensive backpacking tent!

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