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Backpacking Tents

Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season


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You could be climbing in the desert one week and backpacking across the Tetons the next--the Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Tent thrives both ways. Its unique hybrid wall construction blends the benefits of both double-wall and single-wall constructions so you get a tent that's as light as a single-wall but still weather-protective like a double-wall. This innovative design also helps you set the tent up quickly in bad weather, and it gives more space than conventional backpacking tents without any added weight. In fact, this tent has a single drop door that--when opened--is large enough for you and your buddy to sit side by side and cook some food or enjoy the view when the weather's too harsh for you to leave the tent. The gear closets store your gear on the sides of the tent (away from the door) so you don't have to climb over your shoes and packs each time you get in and out. Sierra Designs built this tent's floor out of ripstop for durability, the fly out of polyester taffeta to keep it as light as possible, and the body out of no-see-um mesh for ventilation. Not only do the walls provide a lot of ventilation, but a tunnel between the end of the tent (where your feet are) and the door maximizes airflow in order to keep you cool while you sleep on a warm summer's night. The single shock-corded pole helps you set up this freestanding tent, and the short fifteen-inch integrated awning poles maximize the door's opening without the added weight of more poles.

Price : $ 269.95


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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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