Camping Gear Guide
Backpacking Tents

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


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Whether you're setting up camp in the middle of the wilderness or at a campsite, the Sierra Designs Flash 2 Tent brings the luxury without a bunch of added weight. This tent's unique hybrid-wall construction blends the benefits of both double-wall and single-wall constructions so you get a tent that's light like 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 most backpacking tents without any added weight. In fact, both doors are wide 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 explore the outdoors. The gear closets also have enough room for multiple backpacks and several pairs of shoes, and Sierra Designs placed each closet perpendicular to the doors so you don't have to climb over all your gear to get in and out. Sierra Designs built this tent's fly out of polyester taffeta to keep it superlight, the body out of mesh for ventilation, and the floor out of nylon taffeta for durability. There are two DAC Pressfit poles that are incredibly light and surprisingly strong, and the 15-in integrated awning poles maximize the tent's space without adding the weight of another support pole. Whether you're hiking through Grand Canyon or simply camping at one of the sites in the Tetons, this tent makes an excellent companion.

Price : $ 299.95


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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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