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Backpacking Tents

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

Product Details

The Flashlight 2 FL Tent is the featherlight version of Sierra Designs' ever-popular backpacking tent. Without scrapping any of the comfortable features, Sierra Designs made this tent ten ounces lighter than its predecessor. Its hybrid construction combines the lightness of a single-wall tent with the durable weather-protection of a double-wall. This construction includes a light yet strong ripstop fly, an easy-to-clean water-resistant floor, and no-see-um mesh walls for ventilation. As stated earlier, the Flashlight 2 FL Tent still has the same comfortable features as the Flashlight 2 despite its lighter weight. This tent still has two large drop doors that you can zip down for air and stay protected from weather and sun thanks to the awning coverage. There are two vestibules for gear, a defined footprint, and six stakes for an easy setup. Trekking pole compatible means you can make your load even lighter by switching out the light and durable DAC poles with your own trekking poles.

Price : $ 369.95

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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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