Rated 2out of5
fromover-engineered and open to the elements I bought this tent for desert and mountain backpacking because of its low weight and because it was advertised as very fast to set up. The low weight makes this a great backpacking tent, but it has two major problems which is why I returned it: 1. it is advertised as "one pole construction" but actually has 3 poles that are connected in an awkward, hinged manner. To set it up and take it down, it has so much tension and tight clips, that it hurt my fingers and took a long time. If one's fingers/hands were cold or scraped/tired from climbing, this tent would be impossible to set up or take down. With two people, it still took a lot of time ... 2. the tent has two vestibules on the sides that are mesh with the tent fly as the cover. I used it in windy conditions in the desert and sand kept blasting into the tent. This is a design problem. The area surrounding the vestibule doors should be solid fabric.
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 4out of5
fromEasy setup, great venting, well designed tent I thought I would give this tent a try and am moving from a Marmot Twilight 2P, which I felt was a little too heavy and bulky with the separate footprint and rain fly. I really appreciated the one piece, unique, design of the Lightning 2 UL. The large door works as advertised, allowing easy access for both occupants. The height of the tent was also a plus, making the tent feel even larger than expected! Ventilation was also excellent, with the door+toe vent creating a bit of a wind tunnel effect. Perfect for summer nights, although I have yet to try it in cooler weather.
My only suggestion would be to build in the directions for the tent stake loops into the tent stake bag somehow. The tent has a different loop system than anything else any of our group had ever seen, so we were not really sure how to use them and we ended up jury rigging something up to stake it down during our week-long trip.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 5out of5
fromSo easy to set up! I have spent over a month in this tent over 3 trips this summer and decided I'd share the love and write a review. First off, the design is beautiful. The pole system is genius and the set-up couldn't be easier. I have set this tent up in the pouring rain and at night with only the moon to illuminate me. Both occasions resulted in a quick and fun experience.
The pole system is my favorite aspect being that it's completely shock corded and a one unit design, so there's no guess work as to which pole goes where. This really helps when time is an issue like in the rain. There are no sleeves to fuss with as there are about 8 clips and two fasteners that attach the pole system to the tent. Also there's no fly to mess with as it's built in.
Another plus is the two side zipper storage areas, that allow for your gear to sit outside of the tent providing extra room inside. This is actually a two person tent, but being a bigger guy who likes to sleep alone this is the perfect tent for me. Plus I use a cot and it fits like a glove. I highly recommend this tent both in its design and comfort, plus its so light and compact, you can go virtually anywhere with it!
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 5out of5
fromSimply Brilliant I've had my eye on this tent ever since SD debuted it in 2013. The tent I previously took backpacking was an Ozark Trail 3-person tent that did what it needed to do, but was around 10 lbs and had 4 separate poles. This tent is lightweight, still under 4 lbs with all the stakes, and is so simple to setup. By far the easiest tent I've ever pitched. When collapsed the poles are a single piece. The green pole that runs the length of the tent crosses the two darker poles at two clips that serve to hold up the tent. This makes the pole-work of tent assembly a breeze. The ventilation is great, and unless you're camping somewhere humid, you shouldn't have to worry about condensation. I'm in CO. Some of the other reviews complain about condensation getting the bag wet - a slight drawback of a single-piece tent. The solution is simple, however: don't touch that part of the tent. I'm 6'2", and can manage this. The only part of the tent to worry about runs from mid-shin to lower thigh, which I won't be touching while in a bag. I can stretch out fully as well. The zippers, contrary to previous Sierra Designs tents I've used, work great. They don't snag or tug.
I love the fact that they've done away with the vestibule over the door. I've always seen them as cumbersome and annoying. There's enough room for my 70 pack in the side vestibule, and the zippers that allow access to them from within are big enough to put boots through.
The tension system for each of the stake-out points is wonderfully simple and the tent, when guyed (which I always do) does great in strong wind. It takes me about 5 minutes to set up by myself, from opening the bag to tightening the last guy line. There's plenty of room to sit up inside, and depending on how comfortable you are with those you're backpacking with, you could probably play cards with 4 people (maybe). The awning over the door seems twice as long as 12 inches. The perfect place to boil some water from bed. Definitely get a footprint - the ripstop floor is vulnerable. I'm sold on this tent! Get it!
Date published: 2014-11-05