Review: Sierra Designs Flash 2 Tent

I spent seven days this month in the Sierra Designs Flash 2 Tent. My old tent was nearly impossible to set up and really heavy. My number one goal was to find a tent that was easy to set up.

With the ball-cap connector, Jakes Foot pole attachment, color coding, and the best part – the swivel hubs – the tent was up for the first time in less than five minutes without help from anyone and without reading the directions. The swivel hubs keep all the poles together where the pole can rotate 90 degrees in the hub. I didn’t have to sit there figuring which poles went where. The ball cap connectors make for a snug fit.

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Tent foot.

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Great ground anchor.

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Vestibule covering is attached to the tent. The external poles made the tent faster to set up.

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This is a single wall tent.  There is often struggle from condensation but this one has the mesh and has been tested by Sierra Designs with humidifier inside to output condensation from 2 humans in 24 hours.  It was extremely functional in this regard.  There was 2 of us sleeping in the tent and I immediately noticed there was no condensation.

So now let’s take a look inside. It’s a 2 person tent and 2 of us slept in it.

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Vestibule keeps rain out, but does not keep blowing dirt and sand out of the tent.

This tent is best suited for more “fair” weather conditions. There was dirt that blow into my tent in the very windy conditions to the point where I had to shake out my sleeping bag. I also think rain might get in if the wind was blowing.

Ventilation: Reduces condensation, not too cold. Temps were down around 38-40 at night.

Splashback: Not the most weather resistant

More specs (off the Sierra Designs website)

DAC Featherlite NSL Green pole material

29.5 sq feet floor area

price: $340

Capacity: 2

Season: 3

Trail Weight: 3 lbs 15 oz. / 1.79 kg
Packed Weight: 4 lbs 6 oz. / 1.98 kg
Interior Area: 29.50 ft2 / 2.74 m2
Vestibule Area: 8.25 + 8.25 ft2 / .74 + .74 m2
Peak Height: 39 in. / 99 cm
Length: 85 in. / 216 cm
Width: 50 in. / 127 cm
Packed Length: 20 in. / 51 cm
Packed Diameter: 6 in. / 15 cm

This tent was amazing in every way except for the issues with dust blowing in from the wind.  Otherwise, I really was impressed with it and will be taking it along for my next adventure.

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