The Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 FL tent is a feature-rich non-freestanding option for solo backpackers who appreciate comfort, but need to travel light. Trekking pole pitch compatibility offers the chance for even greater weight savings.
Offering unparalleled interior space for its weight, the Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 FL Tent is the perfect option for an ounce counting backpacker who doesn’t want to skimp on interior space, but is looking for an innovative, non free standing tent that is going to offer a lot of reliable performance in the back country.
The first thing that stood out to me about this tent was that it is extremely stable despite the fact that it is a non free standing, trekking pole style tent. Right now we have got this pitched with the necessary stakes. It does come with one pole down at the foot. We will talk about that. And up here towards the head of the tent you can either use the included poles that come with the tent, or you can leave these at home and save a very valuable six ounces by using your very own trekking poles. So it is a really great innovative tent. We will take a look at all the features.
The first thing I want to talk about with this tent is the materials and how it protects you from the elements. As I mentioned, it is a very innovative design. So this is a hybrid, single wall, double wall tent. You don’t have a separate rain fly and separate tent body. Everything is connected together which saves a lot of weight. You don’t have overlapping of materials. Saves on pack size because you don’t have the tent body and the extra rain fly that goes over top. But you have really great coverage here with this tent.
So on the floor of the tent it is a 30 D material completely water proof, completely seam taped. So you are protected there. Up there on the top of the tent or what I would call the fly, it is completely water proof and seam taped as well and that is a little bit lighter weight. It is a 20 D material. And with single wall tents like this or hybrid tents like this my fear is normally the breathability and the build up of condensation inside. If it is warm out my fear is that it is going to be really muggy inside the tent. But Sierra Designs has done a really great job of having a lot of mesh and a lot of breathability. You have got mesh on the side walls and you have got mesh down at the foot. So you have got a lot of breathability in through the tent, which cuts down on a lot of condensation.
The other thing that really stood out to me about this tent was just the stability. So this is a non free standing tent. You do need to stake all the corners into the ground. You do have one pole on the foot and that is durable aluminum, but light weight DAC NFL poles. So those are very light weight. They compress down to be very small. And then, like I mentioned, you do have the ability to use trekking poles. So I have got my trekking poles here set up. The stability here is really great. So you have got other parts of the tent that you stake out. And, in my opinion, the stability with this non free standing tent is unparalleled as well.
I have crawled inside the tent to talk about the interior space and all the features on the inside. The floor space here is really sprawling for a one person feather light tent. It is 32 inches wide and 90 inches long. It does taper down a little bit into the foot, but you still have a lot of room here on the interior. You have a peak height of 46 inches, so definitely a lot of room in here to sit up. If you need to spend time inside the tent, you are not going to feel super claustrophobic. So it is definitely a very roomy one person tent.
Out here in this gear closet area, you have got some nice innovations with the vestibule here. Sierra Designs does call it a gear closet. Right now I have got it completely open and you can see there is nice breathable mesh right here. This is always mesh. There is no panel to close that off, but you do have mesh here in the door that we will talk about.
So I have the gear closet completely open. It is clipped right there, but there is two additional points that you can clip it to here. You can also clip it down there. So you have a couple of different points there. And I will just show those different points.
So this is complete protection from the elements. You can clip it to this section right there, so you just have a little bit of a gear closet. Plenty of room to store a back pack, foods, that kind of thing. And you still have the breathability here with the door. If you really need to batten it down and you have got some wind and some rain, you can extend it all the way out to this point right here and that is going to give you a little bit more protection here. So you have this awning right there as well. So if you have got some rain, it is definitely going to protect you. And you have got all of this space right here with the gear closet.
I will clip that off to the lower side.
And then the door here you have got a really broad, open door, so easy in and easy out with this tent. The material here on the side is water proof. So if you were to get some rain hitting the side, that is going to protect you as well. But you have got mesh here on the front. Behind that mesh is that water proof material. And this door comes all the way down. So you can really open that up.
The back side here, you don’t have a door, but you do have a really big window. So you can see all of that breathability back there. You have a really great cross breeze with this tent. And then you have a lot of mesh down at the foot as well. So you have got three sides of this tent with breathability. The broad side of the tent here on the end, that is just 100 percent water proof fabric, so you have a lot of protection there. But a lot of breath-ability for a single wall tent.
We talk about the door here in the front. You can zip that up half way or most of the way. I have got it zipped up completely there and then on the inside I can roll down this water proof material. So you can roll this up off of the floor, but, as you can see, lots of breathability here. And, again, if you do have some nasty weather coming in, you can zip this up halfway just to give a little bit more protection. So you have a lot of versatility here with the doors and with the windows inside this tent.
Stuff sack Sierra Designs uses is really innovative and really smart. Most of the time I pack the stakes and the poles separately from my tent anyway, so what they have done here is they have a separate compartment here for the stakes, a small, little compartment. You have got a compartment for the poles right here. And then the tent body is right here inside of this compartment. You can compress that down to be a little smaller. So really smart design here from Sierra Designs.
With all the different features of this tent, the ability to change out the tent pole with the trekking pole, the weight savings there, the complete coverage here with the single wall, double wall design and all the breathability that you get inside this tent, it is a tent that you are definitely going to want to spend time in with all the livability here. I am a really big fan of the Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 FL Tent.