The freestanding Sierra Designs Lightning 2 is a lightweight and roomy 2-person tent that’s simple to set up and take down. One massive single drop door and dual gear closets help to maximize backcountry livability while saving ounces.
The Lightning 2 has 30.5 square feet of interior space. Dual gear closets are accessed from inside the tent to keep gear storage out of the way of the door and provide an additional combined 10.8 square feet (5.4 sq. ft. per closet) of sheltered space for stashing larger items like packs and boots. Another cool feature is the inclusion of the Sierra Designs Night Glow accessory, a light diffusing “shade” that couples with any headlamp (not included) to hang from the ceiling of the tent to serve as a backpacking/camping lantern.
The hybrid double/single wall design of the Lightning 2 adds stability without weight, while ultra-light clips, a single shock-corded DAC Pressfit aluminum pole, an integrated awning pole that maximizes the door opening and drip line without the weight of a support pole, and the uncommonly large single drop door add to the list of great features. The trail weight of the tent is 3 pounds, 15 ounces.
Ample mesh on the tent body and a huge covered foot vent that creates ventilation between the foot box and the door provide circulation to fight condensation build-up in the Lightning 2. Coated with waterproof polyurethane, the nylon taffeta floor and polyester taffeta rainfly are lightweight and durable. All of the Lightning 2’s seams are tape-sealed to protect the tent interior from the elements.
A custom-fit footprint (sold separately) can be used to further protect the floor of the Sierra Designs Lightning 2 against rocks, exposed roots, mud and ground water.
- Double hub creates single pole setup
- Massive covered foot vent
- Foot hoop
- Large single drop door
- 15” integrated awning poles
- Hybrid double/single wall
- Includes Night Glow light-diffusing shade
- Gear closet
Best Use Backpacking, Camping Other Stuff Sack Included Warranty Limited Lifetime Packed Size Tent Storage Bag: 17" x 5.5"
Pole Storage Bag: 21.5" x 4"
Average Min Weight 3 lbs 15 oz Average Packed Weight 4 lbs 9 oz Interior Height 42.5" Floor Area 30.5 sq ft Floor Dimension 86" x 46" - 56" Vestibule Area 5.4 sp ft + 5.4 sq ft Doors 1 Pole Type DAC Press-Fit Number of Poles 1 Hubbed Freestanding Yes Clips or Sleeves Clips Material Body: 20D Nylon, No See-Um Mesh
Floor: 70D Nylon Taffeta, WR/PU 3000mm FR
Fly: 75D Polyester Tafetta, WR/PU1500mm FR
Seam Sealed Taped Seams
Real Customer Reviews
Likes: Works great
Dislikes: Can get a little warm
- Great tent with unique features
Likes: -The dual vestibules accessible from the sides, it lets you avoid climbing over gear stored in the front.
-The front awning is great to block the rain when you want to leave the front open or put your shoes on without getting rained on. Or even to cook on rainy days.
-The hybrid design saves weight and pack size without sacrificing space. And it still breathes great. We have had zero condensation issues even with a dog as well and on rainy humid days.
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