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The freestanding Sierra Designs Lightning 2 UL is an 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 UL has 29.9 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 8.2 square feet (4.1 sq. ft. per closet) of sheltered space for stashing larger items like packs and boots.
The hybrid double/single wall design of the Lightning 2 UL adds stability without weight, while ultra-light clips, a single shock-corded DAC NSL aluminum pole, 15" integrated awning poles that maximize 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, 7 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 UL. Coated with waterproof polyurethane, the 40D nylon ripstop floor and 30D nylon ripstop rainfly are lightweight and durable. All of the Lightning 2 UL’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 UL against rocks, exposed roots, mud and ground water.
- Ultralight version of the Lightning 2
- Uncommonly large single drop door saves weight and provides enough for two people to sit side by side
- 15" integrated awning poles maximize door opening without the added weight of a support pole
- Hybrid double/single wall provides for quick set-up
- Gear closet
Recommended Use 3-Season Backpacking Average Min Weight 3 lbs 7 oz Average Packed Weight 3 lbs 14 oz Warranty Lifetime Vestibule Area 4.1 sq ft + 4.1 sq ft (2 gear closets) Sleeping Capacity 2 Seasons 3 Seam Sealed Taped Seams Pole Type DAC NSL Pole Diameter 9 mm Packed Size 20 x 6" Number of Poles 1 Other Stuff Sack Included Material Body: 20D Nylon No-See-Um-Mesh
Floor: 40D Nylon Ripstop
Fly: 30D Nylon Ripstop
Interior Height 42.5" Freestanding Yes Floor Dimension 86" x 56" (at widest point) Floor Area 29.9 sq ft Doors 1 Clips or Sleeves Clips
Likes: The set up is really easy .
Dislikes: Material is thin