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One of The Best Summer Tents of 2017 - Outside MagazineSierra Designs' best-selling, most iconic tent is back! It's been redesigned to have more usable interior space, a taller peak height, and more gear storage all without an increase in weight (and a lower MSRP). The single door, single vestibule, and all-mesh body make it the perfect minimalist shelter for those looking to travel light and fast.
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In 1988 I began a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain. At the time I set forth with metal-framed backpack and a 2-person, four-season tent from another manufacturer. At the first few campsites I was the envy of the hikers around with a roomy and large tent. On the Third day I woke up to steady rain. As I broke down the tent and tried to stuff the oversized behemoth, which now weighed about 12 pounds, into my pack, I realized that I needed to find a better, lighter, and more practical tent. At my very first opportunity I purchased the Clip Flash light at an outdoor shop in Knoxville. This tent provided a dry and sturdy shelter for the entire Trail and has been a workhorse ever since. My eyes were opened to lightweight backpacking practices and the Clip Flash Light was my go-to product for any future backpacking need for over 20 years. The years have taken their toll on my old friend but I still keep it hanging in the gear closet. stuart cowles (SoarFoot'88) on Oct 5th 2016
Tents are needed for outdoor survival in the most violent conditions. Sierra Designs' the best tent for just that purpose! Michael Martinek on Oct 3rd 2016
Sierra Design Lightyear CD Tent
Although I don't remember the year I purchased my Sierra Design Lightyear CD tent. It has certainly held up well. I've hiked the Appalachian trail 2003 and Adirondack state parks 2001. In 2004 I have been to many places throughout the Mark Twain National Forest. In all the tent and I have traveled over 2500 miles. In all this time, I did three things to maintain the tent. First, every morning I hung the tent from a tree branch to dry and air it out. Second, I used seam sealer every month while hiking. Lastly, I made sure the tent was place on ground that would not puncture the floor. Over the years I have replaced the tent stakes as I lost some of the original ones If you find one on the East Coast it might be mine. I lost one of the clips that connects the stake straps, I think in Georgia. This tent is no longer made, so I have not tried to replace that part. I believe my tent will last my entire life. It was well worth the money to buy a quality tent.
William Vogt William Vogt on Oct 3rd 2016
I have tried camping with other tents from other manufacturers but nothing beats my Sierra designs tent. It's tough rugged design gives me ample room for all of my gear. Unknown on Oct 3rd 2016
I have used incarnations of this same tent since the eighties in every possible condition and it has served me like a true friend. Sierra Designs had discontinued this product for the past few years and hard core outdoorsman in the know, myself included, became so disgruntled and enraged that we turned our backs on the company until they brought it back.
I am in my fifties now but started extended hiking meanderings over thirty years ago. This is the kind of thing that crusty old farts really know best about, and if you are in the market for something that will protect you while your buddies carry around leaky, goofy, expensive monstrocities, this is the creature your looking for. ContactMarcLawson@yahoo.com on Sep 23rd 2016