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Flashlight 1

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"Free yourself from freestanding" - Gloriously non-freestanding, and worthy of its legendary name, the 2014 Flashlight is the ultimate backpacking tent for those who believe that comfort and lightweight should go hand in hand.


Pitching Instructions

Tent User Manual

Guyline Line-Lok® Cleat Instructions


Number of Poles:
Pole Type:
DAC Press fit
Pole Diameter:
9.0 mm / 9.5 mm
Pole Set Weight:
4.5 + 6 oz. / 0.13 + 0.17 kg
Fly Fabric:
75D Polyester Tafetta, WR/PU1500mm, FR
Floor Fabric:
70D Nylon Tafetta, WR/PU3000mm, FR
Body Fabric:
20D Nylon, No-See-Um Mesh

Tech Specs

Minimum Weight:
2 lbs 9 oz / 1.16 kg
Packaged Weight:
3 lbs 2 oz / 1.42 kg
Number of Doors:
Number of Gear Closets:
Gear Storage Area:
2.2 or 3.5 ft2 / 0.20 or 0.33 m
Interior Area:
18.80 ft / 1.75 m m2
Internal Peak Height:
45.0 in. / 114 cm
Awning Height:
37 in. / 94 cm
Awning Overhang:
6 in. / 15 cm
88 in. / 224 cm
Front= 32 / Rear = 28 in. / Front= 81 / Rear = 71 cm
Number of guylines:
Stake Type Quantity:
10 Hex Peg
Tent Storage Bag:
Length: 13 in. / 33 cm
Diameter: 3 in. / 7.6 cm
Pole Storage Bag:
Length: 17.8 in. / 45.1 cm
Width: 3.5 in. / 8.9 cm
Tent Stake Storage Bag:
Length: 9 in. / 22.9 cm
Width: 5 in. / 12.7 cm
Capacity: 1 Person
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    Product Reviews


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    1. No Complaints

      I just used this tent on a section hike of the AT. First, night was spring temps, no bugs, and no condensation. Second, night was a thunderstorm with no leaks and no condensation. Third, night was a chilly with temps in the teens and 20 to 30 MPH gusts. No tents malfunctions and still.......No Condensation. I love this tent because it is big enough for me with plenty of head room and very packable and lite weight. I have found my go to tent. on Feb 27th 2017

    2. I made the right choice...

      I was looking to buy my first backpacking tent in 2015 and found Sierra Designs on an online review article. I believe it was an OutdoorGearLab review. After researching the other tents from makers like Tarptent, REI, Big Agnes, Nemo, Kelty, etc, I decided on the Flashlight 1. On paper it seemed to provide the best value in regards to design, weight, ease of setup, price, and materials. Well after two backpacking trips I'm glad I went with the Sierra Designs Flashlight 1.

      I swapped out the 8 aluminum tent stakes and replaced them with titanium ones (saving 2.5 oz), and i also left one of the vertical poles behind using a trekking pole in its place (saving 3 oz). The total weight of the tent in the stuff sack along with the rear pole and vertical poles shows 2 lbs 11 oz on my scale. This is in line with their claim of a 2 lb 9 oz. minimum weight.
      The tent packs down very small. Smaller than my Down 41 degree sleeping bag.

      The tent setup is very simple and only takes a few minutes. I did have trouble each time (twice on trips and twice setting up in the backyard) with attaching the clips on the foot end of the tent to the lower pole. It always get there but it is VERY tight. Tight enough that I'm worried one of these times the seam may tear. The other issue I have is with the guylines and the included tighteners. Maybe I'm not experienced enough but some more instructions on how these different types of cord locks work would be helpful.

      The inside of the tent provides more than ample space for 1 person and your pack if you don't want to put it outside in the nifty vestibule. It is actually quite long. The zippers are smooth and getting in and out and is easy. I do wish you had the option to completely close off the mesh as some of it remains open on each side as well as the top part that looks into the vestibule area.

      The only other issue i encountered was some condensation above my head which forced me to move down further to avoid getting a little wet. This is a problem that always occurs but the tent is long enough that it isn't a big deal at all.

      I love this tent enough that I just purchased the Flashlight 2 as I'm trying to get my wife to go on future backpacking trips.

      To summarize:

      packs down small and is lightweight
      made from good material
      great bang for your buck
      long enough to put your pack at your feet
      nice vestibule area
      enough guy outs for ventilation and to make it sturdy

      can't completely close mesh areas
      got some condensation above my head
      lower pole connection is very tight
      needs better instructions on the guy lines

      I have a picture of my Flashlight 1 setup on my Instagram @MACDEEZY

      Thanks Sierra Designs!
      on Jan 8th 2017

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