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The actual layout of the tent is extraordinary; lots of space, useful vestibules (huge benefit), warm when it needs to be and cool with the vents open, and pretty fast to setup ...
That's about where the greatness ends. For a non-freestanding, single wall tent, it's a pig at over 3 pounds (we have an earlier version), even at 2.5 pounds there are freestanding tents nearly the same weight and price or lighter and less expensive single wall varieties.
As with any single wall tent, condensation it something to consider because it will happen no matter how open all the windows are. Heaven forbid it's cold and you need to close it up because it will rain on you or you'll just have a nice layer of frost. Again, something to deal with for a super lightweight tent, but it's not light therefore not exactly worthwhile in our opinion.
So far, not so good. To really rub it in, it's impossible to get taut. No matter how it's staked out and how tight those guys are cinched, the roof sags. Add a sagging roof to catastrophic condensation and it really makes a living situation that's tolerable in July and increasingly miserable as the temperature drops. It's almost as if the panels weren't cut right; the awnings over the doors cannot be stretched in any way, the roof between the poles will not pull tight, and the downward sloped roof above your head can only be held if guyed to a tree with an upward pull. Quite literally impossible.
In all, I do not recommend this tent. Some of the problems can be corrected with better quality control, and bringing the weight down helps a lot. But given the availability of similar tents at half the weight and about the same price (less in some cases) or even free standing tents with the same weight and none of the problems, I suggest to keep looking.
I applaud SD's work to expand the boundaries of tent design and come up with something genuinely unique, but man, in real life this thing's got some real application issues. We will be parting ways with ours and instead go with one of the cottage brands. sam on Oct 7th 2016
A great light weight tent that lets us get out further & do more work. It is so much more productive for us to stay in an area for several days. Friends of Wilderness is an all volunteer, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of FRIENDS OF WILDERNESS is to assist the U S Forest Service in managing and protecting the Mt. Zirkel & Flattops wilderness areas in the Routt National Forest in north west Colorado.
Paipo Bill on May 19th 2016
I own the 2014 version of the Flashlight 2 FL, which is 10 ounces heavier than SD's newest offering of the same tent. As an owner of a $600 single person cuben fiber tent, lightweight and function are both very important to me. Flashlight 2 FL - Likes: Roomy, cheerfully colored tent for the weight. At 10 ounces lighter for 2015, even better! 46" interior height is VERY comfortable. Not sure of the height at the foot of the tent, but it is also more than adequate and compares quite a bit higher than many other ultralight two person tents. As a cold sleeper, I looooove the ability to zip up the inside panels covering up much of the mesh that makes up the body of the tent. Two side doors is great, each with its own vestibule. With the permanently attached fly, setting up in the rain means very little water enters the tent. The tension adjusters (I don't know the technical name for them) on the tent's cording are very helpful at easily achieving a taught tent set-up. Flashlight 2 FL - Could be Better: Free Standing ability would be awesome. Unable to achieve as taught as I would like pitch on the portion of the rainfly that runs from the foot of the tent, canopying the doors on each side of the tent. Guyline attachment points mid-side of the floor on both sides of the tent to get just a little more useful interior tent space. (this is able to be achieved by looping guy line through the nylon loop used to attach the clip for the longer reach gear vestibule.) What would be cool is having a peek-a-boo ceiling panel that would allow one to see the stars while laying down in the tent, but that's being very picky. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, see Slingfin's (the people who created the original version of Mountain Hardwear gear) brand new offering of the Trekker 2Lite. With SD now offering the Flashlight 2 FL at 2 pounds 7 ounces with 46" of interior height, plus the ability to zip up internal panels to cover much of the interior mesh when desired, SD, in my mind, reigns supreme with the Flashlight 2 FL. 4.7 stars!!!! Elisa Umpierre UPDATE: After literally searching all of the big brand and cottage industry tent makers I'm aware of, I ended up selling my 2014 version of this tent to a friend and replaced it with the 2015 version!!!! Upon weighing it out myself without the longer poles (I use trekking poles instead) it came out to exactly 2 pounds 7 ounces. The tent seems to magically to have lost weight! I love this tent. Thanks Sierra Design! Elisa on Oct 15th 2015