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Just got my Light Year 1.
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Can't wait to sleep in it! Shannon on Apr 9th 2017
I just received the new Light Year as a gift, and took it on one-night solo trek last week in the Savage Gulf wilderness in TN. It was an exceptionally clear, starry night, with an overnight low of about 24F.
The setup was very simple. Simply stake out and tension the corners, insert the poles in their respective grommets, then attach the clips. It is very easy to achieve a nice taught pitch thanks to the line-lok tensioners, which also make fine-tuning adjustments simple after the tent is up. I opted to set up the fly in the awning configuration which is very easy to do, and a feature that I really like. I'm glad that SD opted to use 68-70D nylon fabrics for the floor and fly, rather than some of the low-denier fabrics used in many UL tent designs, as this should make for a more durable tent over time.
Width- and length-wise the tent feels very roomy for a 1P. The only drawback is that the shape of the tent doesn't quite allow one to sit upright in the tent when closed. When I initially set the tent up, I did zip the fly all the way down to survey the vestibule size, which had adequate space for my pack and boots. I do believe that the tent would have decent ventilation even with the fly zipped all the way closed despite the lack of any fly vents, as there is a nice gap between the fly and the ground all the way around.
This tent is also great for stargazing on starry nights--with the door of the fly rolled up--as the mesh canopy is angled up and over your head.
One thing to note is that SD includes only the bare minimum number of stakes needed to set up the tent and the fly (9 stakes required all together), though there are additional stake out points where the poles attach, in addition to two buyout points on either side of the fly. You should only need to stake out these additional points if you are camping in an area with sustained high winds, however. There were intermittent, strong gusts of wind throughout my first night in the tent, and I had no issues.
Overall, I'm very pleased, and look forward to using this tent more and more. There was clearly a lot of thought and R&D put into this latest design, and I am satisfied with its pack weight and size (3.5 lbs on my scale with the footprint included).
Tim M. on Jan 3rd 2017