Lightning 2

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Freestanding, fully-featured shelter with maximum comfort at the minimum weight. It carries the torch as the most livable and functional tent in its weight class.


Pitching Instructions

Tent User Manual

Guyline Line-Lok® Cleat Instructions


Number of Poles:
3 poles (3 poles hubbed together to create single frame)
Pole Type:
DAC Press fit
Pole Diameter:
9.0 mm
Pole Set Weight:
17.670 oz. / 0.50 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:
3 lbs 15 oz / 1.79 kg
Packaged Weight:
4 lbs 9 oz / 2.07 kg
Number of Doors:
Number of Gear Closets:
Gear Storage Area:
5.4 + 5.4 ft2 / 0.38 + 0.38 m
Interior Area:
30.50 ft / 2.83 m m2
Internal Peak Height:
42.5 in. / 108 cm
Awning Height:
36 in. / 91 cm
Awning Overhang:
15 in. / 38 cm
86 in. / 218 cm
Front = 56 in. / Rear = 46 in. Front = 142 cm / Rear = 117 cm
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Number of guylines:
Stake Type Quantity:
10 Hex Peg stake
Tent Storage Bag:
Length: 17 in. / 43.2 cm
Diameter: 5.5 in. / 14 cm
Pole Storage Bag:
Length: 21.5 in. / 54.6 cm
Width: 4 in. / 10.02 cm
Tent Stake Storage Bag:
Length: 9 in. / 22.9 cm
Width: 4 in. / 10.02 cm
Capacity: 2 Person
Backcountry Edge:
    • Sierra Designs - Lightning 2
    • Sierra Designs - Night Glow

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    1. great buy for a nice tent

      Purchased this tent to use for my wife and I on section hike of AT. Tent is very easy to set up and take down. Had plenty of room and the vestibules had surprising amount of space. Rained on us one night and everything stayed dry. We had a little bit of condensation inside the tent but overall very happy with this tent. Really like the carrying pouch as well, easy to pack and keeps poles and stakes together and separate from tent. on Sep 17th 2016

    2. 4 tents

      Bought my first SD tent @18 yr.s old replaced it same model in my 20's bought the zolo 3 years ago, just got my lighting 2 and can't how happy I am with my 4th tent at 54 yr.s old these guys are the tent Master's! Awesome work Sierra Designs!! Rain, snow, wind I have never been WET, cold, or had regrets... on May 15th 2016

    3. Customer Review

      I just got my tent today and haven't had an opportunity to take it camping yet, but I will say for a first time user it was extremely easy to set up. I had a SD Nightwatch 20 years ago still have it but because of storage issues it got mold in it so I looked into getting something else from SD. I really like the fact that the pole and stakes are in a pouch that connects to the tent stuff bag once all is put back together. This is huge for me because I can be forgetful at times. I also like that the tent and cover is all in one piece as all backcountry hikers along the AT know it rains a lot out there. This is huge for me no more fighting the wind and rain to get the rain fly on. The storage along the sides is also huge for me LOL I can slip my gear under the cover and then get to everything from the inside. I'm heading out in a few days N GA can't wait to try it out and try the new lamp configuration that came with the tent as well. Being a 60 yr old and just retiring it amazes me all the new stuff that is out there. on Mar 6th 2016

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