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Lightweight backpacking for three.
The Sierra Designs Flash 3 FL Tent maintains the same space and luxury as its more husky comrade, the Flash 3, but it's much lighter to suit the needs of ultralight backpackers. What makes this tent so much lighter is its hybrid wall construction, which blends the benefits of both double-wall and single-wall construction, so you get a tent that's as light as a single-wall yet weather-protective like a double-wall. This innovative design also helps you set the tent up quickly in bad weather, and its steep walls and high ceiling give more space than conventional backpacking tents without any added weight. The gear closets also have plenty of space for multiple backpacks and several pairs of shoes, and Sierra Designs placed the closets opposite the doors so you don't have to climb over all your gear to get in and out.
Sierra designs built both the fly and the floor out of ripstop fabric for durability without the weight, and the body features no-see-um mesh walls that provide an ample amount of airflow for the warmer nights. The thin DAC NSL poles are surprisingly strong for how light they are, and the 15-inch integrated awning poles maximize the tent's space without adding the weight of another support pole. This superlight tent will serve you with comfort, luxury, and a good night's sleep whether you're trekking the Appalachian Trail or doing a quick weekend trip in your home range. It fits three people snugly or gives elbow room when it's just you and another backpacking buddy.
- 20D polyester ripstop fly with silicone coating (1200mm)
- 15D no-see-um mesh walls
- 30D nylon ripstop floor
- DAC NSL aluminum poles
- Three-person capacity
- 4lb 2oz trail weight
- Freestanding design
- Large double drop doors
- Integrated awning poles
- Hybrid double/single walls
- Item #SDS003T
- Q & A
Love this Tent!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have so far used this tent for a 3 day trip in Wyoming. We went to the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range. Beautiful country!
The tent was a little confusing for a second when I first attempted to set it up at home. Very easy after you know the layout. My buddy helped during the trip. May be a little difficult for 1 person to set up, especially if it's windy. Once it's up though, no extra rain fly is needed since it's already attached and that was an awesome feature! I love the design of the tent with the double doors and it being without the vestibules. Much easier access and we loved having the views on both ends.
The quality is great too. Poles and tent are very nice and lightweight.
We also had a severe thunderstorm during the first night and the tent did its job! I love being able to touch the insides of the tent without getting wet. The gear stayed dry on the outside as well, although some run off came through.
The only problem is the footprint doesn't cover the whole tent, only the floor of the tent. A bigger one to extend out to the gear on the outside would be nice.
Also, it was perfect size for 2 men. I'm 6'1" weighing 200lbs. My buddy is about same size.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Great amount of usable space, easy to put up and take down and light to boot. My last tent was 15 years old and they have come a long way in materials and ease of use.
Ditch your vestibule
Awnings are better in 3-season conditions