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Take the Sierra Designs Lightning HT Tent with you on your next backpacking trip or cycling tour. You and your partner can split up the weight, and once you set up camp, the mesh-ventilated walls mean that both of you can breathe easy.

  • Waterproof fly and floor fabric features fully taped, PVC-free seams for added protection from rainstorms and soggy weather
  • Superseal floor tech combines the benefits of catenary and bathtub floors by featuring both raised and taped seams for a tighter pitch and better protection
  • DAC NSL Featherlite poles are made with less phosphoric and nitric acid for a greener tent pole, and they feature a wider diameter with a thinner wall to add strength and save weight
  • Jake's Foot pole attachment utilizes a ball-and-socket design to keep the pole end in place during setup and easily pops out for take-down
  • Mesh wall panels increase airflow to decrease condensation and stuffiness
  • Internal storage pockets keep your flashlight, maps, and trail wares accessible
  • Gear-loft loops enable you to hang your headlamp when it gets dark
  • Fast-pitch compatible; just carry the poles, fly, and footprint to save weight
  • Footprint available separately
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My first tent

    this tent is Light(Weight) enough.

    Withdrawal and installation is simple.

    And goods that are not sold in My country. It's very unique.

    The conditions too fantastic to make memories

    Backpacking following is awaited.


    충분히 가볍고, 설치 및 철수가 간편합니다.

    한국에서는 생소한 텐트라서 약간 유니크한면이 있습니다.

    추억을 만들기에 적절한 텐트.. 다음 백패킹이 기다려지네요 :)

    My first tent

    I'm impressed!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Took a gamble and bought this tent based on reviews below (it's a bit hard to return stuff when you live down in New Zealand), and I'm not disappointed. Light weight enough to use for solo trips, but roomy enough (just) for two - as stated previously the vestibules are not large, but they'll take a pack either side. Headroom is excellent and stops you feeling too cramped. Very easy to set up, although supplied instructions are for the LT3 and require a bit of head scratching to adapt for the LT2 - I'd suggest a couple of test runs in the backyard first.

    All in all a great tent for the money - recommended.

    Update : I managed to accommodate two 6 foot tall men, two packs, 1 rifle and 1 dog during a recent trip-gone-slightly-wrong. Not bad for a lightweight!

    Update 2 : Finally got a rain workout. 10 hours of non stop heavy rain, not a single drip made it inside. Bottom of my sleeping bag got wet where I had it pressed against the fly, but that's to be expected. What a great little tent.

    I'm impressed!

    Hi Ruth - didn't get the footprint but as the floor is quite thin I'll probably take a tarpaulin along if I know I'll be camping on rough ground. Stands up really well in the wind (and you have the ability to guy it out for extra stability if you like). Not rain tested yet, we're in the middle of a drought where I live so haven't had a chance.

    Solid, Lightweight, Easy to set up every night.

      I traded in a MEC Wanderer 2, for this tent, 2 weeks into a cycling trip across Canada. I love so many things about this tent. It's incredibly light, weighing in the 3-4lb category. It was very easy to pack up and set up every single night and morning. I like the single pole set up better, for setting the tent up without help. I was a little weary about the canopy being completely mesh and it still being able to perform as a 3 season tent, but those worries were soon squashed. We even downgraded to zero degree sleeping bags and were cozy when the temperature dropped as low as -7 in Kenora, Ontario. The tent is a little smaller then the Wanderer, but still plenty roomy (the Wanderer was actually unusually large for a 2 person tent). The fly is a very unique design which performed well under extreme winds (50-60km/hr) and over 16 hours of continuous rain. I also really like the colour of the tent. When you have to stealth camp, and you don't want your tent to be seen, it can be hard with some of the tents out there. This one is not overdone with reflective ribbing to look like a spaceship whenever light hits it in the dark. It also helps that the fly is a subtle dark green. Overall, I am extremely happy with this tent. It performs very well in the elements at a competitive weight.

      Solid, Lightweight, Easy to set up every night.

      poor pole design

        In my opinion, they had to sacrifice too much to make this tent as light as it is. The pole design is flimsy. I'm not sure why the poles make an H rather than crossing from one corner to the other. I am 6 feet tall and my head and feet touched the ends of the tent. The vestibules are very tiny and just about useless. Note that the footprint does NOT allow you to set up the fly without the body even though the description says it does. I returned this tent in exchange for an MSR Hubba Hubba, which is a very similar type tent but with a much better design, and I was much much happier.

        So I also once owned the Wanderer 2 but...

        So I also once owned the Wanderer 2 but ended up returning it because I found it too heavy.

        I'm in the market for a lightweight yet spacious tent, and I definitely am concerned about durability. I've been looking mainly for 2p 3-season tents, mostly from Mountain Hardwear, MSR, Kelty, and Sierra Designs and I think I've narrowed it down to either the Kelty Trail Ridge 2, or the Lightening HT 2. Any one have any sort of insight into which one would be the better purchase in terms of weight, functionality, and overall durability?


        I've owned both Kelty and Sierra, and both had premature endings due to my clumsiness. That said, while they worked, they did not have any problems. I have a lot of friends who have the kelty, and all are very happy with it. The few friends that have the sierra design have never complained either. Overall, I think both brands are very durable, and you should base your decision in what you prefer.

        What are the floor dimensions of the SD...

        What are the floor dimensions of the SD Lightning HT 2 person tent?
        Does it narrow at one end like the SD Vapor Light 2 XL?