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Superlight and incredibly cool.
Those starry skies deep in Big Bend are worth seeing, but it's a haul to get there and lugging your car-camping tent is a no go. It's better to have the Sierra Designs Nightwatch 2 FL Two-Person Three-Season Tent, which weighs under four pounds, so you can make it out to your secluded spot without wishing you had a team of pack mules to help out.
The Nightwatch FL, the featherlight version of the classic Nightwatch, is made almost entirely from no-see-um mesh, so you can enjoy unimpeded stargazing and cool morning breezes, without slapping yourself silly trying to fight off biting bugs. The PU-coated polyester fly can be quickly set up in three different configurations, giving you full coverage if you're afraid of rain now or partial coverage if you want to be set up for a shower later, and the integrated awning poles help serve up almost four feet of head space, so you can sit up comfortably and read, relax, or play cards.
The Nightwatch has plenty of space for gear and humans with two waterproof side vestibules that are accessible via zippered vents that double as doors when you take the fly off, giving you two access points in addition to the extra large drop-down front door. Sierra Designs also hooked up a giant vent at the foot of the tent to create consistent airflow and built the Nightwatch with a freestanding design that makes it as easy to pitch on rock and bulletproof ground as in soft loam and firm soil.
- Retractable polyester fly with PU coating
- 70D nylon floor with PU coating
- Nylon no-see-um mesh walls
- DAC NSL poles and integrated awning poles
- Single front door
- Covered foot vent
- Dual storage vestibules with side access double as doors
- Freestanding design
- Item #SDS006Y
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Really happy with the Nightwatch 2 FL so far. The Nightglow headlamp diffuser works way better than expected and the design allows for plenty enough room for 2 and gear.
I really like how easy it is to deploy the fly in the event that rain catches you by surprise. The integrated fly means you can't leave it at home to shave weight, but it's so relatively minor I never risked heading out sans fly anyways.
Overall this tent offers superb views with its mostly mesh body, great flexability, and tips the scales at a reasonable weight. Other tents may weigh a few ounces less or offer a bit more interior room, but they don't have the innovative features that set this one apart.