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There's no need to drag around any more tent then you need when you hit the trail solo. The Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 Tent is a three-season shelter with ultralight mesh, a compact vestibule, and the protection you need to help weather a wet spring or blustery fall. Some prefer the door of a tent at the side and some the head; this tent offers the later. The vestibule offers seven square feet of storage space (enough for a weekend pack and your boots), and inside the Vapor Light, you'll find more than three feet of head space so you can sit up when you want to. Setup is a breeze thanks to the freestanding design and the hubs at the pole junctions. At just a touch over three pounds, this is a reliable, go-to option for single-person backpacking missions spring through fall and in areas that have mild to moderately wet conditions.

  • Ultralight 20D nylon and mesh body material makes this tent easy on your back and quick drying, and it allows air to flow freely so you stay cool in hot weather
  • Coated fly offers supreme water repellency so you stay dry and rain and precipitation roll right off the fly
  • Single-door design places the door at your head to reduce the footprint of this tent without reducing tent length (82in long) so you can stretch your legs out
  • D-style door allows you to vent at the top or bottom and makes it easy to quickly zip or unzip this door with one hand without worrying about binding
  • Tent weighs in at just over three pounds when fully packed
  • Freestanding design means that this tent doesn't have to be staked out to stand up, which allows you to set it up and move it on a whim
  • DAC featherlite poles reduce weight without sacrificing structural stability or durability
  • Lightweight clip attachments keep the fly securely fixed to the pole structure and drastically simplify setup
  • Hub system mates the sections of pole together so you spend less time setting up
  • Seam taping further improves the waterproof protection of the tent body so leaks won't form at fabric junctions
  • Superseal floor protects you against the wet ground and from water that splashes up during heavy rain
  • Reflective door trim makes it easier to locate your tent at night when you have only a headlamp to guide your way
  • Hanging interior pockets hold your glasses, headlamp, or nutrition bars so you won't lose your small essentials in your sleeping bag or under your clothes
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light, good deal, seams fail, short

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The tent is lightweight, very easy to set up and free-standing (very nice on rocky terrain). If aimed into the wind, it cuts well enough. I was on top of a rock island on Lake Superior and had it faced wrong for a minute and the wind bent it fierce. I repositioned it and it was fine the whole night. Once again, Sierra engineers did a great job.

There are a couple of drawbacks to be aware of: First, the tent cuts weight by cutting length. I am 5'11" and either my head or my feet touch mesh when I sleep. Of course there's no room for a pack inside the tent and the vestibule will not fit more than a 65L. (I have an 85L that peeks out of the fly). The factory seam seals failed BADLY. They turned into what looked like peeling sunburned skin. Flaked everywhere leaving the seams worthless. I put on seam sealer but even then, the original seams were so flakey that I couldn't apply the seam seal well even after trying to scrub it with a tooth brush to get the old stuff off. Now my new seam seal is starting to come up in some spots.

If you are going to invest in a lightweight tent from Sierra, I would go with the 2P same model; 1/2 lb more but you're in the lap of luxury.
with pack access inside, roll around room, and room for a friend on rainy days. I know this model is discontinued so easier said than done.
Funny how Sierra's new (2014-15) 1p tents are all non-free standing as if pitching on rock somehow became possible without a freestanding tent.

Awesome light tent for the money

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Vapor Light 1 Tent is fantastic. I used one for 4.5 months while backpacking in Yellowstone for work. The design is light and the footprint clips into the rest of the tent making setup really easy.

The tent was put through rain, sun, wind and snow. I slept in it 3 nights a week for 15 weeks and it had been already been used for two seasons by previous techs on the project. Despite 8 months of heavy use prior to my using it, the tent was in great condition and stood up to my abuse well. The only problem was the one of the guy line attachments had ripped out of one of the tents (we had 4). But after 3 field seasons only one had lost one guy line attachment and everything else still worked great.

Awesome light tent for the money