Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL Tent
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Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL Tent

Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL Tent is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
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Product Description Item No.   10270896

The Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL Tent is a hybrid tent for backpacking. The double/single wall tent makes for a drier set-up so you can get to resting faster in foul weather. The four poles are connected via three swivel hubs and a 15 inch awning shields each door from drips while allowing better air flow through the night. The gear closets keep a clean camp and protect your gear, without getting in the way of the doors. You and your buddy can access your own separate closet from the inside or outside of the tent.

FEATURES of the Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL Tent

  • High ceiling
  • Symmetrical dome shape
  • Immense interior space
  • Freestanding
  • Large double drop doors
  • 15" Integrated awning poles
  • Hybrid double/single wall
  • Gear closet

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Features: Free Standing, Single Wall
Best Use: Backpacking
Weight: 56 oz
Sleep Capacity: 2
Seasons: 3-Season
Number of Doors: 2
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good tent with some drawbacks Recently spent two weeks in this tent on an AT section hike. The Good: it is really roomy, the unique design with gear lockers, big doors, and awnings is quite useful (pro-tip: guys can use the facilities in the middle of the night without having to get out of the tent), it is very well-ventilated, and it stayed dry in some torrential downpours. The Bad: setup and takedown is not easy- it has 12 stake points, the frame is awkward to set up (particularly in wind and rain), and the pole sections can get twisted and tangled if you are not very careful; the awnings are great when you are in the tent, but they present a barrier when you enter the tent or are trying to grab gear inside the tent when you are outside of it- it requires crouching down low, which is awkward for a taller person; if you do end up with condensation on the underside of the fly, it can be difficult to dry. Overall, it is a nice place to be, but there are some drawback to this design.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Design. Spacious and light weight. My wife and I (sometimes our 60lb lab) backpack once or twice a year in the Sierras. Usually 4 or 5 nights and less than 30 miles. There were 4 things I was looking for in a new backpacking tent. 1. Freestanding. We are on granite a lot and it gets windy. I am not sure I would always have the patience to properly guy out a non-freestanding tent. 2. Actual 2 person tent. Wall angles and volume matter! The wife measures this by how many people can sit up and play cards in the tent. The dog needs to fit too. 3. No more than 4 pounds packaged weight. Never considered going without stakes or mesh tent body, so don’t pay attention to trail weight or minimum weight. 4. Double entry doors. Easier in and out. We currently also own the BA Copper Spur UL4. After watching videos and reading many reviews, I was set on the Nemo Dagger 3P or the BA Copper Spur UL3. Then I came across this tent and was really intrigued with the side vestibules and being able to see out the front and back in any weather. The hybrid tent/fly design seemed beneficial if faced with setting up in the rain and all the reviews said the Flash2 FL breathes well. Considering the price was $200 less, I bought the last one I could find online.. I have just used it on an overnight in Desolation Wilderness with wind gust at 40+ mph and temps dipping to the low 30’s. Not the best June experience, but the tent, staked out with all 12 stakes, was solid and seemed quieter than other tents I have used. No condensation at all. The dog fit at the end of my 5’ 2” wife’s feet. Setup was quick and easy, but the single hubbed pole design is a bit cumbersome as others have pointed out. I worry about the durability of the bungies in the poles. For us, a big part of backpacking is about the views. It was awesome waking up and quickly unzipping a waterproof panel to expose a mesh window and the views of outside. Can’t do that with the typical front and back vestibule setup. I could see in warmer weather, sleeping with both panels open. I am hopeful that the tradeoff here isn’t poor waterproofing with the “awnings” instead of a fly that goes almost all the way to the ground. This tent was way easier to get in and out of than the BA Copper Spur UL 4. I did not find the rigid awning rod getting in the way as I folded and rolled the tent back up. Now the not so great things, the side vestibules are small. A 60L backpack will fit, but not without leaning a little on the tent. While the side “garage” zippers were very convenient for shoes and retrieving things from your backpack, there was one wind gust that blew debris under the vestibule and into the tent through the really low mesh on the side. This occurred without anything in the vestibule. Maybe doesn’t happen if backpack was in there. Also, the tent is not really a freestanding tent. You do have to secure the corners for it to stand correctly and need to use a minimum of 8 attachment points to set it up with vestibules. Makes for a really narrow footprint though which can help if good, level spots are hard to find. It’s sad that the only new tents from Sierra Designs are copies of the predominant freestanding UL design out there now. Don’t get me wrong, our Copper Spur Ul 4 is amazing and easily fits 4 adults at less than 1 and ½ pounds each. However, the vestibule and front door combos in these tents are a pain to get in and out of and good luck keeping stuff dry if you roll back the vestibule to view the outside. If the Flash FL2 is as waterproof and durable as my last Sierra Designs tent, it will be our new go to.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Close but no cigar We bought 5 different back packing tents. this tent is light and super easy to set up. We were worried about the fact that its not free standing and you never know what you might get into.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great tent, poor cust. service from Sierra Designs I bought this tent a few months ago and have used it about 4 times. We really like the roominess and the weight of the tent, but on the last setup one of the tent pole sections broke (near the ground). I think it was because the tent fly is very tight, so be very careful when erecting the tent. First time this has happened to me with any tent. The thing that bothers me the most is Sierra Designs nonexistant customer service for customers outside of USA. I have been trying to contact them for a replacement pole segment, I even offered to pay for it, but they just say they don't ship internationally. After weeks of back and forth emailing and chatting they finally say that they can ship me the replacement pole segment if I cover the shipping fee of 130 dollars (?!?).. Are they sending it with a space rocket or what? Thankfully moosejaw.com stepped up and found this pole section for me and can send it to me, otherwise my tent would have been useless (for free, no shipping cost. Thank you Moosejaw). Don't buy Sierra Designs products if you're living outside of the USA and care for customer service. I agree with the other reviewers about this tent and would rate the tent at 4 stars if not for these problems. I added this review to Sierra Designs aswell (lets see if it appears on their site). Hope they change their international shipping policies.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the perfect 2-person tent I first encountered this tent (in the older UL version) when camping with a friend. I immediately saw the benefits of having the vestibules on the end, vs in front of the entry doors (especially in rain). Plus I like how there is no separate rain fly so it's really easy to set up in the rain while keeping the inside dry (it also makes the setup quicker in general). It's also very roomy inside, with the footprint being symmetrical and having a very high ceiling. It's no problem for two adults to sit up straight and play card games. This tent is so good that I returned my REI Quarter Dome 2 and exchanged it for this one. It seems like on this newer FL version the vestibules are bigger than the older UL version, as well as having doors that zip fully closed (the UL version had a little arc of screen at the top of each window that you couldn't close completely). These are nice changes. This tent packs up small and light compared to other tents of a similar size -- in fact, it even packs and weighs less than some tents that are smaller, so I don't mind taking it when I'm camping solo. My only complaints are that the poles are a bit more difficult to set up compared to the pole configuration of other similar tents I have used. It's not enough to be a dealbreaker, but I have found other tents to be easier (especially when setting up solo). This tent also doesn't fully stand up well without having the corners and vestibules staked out tight. It CAN stand up without being staked in, but it's awkward, so I wouldn't want to use this on a sandy beach.
Date published: 2015-09-22
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