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Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent

Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent – Great one person tent for tall people.

Finding a good one person backpacking tent isn’t all that hard. There are plenty of great ones on the market these days. The problem with buying one is that if you are exceptionally tall, it can be hard to find a backpacking tent that you can be comfortable in. The Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent isn’t big enough to house someone like Shaq comfortably, but it can easily accommodate a backpacker 6’6 comfortably and with a little room to spare. So, if you are a somewhat tall backpacker, paddler, or biker; you should look into the Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent.

The length of the Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent allows for taller backpackers to lay down and sleep comfortably with constantly brushing up against the ends and edges of the tent. But, the Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent really shows off its room with its head space. The Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent has enough headspace to where most people can sit up straight toward the front of the tent and have decent head space.

Aside from being a one person tent, the Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent is also extremely light, making it perfect for ultralight hiking or other activities where weight is of a huge concern. The entire weight of the Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent is only about 3 pounds and 6 ounces with everything packed. All things considered, thats not a bad weight. While the tent only uses two poles, these poles are made out of DAC Featherlight NSL poles to help keep the entire thing as light as possible.

The quick & dirty:

Where you can get one: $170

Why they rock:

  • This solo tent features strong, lightweight DAC Featherlite NSL poles which use an anodization process that is easier on the environment than conventional methods
  • Rainfly features an integral vestibule to provide gear storage out of the weather; made from lightweight polyurethane-/silicone-coated ripstop nylon
  • Non-rotating elbow connectors strengthen the tent without adding weight;
  • H-Clips at elbow connectors make easy work of attaching the tent body
  • Ultralight Clips and color-coded main door/rainfly speed the setup process as well
  • DAC Jake’s Feet at tent corners allow easy attachment of poles, fly and footprint (sold separately) and offer a secure connection; release them with a simple twist
  • SuperSeal Floor combines the benefits of catenary and bathtub floors; raised side seams use PVC-free seam tape for complete waterproofness
  • No-see-um mesh canopy walls allow good ventilation, preventing interior condensation
  • Comes with stakes, guylines and stuff sacks
  • Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only

Seat-of-the-pants rating: 10 out of 10

If you don’t like backpacking tents because the majority of them make you feel a bit to claustrophobic, then the Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent might be just what you need. This little guy offers up a lot more room than most single person backpacking tents without adding on a lot of extra weight. The only major drawback to the Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Tent is that there isn’t really a vestibule within the rainfly. Which, in my opinion is a must have on single person backpacking tents.

Looking to Buy? Check out these sites: $170