Reviews and Problems with Sierra Designs Light Year 1
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This summer I hiked near the crest of the Sierra with…
21 November 2010
Summary: This summer I hiked near the crest of the Sierra with a few guys who had fancy, expensive tents. We were in a big storm with wind and pouring rain. They all got wet. I was snug in my inexpensive, light-weight tent. Entry is easy. I just step in and squat down. I don't have to crawl inside as I do with my more expensive tent. When the zipper failed on another, older Sierra Designs tent I own, the company fixed it for free. This is my favorite one-person tent.
No respect intended to the individual giving this…
29 July 2010
Summary: No respect intended to the individual giving this one star. Apparently after 5 years, the individual tried to use it and when they opened it, a pole was missing -- which SD replaced immediately. That is pretty good customer service. With all due respect, there was a version with carbon poles which was problematic. That being said, for $119 this is simply the best solo tent you can get. I have used this on the Appalachian Trail and many other places.
This is an amazing tent for the price and weight.…
29 December 2008
Summary: This is an amazing tent for the price and weight. It's completed the AT twice, survived heavy snow and rainfalls and it's still kicking. It's been setup in pitch black with me being completely exhausted and still only took a few minutes. I've had it about 6 or so years and I'm considering buying the new model. Other than a little trouble with the pole cords, it's been perfect. People do need to realize it is an ultralight tent, that means less material..
I had this tent for five years before I used it, but…
12 December 2008
Summary: I had this tent for five years before I used it, but I wanted to have one on hand for solo backpacking. When it originally came, it came minus the front tent pole. It took a couple of calls to the company, but they did send the missing pole. Then five years elapsed and I had the opportunity to use it. The back pole snapped on the first trip out. I was impressed when they replaced the pole for free, even though the tent was five years old.
After more than a year of research, and two abandoned…
13 August 2008
Summary: After more than a year of research, and two abandoned (gave away) tents, I finally bought a Light Year 1 for my solo trekking. The Light Year is a near-perfect one person tent. It is much more roomy than any of the other one person tents I saw, used, or tried. It sets up easily in a couple minutes. It is large enough for me and my pack. I use my pack as my pillow, and it's a bit tight. I'm almost six feet.
I'm doing an initial review after getting this on…
17 February 2008
Summary: I'm doing an initial review after getting this on a supersale brand new at REI. So two things to keep in mind, I'm reviewing this after picking it up for cheap ($50) and I've only ever set it up in my basement. So let's review the pros... 1. It set up easy. I don't have many guyout points in my basement but it still went up. I couldn't get it as tight as I might want but I think that as it was setup it would shed rain. 2. It's got headroom.
This is a great tent...if you're short! I'm 5'3" and…
1 January 2007
Summary: This is a great tent...if you're short! I'm 5'3" and it works really well for me, but if you were much bigger you'd be having problems. I have plenty of room to sleep, store most of my gear, and even change. So if you're about my size then I would definitely get this tent!
I bought this tent because of its light weight and…
30 December 2005
Summary: I bought this tent because of its light weight and reasonable price. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone though. It's kind of the worst of both worlds as a tent and a bivy. For a tent it's barely more than a bivy. I'm 6'0" and I don't enjoy changing in it (stripping down outside in the cold and then jumping inside to the sleeping bag is quicker). In the morning, putting clothes on outside in the cold is preferrable to the yoga poses required to do it inside this tiny tent.
I'm a tall guy at 6'4". Most of the small, hoop style…
19 March 2001
Summary: I'm a tall guy at 6'4". Most of the small, hoop style tents, especially solos, are too small for me. This one, however, did great for me all summer in New Mexico. There is adequate room for sitting up and changing in the tent. A small vestibule is big enough for wet raingear and muddy boots. The head end of the tent gets somewhat narrow, resulting your sleeping pad folding, but that's not a problem at all. It is a solo tent, after all. Great weatherproofness.
I used this tent this summer on the CDT for eight…
11 January 2001
Summary: I used this tent this summer on the CDT for eight nights. Thunderstorms hit almost every afternoon and I'd usually have the tent up. No leaks. No condensation problems. What I didn't like was its length. I'm 6'1" and my 3500 ci pack fit in the v above my head, but I felt cramped. I could sit up, with a bowed back, and dress and undress with relative ease.