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6.2 out of 10

Sierra Designs Light Year 1

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Overall 10
10

I had this bad boy when I thru Hiked the Appalachian…

Elliott Baer, Trailspace.com
26 March 2013
  • Summary: I had this bad boy when I thru Hiked the Appalachian Trail back in '09. I loved this thing. Not only does it keep me dry, but it is also super light and easy to set up. This was a lifesaver a few times on those colder nights up in the mountains of Maine.
  • Pros: Light, Easy to use
  • Cons: None!
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Overall 9
9.0

This summer I hiked near the crest of the Sierra with…

Mt2Mt, Trailspace.com
21 November 2010
  • Excerpt: 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.
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Overall 10
10

No respect intended to the individual giving this…

pcgolfer, Trailspace.com
29 July 2010
  • Excerpt: 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.
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Overall 10
10

This is an amazing tent for the price and weight.

Trailspace.com
29 December 2008
  • Excerpt: 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..
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Overall 2
2.0

I had this tent for five years before I used it, but…

Linda Bourgault (guest), Trailspace.com
12 December 2008
  • Excerpt: 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.
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Overall 9
9.0

After more than a year of research, and two abandoned…

David Frederick (guest), Trailspace.com
13 August 2008
  • Excerpt: 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.
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I'm doing an initial review after getting this on…

Trailspace.com
17 February 2008
  • Excerpt: 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.
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Overall 10
10

This is a great tent...if you're short! I'm 5'3" and…

Sneakers (guest), Trailspace.com
1 January 2007
  • Excerpt: 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!
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Overall 6
6.0

I bought this tent because of its light weight and…

Xscott (guest), Trailspace.com
30 December 2005
  • Excerpt: 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.
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Overall 10
10

I'm a tall guy at 6'4". Most of the small, hoop style…

Scott Hall (guest), Trailspace.com
19 March 2001
  • Excerpt: 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.
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