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Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 Person Tent


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Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 Person Tent

A 2009 Editor's Choice Award Winner for Backpacker Magazine, the Sierra Designs Lightning XT4 Tent gives up to four adults plenty of living space in a design that weighs less than seven pounds. When unpacked, the Lightning XT4 Tent features more than 57 square feet of interior room for sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks and other outdoor gear. This design is so light that some backpacking couples choose this tent and share the excess space between two people. The Sierra Designs Lightning XT4 Tent has two entrances and two roomy vestibules that offer more than 27 square feet of sheltered storage space, so your snowshoes, backpacking boots and water filter equipment are never left exposed to rain or early morning dew. Reflective elements on the door trim and guy outs make it easy to find your way in and out of the tent with your flashlight or headlamp.

  • Floor material: Superseal 70 D Nylon, 3,000MM
  • Body material: 20 D Nylon
  • Fly material: 40 D Nylon, 1,500MM
  • Poles: Four hubbed poles made from DAC NSL
  • Two color-coded doors with reflective elements
  • Capacity: 4 adults
  • Hanging pockets and ultralight clips
  • Jakes foot pole attachment
  • Floor area: 57.5 sq ft
  • Vestibule area: 17.5 + 10 sq ft
  • Interior peak height: 49 in
  • Minimum weight: 6.08 lb, 2.95 kg
  • Packed weight: 6.15 lb, 3.15 kg

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5 Star Rating


5 Stars UintahHiker - May 10 2011

You can not lose with this tent.
I've never been so excited about a new tent. I purchased this tent because by family has grown out of our other backpacking tents. I needed a tent that provided enough room for two adults and at least 3 kids (under 7 years old). The tent had to be ultralight because when I backback with my kids I end up carrying 95% of our gear. I narrowed my choices down to this tent and the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Tent. The Big Agnes almost won the day because of its weight, but I had a real hard time with the price on the Big Agnes. In addition, I have had a lot of experience with Sierra Designs and they have never disappointed me. Before I purchased this SD I knew that there were some features of the SD that I really liked. The D doors are critical for me. I hate when tent doors fall in the dirt and get stepped on (with little kids this happens all the time with traditional doors). I also like that this tent has a main vesti with 17.5 sq ft. This makes the vesti very easy to use. The rear vesti with 10 sq ft is nice for smaller things like shoes, though I easily put three empty packs in the rear vesti this last weekend. Now to the heart of my review. This is the first SD tent I've owned with Jake's Foot. This rocks! It makes set-up a snap (once you learn how it works) and it is very sleek. No more multiple webbing loops to attach to a single stake. Also, when I was packing up and I lifted my tent to shake the dirt out, the footprint lifted right up with the tent which was nice when I set the tent back down in the dirt. The size of the tent is great, there is plenty of room for my use as described earlier. There is also plenty of room to get the group together inside the tent to play a game or talk out a rain storm. Six adults can relax in the tent without problems. I love this tent and given that it is and SD, I expect to get years of awesome use out of it.

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