Sierra Designs Lightyear 1 Person Tent


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Perfect for the solo adventurer, the Sierra Designs Lightyear 1 Person Tent is an ultra-lightweight, convenient, no-hassle, free-standing machine. The Lightyear has a superseal floor (for super moisture protection), nifty hanging pockets to stow headlamps and trail mix, and PVC-free seam tape for the conscious camper. With room for one, the Lightyear also has a handy vestibule area for stacking your wet boots, socks, or for whipping up a quick meal when the rains come in.


  • Capacity: 1
  • # of doors: 1
  • Floor Area: 20 sq ft
  • Vestibule Area: 3 sq ft
  • Interior Peak Height: 38"
  • Floor Material: 70 D Nylon, 3,000MM
  • Body Material: 20 D Nylon
  • Fly Material: 40 D Nylon, 1,500MM
  • # of Poles: 2
  • Pole Material: DAC NSL
  • Minimum Weight: 2.11 lb
  • Packed Weight: 3.0 lb

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

6 Reviews

  • Build quality: 1
  • Ease of use: 1
  • Great design: 1
  • Performance: 1

  • top ridge pole: 1
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Water Protection: 4 / 5
Setup: 2 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

6 Ratings & Reviews

Excellent Solo Tent
June 17, 2009

Weighing just under 3 lbs. with rain fly and footprint, the Sierra Designs Lightyear is an excellent choice for the soloist. I find that the non-symetric floor plan actually creates more room for gear that I want inside the tent with me. This is not a standalone tent but can be set up with only 2 stakes in good whether and when fully staked out is very secure. The ventilation is good and for my 5'6" frame the headroom is more than adequate. It packs up very compactly. I really like this tent!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
ICamp: Every Week! / 5
Setup: 2 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

great tent
May 26, 2012

I took this tent to a local park to check everything out. It went up quickly but I had my doubts about the plastic fasteners on the poles. It was the first time with this design. That night, the site had torrential rains and high winds. There was not a speck of wetness inside the tent the next day. Sleeping bag was dry and because I guy lined the tent down, it never moved, even in 60 mph winds. The tent was perfect. Plenty of room to move my 72 inch frame around. The ONLY drawback as the small top ridge pole. It could easily be lost in the process of taking the tent down. I like to put a reflective flag or ribbon on it so I won't forget it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: top ridge pole

Sweet little tent.
June 08, 2010

I have used cheap tents that are a pain to carry and set up in the past. I was impressed with the Jake's Foot on this little guy. It makes the set up easy. When set up it is suprisingly roomy. It packs up in a short package (19") that will fit neatly in most packs. All this and under 3 pounds.

Awesome Compact lightweight tent!!
February 03, 2010

Just an outstanding piece of gear. I got rid of the stuff sack and got a sea to summit 4L one that is half the size and the (tent/fly w/o poles) fits in it great. It is perfect for my AT thru hike in the colder months and is very weather proof small and lightweight. Very happy with the product, Thanks


Great tent, nice vestibule!!
March 26, 2010

The Sierra Designs Lightyear 1 is an excellent solo tent. It is lightweight, packs small and is easy to setup. The small vestibule makes a dry entry/exit possible in the rain. Great tent!!!

A great buy on a great tent.
June 06, 2010

I had an older model that has been my favorite. The new lightyear is easier to set up and still a great one man tent.

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