BEST FOR: Backpacking.
THE TEST: With poles that attach to the outside of the integrated fly and tent body, the hybrid single-double-wall Flash goes up in a… well, let’s just say it’s quick. Sierra Designs gets around the condensation problem inherent in single-wall tents by incorporating huge mesh windows and airy vestibules. Testers praised those features on warm nights, but on cold ones there’s no way to shut out the breeze. It also catches the wind. “During a windy night, the fly flopped like a fish,” said one tester. Still, the design increases living space while cutting weight.
THE VERDICT: Spacious and easy to set up, but best for drier climes. 4.8 lbs