Sierra Design's Clip Flashlight
Sierra Design's Clip Flashlight (courtesy,

What’s the lightest one-person tent?

What is the lightest solo tent, one that also offers serious protection in storms? Peggy San Jose, CA

Sierra Design's Clip Flashlight

You know, despite its many years of existence, it still is VERY hard to beat Sierra Designs’ venerable Clip Flashlight. How many years has it been around? I dunno—must be 15 or 20 by now. It has been updated, or course, with better, lighter materials. But for a solo camper it remains a roomy (it fits two), light (3 pounds 6 ounces), and tough (I have weathered winds of 50 miles per hour in one) tent. And all for a mere $199. A bargain—though right now it’s not featured on the Sierra Designs website. Hopefully that’s an oversight…and if not, you can find one on the interweb pretty easily.

Sierra Design's Clip Flashlight Sierra Design’s Clip Flashlight

And, well, compare it to the other options: Kelty’s Crestone 1 is a very creditable single-person tent, for $119. But…it’s tiny. And weighs four pounds! A little happier is Marmot’s Eos 1P ($225), which comes in at about three pounds and offers a nice, roomy bit of space. I might also go for MSR’s Hubba ($250), a three-pound solo dealy-thing that offers good space and the ease of a free-standing set-up, something the Clip does not offer. But I still would buy the Clip Flashlight. Seriously.

I confess, my own “solo” tent is Black Diamond’s Lighthouse. It’s a single-wall tent that is light (three pounds 12 ounces), roomy (it fits two), and free-standing. Yeah, it’s $425. Advantage…Clip Flashlight!

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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