Gear Review: Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL Tent

August 21, 2015  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments

Ultralight Tent
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL
$390, 2 lbs. 10 oz. (without the included stuff sack and nine sturdy stakes, which are needed to pitch the tent)
sierradesigns.com

When I first saw this tent displayed at the Outdoor Retailer trade show a year ago, I wanted to test it in the backcountry. The whole concept behind SD’s new Tensegrity line intriguingly throws out the playbook on what backpacking tents are supposed to look like: Gone are the inward sloping walls, traditional vestibules, and poles, all with the goal of making a shelter that’s not just lighter but more functional.

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2 Responses to Gear Review: Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL Tent

  1. cn   |  August 22, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Your pictures show that your poles were not properly connected to your tent, as shown in SD’s video: http://sierradesigns.com/video-gallery/category#id=2728499&title=Sierra%20Designs%20Shelters
    Would attaching them as SD designed make the tent easier to setup?

    • michaellanza   |  September 4, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Actually, view that SD video closely and you’ll see they pitch the Tensegrity with the poles at a variety of angles, because the tent allows you to do that. I found that was my experience with it, too. The reason it’s tricky for one person to pitch alone (not tricky for two people) is that the poles are held in place by the tension of the stakes and guy lines, and you stake the final guy lines only after putting the poles in place.

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