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Clip Flashlight CD
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Clip Flashlight CD


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Clip Flashlight CD

Manufacturer: Sierra Designs

Your Opinion: 
 - 10 Votes


Page By: John

Created/Edited: Jan 3, 2002 / Jan 3, 2002

Object ID: 112

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The Clip Flashlight CD is one of the lightest, simplest tents available. It pops onto bike racks, kayaks and crowded backpacks with ease and is quick to pitch, with only two lightweight aluminum poles. The 360-degrees of mesh creates great ventilation, and a front vestibule protects your gear from the rain.
  • Cam-Loc(TM) system and DAC Featherlite(R) poles combine to provide an extra boost of strength and rigidity
  • Two-pole design ensures swift setup and allows ventilation between breathable tent body and waterproof rainfly
  • Full-coverage rainfly has integral vestibule to provide gear storage out of the rain
  • Mesh panels along the full length of the tent and at the door and rear window provide extra ventilation

    Optic white tent canopy allows increased light transmission for a brighter living space
  • Sewn-in floor stays taut to provide maximum usable space; heavy-duty polyurethane coating and factory-taped main floor seam keep out water
  • Reflective guyout loops allow night visibility; reflective, noiseless zipper pulls are easy to see and eliminate that annoying jingle when it's windy
  • Non-wicking stake loops and fly attachments keep tent drier
  • Pockets on interior are waterproof towards the outside of the sidewall with mesh inside; your stuff stays dry and visible
Similar Products: Marmot AT, MH Approach, MH Thru-Hiker, TNF Talus


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JohnUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Probably the best light-weight backpacking tent available, for one or two people. This 2 person, 2-pole, double wall tent has been around a long time and is a classic. For a long time, this and the 2 person, 3-pole, double wall TNF Lunar Light (discontinued) were the main stays for Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers. This is an excellent tent because of these features:
  • Lightweight: Who wants anything 5 lbs or more for fair weather?
  • Small packed size: Fits easily into a 3000 cubic inch pack. No need for larger expedition backpacks on fair weather trips.
  • Two-person size: A bit tight for 2 people but for 1 person, it's awesome. Compares favorably with the many 1 person tents available as it is lightweight and offers much more floor space and headspace than many 1 person tents such as the Kelty Dart.
  • Easy to setup: It is extremely easy to setup with just two poles and a clip system.
  • Good ventilation: The double wall design has mesh along the inner wall for good breathability. The Marmot AT tent is a 3 season, 2-pole, single wall design.
  • Inexpensive: This is relatively inexpensive compared to larger competitors, but especially so if you compare it to newer Mountain Hardware tents such as the MH Thru-Hiker ($290) or MH Approach ($315). This is also less expensive than some 1 person tents!
  • Not self-standing: Because it is a 2-pole tent, it is not self-standing and will have to be properly staked out. I have not found this to be a problem, though it does make it harder to clean as you can't simply lift it up and shake out everything still inside ;-)
Overall conclusion: This is an excellent tent that is relatively inexpensive, light, spacious, and has a design that has withstood the test of time. I would still get this over the newer competitors by MH and Marmot, but now more often than not, I find myself choosing to sleep under the stars with just my sleeping bag on a pad and nylon sheet. Note: My tent is slightly older (though still a 'CD') and came with Easton 7075-T9 aluminum poles.
Posted Apr 30, 2002 7:54 pm

ChenaultUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I have an older sleeve version, that must be at least 10 years old. It is still good as new. Tiny, light, and if you guy it well very, very tough. THE light tent that can still handle burly weather. A classic.
Posted May 12, 2002 10:28 pm

marcminishUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

One of the best tents I've ever used. A great weight saving tent that can keep out the weather. The only down side is a small vestibule that is hard to cook in during a downpour.
Posted Jul 23, 2002 7:26 am

MoniUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

An excellent 3 season tent, especially considering how light it is. However, Fred and I are glad to both be 5'6"tall - I am not sure Martin Cash (he's tall) would fit in it!

The vestibule could be a bit bigger. The zippers on the door work really well and are quiet. Ventilation seems to be adequate. It sets up easily and quickly and has enough tie down capability to weather a hurricane.

I have used it on snow as well as the ground - no problems. I think under milder winter weather, it would still work just fine.
Posted Jul 7, 2004 3:54 pm

Erik BeelerUntitled Review

Voted 2/5

Considering the glowing reviews below this one will be a bit out of place. I borrowed this tent from a friend as it was half the weight of my Moss StarDome and I was going to be camping up at 12000 feet. The design seems good. Easy to set up and well ventilated. The guy out points were sufficient and kept the fly away from the tent body.

What I do have a problem with it that the whole tent leaked badly. The fly leaked at ALL the seams and the bottom of the tent soaked through. This all happened in about an hour of light rain. By the end of the 14 hours of constant rain the tent was soaked along with much of our gear. This was not a new tent and was not abused but is probably representative of how the tent will perform after some use.

All in all I would never buy one of these tents no matter how inexpensive it was. I guess you get what you pay for.
Posted Aug 19, 2004 7:16 pm

Chris DoigUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I was hesitant to buy a non freestanding tent as i thout it would be a pain in the ass. This tent does requre a little patience to set up properly but its not too bad. After the first couple of tries I can set it up in just a few minutes.
It is so light! Not especially roomy though. I am about 6'5" and my son is 6'2" so we are cramped inside. You vertically challenged people should be fine.
This tent is great without the fly but with it on we got alot of condesation on the underside of the fly.
The vestibule could be definatly be bigger. Not my choice for car camping but on a backpacking trip this is the one.
You can get these for $139.00, sweet.
Posted Jan 19, 2005 1:06 am

flechenbonesUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

The size and weight are what make this tent perfect for lightweight backpacking or bikepacking. To go ultralight in good weather just leave the tent behind and use the poles, fly, and groundsheet. Quick and easy set up, even if solo.

It was my primary tent for near 14 years and only recently had some zipper issues. Never had leaking problems, but I did seal the seams after purchasing.

It is not freestanding, which has left me cursing at bent stakes more than a few times in desert areas with hard ground - the only reason I gave it 4 stars. The closest freestanding equivalent I have seen recently would be the REI Quarter Dome, which I find a bit narrow.

Posted Jan 19, 2005 2:12 pm

The Defiant OneUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

This is my most used tent in three seasons(and i have quite a few). I love the weight and size, it's plenty big for me and a partner. THe ventilation is great but the darn thing isn't free-standing. I got this when i worked at REI, so i got a deal on it. the retail price is worth it, but if you can spare a little more, I would prefer to, and hope to soon, have the new REI QUarter Dome UL, though it is a more narrow tent, it's freestanding.

I haven't been in extremely high winds in the SD, and doubt it would fare well. Rain hasn't been a problem. Overall, a very good value and very good tent. Wish it were freestanding.
Posted Mar 24, 2005 4:21 am

TurboUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

As many people are when using a non-freestanding tent for the first time, I was suspicious. But after a few uses, I learned that it was only a small problem. For a lightweight tent, it has enough room, especially head room near the door. I would say this is an excellent tent for most use, although if your going to be camping where wind is a problem, I did find that the hight of the tent caught the wind a little more than i would have liked. Still, it wasn't terrible and I had enough stakes.
Posted Apr 8, 2005 11:08 pm

mcdonnellmsI want mine back!!

Voted 5/5

I gave mine to my son when I bought a Big Agnes Sarvis SL1. I wanted something even lighter than the 4lb Clip Flashlight. Now I miss the extra room. Easy setup. Lots of room for one. Solid as a rock.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 8:42 pm

atavistBeyond expectations

Hasn't voted

I have used this tent for about 10 years. It survived a lot of mountain and backpacking trips. Due to being a non-freestanding tent, I found it difficult to pitch in rocky or hard desert terrain. Also difficult in salt flats and snow/ice. However, I did use it over 20,000' in the Cordillera Blanca so I can't complain.
Posted Jan 3, 2010 8:39 pm

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