The Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL Tent is a trekking pole tent that weighs just 2 pounds and 7 ounces. It takes the best features of Sierra Designs’ groundbreaking Flashlight UL 1, Clip Flashlight and Tensegrity tents and combines them in a new solo shelter that’s roomy, easy to set up and has great ventilation.
Specs at a Glance
- Minimum Weight: 2 lbs 7 oz / 1.11 kg (Does not include 6 oz. vertical poles)
- Type: Single wall
- Number of Doors: 2 (side and front)
- Poles: Minimum of one required, at foot end
- Peak Height: 44″
- Dimensions (L x W): 87″ x 30″ (Head) / 26″ (Foot)
- Minimum Stakes Required: 9 (11 provided)
- Fly Fabric: 20D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone/1500mm PE, FR CPAI84
- Floor Fabric: 30D Nylon Ripstop, WR/3000mm PE, FR CPAI84
- Body Fabric: 15D Nylon No-See-Um Mesh
- For complete specifications visit Sierra Designs
The Divine Light 1 is lightweight, single wall tent with a tunnel-like design, but with hard angles instead of curves. While the interior has excellent headroom and near-vertical sidewalls, the one-person version of the tent is laid out primarily for sleeping, with a large front vestibule that can be propped open like a porch for additional ventilation or kept zipped up in storm mode.
While the Divine Light is a trekking pole tent (two optional side poles are included anyway), it still requires a third curved pole to set up, at the foot end of the tent. This curved pole creates more space for your feet and provides a small vent to help eliminate condensation at the foot of your sleeping bag or quilt.
While there are two collapsible poles included with the tent, you can discard them and use trekking poles that can be adjusted to 46″ in length instead. The pole tips fit into the grommets that normally secure the bottom of the tent poles, while the handle fits into a reinforced areas in the ceiling corners of the tent.
When zippered shut, the front vestibule provides plenty of gear storage for your backpack and loose gear. It’s accessible through a screened door to keep the bugs and creepy crawlers out of the sleeping area. The vestibule door can also be opened from outside the tent, so you can stash sopping wet gear in the vestibule without having to drag it through the dry sleeping area.
If you want a maximum amount of ventilation you can also roll up the front door completely. While the vestibule’s angled side walls help block side breezes and add some privacy, they provide much-needed structural support to keep the front of the tent secure. This is a big improvement over the SD Tensegrity Tent design, which was less stable and much more difficult to set up.
While the Divine Light has three screened windows, only two of them open and can be used as doors: the window inside the front vestibule and the window to its right, in the photo above. Both of the side mesh windows also have solid fabric panels that you can zip up behind the bug mesh to prevent blowing rain and cold breezes from entering the tent or to enhance privacy. While the awnings above the side windows do help block light rain, you still need to be careful not to brush up against the awning when entering or existing the tent to avoid getting drenched. The side guyline that provide lateral stability over the side door also gets in the way of the side entrance, although it can be angled for increased clearance.
The Divine Light is pretty good at shedding light winds, but it’s vertical side walls and large sloped roof compromise its wind-worthiness in stormy conditions and shifting wind directions. While there are several spots on the tent where you can secure extra guylines for additional stability, I’d recommend you use the tent in more protected campsites.
The Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL (Feather Light) is a lightweight tent that provides superior ventilation and excellent comfort for backpacking and camping. Weighing just 2 pounds and 7 ounces when set up using your trekking poles, it has a large front gear vestibule that can be rolled back for stargazing or set up in a porch configuration for a bit of shade. The interior is also quite roomy, with 44″ of headroom at the tent’s highpoint, more than enough space to hold a wide 25″ sleeping pad with room to spare. Convenient guy line adjusters, optional tent poles, and the included tent stakes make the Divine Light 1 FL an easy tent to set up and tailor for a wide variety of uses and preferences.
Disclosure: Sierra Designs loaned the author a tent for this review.
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