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Sierra Designs Meteor Lite 2 tent pitches grams, gets down to bikepackable weight

sierra designs meteor lite 2 lightweight 2person tent for bikepacking and hiking overnight camping trips
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Looking for a two-person, pitch-anywhere freestanding tent that’s light enough to throw on the bike? The updated Meteor Lite 2 drops a whopping 10oz off the original to come in at just 3lb 5oz (1.5kg) without giving up space or features.

It uses a two-door design with a vestibule off either side when you stake down the fly. The clever attachment points even allow you to partially roll the fly down to give you a view without completely uncovering the tent.

sierra designs meteor lite 2 lightweight 2person tent for bikepacking and hiking overnight camping trips

Specs are:

  • Fully freestanding for versatile pitch and ease of use
  • Full coverage fly with rollback stargazer feature for ventilation and night sky views
  • 2-door 2-vestibule design for ease of use and gear storage
  • Hubbed pole structure with ridge pole to make vertical side walls
  • Prebends for increased internal area at head and feet
  • Floor Area: 29.8 ft2 / 2.77 m2
  • Peak Height: 41″ / 104.1 cm
  • Dimensions (L x W): 84″ x 51″ / 213.36 cm x 129.54 cm
  • Packed Size: (L x W): 17.5″ x 6″ x 5″ / 44.5 cm x 15.2 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Design Type: Freestanding

sierra designs meteor lite 2 lightweight 2person tent for bikepacking and hiking overnight camping trips

It uses DAC Featherlight NSL Aluminum poles with a mix of 30D Nylon Ripstop on the floor with 15D Nylon No-See-Um mesh for the rest. The fly is a lighter weight 20D Nylon Ripstop. Minimum weight is 3 lbs 5 oz (1.5 kg), or 3lb 10oz (1.64kg) with the included carrying bag. Retail price is $369.95, or bump up to a 3-person version for $459.95.

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shaddub
shaddub
2 years ago

Less weight = less fabric + less durability = more expensive. Amazing how that happens.

Padrote
Padrote
2 years ago
Reply to  shaddub

Some people buy bikes this way, and that doesn’t work out well either.

onrhodes
2 years ago

Sorry but 3.3lbs is still on the heavy side. Especially at those price points. Not trying to be nitpicky but once you’re closer to >2.5lbs let’s talk. I’ve had both a Nemo Apollo (currently using) and Nemo Gogo (sold for the Apollo). Pack small not difficult to setup. There are some down sides…not freestanding for example. Even my LL Bean microlight 2 person is close to same weight and almost $170 less.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
2 years ago
Reply to  onrhodes

I don’t agree. For example, the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack ($469.95) has a trail weight of 3 pounds even, but it tapers from 52″ at the head to 42″ at the foot, which explains some of the weight savings. Also MSRP means nothing. Sierra Design’s tents are going to be much more heavily discounted than Big Agnes tents. But there are many other things to consider. I think Big Agnes’s warranty is better and most of their designs are available in subdued, stealthy colors

Dinger
Dinger
2 years ago
Reply to  Velo Kitty

One of the biggest differences between the B/A tent you mention and this is the packed size – it’s 5″ shorter than the Meteor when packed. There are versions of the Copper Spur VL2 (not the Bikepack) selling for as little as $225.

The Nemo products above aren’t tents. The Gogo is a single bivy and the the Apollo is a tarp (no floor). They’re light, but come with lots of their own compromises.

0rangHutan
0rangHutan
2 years ago

It looks like my Naturhike Wind Wing 2 for which I paid 1/3 of that price including tent bag and floor mat.

John
John
2 years ago

I’ve used it once on a 3/2 bike trip. No issues. Really like the space inside to store gear and the weight is not bad. Even with footprint it’s right at 4 pounds. Worth it for the comfort and dry gear.

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