REI Co-op Flash 2 Tent Review
Excellent weather protection – The Flash 2 comes fully seam-sealed and ready to go in rainy weather. The scooped design of the rainfly cuts out a lot of weight without sacrificing weather protection, since the headwall and foot of the tent are waterproof.
The arch pole at the head of the Flash provides a good amount of structure for keeping the tent upright in high winds. There are additional guyout points you can use for extra stability if you’re in for some particularly nasty weather, but you’ll need to tie them on yourself. It’s a simple task, though, and the extra included guylines come with pre-attached tensioners to make life easy.
While we find the Flash to be plenty sturdy for your typical rainstorm or windy night, it’s important to note that this is still a piece of ultralight gear and all tents have their breaking points. As such, it will have its limits and isn’t going to be as bomber as some heavier models, like the REI Half Dome 2.