Sierra Designs Asp 3

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   1
1-star:   0



This is a pretty poorly designed tent. The two poles…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 6 pounds 4 ounces (fully packed)
Price Paid: $250

This is a pretty poorly designed tent. The two poles designed to prop up the rain fly ends up creating flat spots at both ends which collects rain, creating condensation that drips through. I had to prop up both ends with trekking poles to prevent this problem.

The flaps covering the zippers on the flies also do not do a good job of keeping rain off the zipper. I had to seam seal all of the zipper sides and they still leak if the wind is in the right direction. It leaks around the ties designed to pin back the rain fly. I had to seam seal around these sections twice and one of them still leaks. This tent also collects A LOT of condensation.

On the plus side it is roomy and has a lot of vestibule space. Overall though, pretty disappointed with this effort from a normally reputable company.


Just brought it home, set it up, and it's awesome.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: Easy, especially in the rain
Price Paid: $230

Just brought it home, set it up, and it's awesome. Easy set up, especially since you can set up the rainfly and poles separately and then put the tent up later. So for rainy times, you don't have to worry about getting water in your tent at all. Vestibules are amazing. Seems extremely weatherproof in all types of weather, not really worried at all about that factor. Weight is awesome for a 3-person tent.

Sleeping space is definitely adequate for 3 people, kind of cozy but very comfortable. Three peoples' gear will easily fit in the front vestibule. The only negative comment is that I haven't found a way to tie back the front mess door. There's no clips or loops to tie it off. However not a big deal whatsoever because you can actually unzip the door entirely and detach it from the tent or just fold it up and over the top of the tent. Front vestibule door is removable as well I believe. notch tent, can't really ask for anything more as far as construction, materials, design for 3 people and vestibule area at a light weight. Oh also the tent feels very bright and airy, from the colors used in the fabrics and not claustrophobic at all. Won't go wrong with this purchase.

Manufacturer's Description

The Asp tent, named after a poisonous African snake, is an ultralight 3-person shelter (it also comes in a 2-person option). The tent is made of a 40-denier nylon on the body to reduce weight and a 70-denier nylon on the floor for strength. Constructed with the award-winning Reverse Combi Technology, the Asp has two doors and excellent venting capabilities. This is a great ultralight shelter for backcountry, beach, and river trips as the Quick Pitch Swivel Hub locks the pole sections in place and makes for an extremely easy set-up.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Head into the backcountry fully armed with lightweight accommodations for 3 with the ultralight Asp 3 Tent from Sierra Designs. You stay comfortable throughout the night, no matter the weather with a waterproof floor and an adjustable, vented fly while still getting a solid combination of low weight and space - 5 lb 12 oz for 45 sq ft of room plus 2 vestibules that can be converted to awnings.

- Mountain Gear

The Sierra Designs Asp 3 is a light weight 3 person backpacking tent that weighs less than 6 pounds. Two doors make entry and exit easy and the two vestibules allow you to store your gear under the rain fly.


Description of Sierra Designs Asp 3 TentLightweight and spacious the Asp 3 tent from Sierra Designs is ideal for extended trips through the backcountry. Easy to construct the Asp 3 utilizes Sierra Design's Quick Pitch Swivel Hub to maximize ease of use and minimize weight and time. At a packaged weight of 6lbs 6oz the Asp 3 accommodates three comfortably while a roomy vestibule provides ample stowage for gear.The Sierra Designs Asp 3 is a lightweight, durable and comfortable 3 person tent. Features:3 Person / 3-Season Trail Weight 5 lbs 12 oz Fastpack Weight 4 lbs 2 oz Packed Weight 6 lbs 4 oz Packed Size 20" x 6" Number of Doors 2 Interior Area 45 sq. ft. Vestibule Area 16.5 + 7.5 sq. ft. Peak Height 42.5" Floor Material 70D Nylon Taffeta, 1800mm Body Material 40D Nylon Rip Stop Fly Material 40 HT Rip Stop Nylon PU/Silicone Number of Poles 2 + 2 ridge poles Number of Swift Clips 13 RCT Poles DAC Featherlite NSL, 9.6/9.0/8.5mm Adjustable Venting R

- US Outdoor Store

Brave ridgeline gales in Sierra Designs' ASP 3 3-Person 3-Season Tent. The ASP 3's Quick Pitch Swivel Hub set-up system helps you get out of the storm in no time.This burly three-season tent gives you comfortable shelter in all but the nastiest winter weather. Your gear stays dry even when your camp spot turns into a riverbed, thanks to the waterproof SuperSealed floor. Dual doors make those midnight nature calls easy, and the ASP 3's dual vestibules provide plenty of room for gear and wet clothes to dry. After the storm, open up the adjustable fly for a little fresh air. Tough as it is, this mobile domicile takes up minimal space in your pack and the lightweight DAC Featherlite poles hold up to falls, bumps, and sword fights.

- Backcountry Outlet

Sierra Designs Asp 3


The Asp 3 has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$184.50 - $379.00

The Sierra Designs Asp 3 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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