Sierra Designs Assailant 1

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



This tent is the biggest piece of garbage inflicted…

Rating: rated 0 of 5 stars
Design: Four season
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: ok
Weight: 1.6kg
Price Paid: $376.12

This tent is the biggest piece of garbage inflicted on a trekker. I took it to Colombia and Venezuela alpine areas in February/March 2009 and it failed dismally.

Condensation big time and leaking big time. Also, the poor design saw hail stones unable to fall from the surface.

This tent is a BIG heap of garbage. Four season? Oh please.


I just ordered this tent and am returning it without…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: 4-season free standing
Sleeps: 1
Ease of Setup: easy to set up
Weight: under 4 lbs
Price Paid: $299

I just ordered this tent and am returning it without using it for two reasons:

1. You cannot sit up inside the tent (I am a 5'8" woman)
2. Where the exterior poles cross prevents captures any snow that might fall on your tent. So, you would either have to get out of the tent now and then to sweep snow off or risk collapse.


I bought this tent because I liked the look of it.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 4-season
Sleeps: 1
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 1.5kg about
Price Paid: $319 REI

I bought this tent because I liked the look of it. It's a good looking tent so that's one star.

It pitches easy (another star), has some nice features (one more star) such as the vents and has great build quality (star).

Now I've only used so far in situations it wasn't really designed for. That is hiking on Dartmoor in the UK during spring with humidity in the 90s at times. But then again off design use might interest you.

First night very little breeze and camped near a stream with rear of tent up against a small hill. Night time temp above 32F and a bit more. Ground around camp was marshy. Left open all vents but closed up door fully. In morning inside of tent felt very clammy and some condensation had pooled on to floor. However it wasn't enough to soak a hiking towel.

Second night a little more breeze and camped near a stream but out in the open. Night time temp just below 32F. Ground around camp dry. Left open all vents and top of door. In morning inside of tent felt just a little clammy and no condensation. Where the floor meets the walls there were slivers of ice which I knocked off and through out the tent.

Third night was breezy and I camped on the slope of a Tor. Night time temp above 32F. Ground around camp dry and lots of boulders. Left open all vents and top of door. In morning inside of tent was completely dry. Repeated camping in open on top of Tors for next three nights with all vents open and top of door. A little less breezy, overcast, 90s humidity. Never any condensation in morning.

One star for performing very well out of design spec.
Lose a star for zips snagging often, daft pole bag, cheap guy rope material, pegs.

Hope to use it in the rain sometime. Don't miss having a vestibule cause I don't often bring stuff in with me.
(By the way I have an Arc'teryx Naos 55 which you can leave out in the rain and a Mountain Hardware Spirit Sl which has a waterproof breathable membrane.)

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

On Sale. Free Shipping. Sierra Designs Assailant 1 Person Tent (Fall 2009) Whatever the call, the Assailant Tent by Sierra Designs delivers a reliable one-man (two in a pinch!) shelter in the most adverse conditions. Waterproof-breathable Drizone fabric sheds ferocious wind, incessant downpours, and blowing snow. The pole configuration strengthens the Assailant, crossing in the rear of the tent to stabilize the shelter even in 70-plus mph winds. At 93 inches long, the Assailant houses an NBA center, with gear, too. Functional vents keep air moving, even if you're battened down in heinous conditions. Alpine climbers or ambitious Winter ski tours mean a lightweight back-up plan, and the Assailant should be yours. Specs Trail Weight: 3 lbs 3 oz Packed Weight: 3 lbs 11 oz Packed Size: 21in. x 5.5in. Number of Doors: 1 Interior Area: 22.5 sq. ft. Peak Height: 30.5in. Floor Material: 70D Nylon Taffeta, 3000mm Body Material: 40D Rip Stop Nylon, Drizone 2L Number of Poles: 3 Poles: DAC Featherlite NSL, 8.5mm Features: Air Flow Vent System DAC Featherlite NSL Poles Double Grommets DriZone Laminated Fabric Footprint Compatible Gear Pockets Locking Pole Tips Reflective Guy-outs and Zipper pulls Single Wall Construction SuperSeal Floor Tent Guard with Ultra Fresh

- Moosejaw

The new Sierra Designs Assailant shelter featuring DriZone fabric for protection, is the ultimate 4 season, one person shelter.The low profile, three-pole design laughs at the wind, and has enough space inside for you and your gear.At only 3 lbs 3 oz t


Reliable insurance, the Sierra Designs Assailant 1 packs down small and weighs just over three pounds, making it a great single-wall shelter for committed alpinists.

- Altrec Outdoors

Sierra Designs Assailant 1


The Assailant 1 has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$191.37 - $319.00

The Sierra Designs Assailant 1 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen February 23, 2010 at Moosejaw.

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