Sierra Designs Baku 3
Design: 3-season; hybrid
Ease of Setup: average
Weight: just under 5 lbs
Price Paid: $200
The Baku 3 is a good performing tent and pretty good value at some of the closeout prices currently available.
I've used it in cold/dry and cold/wet conditions primarily along the Appalachians. If properly ventilated, the condensation is comparatively minor and manageable, no more than one would expect with two single walls. The two vents are mildly awkward to open but do their job. The vestibules, if vented properly, add considerable air-flow.
I typically use the Baku 3 as a spacious two man tent since with 3 adults it tends to become cramped...as is the case with most alleged "3 man" tents. The two doors and vestibules make independent entry and exit extremely convenient.
The tent is lightweight for its size and if properly folded/rolled compacts down to a bundle far smaller than the provided stuff bag accommodates. I usually transport the tent in the top of my pack, with poles and stakes placed along the side. Although you can't split the tent body and fly between tent mates, you can evenly split other shared equipment to make things "fair".
The internal geometry provides plenty of headroom. The color scheme contributes to good light transmission. Again, a pretty good product.
Ease of Setup: easy and fast
Weight: light and great for long trips
Price Paid: $200
This has turned out to be an excellent tent for camping in dry western environments. So long as you keep the door flaps fully open to allow for maximum ventilation, condensation on the inside of the single wall is minimal. However, if you have to close the tent flaps to prevent rain from dripping through the screens into the tent, condensation is much greater causing your sleeping bags and other gear to get wet each morning.
The best features of this tent are: ease of setup, bright color and light weight.
I recommend this for hiking out west but will continue to use my double wall tent in the Northeast.
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: pretty easy
Weight: about 5 lbs
Price Paid: can't remember
Great weight for 3 person. Faired well in the rain with no leaks. The built-in vestibules catch a lot of the condensation when (2 walls worth) camping in the cold/wet.
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A much larger footprint in the Baku 3 means more sleeping space and another four square feet of covered vestibule area.
A much larger footprint in the Sierra Designs Baku 3 means more sleeping space and another four square feet of covered vestibule area.Four pounds eleven ounces, two doors, two vestibules the most weight-efficient three-person tent available!
CLOSEOUTS . Sierra Designs' Baku 3 tent may be the most weight-efficient 3-person backpacking tent available. Its large footprint is made even larger by two vestibules for extra gear storage. The combination of single- and double-wall construction is crafted to provide strength and ventilation where they're needed most, without extra weight. Ripstop tent body and rain fly are a single piece for simple set-up and less noise in the wind. Pitches quickly with Clip-Locs and Swift Clips SuperSeal floor DAC featherlight poles Gear pockets Two doors 3-person, 3-season Floor: 85x67 , 42 sq.ft. (58 sq.ft. with vestibules) Height: 40 Stuff size: 23x7 Weight: 5 lb. 8 oz. Fabric: Nylon Overstock . Taiwan. Visit our Tent Guide
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On Sale. Free Shipping. Sierra Designs Baku 3 Tent (Fall 2007) Add Baku 3 Footprint to Cart for FREE with Tent Purchase Sierra Designs Baku 3 Tent (Spring 2007)The hybrid single- and double-wall design of the Baku 3 by Sierra Designs saves weight, speeds pitching time, and remains weatherproof.At four pounds, 13 ounces, the Baku 3 is the lightest three-person two-door tent out there! Two covered vestibules hide packs, gear, and boots, while the hybrid single-double wall construction saves weight without sacrificing weatherproof reliability. Mesh doors and two cross-vents keep air moving to spoil condensation's plans, meaning you wake up with a drier, more livable tent. DAC Featherlite NSL poles shed weight, but remain resilient in high winds and throughout the seasons. Even though it's ultralight, we still keep the 70-denier floor and treat it and the vestibule with Tent Guard with Ultra Fresh - your tent stays newer, longer, and you won't be left buying another shelter in two seasons' time. Specifications: 3-Season 3 Person Trail Weight: 4 lbs 13 oz Fastpack Weight: n/a Packed Weight: 5 lbs 7 oz Packed Size: 23in. x 7in. Number of Doors: 2 Interior Area: 42 sq. ft. Vestibule Area: 8 + 8 sq. ft. Peak Height: 40in. Floor Material: 70D Taffeta Nylon, 1800mm Body Material: 40D Nylon Rip Stop Fly Material: 40D HT Rip Stop Nylon, 1500mm, PU/Silicon Number of Poles: 3 Number of Clip Locks: 1 Number of Swift Clips: 12 Poles: DAC Featherlite, 10.25/9.0mm Features: Air Flow Vent System Clip-Locs DAC Featherlite NSL Poles Footprint Compatible Gear Pockets Lightweight Fly Material Locking Pole Tips Reflective Guy-outs and Zipper pulls Stash Door SuperSeal Floor Swift Clips Tent Guard with Ultra Fresh