User Review: Sierra Designs Hyperlight 3 AST
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $125 USD
Lightweight and perfect for two adults, this tent combines great construction with some very nice features. Great quality and overall value (esp. for $125!).
- 2 large doors
- 2 vestibules
- Quality construction
- Great in wind + rain
- Somewhat awkward dimensions
I purchased this tent to replace a North Face Salamander "2 person," and could not be happier. I now prescribe to the "-1" rule when looking at tents— a 3-person is really best suited for two adults, etc.
The Hyperlight AST 3 has two large doors with separate vestibules and so coming and going is easy—no stepping over your camping cohort to hit the head or grab some jerky in the suspended food pack. The rain fly and footprint help ensure that you'll weather even the worst downpours quite well.
Others have noted that ventilation is an issue—remember that you an always open up the fly over the vestibules a bit to help push air through, it is sometimes inevitable!
I paid $125 or so at an REI closeout for a new Hyperlight. I am lucky—amazing deal. If you can find one at a similar value, go for it—these are well manufactured and provide some nice versatility. The weight and packed size make it perfect for two adults and it has enough interior space that you can hang out inside if the weather is poor or if the insects are on a feeding frenzy.
Love + Peace + Flying Geese