User Review: Sierra Designs Light Year CD
Price Paid: $1.99
I like this tent very much, but I believe the design was not correct by Sierra Designs. I have read several reviews that mentioned the poles breaking. I have a lot of experience with many different tents over the years....I believe the poles are both a little long, and the prebent sections are not bent quite enough.
Even when setup properly, I believe there is to much tension on the poles and the clip loops. Unless done just right, it is no wonder poles snap. I have Easton aluminum poles...I believe they are stronger. Just some tips with setup...stake out the front and rear tie out points first, but leave enough slack to lift the front of the tent about a foot off the ground.
Assemble the poles, inserting one end in the grommet, and grabbing the other end (not the middle of the pole section) and carefully insert the other end in the grommet. With the main pole, start with the clips on the bottom first, alternating higher and higher until all are on. Stake out the pole ends if possible.
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