Sierra Designs Lookout CD



Abused for over 16 years. Abused is the correct terminology.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $400


Abused for over 16 years. Abused is the correct terminology. It's been buried in the snow...not talking about the crap videos online, but rather 4 feet of snowfall without shoveling!!!!! Yeah. Packed through the Lost Coast......pissing rain with over 10 years of abuse in the Trinity Alps, NNF, throughout the Sierra, Mt Whitney to Mt Hood. Trinity Alps through winter, on and on and on and on and on.


  • Durability
  • Funtionality
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Design
  • Etc etc etc etc


  • Preferably would need a second door. That's it. Only complaint, but most won't find the need for a second. Snow snow and more snow.......!

Anyone that tells you that this tent is for the birds hasn't used it. time, ohhhh I forgot to seam seal...blah. Don't listen to these idiots. This tent is amazing from start to finish.

Only thing that SD could have added is a second door. Yes, digging and redigging out the snow from the tent is a pain. Two doors would help.


Welcome to Trailspace, Ben. It sounds like your SD tent has had a lot of action. Got any pictures of your tent you'd be willing to add to your review?

2 years ago

My problems with this tent: It leaked the first time…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Design: 4 season convertible
Sleeps: 2-3
Ease of Setup: medium
Weight: 7 lbs
Price Paid: $475 Cdn

My problems with this tent: It leaked the first time i used it. SD said i didn't seal the seams in the fly sufficiently. They factory taped them (which suggests to me they should give better sealing instructions, or factory tape the seams). The tent then spontaneously developed a pea-sized hole near the roof vent. SD couldn't fix this. Also, one of the bungees for the much-ballyhooed clip-locs disappeared, severely compromising the structural integrity of the tent. Opening the vestibule zipper from the ground when you are inside requires some serious contortion.

All the other reviews say setup of this tent is easy -- it isn't difficult, but it isn't quick either. The tension at the top of the tent is way too tight, such that the roof panel can hardly be zipped shut.

Pluses? It is by far the lightest tent that is 4 season and has this much room. I returned after one disappointing backpacking season. I will replace it with an Integral Designs Halfdome or a Marmot.


The only problem I have encountered with this tent…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 3/4 season mountaineering dome
Sleeps: 2/3
Ease of Setup: Imcredibly easy to set up, clip system is wonderful
Weight: 6 lbs. approx.
Price Paid: approx $300-350

The only problem I have encountered with this tent is the problem of unzipping the fly vent on the rain fly. It would be wonderful if Sierra Designs created a feature that allowed you to do this from inside the tent instead of having to get out and unzip it from outside. A small problem, but food for thought. I have a friend who owns a Marmot mountaineering dome. This tent has this feature, and it is quite convienient.


Cette tente est exceptionnel. Elle est spacieuse et…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 4 seasons
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 6lb2oz.
Price Paid: $474 CDN

Cette tente est exceptionnel. Elle est spacieuse et très bien ventilé grace à son 'toit ouvrant!'

Ayant eut à tester cette tente à plusieurs reprises, je peux dire qu'elle supporte très bien

les vents fort (Elle a résisté à des vents de 140 km/h au Mt-Albert en hiver!)

Légerte, stable et abordable, c'Est vraiment une très bonne tente!


This tent is exceptional. It is roomy and is very well ventilated thanks to its 'sliding roof!' Having had to test this tent on several occasions, I can say that it supports the winds very well (It resisted winds of 140 km/h on Mt Albert in winter!) Stable and accessible, it is really a very good tent!

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