Sierra Designs Lookout
Design: Convertible tent
Ease of Setup: EAsy to set up
Weight: About 8 and a half pounds
I've had this tent for almost 10 years. It has never let me down. I been dry in severe thunderstorms and comfortable in sub-zero weather with high winds. In fact, I own 3 Sierra Design tents and they are are great tents.
This tent is well constructed and durable. The Sierra Design footprint is a must. Set up is a breeze and the poles are well made.
Air flow has always been good, regardless of the season. I particularly like the zipper vent in the fly combined with the zip panels in the tent roof. The vestibule is a good size but a bit of a reach to zip down all the way. But nothing is perfect.
At 8+ pounds it's heavy to backpack but I've done it. I expect several more years of happy camping from this tent.
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 8 lbs? - a little heavy
I have thoroughly enjoyed using this tent. Granted, my previous tents, various Eureka models, were lower on the totem pole of cost/durability... so my expectations were set low.
The Lookout has two features that I just love: the overhead window and the two side doors rather than end doors. For sleeping two, each person in tent has their own door (three people in this tent would be tight--but two people and all of their gear is a breeze).
The Lookout is easy to set up, and fully staked out with guylines makes a rugged winter shelter. In the summer I have found the tent to stay well ventilated by leaving the nylon panels at the tent doors and upper vent open, putting on the fly and opening the window in the fly. If it cools off and starts to rain, just wake up and close the fly window and all is good.
Buy the footprint for the tent, because you can then set up just the footprint and fly as a shell, and hang a mosquito net inside for a nice light-weight setup.
Design: 3-4 season freestanding
Ease of Setup: extremly easy once you are used to it the first few times it can be kind of confusing
Weight: around 7-8 pounds
Price Paid: gift
My brother has had one of these tents for about seven years now and has had no major complaints. We have taken it on a ten day trip where it rained every day, we stayed dry. It has also made it up onto a col with 60 mile an hour wind gusts. I won't say it was warm and cosy inside, but all things considered it did great, it stayed dry and stayed rigid. There have been countless other trips where the tent has been pushed to the limit and we always stayed comfortable and dry. My only complaint is that in the summer months it lacks proper ventilation and can get rather hot. Overall I would say that this is a great tent and is well worth it.
Design: 3/4 Season convertible
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 6 lbs 8 oz
Price Paid: $350 (US)
This tent is a breeze to setup and carries very light, especially for a 4-season tent. Drawback for summer use is ventilation. With the rain fly on, this tent does not breathe well. For winter camping, the major drawback was that condensation from the inside of the rain fly would drip into the tent at the corners of the convertible roof where the zippers stopped. They need to stop the zipper at the top of the roof like on the Marmot citadel. If ventilation with the rain fly on or winter camping are not an issue, then this is a good tent.
Design: convert 3 season
Ease of Setup: piece of cake.
Weight: that I have seen some where around 7 lbs
Price Paid: $350
I have owned it for 11 years and just now replaced it, not that it was a bad tent. I replaced it due to the fact that it was no longer waterproof, fly or floor, even after a retreatment. Hell after 9 1/2 years who could complain(?). I replaced it with a Ziod 2, bought on sale. I live in the Southeast, but we still get below zero temps in the high country.
Design: 3 or 4 season (convertible) modified dome
Ease of Setup: fast and easy
Weight: 6 lbs 8 ounces
Price Paid: $450 (can)
Really wind and waterproof even after five years of use. Lot of space for two people and winter gear. Good ventilation with the removable mesh panel on the roof. But one problem: the crescent shaped mesh window on the door is really too small. So, my brother-in-law sewed a full door mesh window and the tent is now perfect, summer as winter.
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