User Review: Sierra Designs Meteor Light 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: don't remember- but it was a luxury price
Roomy, easy to set up. It was our big luxury on our through hike of the AT in 1990.
- Free standing
- Could be lighter
So this is the tent my wife and I bought for our through hike of the AT in 1990. It was great to set up as a bug free pavillion for midday breaks, and when we were holed up in it on rainy mornings, it was great to be able to sit up or have room for stuff at my feet while lying down; I'm 6'4". The fact that they still sell the same tent says a lot.
Customer service has been pretty good, including putting in new zippers when the old ones wore out a few years ago. The only problem I have had with the materials is that when the bungees in the poles got wet, they lost stretch. When I called, I got told, "yeah that's what happens" which seems strange for an outdoor product. The fix is to take off the end of the pole and pull out the cord until it is tight enough, then tie a new knot in it.
Another time, we were driving across the country, and put the damp tent on top of our stuff in the trunk of our car. When we set up the tent that night in New Mexico, the poles were too long! It turns out that the nylon had melted. You could see and feel shiny places in the fabric where the threads had fused. Over the next week or so, we stretched it back out by pulling really hard on it to get it on the poles. So it is really true — don't let nylon tents get hot!