Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3
This has been my "Go-To" tent for almost 20 years.
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $250-ish
This has been my "Go-To" tent for almost 20 years. Reasonably lightweight, roomy, dry, and a great design.
I have used a lot of tents from a variety of manufacturers over the 20 years I have guided for various organizations. This tent is the one I chose for my personal tent. The 3-person size is great for 2 people, though I have used it many times for just myself, or me and my 4 kids. Plenty of room to sit up (not stand).
Setup is easy with 3 identical poles. No need to try to figure out which one goes where in the dark. Two poles slide through sleeves and a third one clips over the top. No extra pole for the rain fly. Pitch is taut with fast clip buckles at the corners.
The vestibule stakes out and on the other three sides the rainfly stakes out to funnel water away from the tent and increase circulation. The corners can also be staked and guyed out for an extremely stable tent. (I've never had to stake out the corners, though I've heard they tested this tent up on Mt. Washington in some of the strongest winds on the planet.)
This tent is stable — having endured strong winds and rain on many occasions I have never had an issue with water or sides collapsing. Bathtub style floor has get out moisture for the 18 years I have used this tent. (I have also almost always used the footprint underneath it) I have never had a problem with moisture forming on the inside, though I have used this tent in the winter many times and I have noticed moisture freezing on the mesh. It is a 3-season tent that does well in the winter, not a 4-season tent.
Large doorway opens on one side. (Only one door) Plenty of mesh for circulation.
Vestibule is plenty big for two packs, boots ,etc. it can also be clipped halfway open for some protection but added ventilation. This is especially helpful when cooking in the vestibule. The rain fly door can also be staked out with trekking poles to create a large covered area over the door.
This tent weighs just under 8 lbs so it is not the lightest tent to pack, but it is still light enough that I have used it for a solo tent on occasion. It all fits into an oversized stuff sack which makes it easy to pack up.
I picked up the gear loft for inside which gives some extra space to organize stuff, dry things out, or hang my glasses at night. The tent also has a pocket inside on each end.
I have used this tent in summer and winter, spring and fall. During rainstorms, in the desert, in snowstorms and damp, humid weather. It has served me well, and still looks almost brand new. I would buy this tent again, thought for solo stuff I would go a bit smaller and lighter, as nowadays one can get into a tent that half the weight.
Overall I have been very impressed with this tent!
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On Sale. Free Shipping. Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 Person Tent FEATURES of the Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 Person Tent Eye pole, patent 7.766.023 Pole configuration PVC-free seam tape Superseal floor Continuous pole sleeves Dye-free optic white canopy Reflective door trim and guy outs Hanging pockets Fast pack footprint compatible Patented stash door SPECIFICATIONS of the Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 Person Tent Season: 3 Capacity: 3 Person Trail Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz / 3.20 kg Packed Weight: 7 lbs 10 oz / 3.46 kg Packed Dimension: 21 x 6in. / 53.3 x 15.2 cm Number of Doors: 2 Interior Area: 49 square feet Vestibule Area: 19 + 11 square feet Peak Height: 45in. Floor: 70D Nylon, 3000mm Body: 68D Polyester, Dye-Free Fly: 75D Polyester, 1500 mm Poles: DAC Featherlite NSL
Ideal for backpacking or car camping, the three-season, 3-person Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 tent sports two doors and two vestibules for easy access, and ample ventilation and storage space. Patent-pending pole system is configured to offer generous interior space and maintain an easy setup. Continuous pole sleeves, DAC(R) Twist Clips, locking pole tips and color-coded main door/rainfly work in concert to let you enjoy a fast, easy setup. Meteor Light 3 features a mix of canopy and mesh fabrics, offering the perfect balance of privacy and ventilation. Front vestibule features a flow-through vent and Sew Free(TM) clear window. Dye-free optic white tent canopy increases light transmission for a bright living space; nearly vertical doors have dry entries. Lightweight and strong aluminum poles with press-fit connectors and lightweight hubs uses an anodization process without harsh acids. SuperSeal Floor combines the straight, taut edges of catenary with the leak resistance of bathtub floors; raised PVC-free side seams are taped for complete waterproofness. Stash Doors(TM) open at any point along the circular zipper and stash into internal pockets so they stay clean, dry and accessible. Includes stuff sacks, stakes and guylines/tensioners. Average minimum weight specification of 7 lbs. 1 oz. is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. Closeout.
The Meteor Light series of tents combines innovative pole geometry with functional detailing. The multiple entry points allow for easier access and ventilation options. The eye-pole design helps create steep vertical walls to increase headroom and interior space . Integrated hanging pockets give you ample storage to help keep your tent tidy. Traditional tent-and-fly design thwarts condensation. Designed to offer outstanding comfort, convenience and performance, the Meteor Light tents will not let you down. In order to familiarize yourself with your new tent, Sierra Designs recommends you "test pitch" it before embarking on your wilderness adventure. For more helpful tips and instructions for pitching your tent, visit the Sierra Designs website.
- Rocky Mountain Trail
Key Features of the Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 TentECO - Dye-Free Optic White CanopyIn-line ConnectorPatent Pending Pole ConfigurationSew-Free WindowsSwift ClipsVented VestibuleSierra Designs Meteor Light 3 TentPlan a weekend trip, and take the Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 Tent with you for your comfort. The Sierra tents have ECO - dye-free optic white canopy, that makes it eco-friendly. Thanks to the patent pending pole configuration, this tent offers generous space inside. The versatile in-line connector, facilitates pitching this tent. This 3 season tent, has a capacity for 3 people. The tent area is 49 sq. ft., making it spacious for you and 3 friends to feel very comfortable in. The interior height is 45 in., so you don't have to crouch, while sitting inside it. Since the windows on this tent are sew-free, they provide a stylish look, and make them long-lasting. This Sierra tent comes with a vented vestibule, that allows airflow to circulate through it. Enjoy taking the functional Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 Tent on all your camping adventures.