Sierra Designs Night Watch CD
My favorite 4-season tent. At 7 lbs, it's several…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $25
My favorite 4-season tent. At 7 lbs, it's several pounds lighter than my Trango 2. It keeps me dry and comfortable in sub zero. The tent is comfortable in seasons other than winter because of its clever venting.
- Dark interior
- Fairly lightweight for a 4-season
- Good size vestibule
- Vents well
- Single door
Stability: Tent is very taut when guyed out. Camped in -20°F with 20-30 mph winds. I tied the fly to some logs and shrubs and staked it out best I could in frozen ground. No flapping. No problems.
Weather Resistance: I've always stayed dry and the tent is 14 years old. Some seam tape on the floor is finally blistering.
Ventilation: This tent vents very well. This is due to the large fly vent and the fact that the center pole elevates the center of the fly significantly higher than the rest of the tent.
Room and Storage: Standard 2 pockets.
Packability: Packs down well. (7 x 20")
Ease of use: All works well. One of the Easton Aluminum pole inserts came loose and was floating in the pole. I tried to crimp the pole to tighten it to the insert (bad idea); the pole cracked. I wrote to SD and let them know what happened. They replaced the pole (no charge).
Features: Center pole elevates the roof of the fly giving it a great capability to shed snow.
Construction and Durability: The tent is very durable. Stitching is reinforced where needed. I guess CD means computer designed. Does this mean that there's some sort of computer algorithm that optimizes the ergonomics? It's still going strong after 14 years.
Conditions: Bought it used 2 years ago and have used it in weather from 70°F to -35°F. It is a very versatile tent. I usually reserve it for cold weather due to weight.
Genius tent for the adventurer — the original Nightwatch…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: don't remember; around $300?
Genius tent for the adventurer — the original Nightwatch (one door, blue/white).
- Compact footprint
- All-weather, nearly all-conditions
- Low ceiling
- Small vestibule
Loved this tent from around '94 until it was stolen in the post (!!) in 2013. I am a former national park ranger and have spent A LOT of time in backcountry. This tent served me extremely well in sustained wind storms of 70mph+; snow camping in the Cascades of WA state, hot dusty Black Rock Desert in Nevada (you can keep most of the dust outside), heavy rainstorms in WA State.
The ONLY thing this tent doesn't do well is allow you to sleep in it on incredibly hot and sunny days, which has never been an issue for me anyhow (isn't that what the hammock is for?). And yes, this is a roomy 1-person tent or a compact 2-person tent where the big packs then need to live under a tree somewhere. That sounds like a drawback, until you need to set up your tent in a REALLY tight location where there is crazy terrain in all directions and you are glad that you found the ONE spot on the hillside that is relatively flat. Big tents with big vestibules are awesome until you find yourself in that situation, which I have many times (big adventures don't always go exactly as planned :).
Even though there was only one door, it was at one end of the tent rather than the middle. That's usually where we would put our feet so then you would just be climbing over someone's feet (not so difficult). That said, I'm interested to get my hands on a 2-door version just to explore that variation.
The ceiling is not high compared to newer tents. I think that this is a real advantage when you are trying to conserve heat (as with winter camping) or in high winds (lower profile). Otherwise, a slightly higher ceiling would be nice so that one doesn't bonk one's head on the candle lantern while moving about.
This is a cozy tent for two people who are cozy with each other. I have many many excellent memories in this tent. I guess that I can confidently say that this is an adventurer's tent.
REPLY TO ALICIA:
Alicia, I couldn't figure out how else to reply to your inquiry SO here's my reply: I looked for 2 years for a replacement. I wanted another 2 person 3.5 season tent. So, not the incredible $650 mountaineering North Face masterpiece; something lighterweight and quick to set up but not toooo lightweight; I still wanted a versatile and sturdy tent. After spending at least 40 hours of online research and several visits to REI spanning two years and 8 seasons, discouraged, I started looking at vintage tents. Yes, I ended up with TWO used NightWatch tents, one is a later one-door version of the one I had, and the other one is an even later iteration with the 2 doors. Total for both shipped: $232--well within my budget for a new tent. They were both in nearly new condition even though both are at least 15yrs old. (They are literally en route to me now as I type this.) I'm looking forward to trying them out, alone and with company. For me, hauling an 2-4 extra pounds for a shelter that can handle most of what Nature can throw at it is worth every pound. A quality shelter is essential to both survival and enjoyment. I'm sad that modern tents are so focused on lightweight at the expense of versatility and resilience. 1-3 season tents are a dime-a-dozen; finding one these days that is really going to keep you happy in a diversity of environments (forest, prairie, oceanside, desert, mountains) and weather surprises across four seasons is not easy. My original NightWatch (blue and white with gold poles 1dr) did all that. While i see some flaws in the later NightWatch designs that I purchased, I also see some improvements. I look forwarding to experiencing the tradeoffs and seeing where that takes me….
I hope that the outdoor industry gets wise at some point and goes back to the basics. I still patch and use REI raingear that they don't make anymore and an REI exterior frame pack that was once my mother's. Sometimes the old equipment can't be beat.
Great bomber tent. I have three versions of this model,…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $100
Great bomber tent.
- Bomber can take winter and be cool in the summer
- Go-to tent
- Small vestibules size
- Not made anymore!!
I have three versions of this model, two are the first blue fly half D door no fly vent also called the Lookout First photo Oliver Lee State park Alamogordo, NM (Like Jesse's tent above review but with half D door un-vented blue fly, the one I sold was like Jesse's wish I didn't the twin fly zipper was great use as a canopy) and the last of this model the orange blue with the stand up body and fly vents and silly narrow foot end, but does have two doors and larger two sided vestibules (posted photos at McClure Pass FREE campground off 133 south of Carbondale, CO and the other photos at Twin lakes, CO).
I tend to like the older versions, much less hassle to pitch and has more room at each end. I have had this in windy rain and in hot desert night conditions. It is to me the perfect convertible design I have used. Looks small outside, but inside for one person it's a house.
I had the CD Night Watch and sold it. I wish I didn't as it was best of the two combined with a two zipper fly door you could set up like an awning with trek poles, came in handy in The Tetons for cooking and sun shade.
The older models have two minor to me issues. One, small vestibule The other is the body angle when you get in or out in the rain you can get water in the tent.
the late model has twin vestibules two doors and covers the storage issue you can open the roof and fly completely and stand up in it but it is by no means built for two people with the stupid narrow end.
I have three types of tents for motorcycle camping. One is the Night Watch another is the Quest Starlight for hot weather camping and a Eureka ICS2000 one-man combat tent for smaller night to night location to location hop scotch camping quick easy set up.
Most of the time I am going for the Night Watch for the sprawling room if I am caught in days of rain and it's convertible if things get nasty.
This Design has had many names over it's period of time, Lookout, Night Watch, Night Watch CD and Nightwatch CD 2.0.
The new 2015 Nightwatch doesn't come close to looking like a convertible Nightwatch..
Best tent ever!!!!! I have had this tent for several…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300
Best tent ever!!!!!
- Fast easy setup
- Very stable
I have had this tent for several years. It is a great lightweight tent. It is very very sturdy. We have camped in this tent at Copper Breaks State Park in Texas when a tornado missed us by only about a mile.
My son and I were the only ones of the group of three tents that had a usable tent in the morning!!!!
I will buy this tent again, "IF" I ever have to replace it!!!!
Get the footprint groundcloth, you won't regret it.
Ready to leave? Pick it up and shake it out, roll it up and go.
I'm sure the 2.0 version is even better!!
Great tent for me. Strong design holds snow well.
Design: 4 season Convertible, Dome
Ease of Setup: Fast, simle, easy!
Weight: ~5.5 pounds
Price Paid: $300
Great tent for me. Strong design holds snow well. Low down shape sheds wind. Keeps you dry and happy in the worst of conditions. Despite how small it looks there is actually plenty of room for two people. I don't have a problem fiting two packs in the vestibule and extra gear inside, at one end of the tent. Plenty long (I am 6'1"). Light, compact.
Bottom line: A tent of this Caliber can't be beat for the weight. If you are a serious backpacker that encounters nasty weather (to both extremes). This tent is for you. Buy it now!
Problems: None, except that you can't really cook in the vestibule. But I never do anyway, for various reasons (it's not a smart practice).
Solid tent at a reasonable weight. Very sturdy in…
Design: 4 season convertible
Ease of Setup: Lots of things to clip and buckle which takes time, but increases strength
Weight: 6 1/2 lbs
Price Paid: $269
Solid tent at a reasonable weight. Very sturdy in a storm, and has plenty of room inside for me, my gear, and my 85 lb German Shepherd. This is my third Sierra Designs tent, and I have always been pleased with them.
This is a storm-worthy tent and good price. Unique…
Design: Convertable 3-pole
Ease of Setup: Very easy, all clips, free standing
Weight: 5lbs 6oz
Price Paid: $299
This is a storm-worthy tent and good price. Unique 3-pole design has space for 2 comfortably. The vestibule is sort of small though, but still enough for 2 packs. The zip open storm flaps on the door and skylight are very nice. The fly has a vent, but can't be opened from inside. I have been on two 2-week trips in Colorado where it has rained every day. It sort of leaked but not bad. I called Sierra Designs and they say it is a defect and are sending me a new fly! Very light for how quality it is. Easy to set up and very well placed guylines. I definitely recommend.
This tent has been a real luxury for me. It has allowed…
Ease of Setup: What set up?
Weight: 5lbs, 6oz
Price Paid: $300
This tent has been a real luxury for me. It has allowed me to sleep through some of the most wicked storms you've ever seen. I think the roof vent is a nice feature, and the double sliders on the vestibule are nice for venting, too.