User Review: Sierra Designs Sirius 3
Design: Three-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Extremely East and Fast
Weight: 4 lbs. 12 oz (tent, fly, and poles only)
Price Paid: ~$120
What drew me to this tent initially was the allure of my first sub 5 lb. tent (and my first "real" tent). It is billed as a 3 person tent, but if you plan on sleeping that many be aware that it will be very tight, but doable. This tent weighs almost as little as many 2 person tents, and as a 2 person tent, this baby is great. Each person has their own door, which is great for 2. When there are 3 people, the middle person will have to climb over one of the other 2 people.
Although the fly leaves something to be desired, I have experienced some pretty heavy rain in this tent without getting wet. The only caveat to this is opening the door. If you open one of the doors too far in heavy rain you will get rain in the tent. So, if you can't open the door all the way, it can turn exiting the tent into a bit of a contortion act (keyword: bit). This isn't an issue usually for a limber 22 year old like myself, but I could see it being difficult for someone with more miles on their bones. Also, just to point out, I have not used this tent in an all-out deluge, so I can't speak on its abilities in that sort of weather.
The one other negative thing about this tent that I perceived is that it relies on a single wall, uncovered by the fly at one end. While this is great for a weight reduction, it can cause moisture buildup in some situations. I haven't found this to cause significant problems, excepting a small amount of water
With that said, I must point out that I am extremely happy with this tent, especially considering the great deal I got from Steep and Cheap. I gave this tent 4 stars simply because the cost/quality ratio is excellent, and at this price I would buy the same tent again in a heartbeat. In fact, I recommended it to a friend, even though it is $160 at backcountry.com at the time of this review.
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