Sierra Designs Zeta 4
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250-$350 it was few years ago
Very roomy, great tent for a backpacking family. Poles are like origami.
- Good price point
- Easy to set up with two people
- Not easy to set up alone
- No guy out points on sides
- Wish it was square
We got this tent to backpack Yellowstone with the family (2 adults, 2 children, and a dog) three years ago. Have used it over 70 nights so far in California, Wyoming, and New England. Spring to fall. No issues at all, never a bit of wetness inside the tent. Even in New England downpours. Tent vents well in hot weather so we wouldn't take it into the winter.
Tent is easy to pitch with two people. Harder, but not impossible, alone. We really like how the footprint/fly attach to the tent and the color coding its super easy to figure out how to set everything up.
We pitch our tent very tight. There are no guy out points on the long sides which can make it harder to pull sides away from interior, Sierra Designs does sell extra clips for this, but we wish it came with it.
The narrower end can cause problems with four full length mattresses in place the two mattresses on the outer edges get pushed towards the center. It does work, but not as smoothly as it could be. We usually use shorter mattresses with our children and put them on the outside.
It's a bit heavy for backpacking, I wouldn't want to carry it hundreds of miles, but for the occasional backpack trip when shared between two adults it's not too bad.
For us this tent has everything we need at a cost we could afford.
Price Paid: Won it
Two friends and I took this tent out backpacking in Shenandoah National Forest in VA. We arrived past midnight and had never set it up since it was brand new. We got it out and set up on top of a windy mountain in the middle of the night in 5 minutes.
It's super easy to assemble and disassemble. The rain fly is incredibly tough and withheld the 20-30 gusts all night no problem.
It kept all the wind out and kept us all warm. It's a 4-person tent that actually is for four people rather than cramming into it. Slept three adults with plenty of room to spare!
It was easy to carry, strapped onto the bottom of my pack, isn't too heavy. Great tent, it's the only one you'll need!
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Sierra Designs took the engineering magic from their award-winning Lightning XT 4 Tent and brought it to their 3-season line. Value-conscious backpackers will love the innovative, spacious Zeta 4 Tent.
CLOSEOUTS . Load up your family and all their gear and head for your favorite camping spot. Sierra Designs' Zeta 4 tent has plenty of usable space thanks to a unique pole configuration and two spacious vestibules. Available Colors: BLUE/GREY.
- Sierra Trading Post
On Sale. Free Shipping. Sierra Designs Zeta 4 Person Tent DECENT FEATURES of the Sierra Designs Zeta 4 - 4 Person Tent Dye-free Optic White Canopy Tunnel Dome Swivel Hub Swivel C Ball Cap Assembly with SQ Ring Jake's Foot Panorama Window Color Coded Front Door Vestibule Venting PVC-free seam tape Bath tub floor Reflective door trim and/or guy outs Hanging pockets Patented Stash Door 2 doors, 2 vestibules Windows DAC Twist Clip Jakes Foot pole attachment Ball cap connector The SPECS Capacity: 4 Seasons: 3 Trail Weight: 7 lbs 15 oz / 3.60 kg Packed Weight: 8 lbs 9 oz / 3.88 kg Interior Area: 5.41 meter square / 58.25 square feet Vestibule Area: 1.95 + .74 meter square / 21 + 8 square feet Peak Height: 50in. / 127 cm Packed Length: 22in. Packed Diameter: 6in. Number of Doors: 2 Number of Poles: 4 hubbed Pole Diameter: 9.5/9.0 mm Materials: Floor: 75D Polyester, 3000 mm, Body: 68D Polyester, dye free, Fly: 75D Polyester, 1500 mm
Sierra Designs created the Zeta 4 Tent for budget-conscious backpackers without sacrificing functionality, comfort, or ease of use. The tent's Tunnel Dome design combines the convenience of freestanding tents with the spacious interior of a tunnel tent; with a 50-in peak height, there's plenty of room to sit up. A panorama window allows you to enjoy the view, and the dye-free optic white canopy brightens up the interior space. Setup is a breeze thanks to the Jake's Foot feature at the corners that allows for easy attachment of poles, rain fly, and footprint. Swivel Hubs on the poles further speed setup, along with ball- cap assembly on the poles and color-coding on the front door. When the weather turns south, the bathtub floor and included fly seal out wetness so you and your gear stay dry.