Sierra Designs Zolo 2

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   1
1-star:   1


Trail Weight 5 lb 5 oz / 2.41 kg
Packed Weight 5 lb 13 oz / 2.64 kg
Interior Area 36 sq ft / 3.35 sq m
Vestibule Area 10 + 10 sq ft / .93 + .93 sq m
Peak Height 40 in / 102 cm
Packed Length 24 in
Packed Diameter 6 in
Capacity 2
Seasons 3
Number of Doors 2
Number of Poles 2 Hubbed, 1 Ridge
Pole Diameter 9.6 / 9.0 mm
Pole Type DAC NSL
Floor Material 70D Nylon, 3000 mm
Body Material 68D Dye Free Polyester
Fly Material 75D Polyester, 1500 mm



Zolo 2 leaks at rain fly zipper. Very nice overall…

Rating: rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $180


Zolo 2 leaks at rain fly zipper.


  • Good floor layout


  • Seam at rain fly

Very nice overall layout, with one very big design flaw. After buying this tent new, I took it out to the Sierras for an 8-day trip through the Ansel Adams Wilderrness. We had heavy thunderstorms for several hours 1 night and this tent leaked in 2 spots.

The rainfly on this tent is different as it does not lead straight away from the tent. It goes along the top of the tent to the corner. There is a flap that covers the zipper, and its stitching seam to the zipper is not taped. Rain leaks through this seam splashes onto the tent netting, and falls into your tent,ON BOTH SIDES!!!!!!

Very poor design and manufacturing, be aware of this before you buy, and seamseal the area before you head out. Other than that the tent is fine. I dislike hubs though.


Used this tent for a road trip through the USA for…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Design: Three-season freestanding dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: ca. 5 pound (refer to webpage)
Price Paid: $170

Used this tent for a road trip through the USA for one month practically every night. From rain, heat and cold everything was there.

The first night we had a big thunderstorm, and where the zipper of the rainfly is attached it quickly dropped in through the mesh. We got very wet. The bottom held up. The whole tent got socked because we had to take it down. We were very disappointed.

The good news was that the tent dried very fast in the sun the next day.

The other problem was the condensation on the inside of the rainfly in hot weather. Even though we left the upper part of the zipper of the rainfly open on both sides, the rainfly was soaked inside in the morning. SD should have made vents on this tent, like you find them in other tents.

So much for the negative points, which are unfortunately overwhelming, so that I sent the tent back to SD, whose customer service was great. They will send me a new tent, that I can send than back to O2 gear shop, whose customer service wasn't that great, because I myself had to go via SD.

The good news: Well fabricated otherwise, light, super easy set up, very spacious inside and the atriums, inside pockets great, zippers without disturbing noise, good in wind, a very good tent for dry, moderate heat weather.

If SD can work on the big flaws of their tent, the idea and space is great. I will now wait to buy another tent, but am thinking of buying the North Face Minibus 23.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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Offering ample room for 2 large sleepers and bulky gear, the Sierra Designs Zolo 2 tent offers a 6 lbs. 6 oz. shelter for spring, summer and fall weather. Sierra Designs Zolo 2 tent features an 8 x 4.5 ft. floor length to offer room for bulky gear or stretching out. A door on either side offers convenience for gear organization and middle-of-the-night bathroom runs; a vestibule over each door protects gear and shelters the entrances. Fast, easy-to-pitch hub/pole design helps reduce pitching errors. The Sierra Designs Zolo 2 tent comes with rainfly, stuff sacks, stakes and guyline/tighteners. Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only. PVC-free seam tape, superseal floor, dye-free optic white canopy; reflective door trim and/or guy outs; hanging pockets; stash door; sew-free window. Closeout.


On Sale. Free Shipping. Sierra Designs Zolo 2 Tent FEATURES of the Sierra Designs Zolo 2 Tent PVC-free seam tape Superseal floor Dye-free optic white canopy Reflective door trim and guy outs Hanging pockets Long floor length Patented stash door 2 Doors, 2 vestibules Sew-free window SD swift clip Ball cap connector Swivel hub (h,c, h/c) Reverse combo poles SPECIFICATIONS of the Sierra Designs Zolo 2 Tent Season: 3 Capacity: 2 Person Trail Weight: 5 lbs 15 oz / 2.69 kg Packed Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz / 2.89 kg Packed Dimension: 22 x 6in. / 55.9 x 15.2 cm Number of Doors: 2 Interior Area: 36 square feet Vestibule Area: 10 + 10 square feet Peak Height: 40in. Floor: 70D Nylon, 3000mm Body: 68D Polyester, Dye-Free Fly: 75D Polyester, 1500 mm Poles: DAC Press Fit

- Moosejaw

At eight feet long, the three-season Sierra Designs Zolo 2 Tent gives two backpackers plenty of room to comfortably stretch their legs at night. A simple pole setup with quick-clip connectors makes pitching fast and simple, and full weatherproofing from floor to fly leaves nothing to chance. Each traveler has their own door and vestibule, further adding to this tent's spacious feel.


The Sierra Designs Zolo 2 Person/ 3-Season tent. A backcountry trip for two can be an absolute delight, or a cramped gong show. Shoot for the former with the spacious (an eight-foot-long footprint!), roomy, and comfortable Zolo 2 tent.


Sierra Designs Zolo 2


The Sierra Designs Zolo 2 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen May 3, 2014 at REI.

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