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Sierra Designs Nomad 6

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Sierra Designs Nomad 6 three-season tent
Version reviewed: Nomad 6.1

Love this tent—lots of internal pockets and can/bottle holders. Great weather durability and wind/waterproof. It has kept my family dry and protected during some significant storms. Holds a queen sized cot w/ room to walk around it. Rear small vestibule is great for suitcases/clothes. HUGE front vestibule.

Pros

  • Waterproof and great in wind
  • Lots of room
  • Huge vestibule + 2nd smaller one

Cons

  • Need two people to get the first two poles in during setup.
  • Very heavy for hiking or long portages

Have used this tent for 15+ years. One of the main poles is slightly bent and had to restring a couple of the poles. Also bought a new fly due to the pine sap dripping on the old one. 

No problems at all with rain/water. No problems with the zippers. It has been an amazing tent for us!

Background

Car camp on the edge of the BWCA every year (Canadian border). Took the tent on an 8-day trip into the BWCA.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $420+ tax

Version reviewed: Nomad 6.1

Mine (Nomad 6.1) leaked at the four main tie down corners of the fly the first time out! My 24-year-old Timberline 4 is more watertight. Water was leaking through the taped seams at the stitching holes on the yellow velcro straps. I had to Seam Grip both sides of the fly at these tie down corners and use floor sealer on the rest of the stitched seam to the top of the tent. Pretty brutal to have to do this on a new $575 dollar tent.

I emailed Sierra in Canada and they never returned my contact. The US office was also notified of the design problem and they sent me some automated reply from a company they outsourse the customer service to called Summit Hut. They have left me with the impression they could care less about the leaker they sold me.

The tent is of good quality and has some smart features. It can take strong winds well if tied down properly. I would like to see better #10 style zippers than the #8s on the tent. Also an adjustable door venting system with a tradtional second full sized mesh zippered door would allow for more airflow in hot weather than the permanent style on both doors.

As an avid Eureka fan I was hoping for a 6 person "XT" style heavy duty tent. Pretty it is, Eureka XT heavy duty it is not. My first and last Sierra Designs tent.

Design: 3-Season Dome
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: Good
Weight: 22lbs
Price Paid: $575 Can.

Version reviewed: Nomad 6.1

Purchased this tent from Outdoor Gear Exchange. It was a sales demo. Wanted a big tent for car camping with the whole family. Setup is a bit; but, it is a huge tent. It is great for a family of four and a big dog. Standing is a nice plus as well. If you need space this is the tent.

Despite what others have written, I have had no problem with water leaking in even while experiencing some pretty severe thunder boomers. S. D. customer service is great too. I ordered an extra awning pole for extra ventilation. No problem. We own several S.D. tents. They all have served well.

Design: three season, car camping/base camp
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: not difficult at all
Weight: 25 plus
Price Paid: $350

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Specs

Price MSRP: $499.95
Current Retail: $303.99
Historic Range: $303.99-$489.99
Reviewers Paid: $350.00-$420.00
Packaged Weight 12 lbs 13 oz / 5.81 kg
Number of Doors 2
Number of Vestibules 2
Dimensions 118 x 106 in / 299.72 x 269.24 cm
Peak Height 72 in / 182.88 cm
Floor Area 84.4 ft2 / 7.84 m2
Design Type Freestanding
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