Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite

Reviews

This is an ultralight and innovative tent with just…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $366.73+20% off coupon and REI dividends

Summary

This is an ultralight and innovative tent with just a few drawbacks.

Pros

  • Light
  • Easy to set up
  • More spacious then expected

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Single wall condensation
  • Silnylon sags when wet

I've always used 3-4 season double wall tents while camping and backpacking or I'll throw a bivvy bag in my pack for light weight.  

I own Sierra Designs down bags and love them. I replaced a 20-year-old North Face tent with a Convert 3 last year and was highly impressed.  This last year I started getting knee pain and decided it's time to go lightweight. 

Armed with an REI 20% off coupon, a clearance sale, and my annual dividends I couldn't pass up trying this tent.  

I knew the drawbacks of silnylon (sags when wet) and singlewall tents (all will condensate) so that wasn't a problem to me. 

At just over 2lbs I was saving 4.5lbs from my previous tent! YES!!!! I love the weight. 

The tent has two bags, one for the tent body and one for the stakes/pole. Love this too!

wWith the knee problems I needed to use trekking poles. This tent requires them so it kind of works out.  

Setup is a breeze. I didn't need instructions and did it in less than 3 minutes the second time around.  

I was concerned my gear would get wet under the garage or that I would get wet from wind blown rain with the only windows at the feet and head. This hasn't been a problem on the three nights that I've slept with rain. I'm always paying attention to how I orient the tent.  

Seams had to be sealed—easy and I always do this anyway. Stitching was very solid, reinforced where it should be.

Call me a fanboy, but I can always count on Sierra Designs to have a quality product, much like Outdoor Research, Arc'teryx, MSR, and a few others. Give one of the versions of this tent a try!

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Cort! Thanks for sharing a review of this SD tent. I hope you'll keep us posted on how it continues to work out for you. I'd love to see some pictures of it in your review too.


2 years ago
G00SE

Thanks for the review, Cort. As a guy with arthritis in my knees, I understand the need for trekking poles. Do you have any pictures of your tent to share with us?


2 years ago
Cort

Thanks! I'll work on some pics asap!


2 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks, Cort!


2 years ago

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The Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen September 13, 2019 at Mountain Gear.

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