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Sierra Designs Zeta 4

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Sierra Designs Zeta 4 three-season tent

Very roomy, great tent for a backpacking family. Poles are like origami.


  • Good price point
  • Roomy
  • 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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250-$350 it was few years ago

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!

Price Paid: Won it

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Price MSRP: $339.95
Historic Range: $186.95-$339.95
Trail Weight 7 lb 15 oz/ 3.60 kg
Packed Weight 8 lb 9 oz / 3.88 kg
Interior Area 58.25 sq ft / 5.41 sq m
Vestibule Area 21 + 8 sq ft / 1.95 + .74 sq m
Peak Height 50 in / 127 cm
Packed Length 22 in
Packed Diameter 6 in
Capacity 4
Seasons 3
Number of Doors 2
Number of Poles 4 Hubbed
Pole Diameter 9.5 / 9.0 mm
Pole Type DAC Press Fit
Floor Material 75D Polyester, 3000 mm
Body Material 68D Polyester, Dye Free
Fly Material 75D Polyester, 1500 mm
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