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Sierra Designs Stretch Dome Tents Review

Sierra Designs Stretch Dome


Description
3-person, 4-season


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Weight
7 lbs. 12 oz.


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Review Date
September 22, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: mike ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I have used the tent for winter camping mostly and have never had any problems with it. I love this tent. it has been through some 50 plus winds and held up just fine. The reason I'm writing this review is that I'm hopping someone out there might know where I could find a vestibule rain fly for it. If so please contact me at precisionproductsllc@gmail.com


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Review Date
July 12, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Brian Huber ,  Backpacker

Summary:
I bought my Stretch Dome from one of those mass merchanidise stores now out of business for $125 in the late '80's. I had used various models of Eureka and Kelty tents as a scoutmaster conducting numerous backpacking trips with Boy Scouts.
After setting up one tent with sleeves @34 degrees and then having temp drop to 20 and poles frozen in sleeves I wanted a tent with clips. SD was the way to go.
I love this tent!
I also noticed some things that I wanted to change and took it to Newman-Adlers in Cleveland to have it modified. Had a top vent screen added as well as adding a rear door. Also had the vestibule (the original small one) modified to have it permanately attached to the fly.
Made a big difference.
Later bought the expedition fly and have used that in the winter, helps a lot.
Never a leak and it has been through some big storms. Once in Assateage(sp)a big storm came through, many tents were totally flattened. We heard the storm but didn't pay that much attention. The next morning, many campsites were vacant with destroyed tents still on the ground in tatters with water everywhere.
We've used this in winter with 3 adults (ugh!), but we kept warm. Added the loft and it helps a lot.
Love this tent! We can set it up in less than 5 minutes.

Similar Products Used:
SD Clip Flashlight, Jeep copy of Quest Preying Mantis, Walrus one-man (forget name), various Kelty and Eureka (Timberline and others)


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Review Date
April 13, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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4.67 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: troutn26 ,  Backpacker

Summary:
What can I say! I've had the tent almost ten years backpacking and camping in MT,AK, and OR in hot sun, thunderstorms, days of drizzle, wind (anybody from MT knows what I mean), sleet and about a foot of snow. I probably spend about 20 days or more a year in it. There has been no leakage after initially seam-sealing it. I think the tent is light considering it's function. Definitely roomy with 2 and gear. Big vestibule. Only wish there was another door. Easy to set up. Tent stakes were all bent and re-bent to loops a long time ago, but just bought some new ones. Door zipper is finally starting to weaken and I just patched a hole in the floor from my own stupidity. Have re-seam sealed everything this year for another season in AK-----I'm not worried. Great tent-----definitely worth my $299.00!

Customer Service:
Never needed them

Similar Products Used:
Eureka tent, kelty tent, north face and marmot.


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Review Date
July 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: fossana ,  Mountaineer , from oakland, ca, usa

Summary:
I bought this tent 10+ years ago while working at Sierra Designs. I have never been disappointed in my purchase. It's quick to set us, spacious, and lightweight for its size. The 3-season rain fly is somewhat brittle from UV damage (to be expected given total exposure), but otherwise the tent has held up well after many years of loyal service under sun, rain, and snow.

Customer Service:
No hassle pole repairs thru the warranty dept, but the replacement rain fly has been been on backorder for 6 months+.

Similar Products Used:
Walrus Microswift
Sierra Designs Meteor Light


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Review Date
March 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Molly , from Houston, TX

Summary:
I bought the last year's floor model of this tent (2000 model in 2001) for less than $200, so it was a great deal.
Extremely easy to set up, even w/out directions.
More than enough room for 2 people to stretch out plus gear. The tallest person who has been in my tent is 5'10", but plenty of foot room for taller people.
Kind of heavy for backpacking, even split up between 2 people, but not unbearable.
Haven't used it in too adverse of conditions, but it did make it through a fairly heavy rainstorm w/out a drop of water coming in.
Lots of ventilation, no condensation at all.
Vestibule is nice and roomy, plenty of room for boots + gear.

Customer Service:
The fly pole was missing when I bought it (they must have misplaced it since it was the floor model). Sun & Ski called Sierra Designs, who promptly custom built a new fly pole for me using new 2001 p


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