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Sierra Designs Tiros AST Tents Review

Sierra Designs Tiros AST


Description
New for 2001, the Tiros offers 2 people ultra-strong, 4-season protection; features Stash Doors(TM), Jake's Corner(TM) and DAC(R) Featherlite poles. Spacious poled front vestibule with weatherproof "frog eye" vents for increased air flow and a rear stakeout vestibule. Color-coded webbing pole guides make setup easy; stormproof 4-pole geometry withstands heavy wind and snow loads. Computer-aided design creates a stronger, more stable tent by distributing stress evenly across the tent canopy and rainfly. Clip-Locs(TM) at intersecting pole sections increase structural strength by 60% without losing flexibility or adding weight. A taped and coated floor provides excellent water protection, is lightweight and especially durable. Reflective guyout loops allow night visibility; reflective noiseless zipper pulls are easy to see and eliminate that annoying jingle when it's windy. Non-wicking stake loops and fly attachments help keep tent dry. Interior pockets combine the waterproof tent sidewall and a mesh front so your stuff stays dry and visible. Freestanding, so tent can be moved to optimal position before staking it down. Sewn-in floor stays taut to provide maximum usable space and is waterproofed with heavy-duty polyurethane coating and factory-taped main seam.


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Review Date
July 12, 2011

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 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Lance Lloyd ,  Backpacker

Summary:
This is by far and above the best tent ever made and I’ve owned many other great tents but nothing compares to the Tiros . It is a real shame that Sierra Designs discontinued this line (SD are you listening?). From torrential downpours to high winds and snow this tent takes whatever Mother Nature can dish out and leaves you safe and sound and allows you to rest in peace to tackle the day ahead. Prime example was one of many trips into the backcountry around Teton Range. We were able to set up the tent easily in the wind and rain and as the night progressed the winds increased and the rain turned to snow. We awoke to one of the most beautiful and incredible sights I’ve ever seen ever. Over two feet of fresh snow and a bombshealter of a tent that had protected us through the night. I’ve been able to track down a second Tiros AST and count myself lucky… If you can find one get it!!!

Customer Service:
Very friendly and super quick

Similar Products Used:
Mountain Hardware Trango 2
Bibler Ahwanee
Dana Design Arja


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Review Date
September 10, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: horsttappert ,  Backpacker

Summary:
where to start? this is a great tent!
drawbacks first:
1. as stated below vestibule door is too low. resolution is easy, though: Use vestibule as storage for packs and use "rear" door as main entrance as this one is high enough for 6fters.
2. groundsheet is soft, that is nice on snow, not so nice on rocks or roots, recommend using a tarp which adds more weight.
3. finally, as some state, the super-tight gauze does not admit a lot of air-stream into the tent.

We used this tent in two conditions so far:
a) beach camping in spain @ 95°F... and it was fine! You can either just put up the inner tent without rainfly or use the fly. as of its light color it doesn't heat up too fast and the gauze does admit some air to flow. I would much rather keep all critters out and have less airflow... and that it does.
b) in the pyrenees @ 8200 ft in summer. Forecast was storm and that we had after hut was crowded. We had to pitch the tent in an OK spot near a lake and surrounded by too-close peaks. We had very heavy gusts, but the Tiros, staked and guyed to a couple of boulders shook but never budged. This tent is money well spent!

here are some advantages:
-never lets you down
-lots of reserves
-very spacy interior
-supercool seamless alloy (DAC featherlite)poles
-light colored interior admits a lot of light and little heat
-1000 small things that make it perfect, guys at SD put a lot of thought into this tent which pays off
-with some practice easy to put up

if you have questions about this tent feel free to send me an e-mail!

Customer Service:
none necessary so far

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Review Date
September 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Tommy Berry ,  Backpacker , from South Carolina

Summary:
I have several different tents (6 to be exact) that I use for different occasions. I have the Stretch Prelude for my 3 man group and wanted a good wind/snow/ice worthy 2 man tent that didnt kill the piggy bank. I chose the Tiros for that reason (solid & reasonable). I have had my eye on it for about 8 or 9 years and when looking for that new tent, always came back to it. It is a solid tent no doubt..Ice, snow, wind..never made it budge. It has ample room for all the gear in one place or another out of the elements. The HUGE doors are awesome. The only complaint I have about it.. Is the fact that the top of the vestibule door is too low. I almost have to crawl to get out of the tent if I dont want my back to scrape on the door. BUT.. you can leave it open in wind and snow.. and and nothing falls into the tent for that reason. The Jakes Corners...I have used mine in several really bad cituatutions and have never put them on. They add more weight, are kinda combersome and the tent stands well enough alone. The tent is strong enough, that packes can be stacked against the back door under the vestibule. In high winds, I only guyed the 4 end points, and it never rocked. I give it a 4.9..if I can do that.

Customer Service:
I have no doubts that it is awesome... Years ago, My strech Prelude folded in high winds when the guy lines were pulled. S.D. Repllaed all my poles at no charge (normally $28each. I got 4).. THATS CUSTOMER SERVICE!

Similar Products Used:
Sierra Designs Streth Prelude (big), S.D. Omega (small vestibule), S.D. Stretch Dome (little heavy), Noth Face Ambiton (heavy comfort)


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Review Date
March 5, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Jon Jonckers ,  Climber , from Spokane

Summary:
I had wanted to purchase this tent for a couple years (or I should say I wanted to buy the previous models of the Tiros). By my estimation, if all of my other gear fails and hell freezes over and Murphy comes a calling, then I want the best tent money can buy. Furthermore, weight aside, how can you put a price tag on a comfortable and secure night's sleep. The Tiros suits these observations perfectly. I'll admit that it's heavy for a backpacking tent, but then again four season really means all seasons and I don't always check the forecast before I leave the house - time off is time off rain or shine. Ultimately, it's roomier than a Trango 2, sets up faster than any Eureka or Coleman (though not as fast as a Bibler), and it has more security features than any other tent. Only Sierra Designs has cord locks. Only Sierra Designs has Jake Corners. These features add up considerably. If you want the best, then get this tent

Customer Service:
no contact so far

Similar Products Used:
Bibler Eldorado, Trango 2, Sierra Designs Stretch Dome, North Face Mountain and many more.


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Review Date
December 3, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: paulcac ,  Backpacker , from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Summary:
Since you have no reviews on this tent as yet, maybe I can help. I set up the tent according to instructions in living room once to get the general idea. First outdoor use on a ledge after 6 strenuous hours of night hiking up to 6300ft. Had planned on a cabin but circumstances dictated a tent set up on a safe ledge. Wind was blowing 60mph+ and temp had dropped to -17 celcius. Hiking partner had no previous experience with the tent. We successfully set it up using one large snow wall and 6 guy points with firm anchors. At times we were afraid the tent was going to shred but it held perfectly. I was thankful that I had purchased a top quality tent. We were able to get 4 hours of much needed sleep with the security of knowing the tent was good for it. The sound of the wind outside was deafening but the tent held perfectly. The extra weight was more than worth it. Interior was spacious yet useful. The vestibule privided for adequate pack storage and snow melting. When the weather cleared a bit we had a perfect view of the full moon out the viestibule window. Nice...I highly recommend this tent to anyone who may occasionally find themselves in harsh winter conditions. Thanks Sierra Designs.

Customer Service:
Haven''t needed any yet, but I will be sure to send them an e-mail right after this one to thank them.

Similar Products Used:
Kelty Cyclone


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