Review: Sierra Designs Comet CD [ 3-man, 3-season tent ]

Review: Sierra Designs Comet CD [ 3-man, 3-season tent ]
Retail: $400, MBstores.com is offering this tent for only $264.95. (Limit time offer, expire soon.)


Product Description

The Comet is famous among rafting guides and other outdoor professionals for its easy set-up and livability. A huge tent for three people, the Comet has a full 50 square feet of room, with nearly vertical side walls that maximize usable space. Added to that are the 14 square feet of the Double-Zip Adjustable Vestibule that configures as an awning, a half-vestibule or storage space. Three poles of equal length keep pitching simple, and the mesh ceiling gives you a view with your room.

Retail: $399


Reviewed by: ChrisC, a Backpacker from Iowa
Date Reviewed: 6/7/2002 11:28:16 PM
 

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This tent is roomy for two tall people, with space for a large dog. It sets up easily, and the construction is very solid. It has endured 4-season use with ease. I waterproofed all the seams with "seam sealer" and it's been weathertight.

Too tight. The ventilation is bad. When the fly is attached, the pole sleeves, which have no cross vents, prevent the tent from breathing. I camped with my Labrador retriever in the midwest, and this tent was a sauna. It literally rained indoors from the condensation.

The space and construction are fine, but don't buy this tent if you live in a humid environment. Even though it is heavy, I like the space so much I pack it for most trips to the southwest where it is arid and windy.

Customer Service:
I complained to Sierra Designs via email about the ventilation problem, twice. No response.

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Dana Design "Mojo" (great tent, but slightly short for those over 6'4"!)
 

 
  Reviewed by: michael j masterson, a Backpacker from bklyn ny
Date Reviewed: 11/6/2001 9:41:50 PM
 
 

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Generally: I found the tent to be light,and go up quickly. Pole material is good and i found no real "trouble spots" with seems. The fly takes a little getting use to, due to the design of the tent rather than just a cumbersome fly. I found the tent to be a hot box with or WITHOUT the fly. The doors noseeum starts to high off the floor and found the tent offered scant ciculation even with the fly off during a breezy evening.
 

 
  Reviewed by: st snoodle, a Backpacker from mtn view
Date Reviewed: 9/4/2001 10:06:31 PM
 
 

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I've had my Comet since 96. First,
here are the negatives (in no
particular order):
- as others have noted, the ventilation
is poor when the fly is in place.
The pole sleeves may prevent air from
circulating around the fly.
- in order to help ventilation, you
really need to stake out the fly.
this takes time.
- unfortunately, the fly material
stretches quite a bit when wet.
wet fly -> no circulation.
- there is only 1 door, and people
sleep parallel to the door. so
when nature calls, you have to crawl
over other people to use the door.
(newer models have 2 doors)
- when unzipped, the floor flops
down (instead of up or to the side).
so it's easy to trample the door
into the dirt.
- the zippers seem to jam quite often.
- it's a little too heavy for
backpacking.

There are lots of nice features:
- the tent's volume is HUGE and the
vestibule is extremely handy
for stashing equipment out of the
rain.
- all the poles are identical, making
set-up easy.
- there are plenty of pockets inside,
as well as loops near the roof for
attaching a gear loft (or the
budget version: a clothesline).
- the canopy is white, giving the
interior light a very soothing glow.
this may not sound like a big deal,
but if you've ever been stuck
in your tent all day during a storm...

Customer Service:

one of the grommets came loose soon
after I bought the tent. Sierra
Designs repaired the tent and
returned it in less than a week,
and threw in an insulated coffee mug
as well.

 

 
  Reviewed by: Jay, a Backpacker from Richmond, B.C. Canada
Date Reviewed: 1/24/2001 2:13:34 AM
 
 

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I purchased the older model Comet with one door and like the other reviewers found that in moderate climates the inside heats up considerably. Would probably be more comfortable in fall weather or late spring.

Very easy to set up, takes less than 5 minutes. But we warned: you'll need plenty of space to acommodate the Comets huge footprint. But once it's all set up you'll love the R-O-O-M! It was great for me and my friend to be able to stretch out and not be confined like some other tents.
The vestibule has plenty of room to stash your packs and shoes. In a pinch, the Comet can acommodate three adults.

Only downside is having to seam seal the floor and the fly. The floor was easy (only one seam running down the middle) but the fly needed another tube of sealant along with the half tube left over form the one that came with the tent.
Very time consuming and tediuos!

Like all Sierra Design tents I'm amazed in how light their tents weigh considering all the features they have. It's no problem carrying the Comet and is even easier when you divide the tent contents with your hiking partner

Customer Service:
Very easy to deal with . Provided a free tube of sealant when I called their customer service.

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  Reviewed by: Wonder Boy, a Backpacker from San Francisco
Date Reviewed: 1/5/2001 9:06:41 PM
 
 

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Nice tent. Roomy enough for 4. However, lots of condensation builds up on the sides so person sleeping next to the walls seem to wake up with soaked sleeping bags.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Greg Richards, a Backpacker from Seattle
Date Reviewed: 11/10/2000 1:23:28 PM
 
 

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I did a bit of looking before I bought this tent and am happy with my purchase. I have used it backpacking, car camping, wet weather, dry weather, etc. It has met or exceeded my expectations in every case. I purchased it at an REI sale at a great price. Although it weighs a couple pounds more than some quality tents in its class, it makes up for it in roominess, cost and features. With two doors access is easy and cross ventilation is good. The vestibules were adequately sized for storing gear, but use a ground cloth to prevent excessive condensation. Setup was easy; very intuitive. Being 6'-3" tall I wanted a tent with leg room. This tent has it. I'd definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a 3+ person tent.

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Kelty Vortex 4: Another good tent at a great price. Only two poles, different construction than Sierra Designs, but very roomy and easy to set up.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Matthew Ayer, a Backpacker from Mariemont, OH
Date Reviewed: 10/23/2000
 
 

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Our Scout troop has 12 of these. The ""3-man"" size is great for 2 Scouts or adults... and can be used for 3 in a pinch or when really conserving wt for backpacking. Set-up is extremely easy. Rain protection is great. Minimum number of parts - 1 tent, 1 fly, and 3 identical poles and 8 stakes... best tent we could find for keeping parts straight for a youth group. The vestibule design gives you a few options. Extremely satisfied.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Barry Schwartz, a Day Hiker from Newton, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/14/2000
 
 

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I got a 98 for $199 from REI. So far only used it one weekend. Set-up was easy and it felt solid. Venting could have been better, but was ok for me alone.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Russ, a Backpacker from Georgia
Date Reviewed: 8/31/2000
 
 

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Got a '98 version of this for $199 at REI-Outlet. We used this tent for 3 nights at 10,000 feet in Colorado, with my 3 small kids, myself, and my smallish wife. It was an oven inside, and was really tight for that many people but we did it, we only needed 4 sleeping bags and saved weight that way! Condensation was very bad on the vestibule, requiring you to get pretty wet when you went out at night to answer the call of nature. Condensation on the rainfly was heavy enough to sink the fly down to the tentbody on parts of it, even though the fly was staked out tight at every guypoint. I'm a perfectionist with backpacking gear. Still, for Sierra Designs you expect pretty good stuff. Maybe the '99 version with 2 doors will improve the cross ventilation.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Rainman, a Backpacker from northern california
Date Reviewed: 8/16/2000
 
 

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This is a very roomy and lightweight 3-man tent. I bought it from the Sierra Designs store and got a great deal of 250 bucks. My only complain is that the ventilation is really bad. During moderate weather, the tent heats up like a sauna even with the doors open.
 

 
  Reviewed by: V. Green, a Backpacker from Portland, Oregon, USA
Date Reviewed: 7/12/2000
 
 

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I purchased this tent through REI-Outlet.com for $199 and spent an additional $58 dollars for a groundcloth, and gear loft. I am very happy with the size of this tent, I really believe that this is a great tent for two normal size people and one small person/child, unless you are used to being close... The only downside for me on this tent is its ability to hold in heat, I would like to have had more vents to creat a cross breeze. Overall this tent is a good value.
 

 
  Reviewed by: ErikR, a Climber from Msla, MT USA
Date Reviewed: 7/12/2000
 
 

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This is our car camping, light hiking tent, superb for 3 average size people, or two big and a dog, etc. Easy to set up, huge inside, vertical walls, light. It is NOT a hard core tent (flattish roof, and verical walls), but it takes everything a 3 season Rocky Mtn. tent sees.

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Northface mtn., Sierra small 3 seasons, Eureka 4's.
 

 
  Reviewed by: tj, a Backpacker from Miami, FL
Date Reviewed: 5/4/2000
 
 

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Roomy and well designed. Simple setup and I love that it's free-standing. Actually comfortable for three with good vestibule space and excellent headroom. Very good weight/space ratio. Around eight pounds for a legit 50 sq. ft. My only complaint is the poor ventilation, surprising since there's so much mesh in the ceiling. But apparently the sleeve (as opposed to clip) design prevents air from circulating over those panels. Exhalation and body heat from three adults overwhelms and has made this an oven in Costa Rica and Florida Keys. Without the fly, the mesh ceiling is wonderful for stargazing. I'm sending it to Rainy Pass in Seattle to add ventilation, but otherwise a wonderful tent. Probably perfect in cooler climates.

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Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight
 

 
  Reviewed by: Scott Buehler, a Backpacker from Gurnee,IL. USA
Date Reviewed: 1/28/2000
 
 

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This Comet CD was one of the finest puchases my wife and I have ever made in outdoor gear. The tent is light in weight, roomy, and very strong. We were able to pitch the tent within 5 minutes. The ground ""footprint"" is highly advisable to aquire with the tent..go ahead, get it !! This will protect the bottom of your investment for a long time to come. If you seal your seems from the inside out as recommended, you should have no problems with leaks (we had only minor problems due to my inexperience in sealing seams!!). You will have room enough for two (with some gear), or three with no gear. Head room is excellent, with walls fairly vertical....excellent design for optimal use of space. This one is a WINNER !!

Customer Service:
Customer service is par-excellance ! I ran out of my sealant for the seams, called the service rep and she sent out a new tube at no cost !! Nice touch Sierra Designs, you guys are first rate.


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