Review: Sierra Designs Lookout 2.0 CD [ 3-man, 3-4 season Convertible tent ]

Review: Sierra Designs Lookout 2.0 CD [ 3-man, 3-4 season Convertible tent ]

Retail: $399.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $299.95 only. (offer expires soon)

Product Description

The Lookout is an incredibly versatile 3-person tent that will see you through the four seasons. Light and breezy enough for summer backpacking, the Lookout is also rugged enough for winter mountaineering. Features include a zip-open ceiling panel, a roof-vent in the flysheet, four Clip-Locs at pole intersections, a highly visible blue and gold flysheet, and a Double-Zip adjustable vestibule that configures as awning, half-vestibule, or full vestibule as you need it.


Reviewed by: Greg, a Backpacker from Portland, OR
Date Reviewed: 8/20/2002 4:00:42 PM
 

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This review is for the Lookout CD 2.0 which has an additional door & vestibule (vs. the old Lookout CD). The new tent weighs ~7lbs and sleeps two large adults comfortably (three would be tight). There is plenty of head and foot room in this tent... you can even unzip the top of the fly & stand up in the tent. I was initially concerned about this 'feature' so I hosed down the zipper & couldn't get it to leak.
I've used this tent ~8 times, the most recent being at the foot of Mt. Adams. We experienced heavy winds during our entire stay and the Lookout performed wonderfully (most of the other tents blew down). It was easy to set up and take down in the wind and was rock solid once I attached the internal guy lines.
Although this is not an expedition tent it will perform well during all seasons and keep you dry. Highly recommended...

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  Reviewed by: Someone, a Backpacker from Somewhere
Date Reviewed: 2/7/2002 2:38:57 PM
 
 

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2002 Lookout 2cd

This tent is awesome has many features that make this tent a 5 star hotel compared to other tents that I wouldn't even give the rating of a dog house. The tent is very dry and does not have a problem with condesation since it has the Sol Air ventalation. Its got alot of room and I love the night veiw window. I recommend this tent to anyone looking for a tent that can standing upto most conditions and still has luxuries but at the cost of weight.

Customer Service:
Great company they really make good equipment but its changed since their move across seas.

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and more
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jim, a Backpacker from Austin, TX
Date Reviewed: 1/14/2002 7:17:50 PM
 
 

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I did a lot of looking around at convertible 3 person tents. At $250 I felt I couldn't go wrong with the Lookout CD. My first test was some CA coastline camping this last week.

The vestibules are small but compare any tent out there that has this much square footage . . . what it lacks it vestibule space it makes up in being relatively light-wieght. At least compared to the Mountain Hardware tents I was also considering. I'd rather give up vestibule space and keep the it lightweight.

I was camped out in some heavy rain and winds and this baby is bombproof and leakproof (although I did additional seam sealing in addition to factory seals). I stayed nice and dry.

Ventalation is excellent. The double doors are great. But like any three person it is more like 2.5. I'm 6'3" and I can't imagine sleeping 3 guys my size in this thing. Two definately. Three . . . no way. A man, woman and child (dog?) would be nice. But still close quarters. But again, what three person tent isn't like this?

If you haven't used hooks it might take some getting used to (make sure to set up at home before taking out). But this is a quick set up once you get the hang of it. Very quick. Even with one person.

The zippers are great. My only real problem is that I can't zip both top covers at once. Seems strange to me and I'm wondering if it's just my tent? Also was suprsied that one of my poles bent slightly. But don't imagine I'll have any problems replacing with Sierra Designs.

Great tent. For a three person, convertible, if you can score under $300 . . . grab it.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeff Hahn, a Backpacker from Appleton WI USA
Date Reviewed: 11/28/2001 8:49:20 PM
 
 

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When I finally decided my 1978 North Face VE-24 fly wasn't cutting it anymore and NF wanted >$200 for a replacement fly,I looked and looked and looked at options, and was pretty confused. After finally accepting that an Awahnee was out of my price range I looked at a couple of SD tents and really was intrigued. Being cheap, I couldn't see paying full retail so I watched the closeouts. By dumb luck, a local specialty store was going under, and I found the Lookout CD 2.0 for under $200! I've used it a half-dozen times so far.

Likes:
spacious
great height
double doors
relective guy points and logo on fly (if you replace the black guy lines with reflective cord you won't have an excuse for tripping over a line at night!)
Seems to vent quite well

OK:
floor plan (great for 2, tight for 3 big guys)
roof ventilation
pole system; still adjusting from sleeves, but getting used to it.

Could be better:
double vestibules are nice, but small
vestibule zippers have to be handled carefully or they might snag
A little heavy, but based on what I read in the other reviews it should be bombproof....
Wish the interior colors were a little warmer (Dk blue and light grey)
Plastic guy line tightners are worthless (picky, picky, picky)

Overall I'm quite pleased with it.

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  Reviewed by: Justin English, a Backpacker from Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Date Reviewed: 11/5/2001 2:10:57 PM
 
 

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Great Tent! I have owned it for 3 years now and it has never leaked or shown signs of wear. I have had troble with the roof vents zipper though. Great two person tent, cramped with three 6ft guys.

Customer Service:
I have never had problems with my tent so i never called. However when I was searching for a solo tent i found sierra designs webpage very helpful.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brian Schuster, a Backpacker from Dubuque, IA USA
Date Reviewed: 10/18/2001 11:36:04 AM
 
 

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This tent is the best tent that I have ever had. Its completely water proof and works in all weather conditions. Its a breeze to set-up and holds all my gear with no problem. I love it and never want to give it up!

Customer Service:
One thing that I have found very useful is the Sierra-Designs gear loft, awesome add-on!!!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Doug, a Paddler from San Francisco
Date Reviewed: 8/28/2001 1:29:43 PM
 
 

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A great tent. Excellent ventilation for warmer weather with plenty of extras for convienance. Rain fly is perfect with non-obscured viewing thru window. Not much vestibule space but with all the pluses its not a great disadvantage.

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  Reviewed by: CJ, a Mountaineer from Bonney Lake, Washington
Date Reviewed: 4/20/2001 8:49:25 AM
 
 

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I have owned my SD Lookout CD tent for 4 years now and have been very happy with it. I have used it here in Washington in rain and snow and have never had any problems. I really like the clip design -- My tent goes up far quicker than my friends TNF tent and seems just as strong. The ventilation system is great -- I rarely end up with condensation dripping on my face :) And I have found the tent surprisingly warm when snowcamping. Like many of the other reviewers, my only complaint about this tent is the tiny, nearly useless vestibule. About all it's good for is keeping a bit of gear out of the dew. One feature I have really enjoyed about this tent is the convertable top -- even with the rainfly on, it is very usefull -- you can put a flashlight in it when it is rolled up and have handsfree light without a headlamp.

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I have not tried any other 4 season tents personally.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Bill Hessert, a Backpacker from Haddonfield, NJ
Date Reviewed: 3/17/2001 3:09:34 PM
 
 

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I chose this tent becuase it is one of the most versitile tents on the market. It has numerous features, but it is still reasonably light. The flaps on the fly and the ceiling provide great ventilation. You can also fold the vestibule halfway up or totally unzip it and tie it to a tree to make an extended roof that is great to cook under. When you zip up the top compartment and attach the internal guy lines, this tent will withstand any storm.
The only negatives are the steep walls in the corners that limit the sleeping space to 2 large adults. And also the vestibule is pitifully small.

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  Reviewed by: J Corbin, a Backpacker from Albuquerque, NM
Date Reviewed: 1/30/2001 4:54:23 PM
 
 

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Great tent. I've had mine for 4 years now and while I haven't spent as much time in it as I'd like, the times I have spent have been unusually comfortable for sleeping in a tent. Great ventilation. The internal guys make this one of the sturdiest tents I've tried. Light for the space. The vestibule is too small. Backpacker says they're coming out with the Lookout 2.0 with 2 vestibules (and 2 doors?). It's heavier though by almost a pound. Room enough for 2 adults and 2 large (100 pound) dogs, 3 adults would have to be good friends. If the new version is as good as this one BUY THIS TENT!

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  Reviewed by: Josh Littler, a Backpacker from Mission B.C Canada
Date Reviewed: 1/24/2001 7:57:10 PM
 
 

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Great tent, I just got it this Decemberr so all I've been able to do is some winter camping. Spent 3 nights on a frozen lake up north and a few hike in hike out trips in the snow. Easy setup. No problem holding up to a load of snow. (had to dig out my friend in his dome tent that morning). Vestibule a little small. Picked it up as a demo tent from a local outdoor store. The owner used it for a few months than sold it to me for a great price. But heh the lifetime warrenty is still good. So go and buy this great tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jonathan D. Myers, a Backpacker from Des Moines, IA, USA
Date Reviewed: 1/10/2001 10:49:08 PM
 
 

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Positives:
1) Relatively light wieght for the amount of stability it provides
2) Rip-stop fabric
3) Comfortably sleeps 2 w/ room to spare
3) convertible top is awesome in fair weather
4) rain/leak proof vent in fly makes for a comfortable shelter when waiting out bad weather
5) bomb proof when it comes to high winds (just make sure the broad side of the tent isn't perpendicular to the wind.

Negatives:
1) Set-up is relatively complicated--especially if you're alone. Their patented cross-locks where the poles interface/cross can be tricky...especially in cold weather
2) Vestibule is way too small...almost useless.
3)Door placement is poor...requires climbing over one another to get out.

Overall:
This is a great tent for anyone not looking to set land-speed records for set-up/break down of camp. It handles extremly well in all types of weather and packs relatively light for what it provides. My biggest dissapointment w/ this product is the small vestibule...but i can live w/ it.




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  Reviewed by: Matt Chambers, a Backpacker from Grand Junction, CO
Date Reviewed: 12/21/2000 10:17:45 AM
 
 

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I've had a lookout since they first camp out. I'm the type that squeezes a buffalo nickel until the buffalo poops. I've really gotten my monies worth out of this tent. I've used it more than 140 nights in all sorts of weather and terrain, all four seasons. I needed to replace the fly zipper last year. Vestibule is too small. Room for only two adults. A great tent. ALWAYS dry. Wish it was lighter.

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  Reviewed by: Walt, a Backpacker from Bath, Oh
Date Reviewed: 11/23/2000
 
 

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Two words WATER PROOF

Customer Service:
Best tent that I have backpacked in
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mike, a Backpacker from Philadelphia, PA
Date Reviewed: 10/6/2000
 
 

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I love this tent. It is very light weight, yet very durable. Since it is designed as a 3/4 season tent it can withstand some pretty harsh weather. Setup is quick and easy. The only thing I would change is the small vestibule. Other than that, perfect.

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  Reviewed by: chris, a Backpacker from copley, OH
Date Reviewed: 9/27/2000
 
 

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Im a 15 yr old, gear headed boy scout. Not one of those wussy boy scouts that help ould ladies across roads. Were a high-adventure troop. This past summer we went backpacking over 4 mountain ranges in Montana's Glacier National Park. This tent came too. It is light. Especially when split between 3 15 yr old kids. I dont think 3 adults could fit comfortably like we did, maybe if they crammed a little. We had room and then some for our neccessary gear (the kind you want with you when it rains for 14 hours). Its got awesome ventalation. Didnt even get stuffy at the base when it was 85 and humid. Rain and snow proof, any tent that can withstand a 14 hour driving rain, sleet, and snow storm without leaking is good enough for me. And dont get me started on toughness. Got caught in a 60-70 mph (so im told by the ranger) wind storm last night of trip. The other 5 tents were blowing over with all of there owners frantically trying to re-stake them. The 3 of us went for a hike, but not after we helped the rest of the group a little of course. Some people wine about bunk mates climbing over them to take a pee. Whaa. Not that big a deal. It happens what, evry ounce a year? Small vest., perfect size to take off shoes and get situated though.Great tent. Been through everyting. Go buy one.

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  Reviewed by: ben, a Climber from vermont
Date Reviewed: 9/17/2000
 
 

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This is a pretty damn nice tent. Very comfortable for 2 people, 3 would be a zoo. Nice layout/footprint with the side door where it is. The vent in the roof/rain fly are a huge plus when it gets stuffy. Very weatherproof, I use this tent year round in blizzards, t-storms, you name it. Rain fly could cover more ground outside to keep gear out of the weather and setting it up is a pain in the ass, especially in snow. But comfort and layout make up for these shortcomings.

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  Reviewed by: Davide Verotta, a Backpacker from San Francisco
Date Reviewed: 9/13/2000
 
 

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Excellent tent, really easy to set up, really roomy for two people. It is the first time we have a look out feature and we just loved it. Setting up the rain fly takes just 30 secs, so we can just keep the look out unzipped and feel like we are in the open. I cannot find anything wrong with the tent, we got in a couple of severe thunderstorms and we kept dry and nice ... I bought it from Campmor for $250 so it is a pretty good value at that price

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  Reviewed by: Phattphil, a Car Camper from Dallas, Texas Usa
Date Reviewed: 9/10/2000
 
 

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I love this thing! Sooo simple to throw out and set up. I can use this baby year round here in Texas. We also have a nightwatch for the kids. So simple they set it up themselves. I give it 4* the air vents are not quite big enough in the Texas summer. But overall it's a 5.

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  Reviewed by: TOM WATSON, a Backpacker from CHICAGO
Date Reviewed: 7/16/2000
 
 

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This is a very nice tent... great construction, light wieght, easy set-up, cool convertible roof. It's marketed as a three person tent, but those three people would have to be sleeping in the same bag. It's comfortable for two people. I agree that the vestibule is small, and that it can a pain to crawl over someone to get out the side door.

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  Reviewed by: Chris Chandler, a Backpacker from Copley, OH
Date Reviewed: 7/6/2000
 
 

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I have had this tent a little over a year. Im a 15 year old in boy scouts and we are very active. This tent has been on about 30 weekend camp outs and is going over the rocky mountains with me on an 8 day backpack. I have tested my tent in heavy rain. In fact, it was so heavy, i had to grab the tent and carry it down the basement because the tornado siren went off. Anyway, the only thing(s) i recommend for this tent are 1) seam seal it 2) if you do a lot of extreme weather camping, invest a few bucks in the internal stay lines. Other than that, enjoy your tent!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Tim Ludwig, a Car Camper from Littleton Colorado
Date Reviewed: 5/3/2000
 
 

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Excellent construction, easy set up and I love the convertible aspect of the tent (roof vent). And plenty of room for a 6'3"" person. Only two drawbacks 1. Side entry, not easy to climb over someone 2. Vestibule is too small.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jason P, a Backpacker from Austin, TX, USA
Date Reviewed: 4/13/2000
 
 

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I love this tent. I have had it for almost 4 years with no real problems. As others have mentioned, it handles a wide range of situations very well. One situation which I would like to test it in is heavy rain. I do not know how well it would perform yet but mine is sealed very well. It fairly light, very strong for it's light construction, and just roomy enough. I did have a thin spot wear on the upper tent fabric and will see if Sierra Designs can fix it. I recommend this tent to anyone who is concerned about weight and hardiness.

Customer Service:
Two thumbs up.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Big Dave, a Car Camper from Salt Lake City
Date Reviewed: 4/2/2000
 
 

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I originally bought this tent for winter camping and car camping. Length is okay, but I thought it was extremely clausterphobic (sic). The side door sucks. Having your buddy or even a hot mama crawl over you in the middle of the night for a pee session really stinks. Vestibule is small. I recommend front entry tents only or give em a back door with a mini vestibule. Weight is decent and construction is high qual.

Customer Service:
Excellent, but cocky.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Martin Spencer, a Backpacker from Edmonton, AB,Can
Date Reviewed: 3/21/2000
 
 

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I have had my lookout for about 7 years and it is one of the best investments I have made. It stayed dry in a three day deluge of rain on a fishing trip in the rockies, stood up to gale force winds in pacific rim national park and withstood unexpected snow storms in the foothills of Alberta. It is also one of the few tents that fits my 6'3"" frame with room left over. My only complaint is the small vestibule. And now it seems Sierra designs has discontinued it, what a shame.

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  Reviewed by: Mike, a Backpacker from PA
Date Reviewed: 3/16/2000
 
 

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This is a great tent. So much space for such little weight. You can use it year round, but it is probably at its best in the fall and spring. The vestibule should be larger, otherwise it is almost perfect. So light, yet so roomy.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Patrick, a Backpacker from Dayton
Date Reviewed: 3/15/2000
 
 

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This tent is truly a ""jack of all trades."" This tent is strong, yet low on weight. It can be used in icy winter conditions or during hot summer nights. It is not the best tent for any one job, but it performs nicely for almost any application. The only problem I have encountered is that the zippers on the fly are difficult to unzip when the fly is firmly staked out. Considering the cost and the tents all around performance, I highly recomend it.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brent Causton, a Backpacker from Vancouver,B.C., Canada
Date Reviewed: 1/20/2000
 
 

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great tent! though,the vestibule size is too small.the tent has plenty of room for two. I really like the loft at the top! Its great for drying gear, socks etc.this particular tent has weathered a many storm.great in the wind,snow but the rain sneaks in because of the design of the vestibule when the door is open.also had a slight problem with the fly shrinking over time.

Customer Service:
sent in to repai the fly as it had reduced in size over time so...they cut the damn poles .hey it worked!

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