Review: Sierra Designs Omega CD [ 2-man, 3-4 season convertible Tnet ]

Review: Sierra Designs Omega CD [ 2-man, 3-4 season convertible Tnet ]
Product Description
Trail weight 6lbs. 8oz. Packed weight 7lbs. 10oz. Fastpack weight 4lbs. 6oz. Floor space 36 square feet. Vestibule 11 square feet. Doors 1. Interior peak 45 inches. Packed size 6 1/2 in. x 24 in. Number of poles 3 Kind of poles Easton 7075 T9 Aluminum. Number of External Guy Outs 6. Stake Out Loops 8. Clip Locs 3 Inter-Locs 6. Fabrics Floor: 70D 2.6oz. Polyurethane Coated Nylon Taffeta. Canopy: 70D 2oz. Ripstop, Nylon. Mesh: 20D 1.6 oz. Woven Nylon. Fly: 70D 2oz. Polyurethane Coated Nylon Taffeta.

Retail: $299


Reviewed by: Ryan, a Paddler from Fairbanks, Alaska
Date Reviewed: 8/16/2002 4:09:52 PM
 

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Pros: This is a pretty good tent for a 3/4 season convertible tent. It's really easy to set up, well ventilated, fits two comfortably, and is pretty bomber in rain and wind. (I haven't had it in a big snowstorm) The straight sided walls make it feel very big inside, with plenty of room for the gear loft. The see thru window's nice too. You can also remove two pole sections to shed some weight, but I have never bothered to because it really doesn't shed that much weight for the extra strength you get from the poles.

Cons: Just a couple of minor complaints 1) Small vestibule! Not really enough room to cook in; 2) the way the vestibule door is cut, when you open it, rain and snow can fall directly into the tent, often onto the top of your sleeping bags; 3) the clips and velcro attachments on the fly and the corners of the tent are very difficult to seam seal, so take your time and get directions from the Sierra Designs web page before you start; 4) the door zips to the ground, so you always have to roll it up or gets pretty dirty after a while.

This is a great tent for all around backpacking (despite the weight), but I'd be skeptical about using it heavily for mountaineering because it doesn't really shed snow very well, and has a really small vestibule. I probably wouldn't buy it again because of some of the "Cons" listed above.

Customer Service:
This tent's survived a pretty nasty windstorm (estimated 50-60mph winds) in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska with no problem. I guyed it out in four of the six(?) guy out points and it only shook a little bit. For comparison, in the same storm a Moss Stardome II that WASN'T guyed out didn't even flinch, a Kelty Windfoil's stakes pulled out but was otherwise OK, a Sierra Designs Astro CD survived, standing with a few bent poles, and a two pole REI backpacking tent bit the dust with bent poles.



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  Reviewed by: John Dodd, a Backpacker from Lawrenceville, Ga, USA
Date Reviewed: 8/13/2002 10:20:22 AM
 
 

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Have used it a total of 4 nights in the heat and rain of a Georgia mountain summer. Some condensation on the inner side of the fly, but we stayed dry. Love the tent and the ease of setup. Can't wait to get it out West to Washington on our next trip.
 

 
  Reviewed by: bret carmody, a Mountaineer from san francisco ca.
Date Reviewed: 6/24/2002 10:58:53 PM
 
 

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this tent is nice in cold weather under the treeline, but once you get above eight or nine thousaand feet its over.

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dome height to high to effectively shed high winds, broke pole in 60 mph winds on Mt. Shasta at Helen lake. Needs extra pole or a steeper slope to the low end of the tent.

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  Reviewed by: Sadie, a Backpacker from Wheaton,Il. USA
Date Reviewed: 5/29/2002 3:53:33 PM
 
 

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I loved this tent.I used it my first time backpacking and I was thrilled how easy it was to set up!It took me about 3 minutes by myself to have it ready to sleep in.The clips make it so easy.we didn't even set it up before we went out but we had no problems.I'd suggest it to anyone looking for an affordable light tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brian, a Backpacker from Dallas, Tx. US
Date Reviewed: 5/7/2002 2:06:21 PM
 
 

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Good tent, only wish it was a little lighter. Over-all would buy another today. Have camped in everything from snow to sun and tent has performed well in all places. Did try just using rain cover only with poles. It works good as long as bugs are no problem.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Colin, a Backpacker from Seattle, WA
Date Reviewed: 4/29/2002 4:39:47 AM
 
 

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I got really lucky and found a deal of a lifetime- brand new SD tent for under $100! Supposively the netting in the door was ripped, but I have yet to see it. The only gripes I have is the doorway. It can get crowded and hard to get in and out once all of the gear is piled up in the vestibule. The vestibule can be a pain if it isn't taught because precipitation will accumulate from the low slope. Also, make sure you sleep head towards the door with the sky vent/door open slightly for cross ventilation (the way you are supposed to sleep in the tent). Otherwise you may wake up with a nice dewey morning inside. I highly recommend the gear loft. It is useful as a clothes dryer, lamp holder, and a convienant place to store bright shiny objects to look at all night long.

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  Reviewed by: Andrew, a Backpacker from Greensboro, NC
Date Reviewed: 4/22/2002 8:51:20 PM
 
 

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Wow, what a great tent. Only problems I had was setting it up without instructions because I bought it used. But then I went to Sierra Designs website and they have them one there to download! I have the footprint too which is great because you use that and the rainfly in nice weather and shave off a pound. I am 6' 2" and plenty of room for me and another. Great tent and great compnay. Impressed!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jose Sierra, a Backpacker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Date Reviewed: 4/22/2002 12:14:52 PM
 
 

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I was looking for a one-two person tent that was lightweight and durable, and originally considered the Flashlight CD, the Walrus Zoid series, or the Orion CD (after extensive research through other brands). I settled on the Omega for a couple of reasons: it's only about a pound heavier (at 6 lb 8 oz) than the other freestanding three-season tents I was looking at (versatility!), it's convertible to 4-season use (versatility!), it's considerably roomier (versatility!), it only cost me a little more than some other 3-season tents, and less than most (at $220).

The only iffy thing about it (at the time) was the fact that it weighed in at 6 pounds (as opposed to the almost 4 pound Flashlight or Zoids), and I was planning on using this shelter solo for the most part. However, after I got it and packed it around, the extra weight is negligible, and the luxury of the extra space is wonderful, especially during inclement weather! The convertible features are incredibly useful as well, accounting for a very secure shelter, and it's stupendously easy to set up, even in the dark, even in terrible conditions.

Anyway, it's a fantastically versatile tent that's extremely light for its size and flexibility, extremely tough and bombproof, and isn't exorbitantly expensive. One of my hiking partners scored a Zoid 2.0, and while it's an excellent tent as well (and very light and small) it definitely won't cover a broad spectrum of conditions as effectively as the Omega. Frankly, I'd hate to be caught on a really cold night inside a Zoid (it's got tons of mesh.)

I was looking for a tent that I could use regardless of where I went or what I was doing, and so far, this is really it. I'm very satisfied. If you're looking for a "tent to end all tents" I'm not sure it exists, but the Omega really seems to come close, especially for the price.

And as to the raised sides thing, read the other reviews; it's true about the whole "bathtub" floor... and it's very efficient for keeping the floor dry.

Good luck!

Jose

Customer Service:
These guys are great! While their customer service isn't always 100% available at the time of the call, they ALWAYS call within a day of recieving a message, and they are extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and always willing to help. No hassles, no problems, very professional service.

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  Reviewed by: Dave S, a Backpacker from Vancouver, Canada
Date Reviewed: 4/11/2002 12:20:23 PM
 
 

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I researched extensively before settling on this tent as I required versatility over anything else. In this respect The Omega CD is awesome. Anything from moderate snow loads to a really heavy wind storm where the internal guy points were a godsend have proven this tent was a good choice. Sure, I would like to have a second door and vestibule as another reviewer mentioned but I'm not willing to pack the extra weight. Consider your needs when choosing.

It is not a spacious tent for two but it does offer lots of length for us tall folk. The sides that stay elevated off the ground has never had a performance penalty that I have observed. It just looks funny. I have found that the lack of a pole in the vestibule leads to snow and rain pooling as it is slightly concave, even when staked out tight. However, I knew this before hand and was again not willing to take the weight penalty of such a design.

Overall, a bombproof tent that will adapt to any conditions, but probably not roomy enough for some.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Bob Gifford, a Backpacker from Schenectady, NY, USA
Date Reviewed: 3/11/2002 7:52:09 PM
 
 

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I've only used this tent 4 times, but I am already impressed because of out of those four nights 3 of them were rainy. I backpack in the Adirondacks where it frequently gets very cold at night, so on those rainy nights I zipped up the flap. In the moring I was suprised to find water dropplets on the floor of my tent. It turned out that it was just condesation because of my warm night in the tent. I have timed the time it takes me to set the tent up and i can easily do it under a couple minutes in good condtitions which means that it is is very easy to set up. In the previous reviews people complained about how the four season mode poles are up from the ground. Sierra Designs knows what they are doing and their purpose was to keep the seams off the ground. It seems to have very durable features even though i have only hd it for a season.

Customer Service:
The first tent i got by sierra designs was the explorer cd (orion). I went hiking in the adirondacks for 2 days and 1 night. On that night it rained non stop and i awoke to find myself in a puddle of water. After i made it back to my car i drove to ems and told them what happened. they did not even look at the tent but just said do you want to look at another one. I looked at the omega and compared it to the explorer it turend out the explore did not have a weatherproof coating. But i instantly like the omega and went out the door with it that same day. by the way they gave me 20% off the difference because of my troubles

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  Reviewed by: rattled, a Climber from Dallas Texas
Date Reviewed: 3/10/2002 12:08:14 PM
 
 

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This is a great tent for all of the reasons mentioned below. I just wanted to explain why the edges do not touch the ground, for everyone who has their sense of aesthetics offended...

The point is to keep the seams off the ground. Think about it. No abrasion. No Opporunity for water to leak through the seams. If you guy out the fly properly you have nothing to worry about (with or without the factory footprint).

This is for your own good :).

rattled.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Robert, a Backpacker from Washington State USA
Date Reviewed: 1/24/2002 7:54:01 PM
 
 

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If you ever camped at the beach on the Washington Coast, then you'll understand what I mean by a few days of driving rain. They can get more rain in a week than alot of places get in a year. Also, when its raining, the wind doesn't let up. Seam sealing is a requiement for all tents. This tent kept us dry at night while others got wet. The Omega CD didn't buckle in the wind like other tents. The Coleman tent fell down. The Eureka tent buckled with the wind gusts and started leaking the first night, ever try to dry your sleeping bag when the tent continues to leak for days on end? We had a Rain tarp set up as a leanto so we could cook behind and under it and had to use it to keep most of the rain off the Eureka. properly set up and guyed down the Omega Cd didn't buckle or flap in the wind. Fairly bulletproof. Could it really be lighter and offer up the protection from the extreme elements? I think not. We have the optional gear loft - the attic space is nice, and internal guys - a life saver in strong winds. It's Ok in size and sets up easy enough, better than any sleeve tent I've used.

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  Reviewed by: Mick, a Mountaineer from Seattle
Date Reviewed: 1/24/2002 5:53:12 PM
 
 

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I've spent some 60+ nights in my Omega, everything from high desert winds in Texas, to trips up Rainier and Olympus.

This is the most versatile tent on the market, and very reasonably priced. Strong Easton poles, lots of guy-out points, spacious inside (I'm 6'2" and don't feel cramped). Strong and light.

The raised sides don't bother me, the flat roof does, as it tends to let snow and rain pile up. Still, the rainfly has been bomber. From summer backpacking to winter ski trips, the Omega does a fine job.

Customer Service:
very nice folks.

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  Reviewed by: charlie, a Backpacker from sandwich,ma.
Date Reviewed: 1/15/2002 2:12:09 PM
 
 

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This tent really rocks. First night my wife and endured heavy rain in the White Mts. of N.H. and stayed nice and toasty. On Columbus Day weekend we had four inches of snow in the Pemi. Wilderness,again,nice and toasty. Some folks think this tent is a tad heavy,however,if you split the load up it alright. Although I usually carry the whole load. If you are looking for a 3/4 season tent this is it. There is a mesh panel on the roof for more venting. I think that is why it is not considered an all four season tent.Also check backpacker.com review.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jim, a Backpacker from Lexington, NC USA
Date Reviewed: 10/29/2001 8:06:36 PM
 
 

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I think this tent has gotten a bum wrap. I purchased this tent back in the summer and I love it. Its lightweight strong and has enough room for me and my wife and our two LLBean ridge runner packs, with room to walk through the vestibule and to sit up in. As for the hikeing up of the sides of the tent, just put the four season poles under the other two cross over poles and guy it down No Problem. If you put the four seasons pole on top of the other poles Yes it will hike up, but is no big deal when the sleeping bags and pads go in. As far as pooling water, don't set your tent in a hole.Set it up on flat level ground or on a little knole. At 280 Dollars and 6Lb 8oz convertible 3 to 4 seasons tent You can't hardly beat it For a two person backpacking tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: vav, a Backpacker from minneapolis, mn
Date Reviewed: 8/4/2001 1:40:13 PM
 
 

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Overall, I'm very happy with this tent after using it in heavy rain, wind, and snow for 2 1/2 years. The middle poles of the tent do stick up off the ground, which sort of offends my aesthetic sense, but seem to work well anyway. I use the SD footprint underneath which attaches to the poles, so the footprint is snug against the tent floor and any pooling water goes underneath the footprint and doesn't seep in. This is also a great tent to own in areas where temperatures can vary greatly from day-to-day (e.g., No. Minnesota), as you can zip back the mesh paneling to 4 season mode when it gets cold.

Compared to some of the Kelty and Eureka tents that friends own, this tent was a bit pricey and even a bit heavy. But for that cost I feel very secure that it will hold up and stay dry if conditions get bad and that it will keep working for a long ti.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Anonymous, a Mountaineer from USA
Date Reviewed: 6/17/2001 2:52:35 PM
 
 

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Got this tent last fall on sale. Used it a couple times on bpacking trips and car camping. Suprised at the amount of room and weatherproofness. When still relatively new, got caught in a several day long storm in NZ Alps. Suprised at how well it stood up (especially considering how I had forgotten to bring the extra poles to convert it to 4-season mode- doh!). Two of the tents others in the group had -- 5 year old very used Sierra Designs 4 season tents -- were completely destroyed. The Omega was definitely worse for the wear, but only found one hole in the fly. Pretty good, in my opinion. Should also point out that the MacPac expedition tent one person had was not at all affected by the storm.

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  Reviewed by: DN, a Backpacker from Washington
Date Reviewed: 5/31/2001 10:12:14 AM
 
 

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This is a great overall tent if you go out in a variety of conditions. Cool in the heat and tough in the wind and rain. Stands up well to wind and I haven't even tried the internal guys yet. Yeah, the slightly raised sides might bug you, but I've had no problems with the pooling water others talk about. Unless you've got plenty of money to spend on a few different tents, check this one out. It rocks.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeremy, a Backpacker from Quinlan
Date Reviewed: 5/6/2001 1:17:52 PM
 
 

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I've used my Omega in a lot of different conditions, and it has held up to everything thrown at it. This tent is weighs only 6lbs. 2oz making it one of the lighter tents for its strengths and uses. It sleeps two comfortably, although I wish the vestibule was a bit larger. All in all the perfect tent for almost any occasion and it is very reasonably priced.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Scott Rienhardt, a Backpacker from San Jose, CA
Date Reviewed: 5/4/2001 1:17:11 PM
 
 

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We have only had our tent for about 6 months but are extremely happy with it. Goes up fast and easy. There is room for two adults and a smaller teenager. Cosy but do-able. Love the window. We have only used it in moderate to good conditions (light rain) but had no problems at all. North Face makes a great product.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mike, a Backpacker from Graham, WA
Date Reviewed: 4/28/2001 11:01:18 PM
 
 

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I have had this tent for 3 Seasons now and love it. I spent 4 days in the Olympic National ("Rain Forest") Park, where it dews nearly a foot each year, and it rained solid every night. I stayed completly dry. I have not experienced the pooling water problems that others have talked about with the raised sides, but then again, I try to not pitch my tent where water collects in pools.

From Snow camping to Summer backpacking, This is a great tent. I love the extra height of this tent and the window is a neat plus. It is plenty long and roomy for 2. The Large Vent allows for plenty ventilation.

If you are looking for a good 4 season tent that you can take in the snow, wind and rain, then this is your tent. If you are going to climb something crazy like Everest well...
 

 
  Reviewed by: Paul Chan, a Backpacker from Stanford, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: 4/25/2001 11:45:37 AM
 
 

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Have owned tent for 2 years. Used it in hot, dry Death Valley to some serious snow storms in the Sierras. It has held up very well to moderate snow loads, especially if you stake it out. Venting is good, with the large roof panel and door. Have always been able to keep inside relatively dry.

The floor bug me though. Have not been able to get it to stake out flat when I use all the poles. (If you skip the extra pole section, you can just about stake it down flat enough.) I spoke with SD customer service and apparently that's just how it is made. =)

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  Reviewed by: Mercedes N. Alafriz-Gordon, a Backpacker from Costa Mesa, CA USA
Date Reviewed: 4/22/2001 7:07:04 PM
 
 

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We have had this tent for 2 backpacking seasons so far, and am pretty happy with it's performance. We have the gear loft, and also the bottle slings, and they are great. Glad not to have to worry about spilling drinks inside the tent. The only problem we have is the sides lifting up off the ground, just like some of the other reviewers indicated. Leaves room for the rain to poole, which is not good. On one trip we had so much rain, that we moved our tent off the ground onto a sloping rock so that we wouldn't have to worry about the pooling, but otherwise stayed very warm and dry through rain, hail and snow. We thought about calling Sierra Design and talking to them about this problem, maybe I will and get a different tent. I like to hear about good customer service, very important these days. This is our 2nd Sierra Designs tent, and we will keep buying them. I wonder when they will come up with a teepee?

Customer Service:
We'll let you know.

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  Reviewed by: Ben Upsall, a Backpacker from Golden, CO 80401
Date Reviewed: 1/26/2001 2:21:28 PM
 
 

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I got this tent this year and I don't have a single complaint yet. The window in the Vestibule is a nice feature. This tent is of a great backpacking weight and has terrific durability factors. Great waterproof qualities and well designed ventilation to prevent condensation in the mornings.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Stephen Lockhart, a Climber from Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: 1/4/2001 11:36:29 AM
 
 

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This tent did great in high wind situations even though I didn't implement the "interior stabilizing crazy string system" that seemed a little convoluted to me. Headroom was also great, being 6'3" I'm acutely aware of this feature in tents. Set up is a snap, literally, the clip design is fantastic. The window in the fly is priceless.

I'm not crazy about the design issue with the floor of the tent being raised unless you have it staked down very taut.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Robert Thompson, a Backpacker from Detroit, Michigan
Date Reviewed: 12/27/2000 6:05:30 PM
 
 

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Hmm... This tent has issues. Upon setting up the OMEGA for the first time, I found it to have a huge design flaw. The problem I encountered was a pitched floor and raised sides in the middle. According to Sierra Designs, this is a known problem (or feature as they put it). They suggested that if I would like another tent, they would be happy to replace it though, defenitly no complaints about their customer service. They offered to replace it w/ a Night Watch CD of which I am very happy with.

Customer Service:
Sierra Designs customer service is excellent.

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  Reviewed by: Matt, a Backpacker from Santa Fe, NM, USA
Date Reviewed: 12/21/2000 12:54:48 PM
 
 

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We purchased this tent because of its balanced price/performance ratio and have yet to be disappointed. We've had it in rain, snow, and fifty MPH 20 degree winds and have always stayed dry and protected. This is an exceptionally long two person tent, and for tall people who sleep with their arms above their head, it's a godsend. The construction has been flawless over two years of heavy use, to boot.

One caveat: practice setting this thing up BEFORE you take it out into a dark, cold night. It must be staked properly to stand up right. The computer-aided design could probably have used some tweaking to make optimal set-up less of a chore. That said, once you nail the set-up, it's damn near bombproof.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Matt, a Backpacker from Columbus, IN
Date Reviewed: 10/7/2000
 
 

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I got this tent for $150 and it's been worth every penny. I wouldn't take it anywhere too extreme, but for the price it will go a long way. I also invested in the internal guys and the gear loft after the first trip, both those have paid off. A very well put together tent for the price, no matter what anybody says.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Markus, a Backpacker from Boulder, CO
Date Reviewed: 9/11/2000
 
 

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I got this tent as a replacement for my SD Meteor Light, and this one is even better. For $10 more, you get a four season tent (convertible to 3 season) which stands up to wind way better. I also really like the zippered roof panel which gives you pretty good ventilation for a 4 season tent.

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  Reviewed by: Ramin Karimpour, a Backpacker from Tucson, AZ USA
Date Reviewed: 7/23/2000
 
 

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I bought the Omega because of its light weight and 4 season capabiltiy. It did really well in terms of staying dry through many hail and rainstorms at 10,000 feet in Colorado. But its rain performance is something one would expect from a SD tent. I sent it back because of its poor pitch. The sides of the tent lift off the ground a good foot or so. On a slope the sides are raised to a ridiculous degree. In a really heavy hail storm, the hail stacked up against the sides. This whole ""computer design"" thing does not work. I also did not like the fact that the tent has no rear window or door. It really made me feel claustrophobic during long stays during storms. I traded the tent for a tiros assault.

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  Reviewed by: Adrian, a Backpacker from New Zealand
Date Reviewed: 4/1/2000
 
 

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Have never actually used this tent in NZ, but have camped in alberta, British Columbia, the Scottish highlands, and most of western europe. It lasted well in Scottish horizontal rain, and thunderstorms anywhere else. Four season setup is really sturdy, three season is just that, three season. Seam sealing this tent is a good idea and it ventilates well. Not much to comment as I have used it a lot and am not someone who buys gear often (iethis being my first decent tent) Being a budget backpacker doesn't afford the luxury of ever being in the place you bought something to return it, or trying out other brands. So as far as i am concerned it works, is light, and is good in all but extreme conditions. Buy it or some other of its sierra designs cousins. actually comparing the price next to say, MTN hardwear, it is very budget minded.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Randy, a Car Camper from NoDAk
Date Reviewed: 3/17/2000
 
 

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I used a friend's Omega CD on a biking trip. We set up and camped the night in a raging rainstorm. No leaks, and the tent stayed put. Only complaint is the vestibule is a bit too small. Very easy and quick setup & take down.
 

 
  Reviewed by: M F, a Backpacker from St. Louis Mo USA
Date Reviewed: 3/13/2000
 
 

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I bought an Omega after reading good reviews about it. However when I first used it I found the vestibule to be too small to hold two full size packs and two pairs of boots. Also the condensation buildup was great due to the fact that the fly doesn't pull out away from the tent. When I got home I took advantage of REI's satisfaction guaranteed return policy and sent this tent back. Also it is overpriced.

Customer Service:
I love Sierra Design. I have a Sierra Design Gore-Tex Jacket that works great and I love Sierra Design's tents and sleeping bags.

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  Reviewed by: Scott Sanders, a Backpacker from Atlanta, GA
Date Reviewed: 2/16/2000
 
 

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I purchased the 98 model for $219 and have seen it advertised for $199. Although it has not seen rough weather, the REI clerk indicated his friend survived a 60 MPH storm in his SD Omega CD, with no side effects. The tent is roomy, light weight and 44"" high with internal tie-downs and plenty of ventilation options. The tent is very stable in the 4-season set up.


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