Review: Sierra Designs Stretch Dome CD [ 3-man, 4-season Tent ]

Review: Sierra Designs Stretch Dome CD [ 3-man, 4-season Tent ]
Retail: $580, MBstores.com is offering this tent for only $369.95. (Limit time offer, expire soon.)

Product Description
This is the lightest 3-person 4-Season tent you can buy, and remains the perennial favorite of mountaineers and expeditioners who need optimal strength, comfort and space in a tent. Strong geodesic architecture, seven Clip-Locs, 12 Interlocs, and 12 External Guy points make the Stretch Dome amazingly stable in the worst of weather. Now with two doors and a high visibility blue and gold flysheet, the Stretch Dome remains a solid, reliable and proven performer in extreme weather.

Retail: $580


Reviewed by: Davis, a Mountaineer from Provo, UT
Date Reviewed: 7/18/2002 4:37:32 PM
 

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I've used this tent at 15,000 ft in the Altiplano of Bolivia, in the desert of Moab, up in the High Uintas, and on many other great trips. I've never had a problem with this tent. I love the vestibule because it's big enough to pile in three people's gear. I've also never had problems with water in the tent despite some pretty severe rainstorms. Despite the high price of the tent I'm confident it'll last me a decade or more. I'm in love with this tent!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Nick, a Mountaineer from Anchorage, Alaska
Date Reviewed: 5/8/2002 5:01:54 PM
 
 

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Wind Warning! This tent is a fine, lightweight, 3 1/2 season backpacking tent... but mine was destroyed in a high wind storm along the Bering Sea coast. My partner's 10 year old NorthFace Westwind did not budge during the storm, his tent saved my hide after my Stretch Dome exploded into shreds. Even before it was torn to shreds we could not configure it settle down in the wind... the design is too flimsy. I've since spoken with others who spend time in bad weather in Alaska and a common theme is that Sierra Designs makes great tents if light-weight is the most important consideration. But they are not very sturdy and solid in heavy weather situations. Ask around before you buy.

Similar Products Tried:
North Face VE25, North Face Westwind, Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight
 

 
  Reviewed by: Gary, a Backpacker from B.C.
Date Reviewed: 9/1/2001 3:48:11 PM
 
 

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I've had this tent for over 5 years now - it has been my do-it-all tent. Not too many 4-season tents out there that are light enough for backpacking.
My model includes the lightweight blue fly (not the expedition fly).

It's been a great tent in terms of liveable space and durability. I've used it in winter a few times (albiet not in extreme mountaineering conditions).

My only complaint regards the fly. Getting in and out is a huge pain, especially if yer on the larger size - a two-zipper door would help.

As well, the fly doesn't fit well. No matter how hard you pull the straps, the bottom of the fly sits against the side of the tent, soaking through and flapping in the wind. I lust after the condom-like fit that North Face flies have.

Bottom line, however, is that this tent meets all of my needs and shows no signs of packing it in.

Similar Products Tried:
Small Eureka a-frame (like being buried alive in a coffin), various North Face and Moss tents.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeff, a Climber from Victor, NY
Date Reviewed: 7/3/2001 12:33:28 PM
 
 

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All I have to say is bomb proof. This tent has spent time is subzero temperatures and huricane conditions within the Adirondack Mountains.
At one point I was awoken by the splashing sound of water. To my suprise, the tent was dry and there was an inch of water under the tent floor. I was dry.

Customer Service:
Shut the customer service down...it's not needed. =]
 

 
  Reviewed by: LeGrande Rives, a Backpacker from St. Louis, MO
Date Reviewed: 3/22/2001 8:16:50 PM
 
 

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All I have to say is I love this tent. I bought it 5 years ago intending to use it as a versatile, large 2 man, that was small and light enough to pack for multi day trips. It has been reliable in all seasons, rain, snow, desert and alpine conditions. Easy to set up and pack, good ventilation, decent size vestibule under rain fly, easily fits three adults. Only things that could be better are standing height and price (but still well worth it in my mind).
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jack, a Backpacker from Greensboro, NC
Date Reviewed: 3/21/2001 12:48:46 PM
 
 

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I have been very pleased with my Sierra Designs for many reasons. The durability is uncompromised and the speed clips are so easy. I have taken this tent through many of the east coast states and in some of the most strenuous conditions possible. It is perfect for two people and gear, and even though the vestibule is small it is large enough to cook your meal when you are snowed in. A great purchase all around (especially if you can find one used).

Similar Products Tried:
North Face Lunarlite
Walrus: Warp 2
 

 
  Reviewed by: Wade , a Backpacker from Clinton, MS
Date Reviewed: 3/19/2001 8:52:05 PM
 
 

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My uncle gave me this tent about 3 years ago, after he used it for around 10-12 years. It has survived a 3-foot dump of snow, countless rainstorms, a couple of holes from errant ice axes, and 60+ mile per hour winds. I have no complaints about this tent. The dome style gives you enough room for 4 to play cards, sleep without being kicked by your tentmate, and welcome in a friend whose bivy leaked. Two people and gear is comfortable and 3 is more manageable than you would think in a two man tent. Overall, this tent cannot be beat for anything you want to do outdoors. If you are worried about the price, dont be because this tent is over 15 years old and showing no sign of slowing down.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mark M, a Backpacker from Toledo, OH USA
Date Reviewed: 2/23/2001 3:11:09 PM
 
 

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A small vestibule but large footprint with high ceiling. This tent can fit three adults but I prefer two with gear. The white fabric lends some light during the day. The swift clips are fantastic and make setting up a one-person job. A great four season tent that is the only one I use.

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This tent will outlast me.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kazimieras, a Mountaineer from Kaunas, Lithuania
Date Reviewed: 1/27/2001 10:49:19 PM
 
 

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This is enough good tent. But in specifications tent is lighter than in reality. And I have some problems with vestibule pole. Some rainfly tension belts were break-up near rivets with holes for poles.

Customer Service:
I buy this tent in US and in my country we don't have manufacture customer service.
I don't know where is nearest service in Europe too.

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I use my made tent. It is more more lighter.
But it is not so strong and comfortably in bad weather conditions.

 

 
  Reviewed by: Matt Schmidt, a Mountaineer from Concord, California
Date Reviewed: 12/22/2000 6:45:56 AM
 
 

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I've absolutely nothing bad to say about this tent. I've had it for 10 years and it's been in 50+ mile an hour winds, massive high country thunderstorms, and been up for 4 feet of snowfall. It's perfect for two people and their gear. and will keep you dry no matter what the gods throw at you. I will never need another 2 man tent,

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Sierra Designs has replaced the zippers after 9 years (for free), and also replaced for free the tip off of the end of one of the poles that I somehow lost.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jim, a Backpacker from Seattle, WA USA
Date Reviewed: 11/26/2000
 
 

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I bought mine about 12 years ago. I was originally interested in this tent because it had the best floor area to weight ratio for a 3-person tent. But it was the swift clips that sold me. It goes up fast and it never leaked, Some years back, I washed it in a mild soapy bleach solution (I don't know if this is recommended by anyone...) and it came out looking like new! I also like the cathedral-like ceiling and brightness inside. Great for three and spacious, although heavy, for two.

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None of tis size. This tent will outlive me!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kevin Cleveland, a Backpacker from Pocatello, ID, USA
Date Reviewed: 10/14/2000
 
 

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This is a great tent. I have had it for about three years and have experienced every type of weather. No problems. The set up is easy and quick and you stay dry when you are inside.

Similar Products Tried:
Eureka timberline, various north face, and the K-mart specials
 

 
  Reviewed by: JON, a Backpacker from MO
Date Reviewed: 10/7/2000
 
 

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This tent is bombproof, it saved my hide and kept it dry several times

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Jansport 4season mountain hardware skyview2
 

 
  Reviewed by: kory, a Backpacker from logan, ut
Date Reviewed: 10/1/2000
 
 

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Super stable for a relatively lightweight tent. Nice colors for when you're trapped inside. Good useable space. Takes a bit to get the hang of set-up. Fly sags on mine just a bit.

Similar Products Tried:
Kelty tents, REI tents, North Face.
 

 
  Reviewed by: LP, a Climber from San Diego,and,Alaska
Date Reviewed: 9/28/2000
 
 

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Have two stretch domes, each about 5-6yrs old. First and second flys (Expedition with full vestibule) seemed to succumb to UV particularly fast. New one is better. Door zipper failed after 3 months of continuous use; replacement by local canvas shop has survived nicely for the past few years. Door design has since changed. Better maybe?? Back window on mine should be bigger or be a door. Clip system has held up very well, as has all stitching. Good winter/mountain tent with expedition fly. Get a 2nd normal fly for other use, as improves ventilation/lessens condensation problems.For bad storms and wind, not as bombproof as an Expedition Tiros, but otherwise a good tent. One other thing:

Customer Service:
SD replace a set of poles at cost when a few broke after tent blew away (my fault). Replacement was quick.

Similar Products Tried:
SD Tiros, assorted North Face.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Dave, a Backpacker from LaVerkin, UT, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/23/2000
 
 

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I have used the tent for 5 years on backpack and canoe trips. With little routine maintenance, the tent has held up wonderfully. I enjoy a little ""roomier"" tent at the cost of the additional space and weight in my pack. The tent may not be ideal for those obsessed with weight, and/or those not requiring a 4-seasons tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jeff Hough, a Backpacker from Gardnerville, NV, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/18/2000
 
 

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I owned my Stretch Dome for going on 5 years now. It has seen numerous Scout trips, family vacations and hunting trips (both solo and with a partner), and has never failed me yet. The ventilation has always been sufficent enough that condensation has never been an issue - even on a -20 night. I also have sat through a two day storm an managed to stay dry. I can set the tent up by myself in the dark in less than 5 minutes. I believe that the newer ones have two doors, which would be a big plus. If you can only afford one tent, this is it.

Similar Products Tried:
Eureka, Sierra Designs, Kelty
 

 
  Reviewed by: Brian, a Backpacker from Livonia, MI
Date Reviewed: 9/14/2000
 
 

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Great tent, have had it for about 4 years now. Been mostly outwest, and northern michigan. Different climates and areas and it works great in both. Easy to set up, good options. Highly recommend.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Danny Nathan, a Climber from Clayton, MO, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/13/2000
 
 

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Superb tents! The stretch dome is very light for its size. The clip system makes it a breeze to set up, and the shape offers good use of space. I have used this tent from california to alaska, and it has worked flawlessly. The only complaint that I have is that the short pole for the vestibule is easy to lose, and mine only had one door.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Kevin Cleveland, a Backpacker from Pocatello, ID, USA
Date Reviewed: 3/16/2000
 
 

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I have had this tent for four years and I still love it. I have tried other tents from Eureka, Kelty, and North Face, and none of them compare in ventilation, set up ease, and looks. This tent is a breeze to set up, the instructions say that it can be set up in less than two minutes. My friend and I tried to see if that was true and I have to say it is 1min. 40 sec. is all it took before we were playing cards inside. Nice product and definately worth every penny.
 

 
  Reviewed by: John, a Backpacker from Salt Lake City, UT
Date Reviewed: 2/8/2000
 
 

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I have had this tent, amoung others, for 4 years now and have loved it. I primarily use it for winter trips and have found it to be comfortable, roomy, and easy to set up in foul weather. I have had the buckles for the fly freeze up and become difficult to snap but that could happen to any other manufacturer as well. Ventilation is pretty good as a result of the lack of pole sleeves. I have a N.F. VE25 that tends to ice up a bit more because of the pole sleeves. I have also owned the Tiros, Nightwatch, Clip Flashlight (used on a PCT thru-hike) and Expedition dome Sierra Designs tents and have never had a problem with any of them. I highly recommend any of their tent products.

Similar Products Tried:
North Face VE24, VE25, Starship, Tadpole, and Assault 22


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