Sierra Designs Zia 3

A three-person tent with 40 square feet of floor space.
Price $229.00

Specs

Shape Other
Free Standing
Capacity 3
Number of Poles 3
Diameter of Poles (mm) 8.3
Floor Space (sq ft) 40

 

Length (inches) 83
Width (inches) 70
Interior Height (inches) 45
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 8.8
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 5
Weight 6 lbs, 7 oz

Verdict

This tent was our family home during a summer-long road trip through the Rockies and Badlands, where it got pummeled by thunderstorms that collapsed neighboring tents. The 40-square-foot floor let our kids kick and thrash without waking one another and the interior felt airy thanks to mostly mesh, near-vertical walls. Setup is a cinch (our 9-year-old did it herself), with two arched poles over each of the two doors and one hubbed pole to stabilize the ceiling. Bummer: Small vestibules barely contained our boots and dry bags during a kayak trip on Lake Umbagog. sierradesigns.com

Best For

Basecampers and budget-minded backpackers

Tester Data

> Catherine Buni

> Duration July to Oct.

> Locales/conditions SD, WY, VT, NH; 100°F heat, thunderstorms, icy nights, screaming wind

> “It’s not the lightest option. But durability is excellent—careless kids and dogs had no effect—and comfort is superb.”