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Gear Guide 2009: Sierra Designs Zeta 3 Tent Review

Space and price align in the Zeta 3.
Sierra_Designs_Zeta_3Sierra Designs Zeta 3 (Seth Hughes).

If you’re more concerned with space (big) and price (small) than anything else, get the Zeta 3. There’s no cutting corners on interior dimensions: One tester squeezed a family of four into the 43-square-foot Zeta and reported no fights. Two vestibules–one a cavernous 18.5 square feet–store gear away from the doors.

Puzzling together the hubbed-pole structure takes a practice run, and it’s a tad heavy, but the extra ounces are justified by the extra space. Biggest drawback: Despite large mesh panels on the tent body and a vent on the fly, condensation accumulated in humid conditions, and the sides lack enough guy loops to keep the fly from flapping in the wind. $249; 6 lbs. 9 oz.

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