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Gear Review: Sierra Designs Yahi 4

A car camping tent that's spacious, but easy to set up and carry.
Sept12_SD_Yahi_445x260Sierra Designs Yahi 4

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Some car camping tents are so big and unwieldy that they’re more hassle than they’re worth. The Yahi strikes a fine balance between palatial space for four (almost 60 square feet), easy setup, and manageable weight. Our testers (a family of four, plus yellow lab) used it for a full year of car- and canoe-camping trips and gave it top marks for durability, thanks to thick (9.5-millimeter) DAC aluminum poles, tough 75-denier nylon floor and fly, and burly plastic fittings like the M-shaped pole hubs and ball-and-socket pole connectors at each corner. The design–two long side poles, plus three stabilizing cross poles–combined with a full-coverage rainfly, proved stable in winds up to 15 mph and bone-dry in gusty thunderstorms that plagued our tester’s canoe-camping trip in Vermont. With 67 inches of height at its peak, near-vertical walls with plentiful mesh, six roomy accessory pockets, two big doors, and 22 square feet of vestibule space, this tent is ideal for any hard-charging, car-camping family.

> Price $340
> Weight 9 lbs. 3 oz.
> Info sierradesigns.com

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