Gear Review: Sierra Designs Yahi 4

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


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.