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A beach camping must.
The long weekend calls for some good old fashioned beach camping. Pack your Sierra Designs Meteor 3 Tent and toss it in the canoe to make your way out to the island of your choosing. With plenty of vestibule space, the Meteor 3 can store your sandy britches and shoes until you need them again. The durable floor can handle the rough sand and occasional stick that might be under your setup. And when the night winds down, fall asleep under the stars but also under the protection of the Meteor's mesh, so when you're up the next morning, you won't be puffy and bumpy from bug bites.
- A 3-person, 3-season tent for wild adventures and sleeping tight
- Steep wall angles create plenty of internal space
- Two doors for easy entering and exiting
- Two vestibules offer extra storage space
- Storage bags rolls up and carries easily
- Two-pole setup is quick and easy to construct
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I recently purchased this tent as a backpacking tent to replace a Big Agnes Seehouse 3 that completely shredded in high winds in Canyonlands N.P. The Backcountry reps were super helpful, and based on their advice I looked closely at the Marmot Tungsten 3, the MSR Elixir 3, and the Mountain Hardwear Pathfinder 3 for comparison. However, I ultimately decided on the Meteor because of 1) past good experience with Sierra Designs tents; 2) innovative design; and 3) price/weight.
The tent's inaugural trip was a 4-day trek into Wyoming's Wind River range the second weekend of August, 2018, and so far I could not be happier with the tent. First, the tent, while not feather light, is definitely light enough for backpacking--the mostly mesh canopy and lightweight poles keep the weight reasonable. Second, it is very easy to set up. My 16-year-old son and I had the whole thing up in about 5 minutes. Third, the two-door setup is so nice--I have always had one-door backpacking tents, and after sleeping in a two-door tent I would never go back. Fourth, the construction of the tent is very solid. Zippers function great, the floor is sturdy, the pole clips seem solid (especially compared to the clips on my Big Agnes Seedhouse, which started breaking after just two seasons), and the fly is terrific. Fifth, and speaking of the fly, the tent pitches very taut--the fly has multiple guy lines, with super handy sliders to make adjustment easy and quick. Sixth, the design is really innovative. The fly provides two nice-sized vestibules outside both doors, but if the weather is warm and clear, you can roll the fly up from either end, toggle it to the center pole, and sleep under the stars. This is exactly what we did our last night in the Wind Rivers-we went to sleep watching the Perseid meteor shower from our sleeping bags. Seventh, the tent packs up easier than any tent I've ever owned, thanks to the innovative "burrito bag" that comes with it--you just roll it up, put it inside the bag, cinch the bag shut, and you have a super compact package that can be strapped to the outside of your backpack.
A few caveats: I haven't tested this tent out in bad weather yet, so I can't comment on its performance in rain or high wind. But given the tent's pitch and quality of the fly, I do not have concerns about being able to stay dry in a severe rainstorm. I would not, however, use the tent in the desert, beach or other sandy/dusty environment in the wind--the floor is a bathtub floor but it doesn't come up very high, so you would get dirt and sand in the tent. As with most backpacking tents, keep in mind that the 3-person is really perfect for 2 people and gear--it's quite roomy, especially with the large vestibules, but it would be tight with 3 people or dogs. Also, the interior of the tent doesn't have a lot of pockets for storage--there are two decent sized pockets for storage of phones, flashlight, glasses, etc. but I would have liked a few more. Finally, this tent really is a 3-season tent, with the mostly mesh canopy. I would have no trouble using it in cold temps into the 30s (I think the fly would keep you plenty warm with a decent sleeping bag), but I probably wouldn't want to use it in temps much lower, or in snow.
Other than these minor issues, I can't find much to critique. I look forward to using this tent on many more trips.
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