Sierra Designs Zia

Jun 1, 2012
Outside Magazine

BEST FOR: Family backpacking. THE TEST: Kids are rough on tents. But the Zia’s innovative structure—three hoops united by an X-shaped ridgepole—and durable materials proved plenty tough for our testers’ sand-tracking, pole-thumping children. Not that the Zia is heavy—it still comes in at just over two pounds per person—and thanks to impressively vertical walls even a posse of three big dudes and two dogs in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness were able to stretch out for a solid night’s sleep. But be forewarned: the unique architecture makes it a bit complex to pitch in darkness and rain. THE VERDICT: The doors and vestibules are smallish, but the weight and price are right for such a rough-and-tumble tent. 8.6 lbs


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