Reviews and Problems with Sierra Designs Stretch Dome 3
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I've been using my Stretch Dome for around 10 years…
11 July 2010
Summary: I've been using my Stretch Dome for around 10 years and it's not just a tent -- it's a fortress! It simply shrugs off snow, rain, wind, condensation, etc. with its bombproof construction. It's also one of the rare tents which actually allows for 3 people to sleep inside and 4 people to sit inside and socialize with room to spare. With that being said, I think I'll be selling this off in favor of another 3 person tent.
I received this tent as a gift in December. I must…
29 March 2010
Summary: I received this tent as a gift in December. I must say I was nerdy and researched tents for almost a year. I picked the SD3 because it had all clip on sections (no sleeves). The design is simple yet efficient. I can set it up by myself with no problems. Once all the clips are in place, it is extremely roomy in side. Granted I car camp and bring a lot of stuff, I think it is a tight 2 person tent. It has been on two outing so far. The most recent this weekend.
Bought this tent in 1988 and have used it about an…
17 January 2003
Summary: Bought this tent in 1988 and have used it about an average of 30 days per year since. It has been a great tent, though too heavy for extended trips. Although considered a 3-person tent, it is really a roomy 2-person -- I would not want to spend too much time with three people in this tent. I replaced the fly, it ripped due to the years of UVs.
Love the little features:-- clips for attaching the…
25 August 2001
Summary: Love the little features: -- clips for attaching the tent to the poles -- easier and faster than sleeves -- cinches for the tabs that hold the poles, so you can insert the poles while these are loose, then rank on them to make the tent taut without needing to bend the poles -- double door (screen and single wall) for climate control It's big, but it's a four-season, so what did I expect. It kept me warm and dry in some nasty weather in remotest Iceland.
I took my Stretch Dome to Ireland for a two-week vacation.…
Michael Minor, Trailspace.com
23 February 1999
Summary: I took my Stretch Dome to Ireland for a two-week vacation. During a very windy day my tent was blown away. I found it 400 yards away laying upside down with all my gear still inside. The rain fly was torn but the tent was fine. I thihk this is really a tough tent. I've been in it when the wind pushed the tent down until the walls touched my sleeping bag and it sprung right back up when the wind finally died down.
Great value in 4-season tent (especially at sale price!).…
24 December 1998
Summary: Great value in 4-season tent (especially at sale price!). Mine is a '96 model that I bought at close at price. I noted a recent negative review and thought I would add a conflicting opinion. This tent now has about 15 nights of mid-winter Colorado camping with nary a problem (plus lots of milder nights). It has held up in heavy snow and very heavy winds. The clips are great in the winter because you can put the tent up without removing your gloves.
I too bought a Sierra Designs Stretch Dome tent for…
Bill Daly, Trailspace.com
5 August 1998
Summary: I too bought a Sierra Designs Stretch Dome tent for the name and reputation of the company. My zipper went out on me on the Kenia River in Alaska in 1996 and left me mosquito bait. I brought the tent back and they replaced the zipper. The same tent left me mosquito bait in the John Muir Wilderness last weekend with a busted zipper. I brought the tent back and the boy told me that they should of repaired it with a different slider.
After enduring many a midnight wash out in my old…
Jamey Coughlin, Trailspace.com
16 June 1998
Summary: After enduring many a midnight wash out in my old Eureka, I was determined to buy the best, lightest, most weather-proof tent I could buy. I found it in the SD Stretch Dome. Damn, this thing is indestructable with the clip locks and the internal guy network (hell even without it) This tent is as solid as it comes. Never forget a trip last year hiking on Baffin Island.
Very light weight. Very good in the wind, the external…
Terry Bullington, Trailspace.com
4 November 1997
Summary: Very light weight. Very good in the wind, the external guy ties were appreciated when the wind was really howling. Easy to set up. Very roomy inside. This was a very nice for a recent trip to Alaska. I have an older model with only one door which is a minus. The built-in vestibule doesn't go all the way to the ground and requires that you get very low to enter. I wish I had waited for the new two-door model and/or had had the money to buy the expedition model.