IR - Sierra Designs Baku 2 - Andy Henrichs
- Here's my IR for the Baku 2 tent. I've uploaded the html version to
the test/TEST folder. Thanks.
Name: Andrew Henrichs
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86.2 kg)
Email address: a_henrichs@...
City, State, Country: Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
Most of my backpacking has been in the mountains of Colorado and
Wyoming, as well as the desert in the southwestern US. I've gone
winter camping several times, but I still prefer backpacking in the
warmer months. Most of my trips are 2-3 days, but I have taken
several trips of 5-6 days. This past summer, I was fortunate enough
to have thru-hiked the 476 mile Colorado Trail over 35 days.
Recently, I have been leaning towards the lightweight side of the
Manufacturer: Sierra Designs (www.sierradesigns.com)
Year of Manufacturer: 2006
MSRP: $289.95 US
Stated Trail Weight: 4 lb 0 oz (1.8 kg)
Stated Packed Weight: 4 lb 7 oz (2.0 kg)
Stated Packed Size: 21 in by 5 in (53 cm by 13 cm)
Stated Floor Length: 83 in (211 cm(
Stated Floor Width (narrow side): 45 in (114 cm)
Stated Floor Width (wide side): 52 in (132 cm)
Stated Interior Area: 28 sq ft (2.6 sq m)
Stated Vestibule Area (each): 7 sq ft (.7 sq m)
Stated Peak Height: 40 in (102 cm)
Measured Weight (as delivered): 4 lb 7.5 oz (2.0 kg)
Measured Trail Weight: 4 lb 0.5 oz (1.8 kg)
Measured Weight (tent body): 3 lb 2 oz (1.4 kg)
Measured Weight (poles): 14.5 oz (411 g)
Measured Weight (stuff sack total): 2.5 oz (71 g)
Measured Weight (6 stakes): 3.5 oz (99 g)
Measured Weight (guy lines): 1.5 oz (43 g)
Measured Packed Size (uncompressed): 21 in by 6 in (53 cm by 15 cm)
Measured Packed Size (compressed): 15 in by 7 in (38 cm by 18 cm)
Measured Floor Length: 82 in (208 cm)
Measured Floor Width (narrow side): 45 in (114 cm)
Measured Floor Width (wide side): 51.5 in (131 cm)
Measured Interior Area: 29.3 sq ft (2.7 sq m)
Measured Vestibule Area (each): 7.1 sq ft (.7 sq m)
Measured Peak Height: 38 in (97 cm)
The Baku 2 Tent is a new addition to Sierra Designs "Ultralight
Tents" category. It is a hybrid of single and double-wall tents.
This free-standing tent assembles when the ends of the two DAC
Featherlight NSL poles are inserted into the grommets on diagonal
corners of the tent. Small plastic "Clip Locs" are then clipped to
the tent. There is a short third pole for the apex of the tent.
This tent inserts into two tabs located on the top of the tent,
giving shape to the very top. There is a larger "Clip Loc" on the
apex of the tent. All three poles are passed through the clip, and
a short elastic cord is wrapped around the poles before locking into
a groove. The more wraps of the elastic cord, the more stability is
created. The tent body floor is roughly rectangular, and the two
long sides of the tent feature a dual-zippered, full-circle
mesh "stash door" as well as a fixed triangular vestibule. With the
four corners and the two vestibule tabs staked out, the tent assumes
a hexagonal shape when viewed from above. Regardless of which
zipper one uses to unzip the mesh door, the zipper terminates in the
upper-right hand side of the door. There is a small mesh pocket
inside the tent body where the user can tuck the door into when it
is open. Each vestibule features a dual-zipper that contours along
the tent body from the floor to the apex of the tent. The vestibule
door can be rolled up and secured out of the way. The tent features
two vents; one on each of the shorter sides. One vent is located
midway up the wall, the other is located near the top of the tent.
Each features a small mesh opening which is propped up with a short
internal pole and anchored into place with a hook and loop closure.
These vents are also anchored closed with hook and loop closures.
In addition to the "stash door" pockets, there is one medium-sized
pocket located just above floor level. There are also four loops on
the ceiling for a gear loft, coffee sling, etc. The tent comes with
six metal stakes and four guy lines, each measuring 75 in (191 cm).
It also comes with instructions in English only. The instructions
include information about pitching the tent, site selection,
ventilation, and several general maintenance issues.
As I live between the Flattop Mountain and Elk Mountain Ranges of
western Colorado, there will be plenty of opportunities for me to
put this tent to use. I will use this tent at elevations ranging
from 5000 ft (1500 m) up to 12500 ft (3800m). Given the sometimes
fickle nature of Colorado summers, I expect to experience a wide
variety of weather on my trips. This may include sun, clouds, wind,
rain, sleet, hail, and possibly even some snow. Temperatures on
these trips could range from 20º F (-7º C) to over 80º F (27º C).
I will use the Sierra Designs Baku 2 Tent on many shorter
backpacking trips. As it looks right now, I'll only be working
three days per week this summer. My free days will be filled with
backpacking and rock climbing trips. I am tentatively planning a
technical climb of Vestal Peak, in the San Juan Mountain Range. The
climb will require at least one night of camping at the base of the
peak before our ascent. With the significant late-season snowfall
in the San Juan Range, my friend and I may have to move our climb to
a different, south-facing route. In addition to whatever peak we
end of climbing, I am expecting to take approximately two 2-3 day
backpacking trips each month this summer. I would like to further
explore some of the regions I walked through during my thru-hike of
the Colorado Trail last summer. Some of these specific regions
include the Mount Massive Wilderness and the Pine Creek River up to
Emerald Peak. I would also like to explore the more remote areas of
the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness. If my job cooperates, I
would like to take a longer (up to 6 day) backpacking trip either in
the San Juan Mountains of Colorado or the Wind River Range of
I will also be using this tent when car camping during shorter
climbing trips. This camping will likely be split between Indian
Creek near Moab, Utah and Independence Pass near Aspen, Colorado. I
will hopefully be able to spend some time climbing in Vedauwoo,
Wyoming this summer. This region is infamous for high wind, which
will be a great test for the Baku 2. While car camping is obviously
not what this tent was designed for, it will give me more time in
the tent to figure out any quirks.
During the testing session, I will pay particular attention to the
1. Ease of Set-Up - So far, this tent is very easy to set up. I
don't have to struggle to get the pole tips into the grommets, and
there are only six stake-out points, making it easy to anchor the
tent down. Will it be this easy to set up in the dark? What about
in high winds?
2. Living Space One of my biggest problems is finding a tent
that provides enough head-to-toe room for me. This one is 82 in
(208 cm) long by my measurements. I hopped inside my sleeping bag
in the tent, and if I was positioned perfectly, neither end of my
bag touched the walls of the tent. When I shifted a little, the bag
ends would just barely brush the walls. Being a singly wall tent,
will this become an issue? So far, I've been the only one in this
tent. Will it provide enough shoulder room for two reasonable sized
adults? If I'm tent-bound in bad weather, will I go insane or will
I calmly ride out the storm in my cozy palace? So far, the living
space seems adequate, with enough headroom for me. I really like
the "stash doors." The doors easily tuck out of the way, as does
the vestibule. Since the vestibule zipper contours the body of the
tent, I don't have to struggle as enter the vestibule or tent.
3. Vestibule Just from initial observations, the vestibules look
like they will fit all of my gear, but it may be tight with gear for
two. I'll be interested to see if it is enough. Will one vestibule
become a "gear only" area?
4. Breathability I haven't had any experience with single wall
tents before. Will I experience much condensation? The two small
vents are nice, and I imagine a good airflow could be present if
there is a wind. The mesh doors will also help significantly. The
instructions recommend venting the vestibule at the top (using the
two-way zipper) to increase air flow. While the Colorado climate is
generally dry, it does rain occasionally. How well will this tent
breathe/ventilate in rainy conditions?
5. Waterproofness I would imagine that siliconized 40-denier
nylon is quite waterproof. Are there any sneaky seams where water
will leak in? Is the SuperSeal floor superbly sealed? The
instructions claim that no further waterproofing is necessary along
the floor. They do, however, recommend that seams along the top of
the tent be sealed.
6. Stability How well will this tent resist winds? If I set
this tent up above treeline on a mountain pass, will I wake up at
the bottom of the pass in the morning?
7. Durability How will the tent floor, walls, vestibules, and
zippers hold up to normal use? Will the nylon develop any tears or
holes? How often will the zippers get off track?
8. Packability The tent seems to pack to a fairly typical tent
size. It also compresses fairly well. Will the tent pack into my
backpack easily, or will I find it taking up too much space?
9. Organizational Simplicity How well do the gear pockets
facilitate organization? Based on the information found on the
Sierra Designs website, I was expecting more pockets. As stated
earlier, there are the two "stash door" mesh pockets and one other
medium-sized pocket just above the floor. The pockets appear to be
of adequate size for holding headlamps, gloves, and socks.
The "stash door" pockets appear to be big enought to hold some books
10. Smell It appears that all Sierra Designs tents are now being
treated with "Tent Guard with Ultra Fresh." This fungistatic agent
is purported to prevent odors, staining, and deterioration when a
tent is packed up wet. I'm not in the habit of packing tents up
wet, but this may warrant a small experiment. I will store this
tent wet for a few days before pitching it to inspect for any stains
or funky smells.