APPLICATION Sierra Designs Zeta 2 tent Roger Ault
- Looks like I am both first in line and generously sized. Not sure if thats good or bad.:)
Please accept my application to test the Sierra Designs Zeta 2 tent. I have
read Chapter Five of the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide, version 0609, and I
will follow all requirements. I have read Chapter Five April 2009. My signed
tester agreement was mailed March 2009.
Name Roger Ault
Height 5'11" (1.8 m)
Weight 276 lb (125 kg)
City, State Spencer, Indiana
Date May 31, 2009
I have been camping for several years. I had limited chances as a child but have
been camping a lot the past 20 years. I love backpacking and consider myself
moderately equipped although I can never have enough gear. I want to spend more
time winter camping. I typically carry 25 - 45 pounds (~11 - 20 kg). I generally
use a tent for shelter. I generally hike in the woods and rolling hills of
One of the first things I see is that this tent has a rather unusual pole configuration. I am very curious if this design is stable in both windy and stormy conditions.
Of course the size is important with me being larger than the average hiker. It appears that this pole configuration would attribute to quite steep sidewalls that are capable of adding space.
How easy is setup? Are the two hoops and the two struts (correct term?) easy to setup and if so are they also manageable in windy conditions?
Is the tent well lit? I only see one small window so does light come through the fabric and illuminate the tent well?
How well is the fly vented and is there any condensation problems?
How well do the two vestibules work? Can one exit the back door with the fly in place? How easy/difficult is entry and exit?
I would estimate that testing (if selected) would take place in a wide range of temps from below freezing (late fall) to days that are quite hot. Night temperatures would probably be above freezing most of the time and mild through September. It is difficult to predict what the weather will actually be like here. I have seen years when we got snow in October and others where we were lucky if it snowed by Christmas.
I expect many summer night when the fly would not be necessary (except for storms) and hopefully several more this fall where I would be using it as temperatures drop.
I am currently testing the Outdoor Research Swift Cap (field reporting stage)
Awaiting arrival of Teko Summit Socks
Reviews can be found here:
Thank you for considering my application.
Roger D. Ault