Sierra Designs Sweet Suite FL 3 Tent - 3 Person

By Ian Velrot @



The Sierra Designs Candy Suite Three Tent is part of a very new light-weight sequence launched in September 2017 for the season 2018. It is a Three-season Three-person tent with 2 doorways. Discover out extra within the textual content beneath.

Key options & advantages

  • Light-weight tent.
  • Two-door & two-vestibules.
  • Distinctive prebent pole geometry for further inside area and quantity.
  • Nice packed dimension.
  • Y-pole configuration.
  • Twin stargazing configuration with the fly.

What is that this about

I discussed that the Candy Suite Three is part of a fully new sequence launched just lately (September 2017) for the season 2018. The smaller tent from the sequence is offered in my one other put up.

It is a light-weight tent within the true sense, with the packed weight of four lb four oz (1.93 kg). That is additionally a Three-season two-layer tent, as typical for this kind. They’ve made fairly a confusion by describing it as semi-freestanding. In actual fact, this can be a tripod Y-shaped hubbed pole geometry, completely freestanding on any terrain. However in case you are not accustomed to this terminology, please learn extra in my separate textual content.

Y-shaped tripod-style freestanding pole design which retains the tent up even with out stakes.

Particular options

They’ve made poles prebent; the one on the again is a lot curved that it makes the again wall nearly vertical as you’ll be able to see from the images. These on the entrance are much less prebent, however you have got the identical function there as nicely. As well as, you even have a forehead pole proven beneath, which makes the aspect partitions vertical. So livability on this tent is improved with all this; it’s not all concerning the ground floor.
The hubbed pole design and the extra ridge pole.

The hubbed pole design and the additional ridge pole.
The Y-shaped pole system is already utilized in many tents available on the market. So what you have got right here shouldn’t be distinctive however they’ve introduced it to perfection.

The fly is designed with stargazing options proven beneath, which implies that you would be able to roll it up from any of the 2 sides and repair, and you’ll deploy it simply within the case of a sudden rain. That is launched additionally of their one other new sequence launched parallel with this sequence, i.e., within the Meteor 2 and Meteor Three tents.

With all new tents you get a newly designed ‘burrito’ fashion carry bag which you’ll see on this video:

Greatest use & customers

Now, in view of all these options, a couple of phrases about the perfect use and customers of this tent. If the burden is shared among the many customers, then it’s mild sufficient for backpackers. This additionally implies that it’s nice for a lot of different outside actions, regardless whether it is carried within the backpack or on some car like a motorcycle, a bicycle, a kayak, or a automobile.

Under you’ll be able to see its dimensions and the ground plan; it’s not fully rectangular, and the width of the narrower ft zone is barely 170 cm. So that is sufficient area for 3 slender pads, however ideally, I’d use it for 2 folks solely.
Candy Suite Three Tent dimensions and the ground plan.
Within the case of two customers, you’ll be able to mix it with 2 light-weight cots and you should have some further space for storing underneath the cots, even a canine could match contained in the tent in such an association. See some good cots right here.


All supplies used within the building are light-weight; this can be a well mannered expression for saying very skinny. So the fly is 20D nylon ripstop, and the ground is 30D nylon ripstop. The primary inside tent is all 15D nylon No-See-Um mesh.

They’ve shed the burden in poles by making use of the talked about Y-structure and in addition by utilizing the DAC Featherlite aluminum. Right here, DAC means Dongah Aluminum Company, a widely known pole producer from the South Korea. You may see at some locations the letters FL within the identify, that is from the Featherlite poles.


The fly and the ground are with 1200 mm ranking achieved by a Silicone coating, the supplies are with the notation FR CPAI84 each within the fly and within the ground. Right here, FR CPAI84 means Hearth Retardant by the requirements of CPAI (Canvas Merchandise Affiliation Worldwide).

All seams are taped, and the fly is full-coverage, so you’ll certainly be protected. With the fly on, the tent jogs my memory of my Petzl helmet, see the image beneath:



  • Kind: semi-freestanding, Three-season, Three-people tent.
  • Minimal weight: Three lb 12 oz (1.7 kg).
  • Packaged weight: four lb four oz (1.93 kg).
  • Dimensions (L x W): 85 x 70/67 inches head/foot (216 x 178/170 cm head/foot).
  • Peak peak: 43 in (109 cm).
  • Ground space: 40.four ft² (Three.75 m²).
  • Vestibule space: eight.9 ft² + eight.9 ft² (zero.83 m² + zero.83 m²).
  • Packed dimension (L x W): 17 x 6.75 in (43 cm x 17 cm).
  • Doorways: 2.
  • Vestibules: 2.
  • Guylines: four.
  • Stakes: 10.
  • Poles: Y-shaped Three poles hubbed collectively + 1 ridge pole.
  • Pole materials: DAC Featherlite aluminum.
  • Fly: 20D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone 1200 mm PeU, FR CPAI84.
  • Ground: 30D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone 1200 mm PeU, FR CPAI84.
  • Physique: 15D Nylon No-See-Um mesh.

Sierra Designs Candy Suite Three Tent vs rivals

See the Candy Suite Three aspect by aspect with another tents:

Large Agnes
Blacktail Three
Tungsten 3P
Sierra Designs
Candy Suite Three
Weight (kg) 2.72 2.88 1.93 + zero.264*
Floor (m²) four.1 Three.eight Three.75
Floor/Weight (m²/kg) 1.51 1.32 1.71**
Floor per particular person (m²) 1.37 1.27 1.25
Vestibules floor (m²) 1.6 1.7 1.66
Peak (cm) 112 117 109
Footprint sure sure no
Gear loft no no no


*That is with the footprint added (see particulars beneath) for comparability as a result of different tents have it within the package deal. When the footprint weight is added, the overall weight is 2194 g, so it’s significantly lighter than the opposite two tents. If that is shared amongst customers, it’s ok even for backpacking.

**That is with the footprint added for simpler comparability. So that is far extra space per kilogram as in comparison with the opposite tents.

The area per particular person is virtually the identical for all three tents. See how they examine with the costs in the mean time of penning this textual content: $330, 300, 460.


This tent comes with out a footprint, it’s not obligatory however you would possibly wish to order it; if that’s the case please verify right here. Its specs are as follows:

  • Weight: 9.Three oz (264 g).
  • Dimensions: 81 x 66/62 in (head/foot) (205.7 x 168/157 cm (head/foot).
  • Storage bag dimension: 10 x 7 x zero.eight in (25.four x 18 x 2 cm).
  • Storage bag weight: zero.four oz (12 g).
  • Cloth: 68D Polyester Taffeta, WR/PU 1800 mm, FR.

As you see this can be a a lot stronger materials than the tent, and waterproofing can also be a lot stronger. It isn’t costly, so it might make sense utilizing it. It can defend this costly tent from sharp objects on the bottom and lengthen its lifetime. I like the carry bag, it is vitally properly designed, take a look:
The footprint’s carry bag.


Within the conclusion of this Sierra Designs Candy Suite Three Tent overview, to emphasize once more its very particular options, its nice weight, but additionally its worth which may be very steep. However this can be a dependable and versatile tent which gives you all safety from the weather. As at all times, I stress that I belief the model behind this tent and I can absolutely suggest it. This tent is on the checklist of my high 10 backpacking tents for Three folks.

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