This Sierra Designs Gentle Review

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  This Sierra Designs Gentle Yr 1 evaluate is concerning the 2017 model of the light-weight versatile solo tent which comes with a price ticket that’s exhausting to match.

Key options & advantages

  • Very versatile.
  • Numerous setup configurations.
  • Awning vestibule.
  • Light-weight.
  • Excellent worth.
  • Evening Glow included.

What kind is it

This tent has been in the marketplace for a few years. Way back I’ve seen its 2012 model. However what you’ve got right here is the newest 2017 fully redesigned model of this well-liked tent. Particularly, the vestibule and the door are fully completely different now, it is a large enchancment.

The Gentle Yr 1 is a non-freestanding tent. So this doesn’t look so nice, you’ll have to plan the place to pitch it. Because of this it should be staked to the bottom, and this can be exhausting in case you are on a rocky terrain, on a frozen floor, or on a sand and gravel. See extra right here about this terminology.

That is additionally a Three-season tent, which means a two-layer construction, with an internal tent and a full protection rain fly.

By the development, it’s within the teams of tents with a entrance door, see the image beneath. That is very handy for a solo tent particularly in the event you use a cot. On this case, you possibly can arrange the cot outdoors the tent and convey it inside prepared to make use of. It could be troublesome to take action with a aspect door.

Be aware that it’s lengthy sufficient for nearly any cot, however the width within the ft space is just 66 cm, so solely the very slender cots can match there. You’ll be able to see lots of such backpacking cots right here.

The tent is with a entrance door.and the internal tent physique is all mesh. Observe the Evening Glow lantern.

Who’s it for

Clearly, it is a solo tent, and with 17.9 ft² (1.66 m²) of the inside space, it affords a whole lot of area for one individual. Weightwise, with its Three lb four oz (1.45 kg), that is positively a light-weight tent, gentle sufficient for hikers and mountaineers, however maybe not the best choice for backpackers. That is greatest seen in the event you evaluate it with this Large Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum HV Tent which is a typical backpacking device, in truth the lightest at the moment obtainable.

However observe additionally that this tent affords 5.5 ft² (zero.51 m²) of space for storing for gear. You’ll be able to have a look on this textual content with a lengthy listing of light-weight tents, to get some concept concerning the options of this tent. See additionally the comparability desk beneath.

The tent offers a whole lot of area for a solo hiker.


This tent is slightly cousin of the enduring SD Clip Flashlight 2 tent, you will notice it talked about within the video beneath. The height top is 39 inches (99 cm), however that is solely on the door. From the images you notice that the internal tent is all mesh, so that is nice for breathability. However the fly is with out vents.

Inside you’ve got mesh pockets near the doorway, so you possibly can hold your stuff off the bottom. The remaining you possibly can retailer underneath the vestibule.

The tent packs properly to simply 15 x 5.5 inches (38 x 14 cm), so it’s very easy to connect it to the backpack or transport on a bike, bicycle, in a kayak, and many others.

The Evening Glow lantern

That is an additional bonus which you get with this tent, very helpful certainly. You’ll use it along with your headlamp for a pleasant ambient gentle within the tent.

The setup

To set this tent up, you observe the process typical for any non-freestanding tent. This implies to stake out the ground, and after that begin including the poles. Clip the internal physique tent to the poles and you should have the fundamental construction.

After that add the fly and clip it along with the primary tent. The fly will not be symmetric and you can’t miss the edges. The vestibule half should go to the entrance so it’s actually self-evident.

The vestibule mounted above the door.

The pole used to assist the awning.

The vestibule

The vestibule is the perfect half right here. It’s with two parallel zippers, see the images beneath, and this enables for a number of completely different configurations which you’ll be able to see within the photos. You will have an awning with the assistance of poles, and you’ve got seen it within the first image above. It’s also possible to roll it up and hold the edges mounted within the regular place, so you’ve got a wind-sheltered sitting space in entrance of the tent.

The vestibule could be rolled up.


This tent offers a full safety from components. The fly is with 1500 mm ranking and the ground is 3000 mm. The material is with PU coating, and all seams are taped.

The total protection fly for full safety.


The supplies used within the building are sturdy, this impacts the load after all. So you’ve got 68D 190T Poly Taffeta fly cloth, and 70D Nylon Tafetta ground cloth. The tent physique is 15D nylon No-See-Um mesh. The poles are robust eight.7 mm DAC aluminum.

If you’re not acquainted with the expertise, the DAC is a model of aluminum poles produced by Dongah Aluminum Company (DAC) of Korea.

Here’s a quick video by Sierra Designs about their iconic tents, take a look:

Right here is another video concerning the first impressions about this tent, you may want to take a look:


Specs & abstract of options

  • Sort: non-freestanding.
  • Minimal weight: 2 lb 12 oz (1.25 kg).
  • Packaged weight: Three lb four oz (1.45 kg).
  • Packed Dimension (L x D): 15 x 5.5 in (38 x 14 cm).
  • Inside space: 17.9 ft² (1.66 m²).
  • Inside peak top: 39 in (99 cm).
  • Size: 89 in (226 cm).
  • Width:
    – Entrance: 32 in (81 cm).
    – Rear: 26 in (66 cm).
  • Doorways: 1.
  • Vestibules: 1.
  • Gear storage space: 5.5 ft² (zero.51 m²).
  • Guylines: four.
  • Stakes: 9 Hex Peg.
  • Poles: 2, DAC press match.
  • Pole diameter: eight.7 mm.
  • Pole set weight: 9.03 oz.
  • Fly cloth: 68D 190T Poly Taffeta 1500 mm PU WR FR CPAI84.
  • Ground cloth: 70D Nylon Tafetta, WR/PU 3000 mm, FR CPAI84.
  • Physique cloth: 15D Nylon No-See-Um mesh.
  • Quick & simple 2 pole setup.
  • Massive D-door.
  • Absolutely taped seams (PVC free).
  • Inside mesh pockets.
  • Reflective guylines and guyout loops.
  • Coloration-coded fly attachment.

Sierra Designs Gentle Yr 1 Tent vs rivals

See how the Gentle Yr 1 tent compares with another tents, to see extra please observe the hyperlinks:

Salida 1
Eos 1
Sierra Designs
Gentle Yr 1
Weight (kg) 1.76 1.26 1.45
Floor (m²) 1.86 2.1 1.66
Peak (cm) 97 91 99
ratio, m²/kg
1.06 1.67 1.14
Freestanding sure sure no
Footprint included no no no
Lantern no no sure


Clearly, its options should not unhealthy in any respect. See additionally the costs of the three tents in the mean time of penning this textual content, $130, 249, 115. I suppose this says sufficient.


To conclude this Sierra Designs Gentle Yr 1 tent evaluate, what you’ve got here’s a fully redesigned model of a well-known tent. It’s nice as all the time, however keep in mind that it isn’t freestanding. Its worth is actually nice however this isn’t on the account of high quality. I belief the model and I can absolutely suggest this tent.

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