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Old 05-19-09, 06:27 PM   #1
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Sale at REI-Outlet/Sierra Dome 2 vs. Sirius 2

http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/781041
http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/784418

Sick of looking at tents and these seem like a good compromise re: weight and price. My only concern would be warmth as I would probably be using it for a few weeks in October around the midwest and up into the mountains of Eastern Oklahoma. I know next to nothing about tents so what say you?

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Old 05-19-09, 06:43 PM   #2
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The sirius has two doors... that can be really nice if sharing the tent. Either one will work though. Nice weight for both. Plus with the complete satisfaction that REI provides.. well if you don't like it you can always bring it back for a full refund.
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No qualms about keeping warm in either of these? It'd just be me, but all things being equal, I'd certainly take the two-door.
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The dome tent looks a bit better for bad weather as the rain fly is more full coverage.

The sirius has two doors for easier access if you have two occupants. That's of no use if you will use it solo. It's also more than a half pound lighter, but three square feet smaller, which could be an issue if you have two people.

Neither of them look incredibly well ventilated, which could be an issue if you frequently camp in humid areas with cool nights and have two occupants, or in hot areas. But both should be reasonable in cold weather.

I find REI's listed weights to be "optimistic" by about a half pound.
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20 degree bag and good insulated pad will keep you pretty darn warm. A true 4 season tent will keep you warmer and it will weigh lots more and lots more money and really suck if it's warm out.
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The answers really simple... I have a 2 person 4 season tent.... a solo 3 season tent. also a 3 person 4 season tent....

Kind of like owning a bicycle... Most people end up with more than one.

But a 3 season 2 man tent is very versatile.
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The dome tent looks a bit better for bad weather as the rain fly is more full coverage.

The sirius has two doors for easier access if you have two occupants. That's of no use if you will use it solo. It's also more than a half pound lighter, but three square feet smaller, which could be an issue if you have two people.

Neither of them look incredibly well ventilated, which could be an issue if you frequently camp in humid areas with cool nights and have two occupants, or in hot areas. But both should be reasonable in cold weather.

I find REI's listed weights to be "optimistic" by about a half pound.
Probably would be using this during the summer here in Central Illinois, which can get quite humid, but those would just be short trips. Ultimate destination in fall would be Texas, which can also get pretty damn hot in Oct.

Both are a bit lighter than others I've been looking at for similar $ so I wouldn't sweat it.

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20 degree bag and good insulated pad will keep you pretty darn warm. A true 4 season tent will keep you warmer and it will weigh lots more and lots more money and really suck if it's warm out.
Roger that. Strictly a poor guy here!
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Hi. Long time backpacker here. Have had a few SD tents in the past 25 years as well as some REIs.
Warmth is not so much a function of the tent as is protection from the elements. Your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and proper food are really the elements for warmth.
However, most similiar sized shelters will provide up to 10 degrees or so of "warmth" as a result of the air around you warming up and not moving out of the tent as fast. This can lead to problems such as condensation, but I won't get into that right now.

Both tents are lower end. The SD is lower end frmo a Great mfr though. The twin doors will offer much more cross-ventilation and reduce excess condensation on warm humid or rainy nights.

The SD also has side doors which are nice for laying down and looking out, or having your morning coffee and stove right outside the tent while you lay in your bag.
What I don't like is that the SD also looks as though it will offer less protection in wind and rain than the REI due to the half vestis. Are you going to be in areas of heavy winds or rain?

If you expect the worst in weather, I would consider the REI. If money is not an issue, I would go back to REI outlet and consider the following:
http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/784413 (if you are not over 6'1" tall)
http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/784416

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Price is a big issue as I'm building a rig from the bottom up and have only so much to spend on any given component. I wouldn't say any area I'll be going through is particuarly known for heavy wind and rain, but either would be possible. Planning on hitting Central IL, MO, OK, and TX. Well, I suppose OK and TX might, being part of tornado alley....

Thank you for the detailed response.
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I know you can never be too sure about reviews but here's a good word on the SD regarding rain:

I bought this tent because it's 4.0 lbs packed. It's an easy, two-pole setup gig, no problem even at night. Don't bother getting the footprint -- make your own. I used some 6mm vapor barrier, cut it to shape and used duct tape in the corners -- I punched holes in the duct tape so the tent poles fit.

The weekend of 8/21-22/2004 in Mount Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon, was a record rainstorm, a good test for this tent, and although it fire-hosed all night and water even ran underneath, this tent never leaked. There was no escape from running water during this "floodstorm."

My one issue is the zippers, which snag 100% of the time if you use the zipper pulls. It's annoying when it is pouring and you are holding something in your left hand, trying to unzip with your right, and always have to put everything down in the mud to unsnag that zipper.

On the positive side, breaking this tent down is done in a flash, something I apprecated in the downpour in the morning!
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I wouldn't buy a tent without a full rainfly.
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Have you considered this one: http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/722840
I have an old Coleman that is similar to this and I prefer it to the dome tent I just purchased. It is NOT free standing, if that matters to you.
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I wouldn't buy a tent without a full rainfly.
That is one in the minus column but I have to make a decision sometime.

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Have you considered this one: http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/722840
I have an old Coleman that is similar to this and I prefer it to the dome tent I just purchased. It is NOT free standing, if that matters to you.
I'd really like to stick with 2 person tents.
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While we're at it, how would these compare to something like this?

http://www.eurekatent.com/p-63-pinna...2xta-tent.aspx
http://www.eurekatent.com/p-57-apex-2xt-tent.aspx

Have read comments to the effect that it's a lot heavier than the stated weight, and various other negs, but I was considering these for a while. Just can't make up my mind. Have seen them on sale for 85-100 after rebate.
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