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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Convert 2

Manufacturer: Sierra Designs

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Page By: Franky

Created/Edited: Apr 22, 2009 / Apr 22, 2009

Object ID: 6073

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Product Description

The Convert 2, single-wall shelter sleeps two, withstands the nastiest weather with Drizone™ waterproof/breathable protection, and features a removable vestibule for more specs and more head room.

Specs

Trail Weight 4 lbs 6 oz
Fastpack Weight n/a
Packed Weight 6 lbs 2 oz
Packed Size 22.5" x 7"
Number of Doors 1
Interior Area 29 sq. ft.
Vestibule Area 8.5 sq. ft.
Peak Height 45"
Floor Material 70D Nylon, 5000mm
Body Material 40D Nylon, Drizone™ 2L
Fly Material 70D Nylon Taffeta, 1500mm
Vestibule Material 40D HT Nylon
Number of Poles 3 + 1 + Jake's Corners™
Poles DAC Featherlite NSL, 9.6mm

Features

• Air Flow Vent
• Drop Door
• External Feed, Internal Pole Sleeves
• Removable Vestibule
• Sew-Free Windows™
• Single Wall

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Reviews

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FrankyConvert 2

Voted 5/5

I've used this tent a few times this winter in the Sierra. Set up is pretty easy, and the inside of the tent can remain totally sealed during setup, no wetness or snow gets in. Sliding the poles into their sleeves is actually much easier in the cold then it is in your backyard since they become more slick. Handles the winds I've seen so far with ease (30-40mph). The broad sides can flap a bit, but the tent is still very quite. Vestibule is small, but not terribly small, will fit two packs. Packs nice and light, but the single wall design can make it a pain in the butt to get all the air out of the tent when you're trying to get it in the stuff sack. Jake's corners are intuitive and very effective. Tent is absolutely waterproof. The venting system works well at minimizing condensation, can't compare it to other single walls though, as this is the only one I've ever used. I can say that condensation has never been a problem for me. The pole that holds the vent open can be a bit of a pain to get in though.

Very roomy for two people. Durability seems good, all the seems were taped pretty well upon purchase, didn't bother to seam seal it.

All in all, highly recommended. Despite its relatively low cost compared to many single walls, I can't seem to find anything negative to say about it.
Posted Apr 22, 2009 8:18 pm

MRoyer4Pros/Cons

Voted 4/5

I got a great deal on this tent (<$300). Overall I've been happy with it, but there are some areas in which it could be improved.

The tent is a good size for two men with winter gear. That said, the vestibule is pretty much worthless unless you are on snow that's deep enough to dig a pit.

The tent has held up in snow and wind, but I was usually awake to shake it to prevent snow from building up. It is very difficult to get the vestibule taut enough to keep snow from building up where the vestibule joins the body. The "Jake's Corners" add a surprising amount of stability. It would be nice to have more locations to tie in guy lines, however (there are only 4, one on each corner).

It would be much nicer to have clips instead of sleeves for the poles. It tends to get sticky and requires the poles to be pushed out so they don't come apart and get stuck. It's also sometimes difficult to get the second pole through the point where they overlap in the middle.

The vents at the top are ok, but there's no neat way to tuck the solid flaps away if you just want the mesh. Condensation has not been a major problem. Unless its windy I usually just sleep with the door open and my head at the door side. This allows some air circulation from under the vestibule up and out through the vents.

It seems like there are some issues, but generally they are just inconveniences. The tent has served its purpose well, protecting me from the elements. If you can get it for a good price, it's probably worth it over a tent that's twice the price but marginally better.
Posted Oct 28, 2009 9:42 pm

WMLGreat bargain!

Voted 5/5

Got this thing for a site's Deal of The Day - $250.

I have friends with the Bibler iTent and this thing is equally as impressive, at less than half the price.

Pro's:
-Breathable, breathable, breathable
-Sturdy
-Easy to set up* (see below)
-LIGHT as all get-up
-Packs well
-Roomy! Incredibly roomy for two men and their gear

Cons:
-Pole that keeps the vents open is difficult to put in/remove
-Broad sides can flap a bit, but not bad

Overall:
5/5
Posted Apr 26, 2010 6:47 pm

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