Orion AST


Orion AST
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Orion AST
Manufacturer Sierra Designs
Page By Hack
Page Type Nov 21, 2003 / Jan 17, 2007
Object ID 865
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This freestanding backpacking tent for two now features Arch Support Technology, DAC Featherlite® poles and Stash Door™

Arch Support Technology (AST) enhances tent's ability to withstand high winds by bracing poles low to the ground, increasing strength by at least 40%

DAC Featherlite poles improve strength-to-weight ratio; Clip-Locs™ at pole intersections increase strength and stability in windy conditions

Door features a circular zipper track that allows opening from the side or bottom; then stash it in an internal mesh pocket and it's out of the way

Rainfly with integral vestibule provides space for gear and features a clear polyurethane seam-taped window to let in the view as well as more light

Mesh panels on door, sides and ceiling provide ample flow-through ventilation to prevent condensation

Stake loops and rainfly attachments are non-wicking material, eliminating the possibility of wicking water into tent

Interior pockets are waterproof towards outside of sidewall and mesh inside: your stuff stays dry and visible

Semi-rectangular floor design and arching side poles provide a spacious tent with increased headroom; steep sidewalls shed rain and wind

Sewn-in floor stays taut to provide maximum usable space; heavy-duty polyurethane-coated floor with factory-taped main seam keeps out water

Treated with Tent Guard with Ultra-Fresh to help prevent the growth of odor-causing fungus and mildew to extend tent's life; a SD exclusive!

Comes with stakes, guylines and stuff sacks

Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only

In mild weather, Sierra Designs' Fastpack Footprint (sold separately) gives you the option of setting up the poles and rainfly only over the footprint for a very lightweight, simple shelter. Fastpack weight: 3 lbs. 9 oz.. Imported.



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Hack - Nov 21, 2003 9:26 pm - Voted 5/5

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I love this tent. It has proven itself in various conditions: heavy rain and wind on the coast, snow in Yosemite, Extreme heat in Owens Valley, and Extreme Cold in the Cascades.
Fits two with ease, great ventilation, vestibule is adequate. When guyed out the thing is like a rock! Very light, packs in at about 5 pounds (a bit more with the footprint). It also packs down real tight. I have yet to try the fastpack option, but will look into it next season.

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