Sirius 3


Sirius 3
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Sirius 3
Manufacturer Sierra Designs
Page By Rob Ricks
Page Type May 1, 2008 / May 1, 2008
Object ID 5268
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Product Description

Intelligent design and backcountry wisdom make the Sirius 3 unique and lightweight. The Quick Pitch Swivel Hub not only streamlines set-up, but also increases strength by stabilizing poles in a windstorm. The DAC Press Fit poles offer more strength for improved durability and a more wind-resistant pitch. Siliconized ends of the tent body function as a single-wall shelter, while the half-mesh doors and half-coverage vestibules permit ample airflow through the tent. The Sirius 3 is comfortable, resists condensation, and weighs next-to-nothing for three campers.

Trail Weight 4 lbs 15 oz
Fastpack Weight n/a
Packed Weight 5 lbs 8 oz
Packed Size 23" x 6"
Number of Doors 2
Interior Area 41 sq. ft.
Vestibule Area 4 + 4 sq. ft.
Peak Height 44"
Floor Material 70D Nylon Taffeta, 3000mm
Body Material 70D Nylon Rip Stop
Fly Material 70D Nylon Taffeta, 1500mm
Number of Poles 2
Poles DAC Press Fit, 9.0mm


CAD Design
Color-Coded Webbing
DAC Press Fit Poles
Double Grommets
Gear Pockets
Locking Pole Tips
PVC-free tape
Quick Pitch Swivel Hub with H-Clip
Reflective Guy-outs and Zipper pulls
Roll Back Tent Fly
SuperSeal Floor
Tent Guard with Ultra Fresh





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Rob Ricks - May 4, 2008 2:52 pm - Voted 4/5

Very nice tent
I came across this tent online while I was looking for a backpacking tent for the wife and I. The combination of great price and light weight convinced me to give it a shot.

1) Very easy setup.
2) Great ventilation
3) Very strong and light pole system. The swivel top and aluminum poles combine for a very strong skeleton.
4) Roll back fly allowed us to sleep under the stars with little concern for how long it would take to re-set the fly.

1) The vestibules are very small; just enough for boots and maybe a little cooking.
2) The zippers are not the smoothest. To start the mid-floor zipper is a two handed operation.
3) Perfect for two sleepers. Three would be cozy.
4) As with a lot of backpacking tents, Our heads and feet were up touching the walls, thus transfering the moisture from the wall to the sleeping bag. I'm 6'0" and my wife is 5'8" and it was a slight problem for both of us.

All in all a great lightweight tent with no outstanding problems. Plenty of room for two average sized people.

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