Sierra Designs Nomad 6 Person Tent is from their new series, with a full-cover fly and vent, two doors and two vestibules, and top-quality aluminum poles. Keep reading.
- Full-coverage fly.
- 2 Doors & 2 vestibules.
- Integrated window.
- Fly vent.
- DAC Aluminum poles.
What this is about
This is a new tent on the market they launched for the season 2020, but as far as I know, they have had a tent with the same name probably some 15-16 years ago. This new series currently includes two tents only. The inner tent is shown below and this is a fully freestanding structure.
But this is a tent with a full fly that creates two vestibules and those must be staked properly to be functional. I have added it to my list of tents with a full coverage fly.
The picture above shows the tent without the fly, so you realize this looks like a typical dome-style construction. But the poles are with a peculiar design shown below and this creates a bit more volume inside.
Note also that it provides an almost standing height, the peak height is 72 inches (183 cm), so this in combination with such poles design and a window, makes it very pleasant and livable.
Who is it for
Space-wise, this tent is with the declared capacity of 6 people. For this they have provided 84.4 ft² (7.84 m²) of the inner floor area. This is a very modest area if you use the tent for real camping.
But there are two vestibules that add 35.6 ft² (3.3 m²), so the total protected area per person is not so bad, you have 20 ft² (1.85 m²) for each user in the case of 6 people inside.
Climate-wise & seasons-wise, this is a reliable 3-season tent with a full-coverage fly, aerodynamic and with ventilation. The canopy is roughly half taffeta and half mesh, so this is better suited for a mild climate than for the cold. In any case, you will be protected no matter where you use this tent.
Weight-wise, this tent is impressive with its 12 lb 13 oz (5.81 kg). This is light enough to be carried on the trail, so I have added it to my list of best 6-person backpacking tents.
As I mentioned above, here you have an interesting poles design, three of them with a diameter of 12 mm. This is a top-quality DAC Pressfit 6061 aluminum set. DAC is the leading manufacturer of tent poles, so this is among the best you can expect with such a tent. All is color-coded, see the picture below, and you have long sleeves on the roof for poles.
I could not find any information about the waterproof rating, very unusual. But the fly is a durable 68D poly taffeta with a vent shown above, and the same material is used for the floor, and all seams are taped. The body is a 15D nylon No-See-Um. Note that the fly is with a solid window so you have views around even when the vestibules are closed.
- Packed weight: 12 lb 13 oz (5.81 kg).
- Dimensions: 118 x 106 in (300 x 270 cm).
- Floor area: 84.4 ft² (7.84 m²).
- Floor area per person: 14 ft² (1.3 m²).
- Total vestibules area: 35.6 ft² (3.3 m²).
- Total protected area: 120 ft² (11.1 m²).
- Total protected area per person: 20 ft² (1.85 m²).
- Peak height: 72 in (183 cm).
- Poles: aluminum.
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
So this Sierra Designs Nomad 6 Person Tent is a durable and reliable tent for family camping and for groups, designed for 3-season performance. Unique design creates a roomy interior, and it is very easy to set up and to pack in its carry bag. Fully recommended.
You might want to know that Sierra Designs brand has been around since 1965, so you know what you are buying when you order their product.
Please see below how I rate this tent against my standard set of criteria, so you can easily compare it with other tents presented here in the site:
If you need more options, please look around. Check under the category Tents for 5/6 people if you want something in this capacity range. Need something more affordable? Check this Kelty Tallboy 6 tent from their new series, and also this Pacific Pass 6 Person Family Dome Tent with Screen Room that is also a dome tent but with a screen room.
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