Gear Review – Sierra Designs Pampero Tent

Gear Review – Sierra Designs Pampero Tent

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England, Mike

I’ve always avoided four-season tents—the extra weight of a nine-pound double-wall never seemed worth it, and single-walls usually lack that all-important vestibule—but one too many butt-cold January nights in the backcountry made me reconsider. I tried the Pampero two-man by Sierra Designs and was glad I did—this seven-pound (packed weight) shelter kept me and my companion warm and dry, from the base of Blackmore to the rim of Kilimanjaro. Both spacious and bomber, the Pampero sets up quickly, has a surprisingly high ceiling, and includes a stash door for ease of entry/exit on warm days. I especially liked the clip-lock attachments from tent to pole, and the mini-pole reinforcements at each corner—these helped keep the tent stable in nasty weather. Pick up an optional footprint and you can slim down to 3 lbs, 7 oz in “fast pack” mode (fly, footprint, and poles), making the Pampero a true all-season tent. $360; sierradesigns.com.

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