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The porch-able awning greatly improves ventilation (and therefore condensation resistance) and increases usable space. The side entry is much more convenient for entry and exit.

Review: Sierra Designs High Side Tent || Light & packable, but small

The most interesting new shelter from Sierra Designs in its spring 2018 lineup is the High Side. I previewed it in my summer Outdoor Retailer coverage, and recently used it on two 5-day/4-night backpacking trips in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierra-Nevada. Testing conditions were varied. We camped in forest, at treeline, and in […]

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Tutorial: Dead-reckoning navigation | Basic but oft-used skill

Dead-reckoning is the simplest navigation skill. It’s much easier to learn than reading a map, or operating a compass, GPS, or altimeter watch. Yet I find it to be one of the most useful and frequently used, especially when hiking on well-maintained trails where a consistent physical effort yields consistent results. Such trails include well-known long-distance footpaths […]

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Video || Core 13 Backpacking Clothing: Streamline & simplify your systems

Two years ago I posted a series on Core 13 Clothing, and many have found it useful as a framework for assembling their clothing systems for 3-season backpacking trips. It helps in: Preparing properly for the conditions, Eliminating redundancies within your kit, and Minimizing costs by maximizing the versatility of each clothing item. I can’t […]

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The Nitro (right) and Cloud (right), SD's new premium mummy bags

Preview: Sierra Designs 2018 sleeping bags || Highlight: “Zipperless mummy”

The Sierra Designs 2018 sleeping bag program includes four distinct models, each with several temperature rating options and in a male and female version: an updated Backcountry Bed and Zissou mummy, and an entirely new Nitro and Cloud, which are an ultralight mummy and “zipperless mummy,” respectively. The Backcountry Bed and Nitro will be available […]

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Notice the aggressive, nearly vertical doorway pole, which helps to increase interior volume.

Preview: Sierra Designs 2018 tents || High Side, Studio, Sweet Suite & Meteor

My coverage of Outdoor Retailer starts at the Sierra Designs booth (naturally, since they’re paying for me to be here). For 2018 SD has largely revamped its shelter line-up. Only three current models are being carried forward — the Summer Moon, Clip Flashlight, and my High Route. The remainder will be discontinued and closed out. […]

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The new Nitro bags, which are classic mummies with a few thoughtful features and best-in-class prices. Available in 35, 20, and 0 degree ratings. Women-specific bags in 20 and 0.

Less different but better: Brand flip of Sierra Designs in 2018

Last week was the semi-annual sales meeting for Sierra Designs, during which shelters, sleeping bags, backpacks, apparel and accessories were shown to our domestic and international sales representatives. Most products will release in February 2018. Sierra Designs is a 52-year-old brand, and for decades was a dominant player in multiple categories. But due to a […]

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