Sierra Designs Zilla Tent
The Sierra Designs Zilla Tent is the ideal tent for that tough camping trail you've always wanted to try. It is made from 68D dye-free polyester that is environment friendly and airy in design. The floor is made from 70D 118 in. nylon that is durable and waterproof. A Superseal floor and taped seams further that it is waterproof. The Grommet attachment for the poles and SD Swift Clips enable easy tent set up in just a few minutes. Reflective door trims and guy out points ensure that you can set up your tent anywhere, even in the dark. The tent's Fast Pack compatibility lets you create an ultra-light shelter, using only your tent fly and poles which is useful in favorable weather conditions. Wherever your next adventure takes you, bring the Sierra Designs Zilla Tent along and feel the difference.
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Pros: 1. Extremely easy and intuitive to set up. (Way easier than the Zia 2, which is similar in weight and materials.) If you've ever set up a tent, you could set this one up in your sleep. 2. Two doors and two vestibules so you don't have to climb over each other to pee in the middle of the night and you each have gear storage. 3. I weighed it on the cat scale at work and it weighs 5lbs 4oz including everything (except a ground cloth.) This is reasonable for a two person backpacking tent. If you want ultralight you can pay $150-200 more. My ten year old son can split the weight of this tent with a friend for backpacking (he's done it with the Zia 2, which is similar in weight.) 4. Roomy enough for two "regular" sized adults; definitely more roomy than my 2-person ultralight. 5. Decent stakes (not flimsy wire ones.) 6. Factory sealed seams. (You may want to also use seam sealer, but I didn't with my Zia 2 and it didn't leak, so I'm not going to bother doing it with the Zilla 2, either.) 6. Nice, connected stake and pole bags, so nothing gets lost.
Cons: 1. Does not come with footprint or gearloft. 2. Not suitable for people over 6 feet tall. 3. The material does not allow for a very taut pitch. However, this is also the case with the Zia 2, which I found held up fine in the rain. 4. Could use two extra stakes/lines at the ends to hold fly material away from the body and make the pitch more taut.
My ten year old son bought this himself with money he's saved from birthday presents. He's used the Zia 2 and liked it but he wanted his very own tent. The Zilla 2 was less expensive and easier to set up and seems to be ideal for him.