Today we’re going to be reviewing the Sierra Designs Zolo 3 Tent (ad).
The Sierra Designs Zolo 3 (ad) is a roomy 3 person tent that is 48 square feet on the inside. It weighs in a 7 pounds, which makes it too heavy to really be carrying it through the woods or over long distances. This tent is for car camping or short backpacking trips only. It would be a good tent for summer camp, boyscouts/girlscouts, camping in the backyard, or camping at a camp ground.
The entire top is open mesh and it comes with a rainfly. As you can see in the above images, the tent is a grey bottom with black mesh, and the rainfly is blue. This makes this tent a good one for summer camping if it is hot and dry. You probably will want to use the Rain Fly for humid nights, as you don’t want to wake up soaked.
The construction of this tent is really top notch. I think it will last for a long time if handled with care. You probably want to put a footprint under the tent just to prevent the nylon floor ripping on something. The floor area is 72 x 96 inches, so that size or larger for a footprint is good. I like the rain fly, the materials, and the waterproofing and sealed seams on this tent.
- Rainfly is 75D polyester with 1500 mm PU coating
- Canopy is 68D polyester
- Floor is 70D nylon with 3000 mm PU coating
- 2 Doors
- 2 Vestibule areas (both 11 square feet)
- 2 hubbed and 1 ridge poles
- Poles are DAC Press fit 9 mm
- Uses a clip setup
- Floor is 48 square feet (72 x 96 inches)
- Tent height is 45 inches
- Mesh ventilation
- Seams for the floor and rainfly are both taped (PVC free)
- Packed size is 22 x 6 inches
- Weight is 7 pounds (7 lbs)
- Comes with a lifetime warranty
- Solid construction
- Good for summer camping
- Easy to use
- Too heavy for backpacking.
- Rainfly is known to leak through the zippers, but otherwise offers protection.
The Sierra Designs Zolo 3 Tent (ad) would be a good tent for someone who only car camps in the summer, or gets to their campsite through a short hike, also for boyscouts / girlscouts, summer camps, or camping in the backyard. It really isn’t up to scratch for backpacking or heavy use, but it will do the job for an occasional recreational camper. The construction is good, and it is fairly water proof although people have complained about water coming through the zipper on the rain fly.