Ultralight, Stable, Versatile – Sierra Designs High Side 1 Tent – Review

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Luke is ready to hand down his verdict on the Sierra Designs High Side 1 tent! This is the full review;

pros, cons, and more!


Link : https://sierradesigns.com/high-side-1/

Cost : $279.95 retail

Key Features

Pre-bent pole sections create “high side” over door maximizing livable space while minimizing weight

Low profile design reduces weight, without feeling too cramped.

Compact storage size takes up minimal space in your pack

Secondary vestibule zipper creates “awning panel” that provides covered storage and improved ventilation


Number of Poles: 2 poles

Pole Material: DAC Featherlite Aluminum

Fly Fabric: 20D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone/1200mm PeU, FR CPAI84

Floor Fabric: 30D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone/1200mm PeU, FR CPAI84

Body Fabric: 15D Nylon No-See-Um Mesh

Tech Specs

Minimum Weight: 1lb 15oz / 0.88kg

Packaged Weight: 2lbs 7oz / 1.11kg

Number of Doors: 1

Number of Vestibules: 1

Vestibule Area: 7.7 ft2 / 0.72 m2

Floor Area: 17.2 ft2 / 1.60 m2

Peak Height: 32″ / 81cm

Dimensions (L x W): 88 x 34 (head) x 26″ (foot) / 224 x 86 (head) x 66cm (foot)

Packed Size (L x W): 13.5″ x 5.25″ / 34.3 cm x 13.3 cm

Design Type: Semi Non-Freestanding

Number of Guylines: 6

Stake Quantity: 13

Testing :

I received this tent at the end of summer and have been using it since then.

Temp ranges from 60’s to the lower 30’s.

I’ve experienced strong winds, moderate rain for hours at a time and light ice

Pros :

Very good price considering how light this tent is. Most tents in this weight range will run hundreds more.

Good size for those whom are 6’3” and under. Taller than that and you will find this tent snug

Excellent 3 season tent

Ultra light weight

Very airy but condensation may be inevitable regardless of the shelter’s design.

Excellent design which features an awning.

Extremely small form factor – can fit horizontally in your pack – only 13” long – great option for bike campers

For such a small tent; 32-inch peak height. It has enough room to lie down or sit in a hunched position, and to keep your gear out of the rain, but nothing more.

You can use the inner on its own with the fly and if you want, you can even use it with a large tarp for a variety of setups.

Easy to pitch and break down; not the easiest but not complicated either. A tight pitch can be achieve rather easily.

Good weather resistance

Excellent quality; no issues when I received the tent and none have presented themselves with the last 6 months of testing.

Cons :

Small tent without a ton of space. Think of it as a step up from a bivy; not a full tent in terms of size b

Requires a lot of stakes to setup

Because of the need of stakes to setup properly, this isn’t the tent for all adventures


With this tent, you need to ask yourself, what are you seeking? What is that that you need and want?

Are willing to sacrifice livable space for weight-savings.

Seek a shelter with a small footprint and/or small packed size.

Want a dedicated pole set, because you don’t use or need trekking poles, or because you are willing to carry more weight in exchange for a less fussy pitch.

Camp in humid environments, and therefore benefit from a physical barrier between you and a possibly condensation-soaked fly.

Always use the fly and tent body together, for a full-sided and fully enclosed experience.

Have a limited budget, or don’t care to spend $300-$600 for a shelter that is marginally lighter and/or uses more premium fabrics like 7d nylon or Cuben Fiber.

There are lighter tent stakes on the market; ditch the included ones if you want to drop a few oz.

No tent is perfect as there is always some compromise between weight, price, durability and usability. However, Sierra Designs has done a nice job with this one and is worth putting high on your consideration list if you’re looking for a new three season solo shelter.


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Brandon Henk says:

First view!!

Jump Jones says:

Love the channel, Bro. I am broke, so I can’t donate, but I try to like all of your videos. Peace

lone wolf says:

For a throwaway light I like Ozark Trail for a good reliable light I like Streamlight they’ve been around forever good solid products out of them Maglite is also a really good reliable brand I’ve never used a Fenix product before

Dylan Madayag says:

Love the videos luke!

Fox God says:

Man I always wanted to go to the lone wolf Mountain but I live in Texas and I don’t have any way to go there so when I get older I’m going

TheBestBackpacker says:

Thanks for the in-depth review. Awesome detail in videography and dialogue!

I love the idea of the big awning/ wall convertability.

Joseph Davidson says:

Dang number 5

Charlotte Ash says:

As I see it the zip at the foot end should have curved up to the roof

Karma Clanton says:


Absolute Veteran says:

Maybe its the Grunt in me, but if I am getting a tent just to stay out of the elements and be light, I will just stick with a large tarp for about 60 bucks!


Hi Luke. I have been looking for a waterproof hat on the lines of what your wearing. What brand is it and waterproof? cost? packable and retain shape?
Really like the tent for the price…but like you wouldn’t go for it in that color. Your options of tan, camo or od green would be the ticket. If I want to be noticed I’ll speak louder. As usual, a great review, thanks!

Fox God says:

Luke you should travel to Sam Houston national Forest it’s awesome but haven’t been there in a while but when I went it was awesome it’s in texas

Waleed Farooq says:

Luke can you please place the link of overnighter in which this tent was used?

LMV says:

Such a cool dang tent.

überguy says:

That’s one sweet tent! Kinda intimidating though if one’s an amateur in tent plugs and the combination of hiking sticks and ropes.

eric says:

I love my catoma badger for solo humps

out and about with Don says:

Great review luke, can’t wait for the weather to warm up here in Pa, im getting that outdoor itch.

Daniel Adam says:

Quite happy with the clours as is , PITY that it costs , taxes are high here………….

Philip Holman says:

What happened to the lamp giveaway?

JogBird says:

i prefer freestanding and will carry the extra few grams, who wants to do all that staking out at the end of a day of hiking

Charlie says:

Great video Luke .Your energy is infectious .God Bless

Bob Joncas says:

..looks good, great review..

BackCountry Adam says:

I like it but the price throws me off especially with all the other options on the market. Six moons designs lunar solo, Naturehike taga, Tarptent motrail or protrail

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