Backpacking with Sierra Designs

Posted in Backpacking, Camping, Gear Reviews, Outdoor Gear by Eric Miller - 07.12.2013

Sierra Designs Review

Thanks to the good folks at Sierra Designs I’ve been able to test out a couple pieces of gear this year. I was able to get out in the Sierra Designs Mojo 2 Tent and the Sierra Designs Zissou 12 Sleeping Bag. Both are fantastic pieces of gear.

Sierra Designs Mojo 2 Tent

The Mojo 2 Tent is part of Sierra Design’s Ultralight line. Coming in at 2 lbs 11 oz it’s light in the pack but it doesn’t sacrifice performance on the trail. It features a mix of single and double wall construction saving weight.

One major complain about single wall tents is breathability and condensation. The Mojo 2 has plenty of mesh to help combat both. In slightly humid conditions sleeping next to a lake in mosquito hell I woke in the morning with very little condensation on the inside of the tent. The “wing design” helps with airflow as well as all the mesh.

As expected with an ultralight, 2-person tent there isn’t a lot of wiggle room. If you’re sharing a tent I hope you like your partner and I hope they don’t smell. You will definitely be cozy all night. There was just enough height right at the peak for me to sit up straight but you’d be hard-pressed to have two tall people sit at the same time. The vestibule is just right for shoes and a couple other small items.

Set up was a breeze after figuring it out the first time. Overall it wasn’t bad but it takes just a little bit to get the pole structure down the first time. After that it’s a breeze. I also didn’t have any issue staking it out nice and taut.

Overall I was impressed with the Mojo 2. It’s has definitely made my “keeper” list.

Sierra Designs DriDown Zissou 12 Sleeping Bag

The most notable feature of the Zissou 12 is the DriDown fill. For those who aren’t familiar DriDown is goose down that has been treated to stay dry 10 times longer than untreated down. What this means is you don’t have to worry if the bag gets a little wet. You’ll still have plenty of warmth to go around. You still have to be careful of course but a little water isn’t going to live you shivering all night long.

The Zissou 12 is comfortable. It seems to be cut just a little wider than usual giving you a little more room to wiggle around which is huge for a wiggly, side sleeper. The ergonomic hood cinches down nice and tight eliminating drafts, keeping you warm. While I didn’t get it down to its limits, it kept me plenty warm when it dropped close to freezing.

Packability is decent too. It gets down to about the size of a loaf a bread and at 2 lbs 7 oz it won’t break your back.

It’s a small feature but the bright green inner fabric really helps with visibility in low light conditions. I know it sounds like it shouldn’t matter but it was a nice little touch to the design.

Sierra Designs Zissou 12 Sleeping Bag Features

  • EN Comfort Limit: 24oF / -4oC
  • EN Lower Limit: 12oF / -11oC
  • Shape: Mummy
  • Fits to: (Regular) 6 ft / 183 cm (Long) 6 ft 6 in / 198 cm
  • Length: (Regular) 78 in / 198 cm (Long) 84 in / 213 cm
  • Zipper Side: Left
  • Shoulder girth: (Regular) 62 in / 157 cm (Long) 64 in / 163 cm
  • Hip girth: (Regular) 58 in / 147 cm (Long) 60 in / 152 cm
  • Footbox: (Regular) 40 in / 102 cm (Long) 42 in / 107 cm
  • Fill weight: (Regular) 21.5 oz / .61 kg (Long) 23.5 oz / .66 kg
  • Total weight: (Regular) 2 lbs 7 oz / 1.1 kg (Long) 2 lbs 10 oz / 1.19 kg
  • Stuffed diameter: 8 in / 20 cm
  • Stuffed length: 16 in / 41 cm
  • Price: $289.95

Sierra Designs Mojo 2 Tent Features

  • Capacity: 2
  • Season: 3
  • Trail Weight: 2 lbs 11 oz / 1.22 kg
  • Packed Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz / 1.42 kg
  • Interior Area: 26.50 ft2 / 2.46 m2
  • Vestibule Area: 7.00 ft2 / .65 m2
  • Peak Height: 38 in / 97 cm
  • Packed Length: 17.5 in.
  • Packed Diameter: 5 in.
  • Number of doors: 1
  • Number of poles: 2 hubbed
  • Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm
  • Price: $399.95

Bottom Line:

Sierra Designs is cranking out some serious gear and you should pay attention.

Buy Now: Pick up the Sierra Designs Mojo 2 Tent and get the Sierra Designs Zissou 12 Sleeping Bag.

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