Why We Chose It: Good value and sustainably made
For Spring 2020, Sierra Designs launched this new version of their hugely popular Meteor two-person tent, one with a bunch of new tweaks that have all been made in the name of sustainability. I’ve been out in the Preseli Hills of Pembrokeshire with it recently and I’ve been really impressed. It’s a tent with bucket loads of space but it’s still reasonably light, and it’s got some pretty nifty little design features to make life on the trail that bit easier. They’ve also swapped in some excellent low-impact materials to lower the Meteor’s footprint on the environment.
What’s The Meteor 3000 Best Suited To?
I’ve found this to make for an excellent option for two-person backpacking. I can also see it as a being suited to bikepacking and just weekend wild camps. Available for under the £300, it just about squeezes into that entry-level price bracket for the first time wild campers out there.
It’s three-season rated and I’d say it’s very well-suited to warm weather camping. Given certain aspects of its design, I’d say it’ll be a little stretched on any wilder nights of early spring and late autumn.
The Eco Credentials
As I’ve already mentioned, the main discernible changes between this new model of the Sierra Designs Meteor and the last one is in regards to the choice of materials. According to the brand, there were only a few small elements that held them back from offering the kind of sustainable products that they wanted to and they say they’ve now managed to get past those stumbling blocks.
So, along with all of the other products in Sierra Designs’ European collection, this tent is completely free from any eco hazardous PFCs and instead features specifically developed DWRs that are much kinder to the earth. All the fabrics used across the Meteor 3000 now come from recycled sources as well.