At Summer 2006 Outdoor Retailer we reported on Mountain Hardware’s new 3-pound Bunker, which is a 1-person 4-season tent. This time we found the Assailant from Sierra Designs to continue the warfare theme. While the Bunker has only 16.7 square feet of floor space, the Assailant provides 22.5 square feet, enough room for one person plus gear, and weighs only 3 ounces more (based on trail weight). Both are single wall with waterproof/breathable fabric.
The Assailant has three poles with sleeves and is quick to set up. Entry is from the side through a nearly full height and wide zippered door with no vestibule. It’s pretty roomy inside for one person plus gear. It will accommodate a tall person up to about 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) (BPL tested) without hitting the ends, but a taller person would have to bend a bit to avoid touching the ends with a sleeping bag (the max length is 93 inches or 2.36 m). Headroom is only 30.5 inches (775 mm), not enough to sit up.
The fabric is Sierra Designs’ Drizone laminated fabric, which is a two-layer PTFE laminate with a breathability rating of 28,000 g/sq m/24 hr and waterproofness rating of 18,000 mm, which are outstanding numbers. The breathability rating is in fact 4% higher than that of eVENT fabric measured by the same test. The Assailant has three vents to help exhaust moisture and maintain comfort.
One concern we have about the Assailant is that the roof is fairly flat and the pole sleeves will prevent snow from easily sliding off.
Specifications and Features
- Manufacturer: Sierra Designs
- Capacity: 1-person+
- Dimensions: 82 / 93 in long x 47 in wide x 30.5 in high (2083/2362 x 1193 x 775 mm)
- Fabrics: Shell is 40d ripstop nylon 2-layer laminate, floor is 70d nylon taffeta (3000 mm)
- Poles: DAC Featherlite NSL 8.5 mm
- Weight: 3 pounds 3 ounces trail weight, 3 pounds 11 ounces total weight (1.45 kg, 1.67 kg)
- MSRP: $319