Sierra Designs Stretch Prelude AS manual

Sierra Designs Stretch Prelude AS
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SIERRA DESIGNS 1255 Powell Street Emeryville, CA 94608 Phone: 510-450-9555 Fax: 510-654-0705 Toll Free: 800-635-0461
bule pole. Please note that the tent body is symmetrical so the fly can go
on with the vestibule over either door. At points 1 to 12 (Figure 4) on
the inside of the tent fly you will find " side release buckles. Attach
these points to their
mates on the tent
body. It is easiest if
you start at the points
nearest the apex and
work down. At points
J and K on the fly you
will find Velcro
tachments. Attach
these to the vestibule
pole. At eight perime-
ter points on the fly
are ¾" LadderLoc fly attachments (Figure 5). These points correspond to
the ends of the poles at points A–H. Working your way around the pe-
rimeter of the tent, hook the grommets at the ends of the adjustment
straps over the pole ends at points A, B, G and H and then tighten the
adjustment straps. Working your way around the tent again, follow the
same procedure for points C, D, E and F. Now stake out the adjustable
vestibule loops at points L and M, and the back door at point N. Tight-
en these to the desired tautness.
Proper ventilation is essential for creating a comfortable living space inside
your tent. The vestibule door panel can be rolled away for maximum
ventilation. Because the rainfly has an awning over the
door, you can often leave the door tied open in a rain
storm, provided the door faces away from the wind.
When the door in the rear of the rainfly is left fully or
partially open, it effectively improves flow-through
ventilation. Additionally, the zippers at the top of the
vestibule and back door can be used to regulate
ventilation. Staking out the center back of the rainfly
(point N) further enhances ventilation by increasing
airflow under the fly.
Internal Guy System
Years ago, Sierra Designs was the first to introduce the revolutionary
Internal Guy System. This system remains a very important feature in
our Convertible and 4-Season tents. When installed, this simple system
will greatly increase the strength of your tent with the weight of a few
guy cords. This system is very useful in extreme weather conditions, but
is not necessary under normal conditions.
Installation: All attachments are made inside the tent. All that is
needed are 4 pieces of guy cord of 100" lengths or longer, (line tighten-
ers may be used but are optional).
Some of these items have been
provided complimentary with
your tent. There are nine webbing
loops sewn to the interior of the
tent body; one in each corner of the
floor at points A, B, G and H
(Figure 6) and one at each of the
pole intersection points in the ceil-
ing at points O, P, Q, R and I.
Start by tying one end of a cord through the webbing loop in the ceiling at
point Q. Secure the other end at point A with a double half-hitch or one
of the complimentary line tighteners (See Figure 7). Repeat this procedure
for lines between points B and O, G and R, H and P. Note: Point I is
the apex of the tent and it is not part of the Internal Guy System. Use
point I as a hang loop. The Internal Guy System will partially obstruct
the doorway. If you want to stow the cord out of the way when en-
tering or exiting the tent, simply loosen the cord and pass it
through the loop in the ceiling.
Please note that 11 tent stakes and 12 guy cords
were provided with this tent as a courtesy. If
you choose to use more than this when
pitching your tent, additional stakes and
cord may be purchased at the store where
you originally purchased your tent.
First Pitch
In order to familiarize yourself with your new tent, we suggest that you
“test pitch” it before embarking on a wilderness trip.
Select a Site
Look for a level spot that is protected from the wind in order to ensure
sleeping comfort. Clear the area of debris such as sharp stones and sticks
which might abrade or puncture the tent floor. Choose an area that will
drain well when it rains.
Unfurl the Tent and Assemble the Poles
Unfold the tent and lay the floor flat on the ground with the door un-
zipped. Carefully unfold the shock corded pole sections and allow them to
slide together. Do not allow the poles
to snap together: This can lead to seri-
ous pole damage. Make certain that the
insert of each pole section is fully in-
serted into the next pole section
(Figure 1). You will have four straight
poles and one shorter arch pole.
Figure 1: Correct Pole Assembly
Stake Out the Floor
We recommend staking the floor prior to inserting the poles for greater
pitching ease. Although the Stretch Prelude AST is a totally freestanding
tent, we suggest that you always stake the floor for greater safety and sta-
bility, especially in high
winds. First stake each of the
webbing loops at the back of
the tent at points G and H
(Figure 2). Next, move to the
front of the tent, pull the
webbing loops at points A
and B until the tent floor is
squarely and semi-tautly
positioned, and stake them
down. Finally, stake the sides
at points C, D, E and F,
again pulling the tent floor
Figure 2: Tent Body (top view)
Erect the Tent
Insert the tips of one of the straight poles into
the grommets at points A and H, and the tips of
a second straight pole into the grommets at
points B and G (Figure 2). Pull the two poles up
so they intersect at point I and attach the Clip-
over the intersection at the apex (do not
attach the cord yet). Now, following the seams
along the poles, attach the remaining Swift
. Next, insert a straight pole at points C and D, arching the pole
around the back of the tent. Finally, attach all Swift Clips along this
pole’s path. Repeat this process with the remaining straight pole between
points E and F. Now that all the long poles have been attached to the
tent body, attach the 6 remaining Clip-Locs. Hook the four Clip-Locs
nearest to the doors over the intersection with their opening facing the
middle of the tent. Now attach the cord on the Clip-Locs by wrapping
the cord in the direction crossing the open gate of the clip. Wrap the cord
around the pole intersection two to four times, depending on desired
firmness, then slide the cord into the groove on the backside of the clip to
hold it taut (Figure 3).
Fly Sheet
You now have one remaining pole with a bent angle in it. Place the tips
of this pole in the grommets at points A and B or G and H. Drape the
fly over the tent making sure the vestibule is over the end with the vesti-


Your Sierra Designs STRETCH PRELUDE

AST (Arch Support Technology) tent is

very easy to pitch and maintain. Follow

these instructions to pitch your tent

quickly, safely and easily.

Figure 3: Clip-Loc
Figure 5: LadderLoc
Figure 7:
Line Tightener
Figure 4: Flysheet (top view)
Tent Body & Rainfly: 1 Line Tighteners: 12
Tent Poles: 5 Pitching Instructions: 1
Tent Stakes: 11* Jake’s Corner Instructions: 1
Guy Cord: 12 Stake Sack: 1
Jake’s Corner Assembly
: 4 Pole Sack: 1
* Sierra Designs tents include stakes for pitching the body and fly under normal conditions.
Additional stakes may be required in severe conditons.
Figure 6: Top view

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