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Who wants to carry extra weight, anyway?
If there weren't so many bugs this time of year, you'd probably just take a tarp and a sawed-off toothbrush for your trip into the hills. But when the critters are a-crawlin' and a-flyin,' it's time to bust out the ultralight Big Agnes Seedhouse SL Tent for those light-and-fast sorties into the hills. A waterproof ripstop nylon floor and fly keep the weather at bay, mesh walls keep the bugs from flying up your nose and into your eyes, and a vestibule lets you keep gear safely outside for more sleeping space. The whole shebang pitches up in a minutes, too, with single-pole hub design, a DAC Featherlight aluminum pole, and reflective guylines and corner webbing, so even nighttime setup is no big deal. If all this somehow seems like too much (although it does weigh a miniscule two pounds), ditch the body and bring the fly and footprint (sold separately) for an even ultra-lighter weatherproof setup.
- PU-coated nylon ripstop fly and floor
- Nylon mesh body
- PVC- and VOC-free taped seams
- DAC Featherlite NSL hub pole system with clip attachments
- Single door and vestibule with storm flap
- Reflective guylines and corner webbing
- Two mesh pockets
- Footprint and gear loft sold separately
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love at first sight
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have initial impressions but I will update my review later.
First I'd like to thank backcountry for their absolutely amazing customer service.
The tent is very-very light (gave it to one of my hiking friends and he couldn't believe that it was a complete tent) absolutely fantastic construction, very simple setup and takedown. It has enough headroom to sit up and change clothes. I am 5'11" and I have enough room for my sleeping pad and a Deuter 65+10 backpack. The vestibule space is large enough to store some smaller stuff and my boots. I did not buy the footprint but I bought a piece of tyvek from ebay instead. Works just fine.
Sadly I didn't get any rain or a big summer storm, so I can't tell anything about waterproofness or condensation handling but as I said I will update my review.
I only used it for two nights but I can tell that it is a great tent, very good choice for solo backpacking.
It is now getting colder and I realized how easily cold wind blows through this tent, so definately not a four season tent, but still love it very much. Honestly, it is better to have some wind blowing through, than condensation dripping on you at night...
A good contender, but I prefer another
This is a good tent for what it does. It's hard to beat this weight for a free-standing 1 person tent. However, another does slightly better, and I prefer it for other reasons, too. It's the Terra Nova Solar Comp 1. It's 5 oz less, and yet uses far less mesh which means a warmer tent for extended 3 season use. It's also more durable, IMO. (I'm not a fan of the BA pole anchors. Doubt they'd hold up over the long haul.) It is slightly smaller, but you don't need extra room if solo, especially if going UL.
This is the updated 2014 model. We still carry last years version and last years footprint, which won't work for newer model. Bellow is a link to the footprint you want for this tent.
Set and Done
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I used this tent a couple times on my trip down Southern Utah. When they say this is a single person tent, it's really only good for one person only, so don't try fitting another person in this, unless you're planning on getting tangled up.
I like the simplicity of the tent overall. It was very fast and easy to set up. There was plenty of room for foot space, and not much excess condensation, which helped a ton considering we were camping right along the river.
There's nothing bad about this tent and in it's simple nature of using it as a one man tent, you can't go wrong with this guy. Best of all it is a very light tent, so it won't give you a beating on the trail either.