Who wants to carry extra weight, anyway?
- Polyurethane-coated floor and fly help rain bead off instead of soaking you and your gear inside
- Floor and fly seams are taped without using solvents (PVC or VOC)
- Pole system features DAC aluminum poles, press-fit connectors, hubs, and clips that are easy to assemble day or night, rain or shine
- All Big Agnes tents feature poles made with DAC's Green Anodizing process, which eliminates the chemical polishing stage, reduces the need for hazardous chemicals, and recycles water throughout the rinsing process
- Fast Fly pitching option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint to save weight (footprint sold separately)
- Breathable mesh and ripstop nylon canopy fights condensation, and reflective guy lines prevent injuries at night
- Vestibule can be zipped shut at night or during storms for extra protection
- Storage pockets hold your headlamp and a map after you and your companions finish planning the next day's hiking schedule
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using this tent consistently since 2008 ... it still shows little wear. It's perfect for one person and I've spent many nights in it comfortably as a duo (usually a dog, occasionally a girl). Easy to set up, just enough room for a pack. Only bummer is that the rain fly is about two inches too short in the rear of the tent -- if the rain's blowing sideways, you're gunna get a little wet.
Good Things Come in Small Packages!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Because I've been 'Bike Backpacking' I wanted a tent that took up little space and was nice and light. After much research I decided on the SL1 because of Big Agnes' reputation. They can be pricey, but I think I've got a very good product.
I've had it out twice now and both times it has rained (heavily), but I kept nice and dry. I even had to move it both times (not enough incline) so the water was rising fast! Even wit h a lot of stuff in the tent, I just pulled up stakes and moved to a different location.
Overall, I have been really pleased with the tent so far.
Spacious, light and awesome!
I've only done one night in this thing, so I will update with notes on durability.
This thing is VERY roomy inside (especially for me, 5'8" :) I think that even much taller people would be just fine in this thing (< 6'5") I spent a night in 20 degree weather in this and it was surprisingly warm inside compared to the outside temp.
It was super easy to setup. The intuitive design is a cinch to stand up and I had my tent up, pad, liner bag and sleeping bag setup before my brother finished setting up his Sprite I.
Nice sized vestibule was big enough for my Osprey Aether 70 and my shoes with enough room for me to get in and out.
- Made in China
Bottom line: great, spacious tent, light weight for backpacking and easy to use. Buy the footprint!!!
Great little tent
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I purchased this tent on clearance for a very friendly price last year and have used it in the Grand Canyon and the Smoky Mountains. It holds up well to high winds, rain, rocky campsites, etc. My only complaint is that the vestibule is too small for all my gear. The tent itself is very roomy and lightweight, and I love the freestanding design. Materials seem good so far, though the door zipper is a bit flimsy.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Got caught in crazy storm camping just under the treeline on big bald. winds were a howlin and the skies were falling. To be honest i was waiting for a tree to come crashing down on me. However the tent stood there like a sherman tank and never budged. I never got wet at all. However my buddy was in an inferior tent and was taking a bath rather than sleeping. At least he didnt stink the next day!
leave no trace
Plenty big for 1
But pretty cramped. not easy to get dressed or undressed. This is a very light but also very small tent. Not much fun getting in and out in the cold rain.
Light solo tent
If a light solo tent is what you are looking for, this is a great choice. It is well designed and highly functional. If you do lots of solo backpacking trips, this would be a great piece of gear.
If you are serious about UL you can go a lot lighter with a tarp. If you usually backpack with a partner, splitting the weight and sharing a 2-man tent is more comfortable and lighter. But if you are an avid lightweight (not UL) solo backpacker and want to retain the creature comfort of having a tent, I don't think you'll beat the Seedhouse SL1.
Wonderful tent for solo excursions
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
You'll love having the Seedhouse 1 man in your gear closet when your buddy bails on the trip last minute. I chose this tent over all the others because I'm 6'5" and most of the other one man tents are simply too short. I recommend buying the footprint sold separately. The set up isn't as quick as you might hope for but its pretty simple. A lot of stakes needed to achieve a nice taught set up. But when you're posted up solo the tent feels secure, and when you're carrying it you might think you left it behind. I bought a compression sack for the tent, fly and footprint and I keep the pole and stakes separate in my pack. Packs down real small that way. I haven't tried the Fast Fly pitch, leaving the tent itself behind. The tent weighs so little to begin with, I'd prefer the night crawlers stay outside.