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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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5 5

Bomber Freestanding Backpacking Tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have spent the last four seasons in this tent backpacking. It has been through downpours, gale force winds, hail, tree debris, and snow at high altitude and it has performed beautifully. With the footprint used every time since I purchased it, it pitches like new still to this day.

Big Agnes even supported the product far better than I imagined. I had something chew a hole in the mesh door, and something with sharp claws run up the spine of the rain fly. It put little holes in it and would have leaked. I sent it to Big Agnes and in one weeks time had the door sewn and holes patched and sent back to me to hit the trail. I also love that I can just pack fly and footprint where you want to cut weight and space for long trips. It has been my home where ever I have roamed.

Bomber Freestanding  Backpacking Tent
5 5

Survived quite the windstorm

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just got back from my new tent's maiden voyage - and it performed superbly! I couldn't be more pleased with how it held up in 60-80mph winds, sleet, and almost constant rain. We spent three nights in the backcountry around Sunrise at Rainier, and I'm very impressed with how this tent withstood the winds. The aluminum poles weren't even bent after the trip, the rainfly did its job, and I was never wet. Condensation in the tent was never a problem, and even at night I was warm and dry. I can't wait for more adventures with this tent! Super light, still can't believe how light and small it packs. Only recommendation is to have extra stakes in conditions like these - the stakes that come with the tent are great quality and function well, but I'm glad I brought an extra 6 stakes on this particular trip. The stakes from my old tent bent under the winds, but the stakes that came with the Big Agnes tent held up perfectly.

Unanswered Question

Can the fly be bought separately? The coating is coming off it in tiny pieces and it's no longer water proof. The tent and poles are fine.

5 5

Best trip ever

I took my tent up to boundary waters it held up fine and was very portable and easy to pack I would recommend it to every one

What is the difference between Packaged Weight, Trail Weight and Fast Pitch Weight (Fast Fly Weight as Big Agnes calls it).

Also what does the footprint weigh?

Here is how Big Agnes defines the different weights for their tents:

Packed weight:
This is the heaviest you can expect your tent to weigh, straight out of the box or from the store. This weight refers to all packaging, hang tags, as well as the stuff sacks, fly, body, stakes, poles, and guy lines.

Trail weight:
This is the lightest you can expect your tent to weigh, stripped of everything but the essentials. This number reflects the weight of just the fly (no guy lines), body, and poles.

Fast-fly weight:
This is the weight of your fly, footprint and poleset only.

Seedhouse SL1 info:

Packed Weight - 2lb 9 oz (41 oz) or 1130grams
Trail Weight - 2lb 2 oz (34 oz) or 964grams
Fast Fly Weight - 1lb 10 oz (26oz) or 737grams
Footprint Weight - 4 oz or 113grams

Anytime you have a Big Agnes question, shoot me an email and I'll make sure to work with you 1-on-1!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead

5 5

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...

love at first sight
4 5

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.

5 5

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.