Ultralight tent for weight-conscious backpackers and thru-hikers.
Reduce weight and save energy while you backpack deep into the backcountry with the Big Agnes Slater UL 2 Plus 2-Person 3-Season Tent. This tent weighs in at less than three pounds, offers superb protection from the elements, and is easy to set up when you arrive at your campsite after a long trek.
- Silicone-treated nylon ripstop fly and floor fabric and 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating on the fly and floor resist rain
- All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's)
- Tent body features nylon ripstop fabric and polyester mesh for ventilation
- DAC Featherlite NSL pole system has press-fit connectors and lightweight hubs that eliminate the main causes of tent pole failure while Reverse Combi architecture allows for wider head room without adding extra poles
- DAC tent poles are made from a proprietary aluminum alloy that allows for thin-walled tent poles with a high strength-to-weight-ratio
- Single door and vestibule cut down on weight
- Door has two closing options: zip up mesh door for ventilation or zip up both the mesh and the polyester layer for full protection
- Two-person tent weighs 2lb 9oz for a stellar ultralight backpacking tent
- Fly Vents improve ventilation to reduce condensation
- Storm flaps on vestibule zipper add weather protection
- Reflective guyline, webbing on tent corners, and oversized stake-out loops for easy set-up
- Gear loft loops for convenience (Triangle gear loft sold separately)
- Three internal mesh pockets organize your gear
- Includes 11 super-light aluminum J stakes
- Footprint sold separately
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Great Lightweight Tent!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you want a super light weight tent from a tent manufacturer who are obsessed with making the best tents in the market then go for this one! Especially if you like the desert, this is the only tent (that I know of) in the world that has no mesh, except in the door where you can unzip the fabric to have mesh on those warmer summer nights. By not having mesh you will prevent fine sand from being blown into your tent on windy days. The poles are strong and the design is made for backpackers/mountaineers, meaning it's not extra roomy, but definitely not too small, great for tall people. I've slept in this tent down to the teens and have had no problems, it's everything you want it to be and nothing you don't!
X-Large Fly Creek!
UL2 Slater fixes the length problems of the Fly Creek for 5'10" and up people. All ultra light tents in this class are 86" which means tall people's bags ram into the tent walls front and back, this tent is the only UL that I know that fixes that issue. It also is the only one that I know that is really an Ultra Light 2 person tent! It is wider than the fly creek as well. It also could be thought as a 3.5-4 Season with the new semi-mesh free inside. I have not experienced any condensation issues but have not tried it in real wet, but if the user uses the vents front and back I cant see how it could be that large of an issue. The front zips totally open to 100% mesh bug screen, which is a great option.
Ultralight with a little extra
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
For my needs (backpacking in varied conditions usually with my wife and on a rare occasion solo) this tent is the perfect ultralight compromise. I had the good fortune of buying a sample from the company at a discounted price and have been able to test it on two occasions recently. I would be hard pressed to find a lighter tent that offers the same space without significantly sacrificing durability.
-Ultralight, it packs relatively small (a little larger than the Fly Creek... naturally) and is lightweight. If split between two people it is even lighter!
-Durable for an ultralight, seemingly so anyways and feels much more solid than some of the new Cuben Fiber tents
-Fully enclosed tent. I really like the fact that I can zip the whole thing up and keep bugs out. Bugs love to bite me, so open air tarps, no matter how light, are out of the question for me.
-EXTRA Space! I am 6'3" and fit comfortably and can store my pack below my feet with no problem. Its more roomy than the Fly Creek, and we can even kinda sit up in the tent!
-Not totally free standing. While you can pitch the tent with the poles only, you'd really want to add a couple stake or tie the guy wires to a rock or tree to make it fully taught. If you don't it would likely poorly repel rain/snow, flutter in the wind or sag. **(if you were clever there might be a way to tension it using trekking poles, but this isn't a feature, just an idea I want to try)
-Condensation. The semi-opaque material in place of traditional netting is a great for added warmth, privacy, and keeping wind blown sand out, but I think it also contributes to greater internal morning condensation. If this is problem you might want to try opening the single net vent. It helps but overall condensation might be a challenge more often with this tent.
OVERALL I recommend this tent, especially if your needs are similar to mine.