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Big Agnes
Salt Creek SL3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

4 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
Color:Gray/Light Gray/Orange



Salt Creek SL3 Tent

If you want a true luxury backpacking adventure, you might consider grabbing the Salt Creek SL3. Three doors, two vestibules, and vertical walls give this nifty freestanding tent easy access and plenty of room to move, and its 3-person capacity can be perfect for a couple and their fur baby, a couple and their real baby, or a couple and the extra room they want just to have it. It weighs into the superlight category of tents, yet comes with everything you need for 3-season comfort—waterproof fly for rainy weather, mesh ceiling for clear nights, an easy setup you'll appreciate after a long day on the trail, and reflective guylines to help you find your way home after the campfire's died down.


  • A superlight tent for backpacking with partner and doggo
  • Three-person capacity fits small family or pampers two people
  • Four-way DAC hub creates generous space with vertical walls
  • Taped seams and PU coated fly defend against stormy weather
  • Additional storage includes 2 interior pockets and a mesh ceiling
  • Ready to pitch with pre-cut guylines and tensioners on fly
  • Multiple doors give quick access for everyone, including pup
  • Two vestibules store packs to free up sleeping space
  • Item #BAGZ29I
[fly, floor] polyester ripstop, PU coating (1500mm), [canopy] polyester ripstop, polyester mesh
Wall Type
DAC Pressfit
Pole Attachment
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
9sq ft / 9sq ft
1 fly vent, vestibule Low Vents
fully sealed
Gear Loft
sold separately
Interior Height
Floor Dimensions
86 x 70in
Floor Space
42sq ft
Packed Size
21.5 x 6in
Footprint Included
sold separately
Fast-pitch Option
footprint sold separately
Fast-pitch Weight
3lb 10oz
Trail Weight
4lb 8oz
Packed Weight
4lb 15oz

Overall Rating

4 based on 4 ratings

Review Summary

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4 out of 5 stars

July 24, 2024

Very good tent, could be great

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
3 person

I bought this tent for Big Agnes tent design reputation and the large awning type door. The awning is really where your head goes, so not useful as an entry point as I had thought. However I found it very useful to put gear in as well as pack up. The engineering design of the tent is excellent with the best uniform clearance between the tent body and fly I have ever had in a tent by far. This makes for a drier tent in the morning. Easy set up. I just car camped for a week in Yellowstone and nice and dry every morning. It never rained hard, so waterproofing not truly tested. It does have an excellent pole design with high quality poles. It does pack up very small to fit in checked bag flying. Negatives: very cheap/ thin fly/ tent material. Got a small rip in fly already I had to repair. I’ve camped several hundred nights without ever tearing a tent before. Plastic tie out points, zippers, and clips feel cheap, like they won’t last very long. I like the design so much that I’m going to keep it, but this could have been the perfect tent with better materials. I had a Walrus backpacking tent I bought in 1995 and lasted me almost 30 years. I do not expect that out of this tent.

5 out of 5 stars

July 20, 2023

High quality, versatile tent

I've put it through the wringer

I've owned this tent for a year and a half, and used it probably 25-30 times in various conditions. Overall I absolutely adore this tent. I never write reviews, but this tent has brought me a lot of happiness. Pros: -Setup is relatively quick and easy, though the pole design is not my favorite -The third door is very practical, providing quick and easy access -The inner hanging shelf is super useful for storage of stuff sacks, bags, and extra clothing -Nice and spacious interior, fits two adults and two (medium sized) dogs -Has performed well in rainy and cold conditions -Lightweight enough for casual backpacking -After a decent amount of use and abuse (including from two dogs) the tent still looks great Cons: -Like many others, my rain fly arrived stained. An unfortunate blemish for an expensive purchase, but I shrugged and moved on -The stakes that it comes with are cheap and don't match the overall quality of the tent -The storage bag tears VERY easily. Mine is still in use but has a large rip at the top -The footprint has to be purchased separately, and is difficult to also fit in the overly tight bag -The pole design is a little awkward, especially during breakdown and storage (like trying to wad up a compliant spider) In my opinion the pros outweigh the cons with this tent. It quickly became my go to for car camping or light backpacking. It still pleases me every time I set it up!

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Rachel H
3 out of 5 stars

November 5, 2022

Rain fly also stained/blemished

I returned this product before using it

The same happened to me as the other reviewer Carlos E. Tent seems great, but I haven't used it yet because I attempted to exhanged for a tent that did not have a stain on the rainfly. Backcountry was great with the return process but the second tent also had a stain on the fly. I am going to attempt to get just the fly exhanged directly with Big Agnes. Paying $400+ for a tent that is not "perfect" seems a bit crazy for me too

topp181944 t
4 out of 5 stars

October 20, 2022

Factory second?

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It feels like we received a factory second to be honest. The tent is great, sets up easily and quickly, spacious, wonderful, and seems to meet all the other great reviews...however, the rain fly is considerably stained/blemished. This cosmetic issue will most likely not impact the performance of the tent, but definitely feels like a product one would find at the factory sale vs. from a retailer. Paying $400+ for a tent that is not "perfect" seems a bit crazy. We will keep it and use it, but a little disappointed on the quality control .

Carlos E