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Looking for a superlight tent that's great spring, summer, and fall, with enough spine for mild winter trips as well? Point your eyeballs at the Big Agnes Slater SL 3 Plus Tent, which, unlike most Big Agnes designs, features solid ripstop nylon walls (with small mesh vents) that offer a little more warmth, strength, and durability than mesh, without adding more than a few ounces of weight. Toss in a silicone- and PU-treated ripstop nylon fly with fully taped seams and expedition-style coverage, and you have a tent that pushes the boundaries of a traditional three-season shelter.
To keep your gear safe from mild winter to summer, the Slater has two vestibules, one of which is virtually as large as the tent, and two nylon doors that seal out the elements all year long. Setup's as breezy as an afternoon ridgeline, thanks to a super-simple hub pole design that features Featherlite DAC aluminum poles that offer stability without any excess weight, and the guylines and webbing are reflective to save you embarrassment, and misfortune, of tripping over your tent in the middle of the night. If you're looking to shave even more weight in the summer, pick up the Slater footprint and bring just the fly and footprint for a light and quick setup option. For three-plus-season camping, it's tough to make a better bet.
- Incredibly lightweight, breathable tent that's perfect for the trail
- Tough ripstop construction withstands abuse and has waterproof treatment
- Featherlite DAC poles add stability and support without weight
- Large vestibule has plenty of room for your gear
- Four vents let cool, fresh breezes blowing in
- Multiple storage pockets and gear loft help store smaller essentials
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- Q & A
Slater UL 3
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This review is for the Slater UL 3. In all honesty, I don't know what all the differences are between the SL and the UL. I believe the UL has been discontinued. The UL we have is excellent. We just returned from a winter ski trip in the Bridger Wilderness of Wyoming. Temps were in the teens most nights (of a 6 day trip) with significant winds of up to 40 mph gusts. We were approximately 15 miles back on a ski trip, so we needed the tent to perform well and reliably. It performed spectacularly. It stood up to the wind and kept us dry every night. Condensation was never a problem because of the wind except one night when the wind didn't blow and even then the condensation was much less than expected. The big vestibule was fantastic. We cooked in it at least twice a day and stored all of our gear in it and the side vestibule. We had really wet snow the first night of our trip and the tent stayed dry inside. After the extremes we put this tent thru, I have no problem recommending it. It is very light for its size and packs reasonably small.