User Review: Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $300
It is a light and functional backpacking tent that works well for 2 and a dog. There are a few areas of weakness, that could compromise a trip.
- Light enough for backpacking
- Great for dry nights with the fly off
- Quick setup
- Poles compromised because of use of plastic fittings holding everything together.
- Craftsmanship leaves room for improvement
I've had the tent for a over a full season now. I like the design and when it's working correctly it's a nice tent. However; I've already had it replaced twice due to manufacturer defects.
I use it for bird hunting in Colorado in September and last year after a summer's worth of testing, the plastic piece all the poles go into broke in the middle of a night I had the fly off. I woke up and it was cracked and was no longer structurally sound enough to support the weight of the pole. Luckily, I was in Steamboat Springs at the time and made a quick trip over to their warehouse and they replaced the poles for me.
Later on that season I had the same issue where the plastic piece broke again, only now it was also coming apart where the mesh and the sil-nylon come together and the fly was separating where the tie downs were on the bottom. Big Agnes, however, is a good company that stands by their product and replaced the whole tent for me this spring.
I've used it this summer and have been pleased with it during a some inclement weather above 10,000 feet. I've since taped the plastic pieces where I've had failures before, as a bit of preventive maintenance, as I wouldn't want to compromise another hunt.
It fits my girlfriend, myself and the dog well and we love camping with the fly off, and the wall that is all mesh, makes for some pretty spectacular mornings as well as star gazing. Camping a few weeks ago with the top off we were greeted by the morning sun, with a view of a mountain goat on a ledge above us that will go down in the history books for my preferred method of waking up.
Overall I enjoy the tent and a company that stands behind its products is worth my business again.