User Review: Big Agnes Sarvis SL1 w/ eVENT
Design: 3+ season freestanding hubbed dome
Ease of Setup: Very easy, 2 minutes
Weight: Listed: 3 lbs, 4 oz, actual 3 lbs 8.5 ozs
Price Paid: $150
The Sarvis is a nice combination of size, weight, strength, and usability. Half of the tent is single wall, with this model using two eVent panels. eVent is a breathable fabric to minimize condensation. The single wall portion of the tent also has a ground facing netted vent at the end of the tent near the ground, and two hooded vents with tabs at the top of the tent.
Set up is easy, using two hubbed pole sets. Once staked out -– more on that later -- this tent is very stable. I haven’t used it in the winter yet, but this tent could definitely do winter work where heavy snow fall is not expected. About the stakes: to get the full space offered by the tent requires a minimum of 11 stakes: 4 corners, 2 vestibule, 2 tent sides on the ground, 2 for guys lines (1 each side), and 1 at the back for the rear vent. 11 stakes is a lot of stakes for a “lightweight” tent, so keep that in mind when considering this tent. It also really undercuts the freestanding claim.
This tent has the same footprint at the corners as the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1. It gets its 3 “extra” square feet by having a marginally wider body through the middle of the tent which must be staked out at both ground and with guy lines to get the benefit of this feature. BA claims this is a 1+ tent, but I don’t think so as a practical matter. The vestibule is just big enough for a pack and boots. There certainly isn’t room for them in the tent. Also, if you are more than 6ft tall, look elsewhere –- the length of this tent includes a triangular foot space which is unusable/used for venting, so this tent is too small for occupants 6ft and over.
One feature I really like is that the fly covering the half of the tent closer to the door is attached/sewn in so that you can easily roll back the fly in good weather and use the included tie backs to stargaze. If the night turns rainy, it takes about 30 seconds to stake out the fly. It also helps having a sewn/attached fly when you’re setting up in windy weather.
On my scale, this tent was 4 oz heavier than BA’s posted weights, so this tent ain't that lightweight for a solo shelter. That said, this tent is sturdy, quiet in a breeze, and easy to use.