User Review: Big Agnes Sarvis SL1 w/ eVENT
Design: three season modified A-frame
Ease of Setup: One of the easiest tents I have ever set up.
Weight: with footprint just north of three pounds
Price Paid: $149.50
I bought this tent directly from Big Agnes when they put all of their tents with eVent on sale for 50% off and have to say that there are absolutely no regrets in doing so.
The tent is a so-called free standing tent, but only if you don't want to expand the middle section or unroll the fly. When I have used it I usually don't waste the time or weight by bringing along the four corner stakes. Two for the mid section, two for the unrolled fly, two for the guy lines, and one for the back is plenty.
I am a big guy, 6'2" and about 250 pounds(kinda round in the middle) and this tent fits me well. I am easily able to sit up in it and change clothes. I own a couple Big Agnes sleeping bags, due to the fact that they make semi rectangular ones that are more roomy than a mummy, but not as bulky as a rectangular bag. The vestibule fits my back and boots, while the interior of the tent is large enough for some extra clothes, jackets, etc.
Without including the stakes, this tent takes me about thirty seconds to set up, due to the two hubbed poles that easily slip together through one sleeve, then clip to the tent on each end. I found that it is easiest to do this first, then pick it up with one hand and lay the footprint out with the other hand. After this I stake it out.