Big Agnes Sarvis SL2 w/ eVENT
I paid $199 for it, obviously on sale and closeout.
Design: Free-standing 3-season, waterproof tent
Ease of Setup: Middle pole is threaded through a sleeve as is the back bone. The others are clipped to the body.
Price Paid: $199
I paid $199 for it, obviously on sale and closeout. My packed measurements are: 15.5” long and 21” around, pulled tightly on the thickest part. That’s with tent body, rain fly, poles, stakes and guy lines in the sack.
On my scale it weighs 4.73 pounds. Floor Area = 32.5 sq feet. Vestibule area = 6 sq feet. The tent's length is 84” long, 51” at the head, 43” at the feet and 73” at the middle, with a nice 46” of headroom.
The weight savings are due to the hybrid design of the tent. One half is single wall eVENT fabric (the most breathable fabric ever) and the other half with mesh and covered by a attached rain fly. There are two vents on either side at the top and another near the ground at the back in the single wall.
It’s freestanding and has plenty of guy lines. The vestibule isn’t very big but is steeper so it has more vertical room. This is a great tent and big step up from my MSR MicroZoid.
Quality materials and construction
Room for two and spacious for one
Waterproof zipper on rain fly
Comes with gear loft
Middle pole thread through sleeve
Thin floor/footprint recommended
Bought chiefly for touring with hand luggage using…
Design: 3 season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Easy enough with practice
Weight: 2 kilos
Price Paid: £240
Bought chiefly for touring with hand luggage using planes, trains and buses, though I'm looking forward to some really comfortable long distance trekking. Our priorities: light weight and compactness, ventilation, space. So far used mainly on campsites in UK and Italy, and gives amazing space and comfort: best width and headroom of any 2 man tent I've used. Also comfortable in really hot weather through combination of light colours and very good ventilation.
Bags are small and light enough for airline carry on luggage with tent, sleeping bag and mattresses (I use a lightweight 30L rucksack). For back country trekking I'd maybe drop a star, as the porch isn't the biggest for cooking. Set up seems complicated at first, but is easy once you're used to it and gives a very stable tent, with everything nicely tensioned. Very little condensation on the chilliest of nights so far, and none on the Event panels.
I have this tent and a Seedhouse 3. I definitely prefer…
Ease of Setup: 6 on a scale of one to ten
Weight: around 4 pounds
Price Paid: $220
I have this tent and a Seedhouse 3. I definitely prefer the Seedhouse 3, mainly due to quick clip setup on the Seedhouse. This one has sleeves the poles have to slide through which can be a pain by yourself. Once setup I really like the tent, I just don't like setting it up.