User Review: Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
Design: three season freestanding
Ease of Setup: EASY!!!!
Weight: 3 lbs. 1 oz.
Price Paid: $315 Canadian
This tent is the absolute best tent I have ever owned and I have owned many over the last 20 years!!! It is a great tent because it is lightweight and you can set up in the dark with no problem!! It is awesome in humid, wet areas because the condensation does not build up inside because of the mesh interior.
It might be a bit snug for two people but because of the nicely sized vestibule most gear can be stored in the vestibule. I also bought the footprint ($55.00 CDN.) which is invaluable for a tent made of the light weight material and I also spent $3.00 CDN. on a gear loft which is awesome for stowing my GPS and other assorted items as well it works great for laying out a couple of pairs of wet socks!!
I have used the Dyad 22 (single wall) tent for many, many trips and it performed well, including one trip last year (CDT Trail) as all I had to do was fold it up and put inside my pack, however, the Dyad 22 cannot withstand severe, rain downpour compared with the Big Agnes, as my trips this year have all been wet. I chanced a mountaineering trip by taking the Dyad 22 because I really do love the Dyad. However, I wish I had the Big Agnes as the Dyad starting receiving puddles of water on the floor and I had to wipe it down inside fairly often in order to keep my gear dry, I would not have had to do this with the Big Agnes.
So,I would say the Big Agnes is the ultimate best 3 season tent, but if you don't want fuss around with packing it up then a single wall is better however if you get stuck in an area where the weather is continually raining and snowing or doing a trip in the coastal mountains and especially in Alaska in summertime, I would recommend the Big Agnes over any other tent on the market. (With the fly/gear loft the pack weight for the Big Agnes is about 4 lbs.)