User Review: Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: going rate
Superlight freestanding tent. Small footprint and stealthy color.
- needs a ventilation flap in the fly
- fragile material and zipper
Simple enough, after a few trips I could put this tent up in the dark. Superlight — watch out it will blow away...though in the wind it's usually good enough just to use 5 stakes for the fly. I usually camp with just the freestanding screen body and no stakes.
Fly is totally weatherproof as it arrives. Fly well ventilated at the bottom if staked out properly, but condensation can be a problem if the fly door is totally zipped up, like you have to when it rains — I use a spork to prop it open at the top.
I use the two-person as a one-person. I'm 6' and it's a good fit. Two people and you have to store everything under the vestibule.
Quite compact, fits in a backpack or pannier or kayak easily.
fly zipper sucks up the adjacent nylon flap if you're not careful.
Nice soft green color, blends right in to most landscapes. Esp without the fly, it's very stealthy at night.
Smallish footprint as compared to two door models.
The material is lightweight — that means you can't manhandle it or it will be full of holes. If you are rough on gear, get a heavier tent.
I'm on my second Seedhouse, third if you count a warranted replacement on the first one — after a 2-month river expedition, it shipped water — might have had something to do with a little wind driven tumble through the brambles.
Still the first tent I grab for backpacking in the Sierras or kayaking in Baja.