User Review: Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $206 including footprint.
The Seedhouse SL-2 is a simple, well-designed, easy to set and take down tent. I have used it in the summer and fall and really like the door at the end of the tent (instead of the side) design. Though the tent is rated for two, I use is as a solo tent.
I specifically looked for an affordable two-person tent that would work for car camping and backpacking, intending to be the only occupant. I really enjoy the luxury (and functionality) that extra space provides. I have done quite a bit of research and though there are possibly better tents now available (for considerably more money), I still this this is a great tent—a classic really—especially when you can find it on sale.
- Simple and well designed, easy and quick to set up, even the first few times. Easy to tear down and stow.
- Light weight.
- Good headroom and vestibule room. Tight for two people, just right for a claustrophobe and gear.
- Easy to get in and out.
- Not entirely free-standing.
- Fly will merge with the mesh top after a lot of rain, leading to some condensation.
- Entrance will allow minor dripping in the tent in significant rain
The thing I like most about this tent is that everything is exactly what/how/where you expect it. That's what makes it so easy to set up even the first time, without instructions. I have read so many tent reviews that say you need the instructions, diagrams, or it takes some figuring out the first few times you set it. Not a problem with the Seedhouse SL-2. No instructions needed; everything is obvious and intuitive.
The tent pitches tautly, though in high wind and rain, it will slacken.
I have been ins some light to moderate rains in the tent and it performs well. I have not felt like the tent would collapse in wind, though I have not been in high wind with the tent. It's a super light, after all, and there are some limitations.
The tent vents reasonably well, though there is nearly always some condensation overnight even without rain, but not too bad.
It has great headroom—43 inches. It is rated as a two-person tent, but I use it solo. I like the extra room for gear and elbows. It would be tight for two large adults. Width and length of the interior are just right for me with gear. I do tend to bring a lot of gear and extras and bring them all in the tent with me. Minimalists would find it roomy I believe.
It stows as easily as it pitches and doesn't take a shoehorn to fit everything in the stuff sack, and that includes the footprint. I generally hate taking a tent down, but I have no complaints with the Seedhouse. I use it primarily for trailhead camping for Colorado 14ers.
I have had the tent for a few years and do not use it a lot or in rough conditions. It has held up just fine for my use. Everything works as it should. Again, i like the simplicity of the tent. I think it would go up relatively easily in wind and/or rain.