Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3
Design: Freestanding, Almost A-Frame
Ease of Setup: Pretty easy
Weight: 4lb 10oz total
Price Paid: $250
Great tent but like many three person tent it's just an oversized regular two-person tent. The reason I say that is because even though the floor plan may be large the walls slope down considerably, not giving you much room for three people unless you guys are playing cards. Forget about laying three regular Therm-a-rests in there. It will not fit without some serious overlapping. It's big for two people but not quite the palace that you expect when using other three-people tents for two.
Another gripe about this product is the mesh is very fragile and will develop snag and tabs on it. In fact, of the four that I set up all of them had several defects on the mesh and I just took the one with the least which had about seven of them which says something about the quality. The tent overral is nothing exceptional in that department and I honestly don't understand why its retail price is so high ($380).
The weight is pretty accurate and mine weighs only 2oz above what Big Agnes states.
The other thing to consider is that all Seedhouse SL series don't have drip-free doors, so if you are going to exit when it's pouring you better have a very good reason to leave the tent and get the stuff in the door wet.
Overall, a good tent with the only thing going for it being the weight, which is lighter than many two people tent. It's plenty large for two people and will let you clutter a lot of stuff in the floor. Seriously overpriced at $380 and even at $250 I considered returning it.
Design: door on the end. ridge pole. FS
Ease of Setup: Bubbles could do it while Micheal Jackson was chasing him
Price Paid: $75- promo
I think that I'm in love... Good weather? Take a SL3! It's a bug screen with a fly. What more do you need? Maybe it's a little small for 3 dudes but for a couple of people it's perfect. Not raining?- 360 deg. views w/o bugs. If it's raining - fly is tight and all condensation goes to fly through screen. If there are no bugs and it's not raining... Well why did you bring a tent at all? Plus it's light. Chill out ULers - I didn't say 'ultra-'. With one pole (it uses a two hub design) a monkey could set it up. I gave it a four because the door is a little small and it doesn't carry OR set itself up.
Design: Three-person, three-season, freestanding, single door
Ease of Setup: Simple clips and eye holes.
Weight: 4.5 pounds
Price Paid: $400
So I am an avid backpacker and have really enjoyed going lightweight, i.e. a nice bivy sack or just bug netting. However, my friends don't seem to enjoy the same level of excitement. So when I purchased this tent last summer, I kept thinking it would be a great tent for two, but fully functional for three.
As it turned out, I was correct. I have used it as a two person tent several times with great success. the lightweight nature of the bug netting has allowed star filled nights on sandy beaches in Northern New York (almost Canada) yet the fly provides ample coverage in New Hampshire spring time thunderstorms.
I have read reviews about the bug netting having defects. To this issue, there were numerous bugs squished against the netting on 6/06/08. This did alter the structure of the netting (it wasn't perfect squares anymore). However, by pressing lightly over the misaligned netting, the imperfections vanished. No more issues.
This tent does everything I need a tent to do. It has three built in pockets that are very convenient.
This tent has performed very well and I would recommend it.
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The ultralight, freestanding Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 tent is for weight conscious backpackers who like to count ounces and still have a little elbow room to read at night. Seedhouse SL3 is simple, efficient and classic; it's built for adventures like cross-country bike tours or those weekend peaks you've been looking to bag. Hub/pole system is super lightweight and tent body attaches quickly and easily to the pole frame with plastic clips; fabric loops along the ridge pole increase weight savings. Innovative pole design provides exceptional headroom without excess weight. Walls are constructed of woven nylon mesh, providing excellent ventilation and 360deg views. Rainfly and seamless floor are made of high-tenacity ripstop nylon and are both polyurethane- and silicone-coated for waterproofness and durability. Light yet strong, DAC Featherlite(R) NSL pole system with pressed-in connectors and lightweight hubs are anodized without the use of harmful acids. Includes 3 mesh pockets inside the tent just above the door; gear loft loops included. All seams on tent body and fly are sealed with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane seam tape; vestibule stormflap protects zipper from the elements. Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 includes stuff sacks and 13 superlight aluminum J-stakes. Save weight and create a minimalist shelter by using just the rainfly, footprint (sold separately), poles and stakes.
Whoever said three's a crowd wasn't in the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 3-Person 3-Season Tent, which has plenty of room for a trio of campers. Not only won't you be crowded, but with polyurethane waterproofing, all three of you will be dry and comfy; even your gear will be sheltered under the vestibule. With its double walls, excellent wind profile, strong DAC Featherlight NSL poles, and aluminum stakes, your nature-loving home will withstand the inevitable storm you encounter during your three-season adventures.
Features: Three season, free standing, superlight backpacking tent DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors, and lightweight hubs - featuring eco-friendly anodizing All DAC poles made from TH72M aluminum: the latest technology in lightweight tent poles featuring improved durability Fly and floor are lightweight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating Tent body is lightweight nylon and nylon mesh Mesh body offers excellent ventilation Single hub/pole system makes set up easy Cross pole increases head room and stability Plastic clips attach the tent body to the pole frame for quick and easy set-up D shaped door with mesh pocket above Storm flap over vestibule zipper Reflective guyline and reflective webbing on tent corners for nighttime visibility All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane (No PVC or VOC's) tape 13 Superlight aluminum J stakes - featuring eco-friendly anodizing - included Gear loft loops included: Fits Big Agnes WALL gear loft - sold separately Color: Titanium Green Note: We list several weights for our tents to aid your product research. Trail weight refers to poles, fly and tent body. Packed weight includes poles, fly, tent body, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, instructions, and packaging. Fast Fly weight refers to the poles, tent fly and accessory Fast Fly footprint. Seedhouse SL3 Trail Weight 3lb 8oz Packed Weight 3lb 15oz Footprint Weight 7oz Fast Fly Weight 2lb 12oz Packed Size 5" x 22" Floor Area 44sq ft Vestibule Area 14sq ft Head Height 44" Foot Height 26
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Free Shipping. Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 3 Person Tent FEATURES of the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 3 Person Tent Fabrics and mesh used on the inner tents are made from breathable lightweight nylon or polyester Mesh body designs offer excellent ventilation Oversized stake out loops Free standing structures reduce the number of stakes Interior mesh pockets for organizing gear Gear loft loops included Storm flap on vestibule zippers prevents drips Condura fabrics used in our Mountaineering line Waterproof polyurethane coating on all fly and floor fabrics Reflective guyline and reflective webbing on tent corners for nighttime visibility All seams taped with waterproof, solvent free polyurethane tape (no PVC or VOC) Fly vents improve ventilation to reduce condensation Single door and vestibule Storm flaps on vestibule zipper Reflective guyline and webbing on tent corners Fly and floor are nylon rip-stop Fly and floor have 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating Tent body is nylon mesh All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's) Poles: DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs Plastic clips attach tent body to pole frame Hub pole design Stakes and Storage: 13 Superlight aluminum J stakes Four interior mesh pockets Gear Loft loops included Fast Fly setup available Large Trapezoid gear loft sold seperately SPECIFICATIONS of the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 3 Person Tent Capacity: 3 Person Trail Weight: 3 lbs 8 oz / 1.59 kg Packed Weight: 3 lbs 15 oz / 1.8 kg Fast Fly Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz / 1.25 kg Packed Dimension: 5 x 22in. / 13 x 56 cm Floor Size: 4.1 square meter / 44 square feet Floor Length: 90in. / 229 cm Floor Width: 70in. / 178 cm Head Height: 44in. / 112 cm Foot Height: 26in. / 66 cm Vestibule Area: 1.3 square meter / 14 square feet Footprint Weight: 7 oz / 198 g