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With a trail weight 3 pounds, 9 ounces, the three-person Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 3 is truly a lightweight favorite. The shape of the tent provides more usable interior volume than most other ultra-lightweight tents, making it ideal for ounce-counters.
The freestanding Seedhouse SL 3 is easy to set up and can be positioned in the ideal location after it's been pitched. The Seedhouse SL 3 uses a DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with Pressfit connectors and lightweight hubs that attach to the tent body with plastic clips for quick and easy set up.
With an interior peak height of 44" and a vestibule area providing 14 square feet of sheltered exterior space for gear, the Seedhouse SL 3 provides sufficient room for three and can serve as a really spacious home for two backpackers. With full nylon mesh side walls, the tent has excellent ventilation that cuts down on condensation. Coated with 1200mm waterproof polyurethane, the nylon rip-stop floor and rainfly are extremely durable. All of the Seedhouse SL 3’s seams are seal-taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (no PVC or VOCs) to further protect the tent from the elements.
Four sewn-in interior mesh storage pockets offer numerous places to stash essentials inside the tent. Integrated gear loft loops offer a connection point for the Big Agnes Wall Gear Loft (sold separately).
If you want to go even lighter, the optional Seedhouse SL 3 Footprint (sold separately) can be attached to the tent fly eliminating the tent body for light and fast summer backpacking. In this Fast Fly configuration, the Seedhouse SL 3 weighs a mere 2 pounds, 12 ounces.
- Single door & vestibule
- Storm flaps on vestibule zipper
- Reflective guyline and webbing on tent corners
- Fly and floor are nylon rip-stop and have 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
- Tent body is nylon mesh
- All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC’s)
- DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs
- Plastic clips attach tent body to pole frame
- Hub pole design
- 13 Superlight aluminum J stakes
- Four interior mesh pockets
- Gear Loft loops included
- Footprint sold separately
Recommended Use Three-Season Backpacking Average Min Weight 3 lbs 8 oz Average Packed Weight 3 lbs 15 oz Warranty Lifetime Vestibule Area 14 sq ft Sleeping Capacity 3 Seasons 3 Seam Sealed Taped Seams Pole Type DAC Featherlite NSL Aluminum Packed Size 5" x 22" Number of Poles 2 Other Stuff Sack Included Material Fly and Floor: Nylon Rip-stop with 1200mm Waterproof Polyurethane Coating
Body: Nylon Mesh
Interior Storage Four Interior Mesh Pockets, Gear Loft (sold separately) Interior Height 44" Freestanding Yes Floor Dimension 90" x 70" Floor Area 44 sq ft Doors 1 Clips or Sleeves Clips
- Great tent and very lightweight
Likes: This entire tent, fly, and footprint packs into an 8L stuff sack; the poles go elsewhere in the pack. The total weight is 5 lbs., which is pretty good for a 3 person tent. The tent poles snap into the footprint attachment points so that I can pitch it in "fast-fly" mode. The entire upper section of the tent is mesh, so it is very airy. Further, the fly stakes out a bit wider than the tent body, which also helps with condensation. After using the tent in both conventional mode and "fast-fly" mode, I don't see a reason to use the tent body much.
Dislikes: The tent poles are very lightweight, AND they're quite long (i.e. 20"). So, it's hard to figure out exactly where to put them in/on the pack. It seems a little risky to put them on the outside, and putting them on the inside is difficult, just due to the length. Another issue to consider is that this tent will not help keep anyone warm. It's just too wide open and there's too much mesh. Finally, the door zipper and mesh is really, really tight, such that if I attach all the clips, the door zipper is really hard to unzip. The fabric around the door seems like it wouldn't last very long. So, I just unclip the two clips on either side. I doesn't affect the tent any, and it lessens the tension such that the door zipper can go up and down easily.