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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 1 Tent: 1-Person 3-Season


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If there weren't so many bugs this time of year, you'd probably just take a tarp and a sawed-off toothbrush for your trip into the hills. But when the critters are a-crawlin' and a-flyin,' it's time to bust out the ultralight Big Agnes Seedhouse SL Tent for those light-and-fast sorties into the hills. A waterproof ripstop nylon floor and fly keep the weather at bay, mesh walls keep the bugs from flying up your nose and into your eyes, and a vestibule lets you keep gear safely outside for more sleeping space. The whole shebang pitches up in a minutes, too, with single-pole hub design, a DAC Featherlight aluminum pole, and reflective guylines and corner webbing, so even nighttime setup is no big deal. If all this somehow seems like too much (although it does weigh a miniscule two pounds), ditch the body and bring the fly and footprint (sold separately) for an even ultra-lighter weatherproof setup.

Price : $ 279.95


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Backpacking Tents Checklist

Weight Matters! For two people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably less.
Don't Forget the Bulk. Packing a bulky tent sucks. Make sure it packs down tightly, ideally packing down to about 10x20 inches (smaller is better).
Mesh Matters. As a general rule, the more mesh, the lighter the tent. For warmer three-season use, usually, the more mesh you have, the better. Not only does the mesh save weight, but also allows for better air-flow.
Vestibules & The Rain. An often forget detail about backpacking tents are the vestibule. The vestibule provides a little canopy in front of your tent. Not needed during good weather, but absolutely needed during wet weather. Try to get one that is about 5 sq. feet large, or larger.
Speaking of Rain... Make sure the entire floor of the tent is waterproof. Most are, but if the tent says the floor is just "water resistant"...don't buy it! You'll regret it the first time your sleeping in it during the rain.
Remember the Footprint! Virtually all good backpacking tents also come with "footprints," which are essentially waterproof and tough tarps cut-out in the shape of the tent. Buy It! Not only does it enhance the tent's waterproofing, it also protects the bottom of the tent. Yes, they aren't cheap. But they are a lot cheaper than replacing the tent due to a sharp stick tearing a hole in the floor of your expensive backpacking tent!

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