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Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 MtnGLO Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

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When you're out on a week-long backpacking trip in the high mountains, chances are you'll be spending a good amount of time taking shelter from the rain in your tent. Make the time you spend walled up in a tent more enjoyable with the Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 MtnGLO Tent. Featuring MtnGLO technology, the tent has a lightweight strand of LED lights integrated into the canopy of the tent, so you can illuminate the inside of the tent with just the flick of a switch. The lights can be powered either with three batteries or a USB power source. This three person option in the Rattlesnake line has a trail weight of just 4lb 11oz, so it won't weigh you down on the trail. And if you want to go ultralight, you can go the fast-pitch route with just the rain fly and a footprint (sold separate).

Price : $ 399.95

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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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