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Big Agnes Seedhouse Tent with Cross-Over Pole: 3-Person 3-Season - Limited Edition

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When you'd rather make camp in a new location every night rather than deal with pay-per-night campsites, salty campground hosts, and hellish outhouses, then the Big Agnes 3-Person Seedhouse Tent with Cross-Over Pole is for you. This 3-person offering from Big Agnes' Seedhouse line maintains a relatively low weight--especially when split between three packs--for everything from overnight peak bagging missions to weeklong backpacking trips into remote swathes of wilderness.Like its less-spacious sisters, the 3-person Seedhouse is made with a lightweight, polyester ripstop fly and floor, a nylon mesh body, and comes with light and sturdy Press Fit aluminum poles. All seams on the fly and floor are taped, and an additional footprint can be purchased for extra protection from the ground, or to be used with the fast-pitch option. The hub/pole system makes for quick and easy set-ups when you roll into camp after dark. The large vestibule has fourteen square feet of space, providing plenty of room for packs, muddy boots, and any extra gear you need to keep out of the rain. Inside the tent are four interior mesh pockets, as well as loops for a gear loft and the Big Agnes Entertainment Center loft (both sold separately).

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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