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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL – 1 Person Tent
Amazon Price: N/A $299.95 (as of December 8, 2016 2:03 am –
Big Agnes Seedhouse Superlight 1 Person Seedhouse SL tents are ideal for solo backpackers thru-hikers touring cyclists and other lightweight disciples. The all mesh tent body provides great ventilation and the full coverage fly offers protection from the elements. Free-standing with a hub-pole system, one person can set these tents up in minutes. 13 Superlight X-peg stakes included.
- Item Weight: 1 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- ASIN: B001AZ7MDC
- Item model number: TSH1SL6
Excellent solo backpacking tent
19 people found this helpful.
I have used this tent extensively backpacking on the AT, in Shenandoah NP, at Philmont Scout Ranch, and during a solo excursion on Wheeler Peak in New Mexico. While there must be better one man tents out there, this tent hits a price/value point that is hard to beat. Good points-lightweight material, excellent construction, it really is under 3 pounds packed, free standing setup, and ample room inside. Bad points-smallish vestible, needs staking out to get the most room out of it. This tent is longer than most solo tents and could fit a +6 foot person. There’s adequate room inside to fit a pad and bag plus loose gear jammed up into the head corners. To get the most out of it one must stake out the side points at the foot end-this isn’t need to erect the tent but to spread the foot end out. It has a freestanding body design that only needs three stakes to tie it down, but five are recommended to spread the foot out. The stakes that come with it are not throwaways but are excellent quality V type stakes (mine came with ten stakes). Lots of mesh on the tent body, so ventilation is excellent. The fly has enough material to allow one to guy it out along the sides to get the most ventilation while getting rain away from the body-I have never gotten wet in this tent while riding out some wicked weather. The doorway can be opened from either the top or bottom, so one can make a top vent that can be quickly closed. You can even sit up in it-at least I can do so within the 38 inch peak at the head end. The vestible comes down sharply so there is enough room for boots and maybe a small/medium pack. It appears to me that the designers chose to maximize room inside the tent over storage space, which is an acceptable compromise in my opinion. I made a Tyvek ground cloth which fits inside the stuff sack along with the tent. The entire packed arrangement weighs 2 lbs, 15 oz and measures 7″x15″. Short of using a tarp or a single wall tent such as the Shires Tarptent it is hard to get a solo tent with this much interior room that weighs less than 3 pounds.
6 people found this helpful.
I use this thing for darn near everything from sections hikes of the AT, to over nighters with my friends who aren’t as enthusiastic about hiking as I am… As another reviewer stated, to maximize room you should probably stake it out completely. It does make for more room that way… but in a pinch in some bad weather you can get away with just the three… That being said, I am relatively short, only 5’7, so there was more than enough room in the thing for myself and my pack (I do my hiking with an osprey ATMOS 65, so about a mid size pack). It is free standing and basically a trained chimp could set it up. The stakes are reusable and work just fine… I have had no problems with the zipper, I like many have never gotten wet from external sources… And for the price/weight ratio it is unbeatable.
BEST Tent I have ever owned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 people found this helpful.
Just used this tent on the AT. 52 miles in 90 hours in the Nantahalla area of NC. We had one night in the 30’s (May) and the days were in the 60’s and 70’s. 2 nights it poured rain all night till early in the morning. I was warm and DRY! During the winter I set this tent up without the tent body/mosquito netting (just the fly) to save weight (Fast Fly mode is 2 pounds). This is the best tent I have ever owned, the only gripe is the “Vestibule”isn’t very big.
Huge and light backpacking tent
5 people found this helpful.
This is quite possibly the largest single person tent out there. I an 6’4″ and there is room to spare! The tent is also very light at just over 2 lbs. Overall I am very happy with this tent.
5 people found this helpful.
I’ve used this tent on multiple backpacking and bike touring trips and it’s been functional, certainly. Solid design, though I wouldn’t quite call it free standing because if you leave the area near your feet unstaked, your rain fly will not keep your feet any kind of dry.
Great for Motorcycle Camping
This was the only tent I could find that could fit in my motorcycle trunk box. I was hesitant at first, but after spending 6 nights in it including one cold and windy rain storm, I was convinced. Good thermals, socks, sleeping bag, and pad will maintain the heat in cold temperatures…let the Seedhouse SL 1 do the rest (i.e., keep you dry). If I pack it correctly, it is the size of a loaf of bread (squished). Setting up is a breeze. It’s a good idea to have something to hammer in the stakes since finding a piece of wood or stone that is up to the task could be difficult.
2 people found this helpful.
i have attempted to set it up in the living room and it is so easy to set up. it is spacious, wide enough for 2 people in a bind and light. there are lighter big agnes tents but this works as well. i guess the only complaint i have about it is the entryway at the front. a very minor complaint.
Fantabulous backpacking tent
Great for one or maybe two person tent with no gear. Light weight, water proof and solid, but not recommended for cold weather. Too drafty.