Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 tent (2008)

This is an amazingly spacious ultralight tent for the weight. The secret of its success is the incredibly thin materials (you can see the grass through the groundsheet for example), while the inner tent is completely made from mesh! It pitches inner-first with the poles forming an external skeleton from which you suspend the inner. The outer goes over the top and the pegging points are easily adjusted with ladder-lock webbing buckles. Open the outer door and you enter a spacious porch, where a couple of rucksacks can be easily stored. The door can be opened from the top too for extra venting. Get inside the inner and two can easily sit up or sleep in great comfort. But the mesh inner means this is a chilly tent in the wind. It has to be said that such thin materials will suffer from the effects of UV degradation more rapidly than heavier materials, but to some extent all the lighter tents have this drawback. (Not a lot wrong though if you can use this in milder weather conditions.)

Design dome
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner 20D nylon mesh; flysheet 20D nylon, 1200mm hydrostatic head; groundsheet 30D nylon; 1200mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 210cm; width 120cm; height 105cm
Packed size 44x17cm
Weight 1640g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 1
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A superlight and spacious two-skin tent for use in good, rather than windy weather when that mesh inner might feel chilly.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008