Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO

This lightweight two-person dome tent comes with built-in LED lighting.
Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO Tent
Price $350.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 4 / 5
Weatherproofing 4.5 / 5
Ventilation 4.9 / 5
Living Space 3.5 / 5
Durability 4 / 5
Fast-Pitch Setup
Materials Fly and floor are nylon rip-stop (1200 mm waterproof polyurethane coating); tent body is polyester mesh; DAC pole system with press fit connectors and light weight hubs
Free Standing
Capacity 2
Number of Poles 2

 

Diameter of Poles (mm) 9
Floor Space (sq ft) 27
Length (inches) 88
Width (inches) 52.5
Interior Height (inches) 40
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 9
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 9
Weight 3 lbs, 9 oz

Illumination

Strings of lights line the canopy’s seams at the head of the tent: Flip the switch and the lights come on, just like at home. “We loved the romantic ambiance during our honeymoon in Rocky Mountain National Park,” reports one newlywed. Lights run on three AAA batteries or any USB-equipped battery pack and add negligible weight—which is why we gave the innovation our Editors’ Choice Award.

Livability

Thanks to all-mesh walls and two fly vents, the interior stayed condensation-free on 28°F nights in the Sierras. And it feels roomier than you’d expect, given the smallish 27-square-foot floor. Credit the near-vertical walls, a 40-inch peak height, and broader dimensions at the head than the foot. Gear stows tidily in the two 9-square-foot vestibules.

Weather protection

Two days of hard rain in Colorado’s San Luis Valley couldn’t penetrate the Rattlesnake, thanks to its taut pitch and protective drip line (unzipping the vestibule doesn’t divert water through the opened door onto the tent floor).