Big Agnes Slater UL3+ Tent Review

Amazing features for the weight: Even tall folks can stretch out in this 96-inch-long dome (the longest in our test), and the giant vestibule offers welcome shelter in prolonged storms.
Price $550.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 4 / 5
Weatherproofing 5 / 5
Ventilation 5 / 5
Living Space 5 / 5
Durability 4 / 5
Fast-Pitch Setup
Materials DAC Featherlite NSL poles, nylon ripstop, polyester netting
Free Standing
Capacity 3

 

Number of Poles 0
Diameter of Poles (mm) 47
Floor Space (sq ft) 0.5
Length (inches) 96
Width (inches) 74
Interior Height (inches) 42
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 23
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 9
Weight 4 lbs, 13 oz

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Why we like it Amazing features for the weight: Even tall folks can stretch out in this 96-inch-long dome (the longest in our test), and the giant vestibule offers welcome shelter in prolonged storms.

Livability When three hikers share a tent in extended wet weather, a large vestibule provides critical space to cook, store wet gear, and maintain sanity. The freestanding Slater’s 23-square-foot covered porch was a godsend for testers, who also used it for card games and dog drying. A second door (with 9-square-foot vestibule) makes egress convenient for all occupants, and the 47-square-foot floor delivers beaucoup space for sleeping (one 6-footer even dozed with his arms stretched above his head). Headroom, however, is merely adequate, as the 42-inch peak slopes toward the foot. Bonus: Five mesh pockets sort everyone’s gadgets.

warmth Limited mesh makes this three-season tent warmer than average, which campers appreciated on 35°F nights in Pennsylvania’s Alleghenys.

Protection “Ample guyout points stabilize the large vestibules and kept them quiet in 20-mph winds,” reported one tester after a weekend on Lake Erie.

Bummer The side vestibule’s zipper sits so far from the door that sub-6-footers couldn’t reach it from inside.

$550; 4 lbs. 13 oz.; bigagnes.com