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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: Big Agnes Slide Mountain SL 3 Tent Review

Rain making your fly droop? Adjust your tent from the inside with this pricey tent.

by: Kelly Bastone

Big Agnes Slide Mountain 3 (Seth Hughes)
Big Agnes Slide Mountain 3 (Seth Hughes)

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Innovative Idea
The problem: Rain makes your rainfly sag, causing it to droop like a Dalí painting. The solution: the Slide Mountain, which is equipped with a Boa cable system so you can snug up the fly without crawling out of your warm bag, much less going outside. Just use the ceiling-mounted reel to increase tension. Downside: It also increases price–a lot. "Cool idea," said one tester, "but $600 seems like too much to pay to solve a problem that's easy enough to fix for free." But if you like the idea of an auto-fly tensioner, everything else about the tent is dialed. The freestanding tent is unusually livable, with plenty of headroom and a 90-inch length that fit our tallest testers. Two doors and cavernous, 15-square-foot vestibules provide tons of storage space, and one vestibule can be staked out with trekking poles to create a flat-roofed awning. Practice pitching the Slide Mountain once to master the tensioning system. $600; 5 lbs. 11 oz. BigAgnes.com

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Travis
Jun 07, 2011

Used twice boa system broke, used proprerly just set up the second time and boa wouldnt set, just keeps reeling backwards

Travis Voss
Jun 07, 2011

Used twice boa system broke, used proprerly just set up the second time and boa wouldnt set, just keeps reeling backwards

Ken
Mar 03, 2011

As of 3/3/11 if you go to http://www.bigagnes.com/Home/Sitemap you can get this tent on closeout for $240! I got the tent footprint and wall loft for $310 after shipping! Score!

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