Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 1
If low weight is your prime tent priority, put this shelter at the top of your shopping list.
Brand: Big Agnes
Model: Seedhouse SL 1
If low weight is your prime tent priority, put this shelter at the top of your shopping list. It’s barely more than four pounds, but makes no compromises in terms of protection. When 30-mph winds in Colorado’s Park Range blasted the Skyledge with rain, this freestanding dome barely shuddered—and kept the interior dry during soggy entrances (the fly’s drip line prevents water from funneling inside the open doors).
This year’s model has key updates: Designers relocated the Jake’s Foot attachment from the tent body to the footprint, enabling campers to pitch the fly first, keeping the canopy dry in rain. A transparent fly porthole brightens the interior. And ventilation is good: On nights in the 30s in Tasmania’s Walls of Jerusalem National Park, condensation collected only inside the fly. The floor’s 70-denier fabric acts like armor against sharp pebbles, while the fly’s 20-denier nylon trims weight in less abrasion-prone areas. But size before you buy: While headroom is good with a 45-inch peak height, floor space is tight for three adults (three sleeping pads barely fit across the narrow floor). $550; 4 lbs. 2 oz.; mountainhardwear.com
-DAC Featherlite NSL pole system—featuring eco-friendly anodizing, super light and strong poles with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs
-Fly is lightweight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a waterproof polyurethane coating
-Floor is lightweight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a waterproof polyurethane coating
-tent body is lightweight nylon and polyester mesh
-mesh body offers excellent cross ventilation
-single hub/pole design makes set up quick and easy
-plastic clips attach tent body to the pole frame for quick and easy set-up (SL1 features fabric loops instead of clips along the ridge pole to decrease weight)
-single D-shaped door with mesh pocket above
-storm flap over vestibule zipper
-all seams are taped