Big Agnes Seedhouse Sl series

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Is anybody using these lightweight tents? I ordered up the SL1 and at 2 1/2 lbs with a full fly and double wall it should make a great tent for sheep hunting next year. Any info or opinions welcomed.
 

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Oh and by the way a friend of mine bought a Honda wheeler from a guy in Anchorage and we met him yesterday in Glennallen to pick it up and he was the same guy I picked up your outboard from down there. Small world.
 

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Picked one up

Picked one up

I bought one this summer (SL1) for my sheep hunt and I really like it a lot. I used it once this summer and thought it was great. It may be a little tight for my brother-in-law and me on our hunt. But the weight is perfect and the price is right.

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sweet...

sweet...

That thing is awesome. A tent like that could all but make tee-pees and siltarps obsolete. Why camp like a caveman without a floor and walls over a single pound? Especially with the conditions like this year. It still gives you the option to "fly-only" camp too.

You need to bust that 35" next week with that thing, R. I expect a full report (tent & ram) ;)

F.
 

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That report will have to wait a month. I drew a Sept 18th Chugach tag. Hopefully by then the rain will stop and the snow won't be too bad up there.

Either way, I'll have fun.

jeff
 

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check out the bibler and black diamond tents

check out the bibler and black diamond tents

I too am in the market for a lightweight yet fully waterproof tent. Word is the bibler tents are the best. Also a model made by black diamond called the lighthouse that is supposed to be great. Not only do they weigh like 3-4 lbs but they are fully waterproof and tough in the wind. They have two poles that go inside the tent so there is no sleeves to rip and they are made for moutain climbers and such so the toughness is top notch. The black diamond packs to like 5x9 inches for the two person model. It doesnt get anymore compact or light than that. Both tents are highly praised by backpacker magazine. You can see them at www.backcountrygear.com and i believe rei sells them both also. About $300 for the black diamond and about $550 for the bibler tents. Sometimes you get what you pay for though.
 

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I hear ya dana but I am not looking for a single wall four season tent for sheep hunting. I want something that isn't gonna saturate me from the inside out,and vents real well. That has been my experience with the lightweight 4 season single walls during fall weather.They do not breathe. My partner was up and bitching every morning this year with his , he didn't get wet from the outside in , but he got wet from the inside out. I on the other hand was in a Sierra designs Clipflashlight and it vented great and the inside of my tent stayed bone dry. I am just trying to shave a couple pounds by going with the Big Agnes.
 

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Seedhouse SL3

Seedhouse SL3

I purchased a Seedhouse SL3 earlier this summer to add to my tent collection. While I have yet to test it in adverse weather, I am quite happy with it thus far. Being a "3" person, it is comfortable for two and some gear, and still weighs less than most "2" person tents; I think the extra room will be nice when weathered in. Again, I haven't tested it in the worst of conditions, but I am happy with the construction, the color (rather than all those obnoxious yellows, blues, etc out there), and ease of setup with the hubbed-pole design.
 

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Big Agnes makes great tents!

Big Agnes makes great tents!

I have the Big Agnes Seedhouse 2 and love it. Don't get sucked into spending extra money if you don't have it. The only negative thing that I can say is the vestabule is small. For the price, and weight it is the best out there. Field Tested to the extreme...........
 

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Size & Versatility Questions

Size & Versatility Questions

As you all may have heard, I am moving up to AK from MI in August (I made my intro on the hunting forum). I am looking to buy a good lightweight tent for hunting/hiking/camping. This thread and some others in the archives have addressed some of my questions, but I am still wondering if I can get a “do-it-all” tent. I’ve seen the tee-pees, tarps, and solid walls, but wondering if something like the Big Agnes will suit all my needs? I am also having a hard time depicting what size I would need. I am looking for something for 2 people, but I know that “2-person” sometimes means two people stacked up, not side-by-side. What can you tell me?
 

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Just another thought...

Just another thought...

...should I buy one single man tent for going solo and another larger for when Coral or a another buddy is going me?
 

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BucknRut IMHO there is not a single tent that does it all up here. There are times when you need a rock solid 4 season tent that will house 2-3 buddies and gear in the worst of conditions and will weigh from 8 -20 lbs and then there is high alpine hunting where you are carrying your existence on your back and you need something super light that will work in a pinch. Its up to you, but my take is there are different tents with different intended uses and none of them do it all. Some with stoves, some without floors, theres too many desires to define it in one. It also depends on the amount and type of hunting you do. the Big Agnes is a great lightweight tent, but its not intended for true 4 season use.
 

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Thanks AlaskaCub, thought I might hear that.

I am still confused as to when I would want a "solid wall" vs. "vented" tent. All of this talk about condensation on the inside has got me second guessing what I origionally thought.

So am I correct in saying that something like the Big Agnes is what I would use away from base camp, say in the mountains or on a Kodiak hunt in mild to cold weather? And would that same tent work on a float trip or would I carry only a base camp tent?

What type of tent would I use for a base camp? I haven't looked for this in the archives yet, so if I am readdressing an issue, just ignore the last question. Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated.
BNR
 

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When you say base camp I am assuming you are being transported in to a remote location(plane, or boat). First off, anytime in Alaska that you are going to a remote location that has the capability of hitting you with extreme weather (such as Kodiak) you would want a rock solid 4 season tent. Whether its made by Bibler, North Face, MSR, or whoever it better be able to withstand 60+ mph winds and stay intact and keep you dry. The Big Agnes tents to me are sheep hunting tents. Used in August in the mountains when the weather is mild and that can be packed easily and are very lightweight. I would not take the Big Agnes to Kodiak in Oct but for August weather in the interior Mountain ranges its my new choice for a sheep hunting tent. I used a Cabelas Guide tent with the Deluxe Vestibule for years , on moose and caribou hunts where the wheeler carried it in for me but I wouldn't backpack it anywhere as its too heavy. Even tents like the North Face Evolution a rock solid 4 season 4 person tent weighs 12lbs, so you wouldn't want to pack it too far. But for a base camp tent in bad weather it would be ideal for 2-3 guys and their gear. There are a great deal of quality tents out there, that serve all kinds of needs you just have to pick one for your specific needs. Just understand that most 3 season tents are not designed for late fall weather in the extreme locations in Alaska like Kodiak, the Peninsula and western Alaska where extreme winds mixed with cold and wet weather will kill you if your tent doesn't stay in tact. For hunts in which your 4 wheeler and or your truck arent far away the protection can be a little less, since if things go bad you can just load up and leave the bad weather behind. But when your stuck where you are and a plane cant get in to pull you out , you must endure whatever Mother Nature throws at you and you better be prepared. buying outdoor equipment is a full time job if you enjoy spending many seasons in the woods, and there is a lot of specialty gear available for each type of hunt. It is something that one acquires through time, none of us have enough money to buy everything all at one time that you need to be equipped in Alaska for 12 months of outdoor playing. Your gear list grows as each year passes and as you take on new challenges, you'll purchase trip specific stuff,if you get my drift. What I have now is far more than I did 10 years ago when I moved up here. But its taken me years to acquire it all and still each and every year I buy new stuff for specific hunts.Its madness if you ask me!
 

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Super Post

Super Post

You have definetly cleared a ton of things up for me AKCub or at least got the penguins to waddle in formation! I have copied your last post in my AK Gear notes and I will get to work on finding what I "think" I will need and then take each adventure at a time and worry about any differences later.

Thanks a lot!
 

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I picked up the SL2 as the SL1 seemed small. The SL2 is still a one man tent, and fits me well (6'1" and 225 lbs), and I was able to put my pack under the vestibule along with my boots, but there wasn't any room after that. A little bigger would not hurt. I used the footprint/poles/fly set up in the fall and awoke to an inch or so of snow. The extra bit of "room" on the sides kept my sleeping bag dry except for the feet end. So far I am happy with it but I did not use it on my sheep hunt as planned. I will in 2007.
 

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