I spent last weekend backpacking in eastern Arizona. A friend of mine had an extra Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 tent sitting around and I decided to give it a try.
My first impression of the tent was that it is very lightweight (just under 3 lbs with footprint) and packs down small. It is a decent size for a 1 person tent and has a vestibule large enough for a pair of boots and folded up pack.
Setup of this tent takes no more than 5 minutes, including putting stakes into the ground. The first night of use, I don’t think that it was staked as tight as it should have been, which caused the rain fly to press against the mesh on the tent and cause moisture to drip down on me. The second night, I set the tent up much tighter than the first which gave more clearance between the rain fly and tent. It rained for several hours and the only moisture issue I had was a leaky seam above the door.
What I liked about the Seedhouse SL1:
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Good size for a 1 person tent
Fast, easy setup
Self supporting (some 1 person ultralight tents require being tied to trees)
Stood up well to hours of heavy downpour of rain
Small storage pocket above the door
Price ($230 is pretty good for a tent like this)
What I didn’t like about the Seedhouse SL1:
Leaky seam above the door (could probably be solved easily – I just didn’t expect it from a new, supposedly sealed tent)
Getting into and out of the tent after a good rain is next to impossible without having water come into the tent below the door (the angle of the door and vestibule opening lead to water coming off of the rain fly/vestibule into the tent when opening)
Overall, this is a great tent. The problems I have with it are really minor annoyances and wouldn’t even be an issue if it weren’t for the amount of rain we had while using it.
Here’s where you can buy one for yourself: Buy the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1