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Big Agnes Seedhouse Superlight 2
Name: Raymond Estrella
Height: 6' 3" (187.5 cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (90 kg)
Email address: rayestrella@...
City: Huntington Beach
Date: January 01, 2005
Backpacking Background: I fell in love with the outdoors (camping)
at 10 years of age. Got my first backpack with Blue-chip stamps when
I was 12, but did not use it until I was 14. And have been hiking
ever since. I hike year-round, mostly in the Sierras, and have put
283 miles on my boots last year. (2004) As I start my 4th decade of
backpacking I am making the move to lightweight gear, and smaller
Manufacturer: Big Agnes Inc., Steamboat Springs, CO USA
Year of Manufacture: 2004 MSRP $ 299.00 (US)
Company supplied specs:
Size: Floor length 84" (210 cm) Floor width 52" (130 cm) at head,
42" (105 cm) at foot.
Head height 38" (95 cm) Foot height 22" (55 cm)
Weight: 3 lb. 9 oz (1.6 kg) Actual 3 lb. 13.8 oz (1.86 kg)
Optional footprint 6.5 oz. (182 g) Actual 6.8 oz (190 g)
Warranty: "If you are not satisfied with any Big Agnes product at
the time you receive it, or if one of our products does not perform
to your satisfaction, return it to Big Agnes for a replacement or
Company supplied selling points:
DAC Featherlite Poles 8.84mm (.33")
Plastic clips attach the tent body to the pole frame for quick and
Fly is made of 30D, 1.94 oz (54.3 g) High-Tenacity nylon rip stop,
246 thread count, polyurethane and silicone coating.
Floor is a bathtub design, 30D, 1.94 oz (54.3 g) High-Tenacity nylon
rip stop, 246 thread count, polyurethane and silicone coating.
Tent walls, 20D 1.6 oz (44.8 g) woven nylon mesh.
Excellent cross ventilation with full mesh tent walls.
D shaped mesh door.
13 7000 series, angle aluminum stakes included.
All seams on tent body and fly are sealed with seam tape.
YKK waterproof zippers.
The Real World, phase 1 (Initial report)
I purchased the Big Agnes Seedhouse Superlight from Big Agnes for
$299.00(US) in May of 2004. It was so new that they did not have
them at any of their regular outlets yet. Later I purchased the
footprint for $50.00
Upon receiving it I set it up in our office to familiarize myself
with its operation. The 5 sets of poles are all connected together,
and join in a hub at either end of the center section of poles. It
looks like a stick man without his head and neck, or two "Y"s stuck
end-to-end. The ends bend around to go into the corners of the tent,
while the spine stays at the top. The effect is a cross between a
dome, and an A-frame tent. The tent body attaches to the poles with
plastic clips. The vestibule goes over the poles, and clips to the
main tent body where the poles end. There are numerous attachment
points for guy lines. It is very easy to figure out, and set-up.
The Real World, phase 2 (Field use)
From May through September, I used the Seedhouse 11 nights. I used
it on a hike from Death Valley to Mount Whitney, where the temps
ranged from 105f (41c) in the desert, to 27f (-3c) and snow on the
mountain. I also had it in Sequoia, and Kings Canyon. I use it as a
solo tent though, not as the intended 2 person use. I believe that I
would have to really like the person I was hiking with to be doubled
up in it. For just me, it let me bring my pack in with me during
rain storms, and still have plenty of room. The length is fine for
me, and I am a tall, restless, arm-flailing side-sleeper. I had
plenty of room to sit up, and get dressed.
The main tent body is very fine mesh, which is part of the weight
saving features. It makes for a very comfortable tent. It is great
to leave the fly off, and look at the stars. It is so fine that it
is almost like being tent-less. A couple of times I had to get up
and put the fly on though, as any breezes that come up are going
right through. The only time I had a gnat inside, I found that I
had left the zipper open a little bit. Nothing got through the mesh,
even in Death Valley, where it seemed that every bug around wanted
their share of my moisture. The fly (and bottom) is made of silicone
impregnated nylon, another weight saving device. It is
very "crinkly", and noisier than other fabrics, although it did not
bother me. Although it feels brittle, I found no inadequacies with
its strength. It got rained on a couple of times, and snowed on
once, and had no leaks. Sleeping in rainy weather, it is important
to make sure you use the guy-outs to keep the fly from contacting
the mesh body. I set it up in a hurry one evening, and did not do
so, and during the night condensation rained on me when I hit the
side. I can't blame that on the tent though.
The vestibule is a bit on the small side, although it did not bother
me as I keep most of my gear inside the tent. There is room for a
couple of pairs of boots, or a pack sitting upright.
It does just OK in wind. The sides catch the wind quite easily.
Again, using the guy-outs help immensely. If pitching the tent when
the wind is already blowing, it is best to place the back to the
wind. I have had no problems with the zippers, on either the tent or
vestibule door. I can set it up in about 10 minutes.
I have to say that I really like this tent. In fact my regular
hiking partner liked it (and was so jealous) so much that after my
3rd trip with it, he asked me to order him one. He carried it on the
same Death Valley to Whitney trip. The amount of space for the
weight is close to ideal. I now only use my SD Hyperlight when I
expect bad/windy weather, or for solo winter use.
Pros: Lightweight, roomy, great ventilation, freestanding.
Cons: Noisy, not as wind-worthy as could be.