If you aren’t sleeping under the stars in a tent every so often, it’s never a bad time to start.

So, what tent can handle all types of terrain, is easy to set up, packs down small, only weighs a few pounds and will keep you dry in a torrential downpour?


Answer: The Big Agnes Seedhouse SL-2

Big Agnes produces higher end camping gear out of Steamboat Springs, CO.

The Seedhouse SL-2 can comfortably fit one person and all of their backpacking gear inside.

Two people can easily sleep inside of it. Their gear can be placed outside the tent body and under the rain fly. The rain fly can expanded with the provided stakes or by using the attached guy lines.


Staked out in Sweden

This tent can be set up with ease in less than 5 minutes. There is one main telescoping pole and a cross pole that provides support for everything. The poles simply snap into plastic clips strategically placed on the tent.

It is a freestanding tent so it is not necessary stake anything down. Perfect for rooftops, porches, concrete, hard packed dirt, etc.

Deck Camping

Full house in Copenhagen, but the back deck was wide open.

The total weight of the tent and poles is around 3 lbs. The packed size of the tent can be made smaller with a compression sack.

Stock tent bag on the left, compressed tent bag on the right.

Stock bag vs compressed bag

Cheaper tents can be found, but if you are looking for a reliable tent that could last you a lifetime, Big Agnes gear will endure the elements.


“Home is where you lay your head”

This is a 3 season tent but it can be used in below freezing temperatures. For use in storms or high wind you will want to make sure the tent stakes are thoroughly embedded into the ground.

US National Forests and BLM property usually offer free wilderness camping. Free Camp Sites is a great resource.

Wake up somewhere new

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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL-2
Very easy to setup Packs down incredibly smallHigh quality constructionLightweight
4.6Overall Score
Ease of use