This new Ultra Light tent from Big Agnes gives you the freedom to move around easily in the back country. The Slater UL packs easily and the included vestibule provides shelter space for your gear.
Reduce weight and save energy while you backpack deep into the backcountry with the Big Agnes Slater UL 2 Plus 2-Person 3-Season Tent. This tent weighs in at less than three pounds, offers superb protection from the elements, and is easy to set up when you arrive at your campsite after a long trek.
|Body Material:||Nylon Rip-stop|
|Door has two closing options:||zip up mesh door for ventilation or zip up both the mesh and the polyester layer for full protection|
|Floor Material:||Silicone Treated Nylon Rip-stop|
|Floor Space:||37 sq ft / 3 sq m|
|Head Height:||40 in / 102 cm|
|Max Inside Length:||96 in / 240 cm|
|Max Inside Width:||59 in / 150 cm|
|Minimum Weight:||2 lb 9 oz / 1.1 kg|
|Packed Size:||8 x 24 in / 20 x 61 cm|
|Poles:||DAC Featherlite NSL|
|Rainfly Material:||Lightweight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating|
|Sleep Capacity:||2 Person|
|Upc, Ean, Isbn:||873840010009|
|Vestibule Space:||13.5 sq ft / 1.3 sq m|
|Weight:||2 lb 15 oz / 1.3 kg|
|Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Tent||$389.95|
|Big Agnes Slater UL 3 Plus Tent: 3-Person 3-Season||$549.95|
|Big Agnes Scout Plus UL2 Tent||$349.95|
|Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Footprint||$65.00|
For my needs (backpacking in varied conditions usually with my wife and on a rare occasion solo) this tent is the perfect ultralight compromise. I had the good fortune of buying a sample from the company at a discounted price and have been able to test it on two occasions recently. I would be hard pressed to find a lighter tent that offers the same space without significantly sacrificing durability.
-Ultralight, it packs relatively small (a little larger than the Fly Creek... naturally) and is lightweight. If split between two people it is even lighter!
-Durable for an ultralight, seemingly so anyways and feels much more solid than some of the new Cuben Fiber tents
-Fully enclosed tent. I really like the fact that I can zip the whole thing up and keep bugs out. Bugs love to bite me, so open air tarps, no matter how light, are out of the question for me.
-EXTRA Space! I am 6'3" and fit comfortably and can store my pack below my feet with no problem. Its more roomy than the Fly Creek, and we can even kinda sit up in the tent!
-Not totally free standing. While you can pitch the tent with the poles only, you'd really want to add a couple stake or tie the guy wires to a rock or tree to make it fully taught. If you don't it would likely poorly repel rain/snow, flutter in the wind or sag. **(if you were clever there might be a way to tension it using trekking poles, but this isn't a feature, just an idea I want to try)
-Condensation. The semi-opaque material in place of traditional netting is a great for added warmth, privacy, and keeping wind blown sand out, but I think it also contributes to greater internal morning condensation. If this is problem you might want to try opening the single net vent. It helps but overall condensation might be a challenge more often with this tent.
OVERALL I recommend this tent, especially if your needs are similar to mine.
UL2 Slater fixes the length problems of the Fly Creek for 5'10" and up people. All ultra light tents in this class are 86" which means tall people's bags ram into the tent walls front and back, this tent is the only UL that I know that fixes that issue. It also is the only one that I know that is really an Ultra Light 2 person tent! It is wider than the fly creek as well. It also could be thought as a 3.5-4 Season with the new semi-mesh free inside. I have not experienced any condensation issues but have not tried it in real wet, but if the user uses the vents front and back I cant see how it could be that large of an issue. The front zips totally open to 100% mesh bug screen, which is a great option.