agnes has a great deal going under specials on their home page.i got a sarvis sl-1 for 1/2 price,packs to 3.5 lbs. the tent was used on a company trip to moab and as warned had a small,maybe 6 sq inches,moab muck stain.on a burgundy base color.living in durango,co,all my tents have the stain after a trip or two to the canyonlands.everything was everything else looked showroom.they,ve got seedhouse 1's on sale too.
Congratulations. I got BA Sarvis SL 2 (NOT eVent) from REI for $229. Not a steal but the tent retails for $379 they say.
I am hoping this hybrid tent with some single wall and some double wall (partial fly) will solve the ventilation vs. weight trade-off I have had so far. Single wall is nice and light but does not ventilate very well. Double wall with separate fly ventilates fine with mesh tent (leave fly off unless it rains) but tent plus fly is more weight than I want to lug around if I don't have to.
So far it is a good thing I absolutely beat myself to death pedaling every day because getting to sleep in the 85 degree heat with no breeze at all is not easy for me unless I am half dead when I crawl in.
Backpacking when I lived in CO was OK because it cooled off at elevation at night. In MN it stays warm all night and my single wall Bibler / Black Diamond FirstLight just does not breathe enough to let me be comfortable although it is nice and light.
Another answer of course is to avoid touring in the hottest part of the summer but that brings in the whole thing about variable weather/temps and rain, need for a warmer sleeping bag just in case, etc.
I am set up to like my BA and will make some kind of report as soon as I can take it out for a test drive, er ... sleep.
bridgestone 400 fixed gear conversion, dawes touring bike (model unknown)
just purchased a seedhouse sl1 from eastern mountain sport a few weeks ago. got it for $180 when it is usually around $230 so it was a good deal. don't know if they still offer that deal though...
i love this tent. i couldn't be more happier. i was looking for something that would be light and pack down small after decided that my 5 pound north face rock 22 was just too much for a tour. great for car camping (if you share it with someone you know well as it could be a little tight for two people) but just didn't pack down very small and i wanted to be able to fit my tent into my panniers if necessary.
if anyone is looking for a great one person tent, check out the big agnes seedhouse sl1.