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Old 11-10-07, 10:01 PM   #1
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Seedhouse vs. Seedhouse SL

I'm considering getting a Big Agnes Seedhouse 1. There's a regular and an SL version. Does anyone know the specific differences (other than the price?) Also, I'm interested in anyone with experience with this tent - especially tall guys. It's supposed to be 90 inches long, but that includes the pointy end. I'm just curious if there's enough room for a tall person to stretch out. I'm 6' 4". Thanks!
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G'day

If you haven't already looked, BackpackGearTest.org has tested some Seedhouse models. Might be helpful.

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Have you checked their website for the specs on each tent? That may be helpful.

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The difference is about 1 lb and $70+.

"One-person" tents are pretty small. It'll feel claustrophobic, especially since in many circumstances you do not want to touch the sides of your tent (due to condensation). I seriously doubt you'd fit your gear inside the tent. Wherever you buy the tent, make sure you can return it if it's too small.

If weight is really at a premium, I'd consider a tarp first, a "fast fly" configuration on a 2-person tent next, then a 1-person tent.
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If weight is really at a premium, I'd consider a tarp first, a "fast fly" configuration on a 2-person tent next, then a 1-person tent.
Nope. I want a tent to be able to hide out from mosquitoes. I like the mesh sides of the Seedhouse because I'm hopeful I can hide out from mosquitoes on a warm day. With my Clip Flashlight, it was a problem - do I stay out in the breeze and fight the mosquitoes, or go in my tent and sweat like a pig?

Now I'm considering the Seedhouse SL2. It's more roomy and not that much heavier. I'm worried about the length though. I'm 6'4". The Seedhouse SL1 is a little longer.
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I have an SL2 with the optional footprint. The footprint allows you to pitch the fly w/o the tent. I love it, but I'm only 6' even. It might be a stretch at 6'4". Then again, so will everything else <g>. It pitches fast and has a bit of space in the built in vestibule. I think the one person version would be awfully tight. Good luck!

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I am 6'3" and I own a Seedhouse SL2.

Unless you use the stakes to pull the tent taught every time, you will be uncomfortably cramped. This is what I do and I fit 100% fine, but I think another inch would make it iffy.
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If weight is really at a premium, I'd consider a tarp first,
Maybe things are different where you camp, but tarps are well known here for condensation, one of the things you seem to have a problem with small tents.

I use a Big Sky Products Evolution 1P and love it. It ventilates quite well and I don't have a serious enough condensation problem to worry about. Any tent will get some condensation, tarps interestingly seem to much worse.

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I'm 6' and own the SL1. I quite like it as I enjoy the snug feeling of a small tent, but think you'll be cramped. Go with the SL2 as you'll be able to stow gear next to you as opposed to by your feet like I do in the SL1.

Hope this helps!
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Not to add confusion and distraction, but the MSR Hubba Hubba looks like a reasonable substitute. With two vestibules and doors it has the option of good ventilation with the fly attached. I own one and am impressed with the weight, ease of assembly, and design. A fitted ground cloth is a good value for any tent.
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I own an SL1 and condensation isn't an issue if you stake it out. That, and I don't bring panniers inside, just what I might want during the night and the next morning—if that. I'm 5'10" and have no problems with the size.
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I had an SL1, but I didn't like the way the foot of the tent was designed. It was a bit narrow at the foot, so you had to stake the tent really well to keep the sides of the rainfly off the inner mesh and off the foot of your sleeping bag (to prevent moisture from getting your bag wet). But it was wide enough in the rest of the tent to store some gear next to my sleeping bag.

I sold the SL1 and got an SL2. I used it on my 10 week trip this summer and it did great. I could put all my bags and gear in the tent with me. The vestibule is small, but sufficient for shoes and wet gear if needed. And you don't have to be quite as meticulous about staking it out like with the SL1. I got lazy towards the end and would only stake the fly, not the inner tent. I'm only 5'9", so YMMV. Maybe you can buy it at REI (which stands for Return Every Item) and return it if it's too short.

Worst part of these tents? The mosquitoes hanging out between the rainfly and the inner mesh. Waking up to 50+ mosquitoes staring down at you can be a bit unsettling. Anyone know of a good single wall tent?
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