Comments about Big Agnes Slide Mountain SL2 Tent - '09 Closeout:
First caveat, I have not taken this out yet, just set it up in my place as a test run. There weren't any other reviews so I figured a first impression is better than nothing.
The tent is extremely easy to set up. I did it first try without having to look at the instruction in about 5 minutes. The BAC draw strings were a little tangled up when I unfurled the tent, but it wasn't in knots or anything.The tent material itself isn't to fancy, and should be sturdy enough. There are a few seams in the tent with one on the floor, which isn't the best location, but it taped/seam sealed so it should hold up.
The poles are quite sturdy, and all of the clips seem strong. The tent-to-pole connections (agnes style clips) were easy to use and seem like they will last. I really like the termination point where the poles meet the base of the tent, very easy to snap together and seem to hold tight.
The fly is pretty standard. The clips work fine, although it was a little bit awkward connecting them to the fly support poles at first, but isn't that hard once you figure it out. They seem to clip tight, but I have yet to try it out in a strong wind so we will see. There are 4 vents in the fly, each with its own integrated pole to hold the flaps open. It would have been nice to have a central vent, but I'm pretty confident the four corner system will keep the condensation down. My favorite feature of the fly are the vestibules. They are an appropriate size for the tent, and should provide adequate space for gear. I also like that the front fly door can be zipped out and staked into a canopy with your trekking poles. I can see this being a great feature for cooking in the shade or having some much need cover in a light drizzle. It also extends the usable space of the tent out quite a bit, which makes it feel rather large.
The BAC system seemingly worked well in my living room. Everything tightened up pretty good so I'm sure it will function well enough in the rain/wind. The cords are very thin and light weight, but seem to be well made and should hold up so long as they don't get in contact with any sharp objects.
The interior is rather room and the walls are almost vertical. So there is adequate head room. Interior storage is limited to a small overhead pouch, corner pouches that are also pretty small, and a pair of long horizontal pouches that run along side the bottom of the door. The door pouches seem pretty useless due to their size and lack of support with the door open.
The tent stakes seems to be adequate for this size of tent, and the storage bags for everything are pretty standard. The footprint, which is extra, is made of the same material as the rain fly, and has small plastic clips that secure it to the tent. We will see how well this holds up.
For the price that this is currently being offered in the rei outlet I would recommend this tent without hesitation. The retail price is a bit more, but I would consider it a reasonable price for a tent of this quality.
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend