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by Back CountryfromGreat TentI have used this tent two times in the past year, hunting, with my hunting partner. Back country, Rocky Mountains, late Fall. After reviewing the tent specs and reviews I felt this tent provided me what I was looking for. In addition, I spoke with a BA representative, we discussed my needs, and we agreed this tent over any other BA tent was the one which met my needs the best. I made the purchase. This tent gives me a little extra room (length) which is great for gear. Very little room on the sides, with two people, which I knew when I purchased the tent, so the width is not an issue. I used the tent down to 20 degrees or so with no issues. The tent held up well in the wind. I made sure to use the vents and the result was no concerning condensation accumulation. There is enough storage in the vestibule for my pack and shoes (+ one other person). From a minimalist perspective the vestibule meets my needs. I use the rain fly because of the season in which I use the tent. Without the fly, the walls do cave in which would be a negative if I were to use the tent in the summer (which I don't). If you want to use this as a warm weather tent please take this into consideration and understand you will need to use the fly to the keep the walls in their designed position. The tent does taper toward the feet, which again, I knew when I purchased the tent so it's not an issue for me. I feel if one reviews the tent's design and its intended application you will be happy with your purchase. IMHO, I never understand why some individuals who purchase a tent don't review the specs and/or reviews and then complain about the tent. Excluding defects of course.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 4out of5
by OpengravefromGreat for the weight.I ordered this tent because I am tall and it is one of the few Big Agnes tents that will fit two of the NeoAir Xtherm size large pads (25" wide) width wise. I am so used to touching both ends of a tent that it was nice to get in this one and have room at both ends.
The vestibule is only large enough for a pair of boots or maybe a day pack, nothing really larger.
Mine arrived at 3lbs 2oz (not 2lb 15) but I think this is because of the included repair kit and the stuff sacks for the poles/stakes. The footprint fits in the bag with the rest of the tent so that was nice. Easy to set up and though I haven't used it yet looks to be sturdy in a strong wind. Small in the pack, lightweight, and will be a warm tent on cold nights.
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 5out of5
by Balto BillfromGenerous size, light weight, packs smallI'm going backpacking in the Rockies for a week this summer, after a number of years away from it. I decided to replace my old (circa 1990) tent with a lighter one and did a lot of research. The BA Slater 2+ fit all my criteria - plenty big for two adults, freestanding (more or less), sturdy, quick and easy to set up, very lightweight, and packs small. When compared to the packed size of comparable 2-person tents, the Slater is remarkably compact. The material is quite thin, naturally, but I have confidence it will hold up when I'm camping in a few months.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated 5out of5
by seaweed626fromGreat tent!!!!I bought this tent as I began a cross country road trip out of Alaska knowing I was going to do some camping in Texas and as an insurance policy against unforeseen breakdowns and/or spur of the moment excursions. I primarily used it at a campsite outside of Austin and really enjoyed the amount of space it afforded me and my gear. Despite the fact that I was camping in Texas in June the mesh door and back window provided enough of an airflow so that I was never uncomfortable at night. When I woke up to a thunderstorm in the middle of the night it only took me a minute to set up the rainfly and duck back in before the rain hit. I stayed perfectly dry while several of my cohorts spent the next day drying out their belongings as they had opted to seek shelter in a cabin rather than go through the ordeal of waterproofing their tents. I can't wait to take it backpacking this summer!
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 3out of5
by sierra alfromSmall and LightOn paper, this tent looked really good. However, when set up, you realize that the tent roof is really low and gets really low at the foot. When you "pull out" the tent walls to get the proper fly placement, the roofline gets a little bit lower. I couldn't sit upright without brushing my head on the tent sides/roof. The "foot" of the tent is really low and narrow (I didn't find it very easy to store anything down there). If you go into the tent headfirst AND your partner is already in there, it is a challenge to turn around (to get your head facing the door) without jostling your tentmate (midnight nature calls are a problem trying to get back into the tent). When we set up the tent (with the foot facing the wind and all the guylines properly placed), strong wind gusts would still "flatten" the tent (long ridge pole pushed the hoop end forward). To stop this "flattening," I had to add several more guylines to brace this tent.
I'm not sure that this tent truly classifies as a "free standing tent." Unless you add guylines to the tent sides, the tent sides just "droop" inward. You need to attach the fly to pull out the tent walls.
I think that this tent would be good for 2 children or 1 adult or 1 adult and a dog. But for 2 adults, I found it really tight. I would trade the 96" length for more lateral space and more headroom. I have returned mine for a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3.
Date published: 2013-08-05
Rated 5out of5
by NMPackerfromSlater is upgrade to Fly Creek UL2This is the tent that the Fly Creek UL2 wants to be when it grows up! The extra length and width is perfect for those with long bag/pad combos, plus it works much better when you have two people than standard ultra light two person tents. I own the Fly Creek UL2 also, and this tent seems to have a cleaner interface (more vent room) with the inner/outer walls. The semi-mesh material makes the tent a 3.5 season tent. The rear is aalmost square across the back, utilizing the sq footage better for two people or what ever. This is a great UL tent for 1 person and a dog, like a palace!
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 5out of5
by NMPackerfromSlater UL2 Big/Long UL Alternative96 inches long! No more down bag touching/pushed up against end of tent and getting wet. For only 5 more ounces, you get a REAL 2 person tent. 2 lbs 15 oz packaged weight (means stakes and sacks and cordage). I also own the UL2 Fly Creek which is the same design but really only fits people who are 5' 8" with short bags and very cramped for 2 (ok for 1).
The Slater is also 7 inches wider by 10 inches longer. Great large design improvement over the Fly Creel UL2. This is a palace for 1, great for 2 or 1 + dog! Best large Ultra Light for under 3 pounds!
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 3out of5
by Dave22fromNot Free StandingWas looking for a lightweight tent that had more space than my small 1 man tarp tents. Read reviews and specifications and the Slater UL2 seemed perfect. Had to order as the local REI store did not have in stock. Delivery was timely. My disappointment was when I set it up and realized that there was no way to use this tent as a free standing tent. With the single pole down the ridge of the tent, the sides drooped in on the tent severly. There is no way to make the sides even a little taunt.
You have to put on the fly, attach the tent body to the fly and then guy out the fly on both sides to get even the slightest tauntness to the tent sides. There are at least 8 guys or corner stakes required to spread the inside of the tent and this does not include the vestibule.
It is large inside and appears to have a lot of space for a 2 person tent. It is easy to set up if you don't include the time and effort to guy the whole thing off.
On a sandy beach, rocky area on on real wet soil it would be almost impossible to stake this tent out sufficiently. I am going to return the tent and look for something else. I am too use to my free standing tarptents to deal with this tent.
Date published: 2013-06-18
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