Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3

Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3

This tent is a 3 person tent and provides '3 season' protection.

The Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3 has 2 doors and 2 vestibules with plenty of internal storage. The walls are fairly straight so provides a good space inside offering excellent head space. The material seems thin but the it's top quality so no problem with strength, which is what you would expect from a high quality tent such as this. 

The mesh is made of polyester and the tent nylon which offers ample ventilation.

The fly and the floor are made of lightweight silicone with nylon rip-stop. All seams are taped with waterproof solvent-free polyurethane tape. The DAC poles are made from TH72M anodized aluminium(strong but light).

This tent is high quality so expect to pay a little more. Summing up, this tent is a great and wouldn't hesitate to take a closer look, especially for under 300 bucks.
All reviews are are great for this product but there is one small issue I found, check out my thoughts below.

Cramped for 3 people
Great value for money
Lots of head space

Official Specs
Big Agnes
5 lb 2 oz / 2.3 kg
Minimum Weight
4 lb 8 oz / 2 kg
Sleep Capacity
3 Person
Floor Space
43 sq ft / 4 sq m
Vestibule Space
18 sq ft / 1.6 sq m
Max Inside Width
70 in / 178 cm
Max Inside Length
88 in / 224 cm
Head Height
47 in / 119 cm
Packed Size
7 x 21 in / 18 x 53 cm
DAC TH72M aluminum poles
Best Use
Body Material
Lightweight Nylon and Polyester Mesh
Floor Material
Lightweight Silicone Treated Nylon Ripstop with a 1200mm Waterproof Polyurethane Coating
Rainfly Material
Lightweight Silicone Treated Nylon Ripstop with a 1200mm Waterproof Polyurethane Coating
2 Doors
Seam Taped
3 Season

I like this video, it shows two lads putting this tent together. 

Kelty Salida 2

Kelty Salida 2 tent review

As we know less weight equates to higher price. The Kelty Salida 2 person tent is one that balances both key criteria really well. Priced at around $130 it weighs a mere 3lbs 12oz. That's the weight as quoted by Kelty themselves although this is the unpacked weight. The packed weight figure is around 4lbs 8oz. This makes it ideal for up to 3 day hikes.  Although if you needed to you could replace the tent stakes with titanium sheep hooks which can make the packaged weight lighter.

Kelty Salida 2
Kelty 2 person tent

This tent was winner of the 2011 Backpacker Editor's ChoiceAward,  making it one of the best backpacking tents on the market.

This is a freestanding tent making it a breeze to setup and can be pitched amongst trees and frozen ground.

This tent contains an inner tent and rain fly. The inner tent floor is PU coated and consists of a bath tub floor. 

The rain fly drapes over the inner tent which creates a vestible area that is not huge but there is enough space to cover shoes and backpack quite easily. Each flap of the rain fly can be draped separately to provide more space if needed.

The inner tent has ample space for 2 people and even some gear. You could fit a six foot sleeping bag with room left over. Also contains internal gear loops to hang lighting and other items if needed. The Salida 2 also comes included with gear loft for drying clothing, some other manufactures will charge you extra for this. You will also find mesh pockets in the corners to store small items(nice little feature).

The packed dimensions are 7" by 22" making it a reasonable size for hiking trips.
The pitced tent has a height of 43 inches, a width of 55 inches and length of 88 inches, ideal for 2 people and some gear.

Very easy to setup
Can be setup virtually anywhere
Lot's of mesh ventilation

The vestible space could have been bigger
Slightly on the heavy size for long hikes

Official specs:

  • Seasons: 3
  • Number of doors: 1
  • Number of vestibules: 1
  • Capacity: 2
  • Minimum weight: 3 lb 12 oz / 1.70 kg
  • Packaged weight: 4 lb 8 oz / 2.04 kg
  • Floor area: 30.5 ft2 / 2.83 m2
  • Vestibule area: 10 ft2 / .93 m2
  • Length: 88 in / 223.5 cm
  • Width: 55 / 45 in / 139.7 / 114.3 cm
  • Height: 43 in / 109.22 cm
  • Packed diameter: 7 in / 17.78 cm
  • Packed Length: 22 in / 55.88 cm

Overall this tents is a great 2 person, 3 season tent which is versatile and a good all rounder. The price of around $130 is great value for this good quality tent. As noted earlier it's slightly heavier than the pricier backpacking tents but for the price it's awesome value.

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