Over the last 2 months I have had the opportunity to test the Big Agnes Frying Pan SL2 tent. I primarily used it for my shelter on multi-day rafting trips on the Colorado River, Yampa River, Green River, and Salmon River. Find out what I liked about the tent and what can be improved in the review below.
Big Agnes Frying Pan SL2 Review
Normally I’m the last one to set up a tent on a river trip because of the time it takes. I would rather roll the dice, and if it rains find another tent to crash in or roll up in a tarp. Thanks to Big Agnes my habits have now changed a bit.
The simple design, color coded poles, and small 2 person size made the Big Agnes Frying Pan SL2 Tent easy to pitch regardless of what the weather was doing. The ease of set up is my favorite thing about this tent hands down.
Kudos to Big Agnes as I was able to set this thing up in less than 5 minutes.
Big Agnes built the body of the Frying Pan Tent with a durable polyester material that was not only breathable but also held up very well, it kept me nice and dry when it rained and even blocked wind too.
Heck, I didn’t even have the tent fully staked or used the guylines most of the time and it didn’t fold in half or blow away.
The Big Agnes Frying Pan Tent has zippers on both sides of the tent which open and close the doors with ease. There was no snagging on the material even when zipping up in a hurry.
On the inside of the tent there’s 3 mesh pockets which work nice for storing small handy items like a headlamp, snacks or even some bug spray.
This tent isn’t super spacious but it did manage to sleep 2 people and a medium sized dog. Which in turns into a nice cozy cuddle puddle. With an 86” length (7’1″) the Frying Pant Tent allowed just enough space for the pooch to lay at our feet or to keep a few items inside the tent.
Frying Pan Weight
The only downside to the Frying Pan SL2 is the weight. On a rafting trip it doesn’t really matter but for backpacking, weighing in at 5lbs 5oz (2.40kg) packed weight or 4lb 5oz / 1.95kg trail weight, this tents a bit on the heavy side.
The Big Agnes Frying Pan SL2 Tent offers up a nice view of the stars thru the mesh material with the rain fly off. This is why you sleep outside in the first place.
Upon my adventures, many of my friends also had Big Agnes tents that they were very pleased with them as was I. The ones that didn’t own Big Agnes Tents were a bit jealous of us as we stayed dry and comfortable regardless of what the weather had in store. At ($249.95) the Frying Pan SL2 from Big Agnes is a rather affordable 3 season tent with an included footprint.
To be honest the quality and ease of setup with this tent is unmatched. I give it 5 stars for every camping purpose besides backpacking where it should only deserve 4 stars due to the tents overall weight.
Update: This Big Agnes Tent recently made our top 10 list for the best backcountry tents for 2019.