Closeouts. The Big Agnes Salt Creek tent is not only a lightweight, comfortable backcountry abode; it also received Backpacker magazine's 2009 Editor's Choice Green Award for incorporating recycled materials and dye-free fabrics.
DAC pole hub design makes set-up and take-down easier
Tent and fly are made from dye-free recycled polyester
Seams are fully sealed with solvent-free, PVC-free tape
Side vestibule can be staked out with trekking poles for shade
Reviewed by Mike Skull from Chicago, IL on Sunday, November 06, 2011
What a cool tent! The entire thing (although discontinued) was completely recycled! The lack of pigment is a neat thing, and very inviting to wake up to while outside, because: 1. It's a light color, and although a sterile and unnatural color it diffuses light well. 2. Because white doesn't really absorb heat, it's a bit cooler than most comparable geodesics.
The tent has decent ventilation with the fly on, experiencing little to no condensation on the inside on the most humid of nights. The mesh is 3/4 of the body, so if skies are clear this tent is great to sleep sans-fly. The interior is roomy, even for 2 under 6'.
Two major drawbacks that kept this tent from being a flawless 5-star: 1. The weight. At over 6.5 pounds with the footprint, body and fly, it's not as competitive as some other makers or even updated versions of the style by Big Agnes. 2. The entry. This tent is a single vestibule side-loader, so crawling over your partner is no fun. The door itself is also a problem, seeing that it is a D-style door that opens to the bottom, so you have the choice of crawling over the mesh inside the tent, or use it as a welcome mat. I'm not a fan of soggy doors, so that was a big buzzkill for me.
All the gripes I have about the Salt Creek seem to be resolved in the Lynx's Pass by Big Agnes, which use a more efficient entry system and weighing in at almost a pound lighter and $100 less of msrp, it's definitely the better option, unless you're looking for that super-green tent, then it's untouchable.
Best Uses: Backpacking, Backyard, Car Camping
Cons: Bad door, Heavy
Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
Pros: Comfortable, Fly Works Well, Sturdy, Waterproof, Windproof