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Big Agnes Sarvis Tents Announced (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)


by Alan Dixon | 2004-08-12 03:00:00-06

Big Agnes introduces a new line of hybrid single/double walled tents: the Sarvis 1+ and Sarvis 2+

The Big Agnes Sarvis SL 1+ tent: The front rainfly is rolled back to expose the mosquito netting of the front (double walled) portion of the tent. The rear is single walled silnylon with a rear vent to improve ventilation.

Big Agnes offers the Sarvis as slightly larger and more livable, but still light, incarnations of their popular Seedhouse Super Light tents in both 1+ and 2+ person versions.

The tents use the same pole design and body fabrics as the Seedhouse Super Light tents. But to save weight, BA makes the rear half the tent single walled, saving the weight of the inner body wall. The tents maintain most of the breathability of a double walled tent, with the addition of a rear vent in the single walled section and maintenance of the double wall structure in the front half of the tent.

We really liked the ability to roll back the front rain fly portion of the tent for excellent stargazing and ventilation in fair weather. We’re also excited about the option Big Agnes offers of selecting eVENT panels in the rear single-walled portion of the tent to improve breathability (the Sarvis tents come in standard and eVENT-paneled versions).

Given their living space, excellent ventilation, and integrated vestibules, the Big Agnes Sarvis shelters offer very respectable weights for free standing tents.

  • Sarvis Super Light 1+: Trail wt 2 lb 10 oz, 25.5 sq ft tent, 5 sq ft vestibule, 38 in head height
  • Sarvis Super Light 2+: Trail wt 3 lb 14 oz, 32.5 sq ft tent, 6 sq ft vestibule. The SL 2+ also has a higher head height, 46 in vs. the 38 in of the Seedhouse 2.


The Sarvis 2+: This shows the front rain fly in place and the built-in vestibule. Yellow fabric showing through the door is an eVENT panel for improved ventilation in the rear of the tent.

The Sarvis 2+ rear view: This shows the lower rear vent and the eVENT panel in yellow. There are two eyebrow vents above the rear panels. If you look closely you can see one just above the upper right corner of the eVENT panel.



"Big Agnes Sarvis Tents Announced (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)," by Alan Dixon. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2004-08-12 03:00:00-06.