Big Agnes Frying Pan SL 2 Person Dome Tent Review

The Frying Pan SL Fly Open

Big Agnes's Frying Pan SL 2 With the Fly Open

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The Frying Pan SL With the Fly Off

Big Agnes Frying Pan SL 2 With the Fly Off
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  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Orange, Gray
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: None
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Zippers: Easy grip zipper pulls
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, Sold separately
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Yes, Half
  • Footprint: Included
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Materials and Extras

  • Inner Walls: Breathable Polyester/Polyester Mesh
  • Full Fly: Ripstop Nylon
    Fly Waterproof Ratings: 1200 mm
  • Floor Materials: Polyester Taffeta
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 1500 mm
  • Pole Material: Aluminum DAC Pressfit
  • Number Of Poles: 2
  • Pole Dimensions: 8.7mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: Aluminum Hook Stakes
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  • Floor Area: 28 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 4 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 5 Lbs 5 Oz
    Trail Weight: 4 Lbs. 5 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 18 x 7 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area:
    16.00 sq. ft. (2 x 8 sq. ft.)
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

Easy to pitch, with a generous living space.

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

I absolutely enjoyed this one during my multiple trips. I loved the durability, easiness of setting it up, and the waterproofness ability that it has.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

I hope the tent got roomier. It's pretty small compared to other shelters in its class. The tent floor-length is a bit too short.

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The Frying Pan SL 2 has two doors and a peak center height of 3' 4, which is 11 inches smaller than the average height of the 193 different 2 person tents we have studied. With 28 square feet of room inside, it is significantly smaller than some other 2-person tents, and it would be quite cramped for you and, another camper throughout the 3-seasons, this tent is suggested for use in, smaller tents like this one can generally make a really nice choice for campers that prefer spending heaps of hours outside of their tent exploring.

Some of the fantastic things about dome tents are, that they are generally speaking light, making them easy to carry around. In near all instances, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are usually, freestanding and very easy to set up. In good weather, you can do without securing the tent with stakes and ropes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are easily the most common of all the various sorts of tents you will see when camping. They tend to fair better in the rain than other types, allowing water to easily slide off the sloped sides, unlike cabin tents that have flat roofs, resulting in the water pooling on the top. The most straightforward dome tent will have a square floor, slanted walls a couple of poles which converge in the center of the roof. Due to their construction, it is generally thought of that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 people.

Below you can see a list of the tent's strongest and weakest points.

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  1. Freestanding. The Frying Pan SL can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not even have to be staked down in most cases. But in case of strong winds, it is always best to secure it to the ground with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibules. Having two vestibules. Offers you somewhere to store shoes and other items that can get dirty, muddy, this is a huge plus.
  3. Internal storage. It is nice to see Big Agnes has added a gear loft and pockets in the interior to store some of your gear.
  4. More than one door. With 2 doors, it is easier to get in and out of the tent, in the middle of the night if needed.
  5. Includes FootPrint. It is not often we see a footprint included with a tent. It is suggested to always use a footprint, so not having to pay extra for one is a bonus.
  6. Breathable. The Frying Pan SL's interior uses a mesh fabric on the inside of the tent, and this helps maximize the flow of air. With the extra ventilation, and this tent is great for use in the warmer months.
  7. The rainfly completely covers the tent body. The rainfly covers the whole body of the tent from the top to the bottom and has a waterproof rating of 1200mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy rain.
  8. Other sizes are available. Big Agnes has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  9. Low price. It is a great purchase for a 2 person dome tent providing this much room. Not a lot of tents available on the market provide this level of quality for only $249.95


  1. Not roomy. With a floor area of 28 square feet, the Frying Pan SL 2 is smaller than quite a few of the 193 other 2 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 11% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative factor for some campers.
  3. Out of Stock. Unfortunately this particular tent is not currently in stock. It is still on the manufactures site the last time we checked.
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have heaps of things to be positive about. The sloping sides do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.


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Our Ratings: 4.2 STARS

Big Agnes's Frying Pan SL 2 tent is great for backpacking. There are a couple of other nice points not already mentioned above which, we found and liked, while researching the model: All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's), Quick Stash door keeper on tent body door makes stowing unzipped door quick and easy and Light enough for the backcountry, strong enough for the front country.

With great ratings, and a peak height of 3' and 28 square feet of space to play with, this tent is like your own small home away from home. This will enable you to enjoy some really enjoyable moments in the outdoors. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can look at above.

If you found this website looking for recommendations on this actual tent, we consider, it will make for a great purchase. In case you simply happened to land on this website while looking for a new tent having not heard of this manufacture or this model before, it is probably a good thing to check out a few other comparable tents.

Value for money: When considering value for your dollar, this tent is a cheaper than the standard cost of all the two hundred and seventy-two, two-person tents we have looked at, this just by itself does not make it remarkable value for money. We also need to take into account other things in detail, as we do for every tent.

When we tally up the overall score of an individual tent, we reflect upon loads of data points, finding areas where the tent could beat out other very similar tents and where it is lacking. In this case, with a total score of 4.2 and the price info above, It is simple to spot that with a cost of $249.95 The Frying Pan SL 2 is a fair buy and fabulously cheap when compared with comparable tents.

Its overall score shows that the quality and size the tent offers were not skimped on to obtain a price tag well below the usual price for similar tents. It will make a fantastic choice for nearly all campers looking for an appropriate three-season backpacking tent to camp in, that should serve you well for years to come.

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Other Sizes and Variations of the Big Agnes Frying Pan SL Model

Model Headroom Sleeping Area Price * Discounted

Big Agnes Frying Pan SL 2
Frying Pan SL 2

3' 4"28 sq ft $249.95(0%)

Big Agnes Frying Pan SL 3
Frying Pan SL 3

3' 7"38 sq ft $299.95(0%)
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