Big Agnes Frying Pan SL 3 Person Dome Tent Review

The Frying Pan SL Fly Open

Big Agnes's Frying Pan SL 3 With the Fly Open

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The Frying Pan SL With the Fly Off

Big Agnes Frying Pan SL 3 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: 9mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: Aluminum Hook Stakes
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  • Floor Area: 38 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 7 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 6 Lbs 4 Oz
    Trail Weight: 5 Lbs. 1 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 like the unique design elements, and it lives up to the reputation of Big Agnes tents. It's so good, no complaints about it.

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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

I don't get. It was able to stand a strong wind, but when I used it during another trip, it rained, and there's a little bit of leak. I don't know why.

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The Frying Pan SL 3 has two doors and a maximum center height of 3' 7, which is 12 inches smaller than the average height of the 127 various 3 person tents we have examined With 38 square feet of room inside, it is a lot smaller than some other 3-person tents, and it would be quite tight for you and, up to two other campers throughout the 3-seasons, this tent is approved for use in, smaller tents similar to this one often make a very nice choice for campers who welcome spending lots of time outside their tent getting some air.

Some of the fantastic points about dome tents are, that they are for, the most part not too heavy, 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 simple to set up. In good weather, you could do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are easily the most common of all the different sorts of tents you will see when camping. They tend to fair better in bad weather than other types, allowing water to roll off the slanted walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, resulting in the rain pooling on the top. The simplest dome tent will have a square floor, slanted walls two or more poles which converge in the middle of the roof. Due to the way they are made, it is typically thought of that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 people.

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  1. Freestanding. The Frying Pan SL can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not need 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. Gives you somewhere to store shoes and other things that can get dirty, muddy, this is a big plus.
  3. Internal storage. It is good to see Big Agnes has added a gear loft and pockets in the interior to store some of your things.
  4. More than one door. With 2 doors, it is simpler 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 the tent. It is strongly suggested to always use a footprint, so not having to pay extra for one is a plus.
  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 summer.
  7. The rainfly completely covers the tent body. The rainfly covers the entire 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 deal for a 3 person dome tent that provides this much room. Not many tents available on the market provide this level of quality for only $299.95


  1. Not spacious. With a floor area of 38 square feet, the Frying Pan SL 3 is smaller than quite a lot of the 127 other 3 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 12% 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 looked.
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have heaps of qualities to rave about. The sloping walls 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 3 tent is perfect for backpacking. There are a couple of other cool things not already mentioned above which, were noticed 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 favorable ratings, and a peak height of 3' and 38 square feet of space to enjoy, this tent is like your very own miniature apartment. It will allow you to enjoy some delightful time exploring the great outdoors. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can check out above.

If you found this website looking for suggestions on this particular tent, we consider, it will make for a good buy. In case you just happened to land on this website while browsing for a new tent having never heard of this manufacture or this tent model previously, it is perhaps a good idea to look at some more similar tents also.

Value for money: In so much as value for money, this tent is a cheaper than the normal cost of all the one hundred and eighty-one, three-person tents we have looked at, this alone does not make it awesome value for money. We also need to look at other things in-depth, as we do for each tent.

When we determine the overall score of a single tent, we scrutinize loads of things, finding areas where the tent could exceed other near-identical tents and where it is coming up short. In this case, with a total score of 4.2 and the price details above, one can spot that with a ticket price of $299.95 The Frying Pan SL 3 is a good deal and incredibly cheap when compared with similar tents.

The ratings show that the quality and capacity the tent provides were not skimped on to finish up with a price tag unquestionably beneath the standard price for comparable tents. It could make an exceptional choice for most people 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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