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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  • Manufacturer: Big Agnes
  • Model: Frying Pan SL
  • Sleeping Capacity: 3 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $299.95
  • Manufacturer: Big Agnes
  • Model: Frying Pan SL
  • Sleeping Capacity: 3 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
  • ** Affiliate disclosure **
  • MSRP: $299.95
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Frying Pan SL 3 Pictures and Videos

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The Frying Pan SL With the Fly Off

Big Agnes Frying Pan SL 3 With the Fly Off
Fly Closed on the on the Frying Pan SL 3

Fly Closed on the Frying Pan SL 3

A video about the Frying Pan SL 3 tent.

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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 11 inches smaller than the average height of the 139 different 3 person tents we have studied. With 38 square feet of room inside, it is significantly smaller than some other 3-person tents, and it would be quite tight for you and, up to two other campers during the 3-seasons, this tent is suggested for use in, smaller tents like this one can make a nice choice for people who prefer spending heaps of hours outside their tent getting some air.

A few of the cool points about dome tents are, that they are under normal circumstances lightweight, making them simple to carry around. In nearly all instances, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very straightforward to set up. In calm weather, you could do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is suggested.

Dome tents are without a doubt the most common of all the various types of tents you will see when camping. They tend to fair better in bad weather than other types, allowing water to easily slide off the sloped walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat roofs, resulting in the rain pooling on the top. The simplest dome tent will have a rectangular footprint, sloped walls a couple of poles which cross in the middle of the roof. Because of the way they are made, it is typically thought of that they are ideal 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 even have to be staked down in most cases. But in case of strong winds, it is always best to secure it to the floor with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibules. Having two vestibules. Offers you a place to store shoes and other things that can get dirty, muddy, this is a huge 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 stuff.
  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 quite rare to see a footprint included with a tent. It is suggested to always use a footprint, so not having to buy 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 summer.
  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 deal for a 3 person dome tent that provides this much space. Not many tents available on the market give 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 few of the 139 other 3 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 looked.
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have many things to rave about. The sloping walls do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.


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Our Ratings: 4.3 STARS

Big Agnes's Frying Pan SL 3 tent is really good for backpacking. Here are a few other nice points not noted above which, were 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 positive ratings, and headroom of 3' and 38 square feet of space for sleeping, this tent is like your own modest home away from home. This will allow you to spend some real quality moments camping. We found a decent amount of positive points about the tent that you can look at above.

If you found this website looking for an endorsement about this actual tent, we think, it would make for a great buy. If you just happened to arrive on this page while looking for a brand new tent having not heard of this brand or this model previously, it is probably a good idea to check out some other similar tents also.

Value for money: In so much as value for your money, this tent is a lot more competitive than the standard price of all the one hundred and ninety-three, three-person tents we have taken a look at, this alone does not make it good value for money. We also need to take into account other things in-depth, as we do with every tent.

When we determine the valuation of an individual tent, we consider a lot of areas, looking for things where the tent could outshine other very similar tents and where it is not quite as good. In this case, with a total score of 4.3 and the price data above, It is simple enough to observe that with a cost of $299.95 The Frying Pan SL 3 is a decent bargain and fabulously competitively priced when compared with comparable tents.

Its overall score shows that the build and space the tent offers were not compromised to arrive at a price tag undoubtedly under the usual price for comparable tents. It is also worth noting it is discounted by 100% from the manufactures MSRP. It could make a remarkable choice for most people looking for a comfy three-season backpacking tent to go camping in, that will 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

Big Agnes Frying Pan SL 2
Frying Pan SL 2

3' 4"28 sq ft

Big Agnes Frying Pan SL 3
Frying Pan SL 3

3' 7"38 sq ft
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