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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2009

Gear Review: Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6-Person Tent

This four-season tent palace isn't just spacious inside, it has a 26-foot vestibule.

by: Testers Kelly Bastone, Shannon Davis, Moira Downes, John Harlan, Kristy Holland, Karst R. Hoogeboom, Kristin Hostetter, Lauren McLean, Scott McLean, Tim Shisler

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 (Courtesy Photo)
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 (Courtesy Photo)

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Fall Gear Guide: Tents

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You know a tent is big when you have to decide which room to sleep in. Such is the dilemma with this four-season palace. For high-mountain basecamps and family camping trips in challenging weather, the six-person Flying Diamond combines deluxe space with true storm-worthiness. "On my first test trip, it rained more than on any other outing I've taken in the past 11 years," reported our Idaho tester after she, her husband, and two daughters returned from what was intended to be a rock-climbing trip to City of Rocks. It could have been a miserable weekend–climbing washed out, huddled in a cramped and soggy tent. Instead, she says, "It was one of the most memorable weekends we've ever had. The adults set up chairs in the 26-square-foot vestibule, while the girls and our dog had a giant–and bone-dry–playroom."

And with a peak height of 5'6", even the tallest kids could stand up comfortably, and the tent is solid in wind despite the high profile, thanks to four crossing poles. Color-coded webbing and buckles make it easy to pitch for such a large shelter (90 square feet inside); polyester zip-in panels over the mesh windows trap heat; a dozen mesh pockets keep headlamps and gear clutter under control; and a removable fabric divider creates two rooms for added privacy. Caution: With a total length of 17 feet, this mansion is too large for some tent pads and campsites. $500; 19 lbs. 14 oz.; bigagnes.com

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Art
Oct 21, 2011

Purchased my BA Flying Diamond 6 from HumbleOutdoors for about $445 with a free footprint.

Great tent, well made... plenty of space for gear and people.

Steve
Jun 21, 2011

Looks like they raised their prices, it's at 499 now

Marta
Jun 13, 2011

Couldn't happier with this tent!! Sleeps 2 in the back room on pads and sleeping bags...in the front area we had two cots and our gear (under the cots) plenty of room in this tent. Easy to put together. It rained our first night out with some strong gusts of wind and not a drop of rain got in the tent and it did not sway at all. I can't say enough about this tent, it fits our needs perfectly. I do wish that it would come with poles for the vestibule and even the flap on the "back door". There seems to be a pressure area on the zipper "rounding the bottom corner" of the front door. I am worried a bit about that. Other than those couple minor deals we LOVE this tent and can't wait to go camping again.
Thank you Big Agnes for putting alot of thought into your products...you have really impressed us.

Bottom line...you won't be disappointed if you are looking for a good family tent...(I would call it four person and gear tent).

Happy Camping :)

Matt
Feb 21, 2011

Same here!!!! Awesome Deal!!!!

Ron
Feb 16, 2011

Me too!! Found the same deal

Anne
Feb 06, 2011

HURRY! We just bought this for $349, free shipping and free footprint, at tinytrekker.com. (6 Feb 2011)

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