Big Agnes Big House 6

If low weight is your prime tent priority, put this shelter at the top of your shopping list.
Price $359.95

Specs

Free Standing
Capacity 4
Number of Poles 3
Floor Space (sq ft) 90

 

Length (inches) 122
Width (inches) 115
Interior Height (inches) 75
Vestibule Type optional
Weight 12 lbs, 15 oz

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If low weight is your prime tent priority, put this shelter at the top of your shopping list. It’s barely more than four pounds, but makes no compromises in terms of protection. When 30-mph winds in Colorado’s Park Range blasted the Skyledge with rain, this freestanding dome barely shuddered—and kept the interior dry during soggy entrances (the fly’s drip line prevents water from funneling inside the open doors).

This year’s model has key updates: Designers relocated the Jake’s Foot attachment from the tent body to the footprint, enabling campers to pitch the fly first, keeping the canopy dry in rain. A transparent fly porthole brightens the interior. And ventilation is good: On nights in the 30s in Tasmania’s Walls of Jerusalem National Park, condensation collected only inside the fly. The floor’s 70-denier fabric acts like armor against sharp pebbles, while the fly’s 20-denier nylon trims weight in less abrasion-prone areas. But size before you buy: While headroom is good with a 45-inch peak height, floor space is tight for three adults (three sleeping pads barely fit across the narrow floor). $550; 4 lbs. 2 oz.; mountainhardwear.com

-from the Big House Series
-Lightweight 7001 aluminum poles
-color coded pole ends, grommet webbing and buckles make set up easy
-fly is durable polyester with 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating
-floor is durable polyester with 1500 waterproof polyurethane coating
-tent body is a lightweight nylon mesh, durable polyester rip-stop and polyester with 1500 waterproof polyurethane coating
-sleeves and plastic clips attach the tent body to the pole frame for quick and easy set-up
-two large doors
-large poly-vinyl skylight
-twelve mesh floor pockets
-all seams are taped
-14 aluminum stakes included
-hanging storage loops included
-briefcase style carry bag with interior pockets and shoulder straps