Eastern Mountain Sports Big Easy 6

Stay comfortable in both summer and winter conditions with this tent's floor-to-ceiling doors and fly vents.
Price $299.00

Specs

Free Standing
Capacity 4
Number of Poles 2
Floor Space (sq ft) 94.5
Layout square
Length (inches) 130

 

Width (inches) 105
Interior Height (inches) 72
Vestibule Type none
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 15
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 15
Weight 15 lbs, 13 oz

[most versatile]

“It’s a two-fer deal,” says one tester of the double-wall Volt 2, which kept her comfortable in both summer and winter conditions. Huge floor-to-ceiling mesh doors and fly vents on the two vestibules facilitate cross-breezes and virtually eliminate condensation. Through rainy nights in the Cascades, our tester saw zero moisture inside—even when she camped in a drippy meadow. And by zipping the doors’ fabric panels closed, testers converted this freestanding dome into a warm refuge on subfreezing fall nights.

Bonus: The fly extends closer to the ground and provides more protection than is typical with many three-season tents. A short brow pole above the doors straightens walls and creates excellent headroom. “And since the door extends right up to the ceiling seam, I don’t have to fold myself in half to get inside this tent,” says one tester.

Living space is adequate for six-footers (but not taller). And the nine-square-foot vestibules accommodate packs and boots with room to spare for exits. Transparent window panels on the fly brighten the interior on rainy days. Downside: It’s a tad heavy for the floor space. But for comfort in a range of conditions, the Volt is hard to beat. $309 CAN; 4 lbs. 6 oz.; mec.caAs the name suggests, the Big Easy goes up quickly and is spacious, an ideal base camp tent to launch your adventures from.