Published on October 17th, 2014 | by Greg0
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 4 Camp: A Tent With A Walk-In Closet
If you’ve ever tried to travel with another couple, you know how difficult it can be. You’re either forced to share a room- stifling close quarters- or can end up awkwardly apart from one another. And if you’re a family, it’s pretty similar. Parents and kids want just a bit of space and separation, maybe some privacy in the form of a door. Sleeping on top of one another, in a cramped environment is not a recipe for a good vacation or trip, no matter how much you want some family togetherness. If you’re on the road with kids of any age in warmer climates, or simply trying to get in some last-minute camping with some pals before the weather gets too cold, we’ve got a tent that might change the way you camp.
Living space isn’t the only thing that matters- storage space, protected from the elements and available nearby- is equally critical. And the free-standing three-season Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 4 Camp Tent offers a clever twist on a multi-room tent, built around a large central space separating two individual compartments, each of which is pretty sizable and comfortable enough for two adults. Park your bikes underneath the awning and leave your gear close at hand without having it impinge on your living area. And your bags can stay outside in the vestibule, where that musty jacket won’t be a nuisance. This is a tent for car campers, not backpacking- at 15 pounds and with 16 stakes, setup is a lengthy process and no one would enjoy hauling it around while hiking.
But this isn’t some basic hut. Big Agnes included some excellent features and didn’t compromise on quality- while ultra-lightweight tents often have excellent details and pricetags to match, we’ve typically seen larger tents that are simpler and old-school with few features. The Wyoming Trail 4 Camp includes much of the latest and greatest technology, from the DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors, to eco-friendly anodizing on a new aluminum alloy that they’re calling the lightest and strongest available (Helinox TH72M aluminum). The 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating is suitable for even serious downpours (compare with other tents and you’ll be surprised how few offer ratings this solid). It’s not the warmest around, and it’s certainly not the right tent for windy conditions, as it’s high profile did mean movement during some heavy breezes. But the ventilation is excellent, even with the rain fly on, thanks to the large windows protected by the neutral space and awning. During clear nights, there’s overhead visibility- though it’s easy to see between tents as well, for better or worse. The fly proved a bit difficult to manage at first, thanks to some Velcro/guyline issues, but we managed to resolve them with a few spare ties.
It’s lovely, and quite civilized, to be able to leave your clothes to dry in the open area or let your dog sleep comfortably without needing to crowd your limited space. The Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 4 Camp is only available in a moss/cream combination that felt a little drab, but beyond that, there’s much to recommend this for anyone in need of a car camping tent that offers most everything you could want. Larger tents tend to be unwieldy, but the Wyoming Trail 4 Camp felt almost graceful for a tent this size, and a two-person version is available that splits the difference and offers a huge garage-like area with only a single room. Footprint sold separately, as is typical, but we didn’t feel the need for it. Our test tent had been used a couple of times, and we didn’t go easy on it, but it’s held up well to several runs. Purchase now, online or in stores, for around $400- and experience a way to camp in a group or a family, as you realize what a huge difference a little extra space can make.