Published on October 22nd, 2012 | by admin0
Big Agnes: Expand The Size of Your Tent
Yep, it is that time of year again. The time when I am itching to be camping out on a mountain, under the stars, and in the middle of nowhere. The air is crisp and fresh, it is the perfect temperature for hiking, you can already smell the campfires, the leaves are beautiful, and I feel the need to maximize the time I can spend outside before crisp turns to cold and fresh air to freezing.
For this reason, I was happy to have testing out the Big Agnes Wyoming Trail CAMP 2 Person Tent and footprint (sold separately) as my latest excuse to get out in the great outdoors. This tent is a little different from most, and depending on what you are looking for, this unique design can be really great. This cozy, three-season two person tent (about four by seven feet, and a bit less than five feet high) comes with a vestibule that is much bigger than the tent itself. We’re talking about an extra 80 inches x 80 inches or so, and it’s about five and a half feet high! This means that if you really wanted to you could turn this two person tent into a five person tent.
Or if you wanted to make it a little more homey, you have that luxury. The vestibule can be turned into a porch of sorts. Like most two person tents there is really only enough room for the sleeping bodies in the tent, and if you are an individual who moves around and spreads out, there often may be barely enough room for you in the entire tent yourself. Having the vestibule, especially with the footprint, is an easy way to extend the tent to include all your gear without them crowding you in the tent itself. The vestibule is even big enough to fit two bikes in. If you do not have that much gear, you can also use the extra area for camping chairs. And, pet owners: if I had a dog, this is where I would put my pooch! You might even be able to fit your new hammock underneath! We’ve checked out Big Agnes gear before, and it continues to hold up.
Other than the vestibule, this tent is pretty standard. Like most newer models, it has a quick easy setup with colored-coded poles. It seems to be pretty sturdy with good zippers. All the seams are factory sealed with water-resistant tape to help prevent leaks. The footprint is made from nylon and silicon ripstop and water resistant material. Even the vestibule’s door on the fly has a storm flap. That all being said, I feel the fly could be better constructed or designed- as with some, it can be nearly impossible to remove after a storm without also drowning your tent and everything inside. In addition to waterproofing, the seams of the tent also come with reflective strips, a nice touch that really make a difference in finding your tent in the dark. Ventilation was decent, though visibility is not as good as some that we’ve seen, and built-in storage fairly minimal.
The biggest and only real issue with the tent is the weight. Granted, you’re getting a very large amount of potential space, but you’ll be carrying just over nine pounds, which is a lot more than most other two person backpacking tents. This makes this tent more ideal for car or bike camping. Finally, the Big Agnes Wyoming Trail CAMP 2 Person Tent is not inexpensive at $297 plus the additional $50 for the optional footprint- but, again, you’re getting an interesting hybrid design with extra additional room and solid construction. Available online and in stores now.