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Published on October 22nd, 2012 | by admin


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.

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